St. Patrick’s Day is such a fun holiday for kids.
Wait…let me rephrase that.
St. Patrick’s Day is such a fun holiday for kids of all ages!
Growing up, this Irish holiday was one of my favorites. Whether orchestrating elaborate searches for magical four-leaf clovers, convincing myself that I was the descendent of some Gaelic fairy goddess, or hunting for leprechaun footprints, my imagination was always at its peak this time of year. And today, even as a “bigger kid,” there is no shortage of fun when it comes to March 17.
In an effort to prove that big kids can have just as much fun as the littles, I invited two of my favorite kiddos, Faye and Gavin, over for an afternoon filled with festive snacks and treasure hunting.
On the Menu:
- Rainbow Fruit Skewers
- Irish Flag Bites
- Cheesy Shamrocks with Seasoned Greek Yogurt Dip
The Rainbow Skewers were an absolute hit. Faye and Gavin did such a great job listening to my instructions as I explained that the fruit we were using represents every color that’s in a rainbow:
- Red: Strawberries and Raspberries
- Orange: Mango
- Yellow: Pineapple
- Green: Green Grapes
- Blue: Blueberries
- Indigo: Blackberries
- Violet: Red Grapes
I made one skewer for them to use as a guide as they made their own. They loved picking their favorite fruits to put on their skewers. I hardly had to remind them to use every color of the rainbow.
After so much skewering, it was time for a treasure hunt. Before they arrived, I had hid golden chocolate coins, gemstones, and miniature toys that I knew they would love. I hid them nearby, so they would stay close as I prepped the Irish Flag Bites and Cheesy Shamrocks with Greek Yogurt Dip. Once they found it all, Faye and Gavin hurried back to the kitchen, excited to show off their treasures, and try the festive treats they helped prepare.
St. Patrick’s Day is a great opportunity to invite your kids (or the kids in your life, like I did) into the kitchen for some festive fun. Adjust the creations to your and their taste, but be sure to introduce a new flavor or ingredient to keep things fresh—and to encourage trying new things. You’d be shocked what they’ll try when they have a hand in making it. This was proven when Faye told me that she, “did NOT like orange peppers.” However, after all the work she put in to making these snacks herself, she tried one unprompted. Much to her and our delight, she said, “Jamie! I tried an orange pepper and I really, really liked it!”
Rainbow Fruit Skewers
- Green and red grapes
1. Thoroughly wash all fruit. If using fresh mango and pineapple, remove skin and slice into bite-sized pieces. Remove grapes from stems.
2. Set out fruit in individual bowls, along with skewers.
3. Prepare one skewer for your little helpers to use as a guide, skewering fruit in the following order: strawberry, raspberry, mango, pineapple, green grape, blueberries (add a few if they’re small), blackberry, and red grape.
Note: Adjust amount of fruit used depending on how many kiddos (big and little alike) you’ll be feeding.
Irish Flag Bites
- English cucumber
- White Irish cheddar
- Orange bell pepper
1. Wash cucumber and cut into ½ inch thick slices.
2. Slice cheese into ½ inch cubes.
3. Wash pepper, cut into similarly sized slices.
4. Skewer cucumber, cheddar, and pepper onto appetizer picks or toothpicks.
Cheesy Shamrocks with Seasoned Greek Yogurt Dip
- Spinach tortillas
- Cheddar cheese (slices or shredded can be used)
- Seasoned Greek Yogurt Dip (recipe below)
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Place spinach tortilla on baking sheet. Top with cheddar, placing an additional spinach tortilla on top.
3. Bake for about five minutes, until cheese is melted through. Remove from oven.
4. Allow to cool slightly. Using a shamrock cookie cutter, cut out shapes and set aside. Serve with seasoned greek yogurt dip.
Seasoned Greek Yogurt Dip
- 2 cups greek yogurt
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp paprika
- ½ – ¾ tsp salt
- ½ tsp fresh lemon juice (from about ¼ of a lemon)
- ¼ tsp cracked black pepper
1. Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl, mixing thoroughly to combine. Best when made at least thirty minutes in advance, so flavors can meld.
Note: Use leftover greek yogurt dip to top a baked potato or a warm bowl of chili.
Jamie Preuss is the voice, author, and creator of the food and lifestyle blog, So Happy You Liked It. Focused on balance, her website provides helpful tips, nutritious recipes (with the occasional indulgence), and an authentic inflection in her writing. When not creating in the kitchen, you can find her teaching cycling, entertaining, or planning her next adventure.