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Wallingford blogger offers tips for a magical, kid-friendly St. Patrick’s Day

Irish or not, St. Patrick’s Day is fun for everyone. From Leprechaun traps to cooking corned beef and cabbage, my family has always made tradition a day.

Personally, I think corned beef, cabbage, and Irish soda bread are a treat on their own, but I’ve found other ideas for kids.

Breakfast

Children are (sometimes) easy to please. Lucky charms and green milk can be enough for them. If you’ve got the Valentine’s Day heart-shaped waffle maker, now’s the time to break it out. I made pancakes with milk as it makes them fluffier and adds green food coloring. I poured the batter into the heart waffle press. Place three of the hearts together to form a shamrock.

Tip: As St. Patrick’s Day falls on a school or work day this year, there may not be enough time in the morning to make the waffles. I made them ahead of time, put them in a zip lock bag and put them in the freezer.

Deli meats

I have the perfect after school snack. My kids love the charcuterie boards, especially at lunchtime. They always tend to eat more when I ride a board.

I used the waffles and surrounded them with sweet treats. Most items can be found at your local grocery store.

I’ve included Waffles, Lucky Charm Marshmallows, Rollos, Clover Cookies, Ferrero Rocher Chocolates, Cakesicles and Mini Cupcakes.

Set the table

Every St. Patrick’s Day morning, the leprechaun leaves a table set for the children. This pixie is super special, isn’t it?

I bought mint green and pink plates, gold utensils and cups and paper straws. I put the dessert platter on the table with some extra chocolates and sweets. Neil’s Donuts always offers themed donuts for parties, especially St. Patrick’s Day.

Leprechaun Tricks

There’s always a gallon of milk in the fridge that’s tinted green for St. Patrick’s Day breakfast. The pixie always leaves a crepe paper rainbow in the living room with a pot of gold and candies at the end of the rainbow. It also leaves a mess in the bathroom – including mini green footprints (erasable marker) on the toilet seat. He’s a tiny little guy, but very messy!

pixie trap

Save your cereal boxes for this DIY. You can cut squares from the box. Let the kids have fun with it. Give them tape, a marker, and paper. They can even leave signs for the leprechaun.

My girls love rainbows so they decided to cut out strips of paper, one strip for each color of the rainbow to create an arch. At the end of the rainbow, they left candies.

Main entrance

Early in the morning, I start the corned beef. Oh my god, the house smells so good. I cook my corned beef in a slow cooker. I omit some of the required amount of water and add beer. It really adds flavor. I also layer red potatoes, chopped yellow onions and baby carrots. I cook the cabbage in a pan on the stove.

If there are leftovers, I use the meat and cabbage for Reuben sandwiches the next day.

I hope you are all having a magical Saint Patrick’s Day!

Amanda Piscitelli is a mother of three from Wallingford, business owner and blogger for Livingwithamanda.com where she talks about motherhood, lifestyle and home decor. Instagram.com/livingwithamand