Lucky Leprechaun Ice Cream Float
Don’t forget a cute and tasty dessert to go with Saint Patrick’s Day Dinner. Kids will love helping to make these fizzy green floats. They get to pick Lucky Charms marshmallow bits out of cereal to use as “sprinkles.”
- Place two scoops of lime sherbet in a soda fountain glass.
- Fill with ginger ale or club soda.
- Add a scoop of vanilla ice cream
- Decorate with Lucky Charms marshmallow bits.
Let the kids help make a Simple Irish Supper with corned beef and cabbage.
Saint Patrick’s Day History
Saint Patrick’s Day is celebrated on the 17th of March every year. It is considered to be the Feast Day of Saint Patrick the Patron Saint of Ireland. It is a national holiday in Ireland and a provincial holiday in Newfoundland and Canada. Worldwide celebrations of Irish culture include special Mass services in Catholic churches and huge parades in major cities.
In the United States New York City, Chicago, and Savannah, Georgia boast having the three largest parade celebrations. There is lots of green everywhere to honor the Emerald Isle. Green clowns, a green Santa, and Dalmatians with their coats dyed green are some of the funny sites to see. In Chicago, the river is dyed green for the day, and in Savannah, the beautiful fountain in Forsyth Park (Forrest Gump) spouts green water. Irish clans wearing green go marching through winding streets and everyone claims to be Irish on that day.
Get in the spirit of the day with the kids by cooking a simple Irish supper of corned beef and cabbage and potato cakes. It is a traditional Irish meal and will help kids learn to associate certain foods with different nationalities. Just as they should understand that pizza is Italian, tacos are Mexican, so should they be aware of Irish culture. After all, we are all Irish for the day.
For added fun, make Lucky Leprechauns shakes using the directions after the potato cakes recipe.
Erin Go Braugh! May the luck O’ the Irish be with yee.
Saint Patrick’s Day Cake Idea
Saint Patrick Fun Facts
Saint Patrick was not Irish.He was born British in the yearAD 390
His Family was very wealthy. They had two homes and owned many slaves.
Young Patrick was kidnapped at age 16 and sold into slavery.
He spent six years as a slave on a sheep farm in the chilly Irish hills.
He escaped at age 22 and went home to Wales on a pirate ship.
Saint Patrick returned to Ireland to preach Christianity while in his thirties.
He was beaten by thugs and harassed by Irish royalty.
Saint Patrick did not chase the snakes from Ireland. The snakes can not get through the icy waters surrounding the Isle to inhabit it.
Saint Patrick died in the year AD 461