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St. Patrick’s Day Food Ideas

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If you’ve hung around here at all, you know I’m a bit of a holiday nut. I go all out with themed food, countdowns and celebrations the day of. There’s no holiday too small for me to celebrate. But I’m going to go ahead and admit that St. Patrick’s Day food ideas usually leave me stumped.

St. Patrick's Day dinners that the whole family will enjoy!

I’ve tried the traditional route with corned beef and cabbage and it was one of probably only 2 meals in our 16 year marriage that we actually threw away and ordered a pizza. I kid you not. It was horrible, rotten and our 4 year old almost asked for new parents. My husband, Mr. Frugal himself, begged me to throw it away.

So, yeah, the next year I stuck to a pizza shaped like a shamrock. Everyone ate it, but it was pretty boring in terms of what I could have come up with for St. Patrick’s Day food ideas!

I knew I could do better! So I set out on a mission to find some more traditional St. Patrick’s Day food that also tasted good!

Saint Patrick’s Day Dinner Ideas

Corned Beef and Cabbage BitesCorned Beef and Cabbage Bites from Thrifty Jinxy

Irish TacosIrish Tacos from Around My Family Table

St Pat's Corned Beef CanapesCorned Beef Canapes from Around My Family Table

Irish Beef StewIrish Beef Stew from Amanda’s Cookin

Roasted Cabbage W LemonRoasted Cabbage with Lemon from Kalyn’s Kitchen

Stuffed Reuben Pull Apart BreadStuffed Reuben Pull Apart Bread from Around My Family Table

Mini Shephards piesMini Shepherd’s Pies from Thrifty Jinxy

Irish Soda BreadIrish Soda Bread from Kalyn’s Kitchen

Green Beer BreadGreen Beer Bread from Thrifty Jinxy

Saint Patrick’s Day Dessert Ideas

You don’t have to make a full meal out of it, though! My kids love just having a special snack to come home to after school!

St Pat's Snack MixSt Patrick’s Snack Mix from A Mom’s Take

Leprechan BaitLeprechaun Bait from Around My Family Table

Bailey's Irish Cream CakeBailey’s Irish Cream Bundt Cake from Life Love and Sugar

Double Mint Chocolate CupcakesDouble Chocolate Mint Cupcakes from Upstate Ramblings

Green Velvet CupcakesGreen Velvet Dipped Cupcakes from Snappy Gourmet

3 ingredient ParfaitLow Fat 3 Ingredient Parfait from The Girl Creative

Key Lime Pie in a JarKey Lime Pie in a Jar from Craft Dictator

Green White Choc Chip Cookies MilkGreen White Chocolate Chip Cookies and Milk from Savvy Saving Couple

Lucky Krispie TreatsLucky Charms Rice Krispie Treats from A Moms Take

Mint Oreo Marshmallow BrowniesMint Oreo Marshmallow Brownies from Southern Girl Ramblings

Lucky Charms Ice CreamLucky Charms Ice Cream from Noble Pig

Lime Sherbert FloatsLime Sherbert Float from The First year Blog

Shamrock ShakeShamrock Shake from Redhead Can Decorate

Shamrock Breakfast ShakeShamrock Breakfast Shake from Mad In Crafts

Lucky Leprechan SmoothieLucky Leprechaun Smoothie from Creative Green Living

Green St Patty PunchGreen St. Patty Punch from Crystal and Company.

Luck of the Irish Milkshake alcoholicLuck of the Irish Alcoholic Milkshake from Andrea’s Recipes

Lime Batido alcoholicLime Batido from Snappy Gourmet

Mint Chip Cookietini alcoholicMint Chip Cookietini from Snappy Gourmet

Mixed drinks not your thing? Go for a Green Beer! Here’s some tidbit about the green beer thing.

Drinking green beer has become more of an American tradition than anything else, one that the people of Ireland generally scoff at. With that said, it is popular so here’s how you make it. One drop of green food coloring into a beer mug, add beer. Yeah, that’s it. The beer you choose does make a difference as the lighter colored beers will look greener and for those as dark as Guinness, it’s almost unnoticeable.


Enjoy the day with your family and friends! If you’re not wearing green, you’ll get pinched! So be sure to grab a green shirt or scarf just to be safe!


May the luck of the Irish be with you!


Delicious St. Patrick's Day desserts that your whole family will love!