Easy Rainbow Party Decorations for St. Patrick’s Day
Create family traditions at an early age & celebrate the ‘Luck of the Irish’ with these festive St. Patrick’s Day rainbow party decorations.
If you were to ask me my favorite holiday, you might not get the answer you’d expect. Most people figure I’d respond with “Christmas” or “Thanksgiving.” Nope. Not me. While there is nothing wrong with those holidays, I’ve always celebrated St. Patrick’s Day with gusto.
Over the years, the way I celebrate St. Patrick’s Day has shifted from sipping green beers in rowdy bars to creating family traditions with my kids at home. Funny how kids change everything, right?
Creating Family Traditions
Since St. Patrick’s Day holds so many fond memories for me, I wanted to start some family traditions for my kiddos while they were very young. When we were a family of three living in Chicago, we’d take our son to see the river dyed green and watch the St. Patrick’s Day parade. But since we moved to a smaller town with limited Irish celebrations, we had to start some of our own at home.
Enter our St. Patrick’s Day Rainbow Party Decorations!
Now that our St. Patrick’s Day celebrations are more family-focused, I wanted to have some festive decorations and a little “end of the rainbow” surprise for the kids after nap time.
I wanted to create a mini St. Patrick’s Day celebration with these rainbow party decorations. So…
While the kids were snoozing, a leprechaun (aka me) eager to decorate dashed around the living room in a frenzy. First, I went to work hanging rainbow crepe paper streamers, blowing up balloons, and creating my ‘pot of gold.’
Maybe most importantly, I arranged an assortment of St. Patrick’s Day goodies into the pot and scattered chocolate gold coins in an effort to create St. Patrick’s Day decorations like nothing they’d ever seen.
All of the effort was totally worth it. The look on their little faces was priceless!
After the St. Patrick’s Day goodies were properly examined, it was amazing to see how quickly and effortlessly my 3 and 1-year-old dismantled all my hard work and turned my St. Patrick’s Day rainbow decorations into trash.
I have to give them credit! It was way faster than I imagined!
If you’d like to set-up similar St. Patrick’s Day rainbow party decorations, follow the directions below.
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- Crepe paper streamers (red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple)
- Black bucket or plastic cauldron
- White balloons
- Gold tissue paper
- Painter’s tape
- Bucket (I found a black one at the Dollar Store)
- St. Patrick’s Day treats (see complete list below)
Step 1: Assemble your St. Patrick’s Day Goodies
First I lined the bucket with some gold tissue paper. Then I grabbed my goodies and arranged them inside tissue paper. Most of the goodies I found at Target, Walmart or had on-hand. The items I used included:
- Festive stickers
- Leprechaun hat and bow headbands
- Shiny Shapes: Happy St. Patrick’s Day book
- Shamrock sunglasses
- Green Playdoh
- Green pencils
- Leprechaun bows
- Shamrock beads (from Mardi Gras 😉)
- St. Patrick’s Day shirts, which I made with my Cricut Explore Air 2
Make your own St. Patrick’s Day shirts to include with your St. Patrick’s Day Rainbow Decorations!
This year, I made my kids shirts for St. Patrick’s Day: my IRISH I was a Little Bit Taller shirt for my son and my Wee Lass Full of Sass shirt for my daughter. I tucked these shirts in with the rest of the goodies.
Or if you prefer, I also have a Cricut tutorial for how to make these matching Irish-themed sibling shirts.
Make your own Rainbow Treat Bags!
Since originally writing this post, I created these St. Patrick’s Day rainbow treat bags – free tag printable included! They would be adorable tucked into the ‘pot of gold’ at the end of your rainbow decorations as well!
Okay, back to work...
Step 2: Construct your clouds
Next, you’ll want to blow-up about a dozen white balloons and affix them to the rim of your bucket using painters tape. Then just set the bucket and balloons aside.
Step 3: Create your crepe paper rainbow
First, I ran red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple crepe paper (in that order) streamers from my mantle to my bucket. Again, I used painters tape to keep the streamers in place on my mantle. Next, I blew up a few more balloons to cover the tape that was holding down the streamers.
Step 4: Scatter shamrocks and chocolate coins
(pretty self-explanatory here, folks)
Step 5: Admire your St. Patrick’s Day Rainbow Party Decorations!
And just like that, you’re done!
I must admit, I worked up a bit of a sweat running around my living room trying to make sure everything was done before my kids woke up from their naps.
With successful St. Patrick’s Day celebration in the books, this tired leprechaun is off to kick her feet up and sip a Guiness.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day, all! I’d love to hear your traditions in the comments below!
AS ALWAYS – IF YOU NEED HELP BRAINSTORMING OR CREATING A CUSTOM GIFT, PLEASE REACH OUT TO ME! I’D LOVE TO HELP!
More later! The craft room is calling, and I must go…