A Dozen St. Patrick’s Day Ideas

by Dinah Wulf

St. Patrick's Day Ideas

Last year, I didn’t do many St. Patrick’s Day crafts, but I definitely made up for it this year! Most of these are new, but I threw in a few old ones from last year, including some fun and tasty Irish cocktail recipes created by my friend and Contributor, David Edessa. Enjoy a Dozen St. Patrick’s Day Ideas!

 

St. Patrick’s Day Kids Crafts and Activities

These are a few new posts this year from my new-she blog, Inheriting Our Planet.  My absolute favorite was the Leprechaun trap because it’s the first year my daughter and I did it together and it was a blast.

Leprechaun Trap

Toilet Paper Roll Four Leaf Clover

Saint Patrick’s Day Rainbow Count Down Activity

 

St. Patrick’s Day Crafts and Decorations

Although my decorations were sparse this year, I loved making all three of these projects.

Saint Patrick’s Day Front Door Decoration

St. Patrick’s Day Fabric Scrap and Burlap Scrap Bunting

No Sew St. Patrick’s Day Kitchen Towel

 

St. Patrick’s Day Treats and Favors

You know I love giving away treats and having parties! These are three ideas you can use for teacher gifts, hostess gifts, or party favors.

Leprechaun Hat Candy Gifts

St. Patrick’s Day Treat Boxes

St. Patrick’s Day Craft: Pot of Gold

 

St. Patrick’s Day Cocktail Recipes

Fun and festive original cocktail recipes by David Edessa including the traditional Irish Car Bomb and a Maple Nut Coffee recipe.

March Madness Cocktail Recipes

Shamrock Milk Shake Cocktail Recipe

Pistachio Infused Whiskey Cocktails

St. Patrick’s Day Fabric Scrap and Burlap Scrap Bunting

by Dinah Wulf

St. Patrick’s Day Fabric Scrap and Burlap Scrap Bunting

I had some left over fabric from some St. Patrick’s Day no sew hand towels I made. I am lacking in my decorations this year so I decided to make a St. Patrick’s Day Fabric Scrap and Burlap Scrap Bunting. My leftovers were the perfect amount.

I had made a banner similar to this one for a Vintage Themed Baby Shower I did. You can see the full tutorial for it there. These two fabric quarters were perfect for making a hand towel and this bunting. Score! So cheap (less than $5 for both)!

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Anyway, the difference between this bunting and the scrap fabric bunting I made for the baby shower was this…

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I used this awesome Fiskars Rotary Cutter and Ruler that pretty much cut my time in half when making this!  It was so ah-mazing and cut the lines perfectly clean. All you need is the cutter and a cutting mat and with one swipe you have a perfectly straight line.  No need for scissors! Oh… and so much easier to use this when cutting the burlap as well. I highly recommend it if you couldn’t tell.

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I cut my strips of fabric and burlap and then knotted them to some rope I had left over as well from these nautical inspired thrift store rope vases I made. I altered the two patterns and a burlap strip.

St. Patrick’s Day Fabric Scrap Bunting

I love the mix of fabric and burlap. As you may or may not know, crafting with burlap is messy! Make sure you have your garbage can handy!

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No Sew St. Patrick’s Day Kitchen Towel

by Dinah Wulf

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I really like festive holiday themed kitchen towels, but I can never find ones that I actually like.  Recently, I made a Valentine’s Day kitchen towel so I thought I’d make a No Sew St. Patrick’s Day Kitchen Towel too! I went back to Jo-Ann Fabrics to see if I could find some patterns I like to make my own.  Here is how I made it.

Materials:

  • Plain kitchen towels
  • Fabric of choice
  • Fusible web
  • Ironing board
  • Iron
  • Spray Starch
  • Yardstick
  • Scissors

After looking around for what seemed like forever, I finally found two green patterns that I really liked and thought looked nice together. The fabric quarters were great for this project.

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I also bought these four kitchen towels for four dollars at Target. Only a dollar each! I washed them in the washing machine and dried them before I started.

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I cut out my fabric in strips.  They don’t have to be perfect as far as width goes.  That’s the beauty of making your own!I also ironed them to make it easier to align them on my towel.  I used spray starch as well.

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Next I cut the fusible web and ironed it on.  The package said to heat it foe 3 seconds, but it took a little longer for me. Here’s the AFTER! Fun, right? This would make a great hostess gift.  You can make them in so many different patterns and colors to fit any style or holiday.

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Saint Patrick’s Day Front Door Decoration

by Dinah Wulf

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By the time Valentine’s Day arrived, I was already ready to decorate for Saint Patrick’s Day since I create new things so far in advance! I had posted my super easy Valentine’s Day Door Decoration in January and I fell in L-O-V-E with it, but I did make it easy to change out because I wanted to reuse the basket for my Saint Patrick’s Day Front Door Decoration.

In case you missed it, here is the Valentine’s Day one I made.

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Isn’t it cute? I used safety pins instead of glue to attach the burlap so that the basket could be easily changed for all holidays, seasons, and special occasions.  The basket is great too because it is so versatile and can be used for any holiday, season, or event.

For this door decoration, I am using the same types of floral arrangement but in green for Saint Patrick’s Day. I love hydrangeas because the fake ones look pretty good! Here is what I bought.

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Hint: If I fall in love with something (and it’s on sale) I ALWAYS buy it in other colors.

I also found this cute and sparkly green clover welcome sign at Jo-Ann’s.  It’s nice and light and made out of foam so it was perfect for this basket. Oh! And OF COURSE it too was on sale!

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I put it all together in minutes, again using safety pins instead of glue so that I can change it for spring and Easter!

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I hope you enjoy it! I’m already looking forward to the Easter version! Ha!

March Madness Cocktail Recipes

by Dinah Wulf

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Written By David Edessa

March Madness is almost over!  Tomorrow is the big day so I decided to create something fun and slightly different. This is a drink that I decided to promote at the bar. I personally never enjoyed the Car Bomb shot, so here are some great alternatives for your March Madness party this weekend.

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Maple Leaf Bomb recipe:

Ingredients:

  • ⅔ pint Guinness stout
  • ¾ oz. Bailey’s Caramel Irish cream liqueur
  • ¾ oz. Crown Royal Maple Finished whisky

Instructions:

Add the Irish cream and whiskey to a shot glass, layering the Irish cream on the bottom. Pour the Guinness into a pint glass or beer mug ⅔ of the way full and let settle. Drop the shot glass into the Guinness and chug. If you don’t drink it fast enough it will curdle.

Traditional Irish Car Bomb recipe:

Ingredients:

  • ⅔ pint Guinness stout
  • ¾ oz. Irish cream liqueur
  • ¾ oz. Irish whiskey

Instructions:

Add the Irish cream and whiskey to a shot glass, layering the Irish cream on the bottom. Pour the Guinness into a pint glass or beer mug ⅔ of the way full and let settle. Drop the shot glass into the Guinness and chug. If you don’t drink it fast enough it will curdle.

Maple Nut Coffee recipe:

Ingredients:

  • ¾ oz. Crown Royal Maple Finished whisky
  • ¾ oz. Hazelnut liqueur
  • ½ oz. Bailey’s Caramel Irish cream liqueur
  • 5 oz. Strong Hot Coffee
  • Garnish: Whipped Cream and chocolate shavings.

Instructions:

Pour Whisky, Irish cream and hazelnut liqueur into an Irish coffee mug. Fill it with coffee.

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Arrowhead Holiday Water Bottles

by Dinah Wulf

Holiday Bottled Water Collage

Did you know about Arrowhead® 100% Mountain Spring Water’s ReBorn™ Bottle made with 50% recycled plastic? By recycling more, you’re helping us get closer to our goal of making our 500mL ReBorn™ bottles with 100% recycled plastic! This isn’t Arrowhead’s first environmental initiative. And it won’t be our last. In fact, Arrowhead has a long history of treating Mother Nature right.

  1. The new Reborn bottle material that can be recycled again and again, so there is no end to its usefulness.
  2. Arrowhead preserves and protects their carefully selected natural spring sources (and acres surrounding them) to sustainable sourcing of our waters
  3. Arrowhead uses LEED certified facilities to utilizing wind turbines for renewable energy
  4. Arrowhead is constantly improving packaging

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Join Arrowhead Mountain Spring Water in the recycling movement today!

I am so excited to have partnered up with Arrowhead in this recycling movement.  I wanted to share some creative ways to use plastic water bottles.  I had made this pineapple candy holder to give away as a gift but with St. Patrick’s Day and Easter coming up, thought I’d make some cute water labels for the get-togethers I’ll be attending.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Arrowhead® 100% Mountain Spring Water’s ReBorn™ Bottle
  • Scrapbook paper
  • Ribbon
  • Holiday stickers
  • Circle craft punch
  • Tape or glue

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I cut 9”X1.5” strips of paper or ribbon to fit around the Arrowhead bottle label and used tape to secure it.  I embellished the bottle with stickers and used circle craft punches for the medallion in the center.  These are inexpensive and easy to make and will add a little extra fun and personality to your St. Patrick’s Day and Easter get-together.

Join me and show your support for Arrowhead’s recycling efforts!  

A big THANK YOU to Arrowhead for sponsoring today’s post!

 

St. Patrick’s Day Craft: Pot of Gold

by Dinah Wulf

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Being a known craft hoarder among my circle of friends, I am often given a craft challenge.  For example, my friend Amanda gave me a sandwich bag of coin wrappers and I made flowers out of them.  Most recently, my friend Jenny gave me some baby food jars.  With St. Patrick’s Day around the corner I decided to make a little chalkboard paint pot of gold with chocolate coins to give out as a gift or use as a favor.  Here is a St. Patrick’s Day Craft: Pot of Gold.

Materials:

  • Recycled baby food jars
  • Chalkboard Paint
  • Paint brush
  • Toothpicks or BBQ skewers
  • Cotton balls
  • Gold ribbon
  • Green ribbon
  • Any small craft punch related to St. Patrick’s Day or Springtime (I used a flower)
  • Glue
  • Hot glue and glue gun
  • Chocolate gold coins
  • Colored paper scraps in rainbow colors

First, clean remove the label with warm soapy water and dry your jars.

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To make the banner, punch out two of each color and use glue to attach it to your green ribbon.  Tie the ends to your toothpicks to make a small banner.

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Line the edge of the jar with gold ribbon by gluing it and glue on cotton balls to form a cloud on top of the lid.  Hot glue the sticks to the lid of the jar maneuvering it until it is sturdy.

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Paint the jar with chalkboard paint using a paint brush.  I painted my jar with two coats, allowing one hour in between coats.  Let the final coat of chalkboard paint dry for 24 hours, allowing it to cure before writing on it with chalk.

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Write the recipient’s name on your jar, or “Happy St. Patrick’s day” and fill it with gold chocolate coins!

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Pistachio Infused Whiskey Cocktails

by Dinah Wulf

Written By David Edessa

Two weeks ago I posted how to create a delicious Pistachio Infused Bourbon. Today, we will put that infusion to work with after dinner Pistachio Infused Whiskey Cocktails.

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Here are some great party recipes for after dinner cocktails :)

Pistachio Shortbread Martini:

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup Light cream
  • 1/4 cup Pistachio Infused Bourbon
  • 2 teaspoons JELL-O Pistachio instant pudding mix
  • Hershey’s butterscotch sauce
  • Crushed Shortbread cookie crumbs
  • Whipped cream

Instructions:

Mix cream, Bourbon, and JELL-O instant pudding mix in shaker with ice. Shake vigorously for about 30 seconds. Chill a martini glass by filling it with 1/2 cup of ice and cold water. Dip rim of glass in butterscotch sauce then dip rim into shortbread cookie crumbs. Strain drink into chilled glass. Top the corner rim of glass with whipped cream and a cookie if you wish :)

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Spiked Pistachio Shake:

Ingredients:

  • 3 oz. Whole milk
  • 2 oz. Seltzer water
  • 6 oz. french vanilla ice cream
  • 1 oz. Pistachio Infused Bourbon
  • ½ teaspoons JELL-O Pistachio Instant Pudding mix
  • Whipped cream
  • Crushed almonds

Instructions:

Chill a martini glass by filling it with 1/2 cup of ice and cold water. Combine the milk, bourbon, and Jell-O mix in the blender and blend until combined, about 5 seconds. Add the ice cream and blend until smooth, about 10 seconds. Garnish with whip cream and crushed almonds.

Pistachio Tumbler:

Ingredients:

Instructions:

Build the ingredients in a cocktail glass over two ice cubes. Garnish with a lemon twist.

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Pistachio Cranberry Bark Martini:

Ingredients:

  • 1 oz. Irish cream liqueur
  • 1 oz. Pistachio Infused Bourbon
  • ½ oz. White crème de cacao
  • ½ oz. Light Cream
  • ½ oz. Cranberry syrup (recipes below)
  • Hershey’s chocolate syrup

Instructions:

Chill a martini glass by filling it with 1/2 cup of ice and cold water.

Place 1 cup of ice cubes into a cocktail shaker. Pour the bourbon, cranberry syrup, white crème de cacao, and Irish cream liqueur over the ice; cover and shake vigorously. Dump the ice and water from the martini glass and drizzle the inside of the glass with chocolate syrup. Strain the cocktail into the glass to serve.

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Cranberry Syrup:

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup cranberries sauce (canned)

Instructions:

Equal parts of sugar and water are warmed until dissolved, and then add two parts of cranberries. Reduce heat to low and simmer until cranberries are falling apart, about 15 minutes. Strain through a fine mesh strainer into a medium bowl and let the strainer sit over the bowl until the syrup has cooled to room temperature, about 1 hour.  Store it in the refrigerator up to two weeks.

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DRINK RESPONSIBLE & DRINK SMART!!! And always enjoy :)

 

St. Patrick’s Day DIY Inspiration

by Dinah Wulf

My husband LOVES St. Patrick’s Day (even though he’s not Irish).  We thought we’d start an annual St. Patrick’s Day party at our house… starting NEXT year.  Since we just moved in, we thought it’d best to just start with getting some ideas first.

There were so many inspiring St. Patrick’s Day ideas that I decided to do a photo gallery.  It was impossible to narrow it down to a few pictures.  I explored my usual websites like BHG and Martha Stewart and also some of my favorite blogs as well as Pintrest.

So, at the end of this photo gallery is a list of links for the sources, some with tutorials, and some with free printables, to all this amazing St. Patrick’s Day DIY Inspiration.

St. Patrick’s Day Party Ideas:

St. Patrick’s Day Decorations & Crafts:

St. Patrick’s Day Sweet Treats:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shamrock Paper Centerpiece

 

Alcoholic Milk Shakes

by Dinah Wulf

Alcoholic Milk Shakes, Written By David Edessa

Shake, Rattle and Roll

I love milkshakes and it only made sense to do a blog post on milk shakes for adults.

Shamrock Mint Shake

  • 2 oz. Vanilla Rum
  • 2 oz. milk
  • 1 pint mint chocolate chip ice cream
  • 1 tsp. pure mint extract
  • Whipped Cream as garnish

Preparation:

Place all the ingredients in a blender with some crushed ice and blend until smooth. Mix until smooth. Pour into chilled glass and garnish with whipped cream.

Georgia Peach Shake

  • 3/4 oz. Southern Comfort
  • 3/4 oz. Amaretto
  • 1/2 oz. peach schnapps
  • 1 pint French Vanilla ice cream
  • 1/2 oz. fresh lemon juice
  • 1 ripe peach , peeled and chopped
  • Whipped Cream as garnish

Preparation:

Place all the ingredients in a blender with some crushed ice and blend until smooth. Mix until smooth. Pour into chilled glass and garnish with whipped cream.

Toblerone Shake

  • 1 oz. Tia Maria
  • 1 oz. Bailey’s Irish Cream
  • 1/2 oz. Barenjager
  • 2 oz. milk
  • 1 pint Chocolate ice cream
  • Whipped Cream as garnish

Preparation:

Place all the ingredients in a blender with some crushed ice and blend until smooth. Mix until smooth. Pour into chilled glass and garnish with whipped cream.

You can be experimental with adult shakes by combining some of your favorite ingredients. One thing to try to remember is that too much alcohol will keep your shake from being thick enough. A two to one ice ratio of ice cream to milk is safe and 1-1/2 oz. of combined booze at the most. However, rules are always meant to be broken :) Enjoy

Photo Sources: SkipToMyLou.org, PostersPoint.com, Google Images

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