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It’s a great excuse to have fun as a family – here are seven suggestions to make your St Patrick’s Day one to remember!

1. Start the day right

Whether you’re off to a traditional parade or carnival, or celebrating at home, why not begin the day with a hearty breakfast? It’ll help keep you and the kids going all day.

2. Book a babysitter

Babysitters are in always in demand on St Patrick’s Day and that’s even more likely this year as it falls on a weekend. If you’re hoping to make an evening of it, try to arrange your childcare as soon as possible. Here are some more tips on finding the ideal babysitter.

3. Go green

And we’re not talking putting the recycling out! St Patrick’s Day is a great excuse to embrace every shade of green. Wear your brightest green clothes and add a splash of food colouring to your baking. Even the littlest members of the family can join in the fun with this green purée of avocado and cucumber.

4. Get creative

If you’re having friends or family over, why not set the scene with some homemade decorations? Try these step-by-step guides to making your own Shamrock bunting or Leprechaun mask. There are also plenty of St Patrick’s Day craft and colouring activities you can do with your toddler or pre-schooler.

5. Head to your local parade

From fancy dress to singing, little ones will love the sights and sounds of a parade or day out – and you can be sure there is plenty going on for St Patrick’s Day! There are exciting events throughout at the country that are ideal for families with babies and toddlers. Make sure your changing bag is well stocked for a day out, and don’t forget to pack warm clothing and snacks to keep little ones happy.

6. Stock up the easy way

If you’re having a gathering at home, take the stress out of shopping by ordering all your party food and drink online and getting it delivered. There’s plenty to choose from, and the best part is you can stock up and shop from the comfort of home – leaving you and your little ones more time for the fun stuff.

7. Cook for the whole family

If you’re feeding a crowd of hungry grown-ups, why not serve up this tasty-and-traditional Beef and Guinness pie, followed by a delicious Chocolate Guinness cake? We’ve got lots of family-friendly recipes that are sure to go down well with revellers of all ages.

Feeling ready for the festivities? Have a great time, whatever you have planned!

Beannachtaí Lá Fhéile Phádraig daoibh go léir – Happy St Patrick’s Day!
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