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Colorful and Creative Food Ideas for St. Patrick's Day

St. Patrick's Day is a day of celebration to many especially for those in Ireland but even here in the United States school's have St. Patrick's Day parties for the kids, bars and pubs celebrate and serve green beer and there are also several annual St. Patrick's Day parades each year. I've recently started looking for some fun foods for this holiday and was overwhelmed by the variety of options and just couldn't help but share them with everyone! Whether you are looking for some ideas to prepare for a party or whether you just want to prepare something at home for fun with the kids while discussing the history of St. Patrick's Day and how it came to be, there is something in this colorful and creative food round-up for you. Before we get started with going through all of the fun and fabulous foods, I would just like to say, one of the bloggers who shared their recipe in my round-up was attacked for sharing foods made with food coloring and slammed for sharing that she made it for her kids one day. I am not an advocate for using food coloring all the time but I see nothing wrong with using food coloring in foods occasionally for a holiday. I wrote the hub to give some fun suggestions, not to debate the use of food coloring :0) Now, let's get going.. please enjoy!

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Rainbow Pancakes

Rainbow Pancakes

Rainbow Waffles

Rainbow Waffles

Rainbow Pancakes

I am baker has shared these beautiful rainbow pancakes! What a day to start St. Patrick's Day. The kids would love this one.











Random Thoughts of a SUPERMOM!- Has shared how to make rainbow waffles.. another one that kids would love in the morning of St. Patrick's Day.

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Shamrock Pizzas

Shamrock Pizzas

Shamrock Pizzas

I'm Topsy Turvy shared how to to make these yummy shamrock shaped chicken Alfredo pizzas! The green pizza dough was made in a bread machine and she was nice enough to share the recipe for the green pizza dough. I think think this would make a great St. Patrick's Day lunch or dinner.

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Veggie Rainbow Wraps

Veggie Rainbow Wraps

Veggie Rainbow Wraps

Happy Healthy Life shares how to make these vegetable rainbow wraps. They look perfect for St. Patrick's Day just like they are- no food coloring. My mouth is watering just looking at them. If you are looking for a healthy alternative this one would be it. Kids love them too!

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Green Mashed Potatoes

Green Mashed Potatoes

Green Mashed Potatoes

Maybe you don't want to go for a full on green meal for St. Patrick's Day. How about making a side dish of green mashed potatoes? How about a nice steak, colorful salad, green mashed potatoes and some bread for dinner? The best part about this one is that the potatoes were made green by spinach and/or broccoli... for those of you who do not use food coloring, this is a good one. I found the recipe at Recipe Can

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Rainbow Slush

Rainbow Slush

Rainbow Slush

Ramblings from the Sunshine State shows how she made this beautiful rainbow slush for a rainbow themed party but of course, it could be used for St. Patrick's Day, too. The kids would really go crazy over this one. Hop on over and see how she made it!

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Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies

Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies

Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies

I bet these green mint chocolate chip cookies taste wonderful. It doesn't bother me in the least that they are green. You could whip up a batch of these for a St. Patrick's Day party. I'm sure you will get many compliments on your green cookies. Get the recipe at babble.

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Rainbow Cake

Rainbow Cake

Rainbow Cake

Be the talk of the St. Patrick's Day party by bringing this beautiful rainbow cake. I think this is the most beautiful cake I've ever seen..It's almost too pretty to eat! I bet it's just as yummy as it is pretty. It is a white cake mix with a lemony swiss meringue butter cream icing. Go to whisk Kid to see how it was made.

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Green Candied Popcorn

Green Candied Popcorn

Green Candied Popcorn

This green candied popcorn is another good one to bring to a party or you could just snack on it at home. This is a nice, green treat that you could make in no time. Go to Skip to my Lou for the recipe.

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Green Pea and Bacon Soup

Green Pea and Bacon Soup

Green Pea and Bacon Soup

Another naturally green alternative for St. Patrick's Day is this Green Pea and Bacon Soup. This soup sounds yummy! Well, anything that has bacon in it is yummy to me but anyway.. Go get the printable recipe at Divine Dinner Party.

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Rainbow Cupcakes

Rainbow Cupcakes

Rainbow Cupcakes

Go grab the recipe at FamilyFun for these cute rainbow cupcakes for St. Patrick's Day! This would be a good one to send for a school party or any party, for that matter! The icing is just whipped cream but I was thinking maybe a white (or even green)butter cream with some rainbow sprinkles.

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Green Lemonade

Green Lemonade

Green Lemonade

Everyone needs to drink some green lemonade on St. Patrick's Day to celebrate the occasion. These were actually made for a green themed wedding but they are great for St. Patrick's Day, too. There wasn't a recipe but it's pretty simple.. just make some lemonade and add a little bit of green food coloring. I found this pretty green lemonade at Bridal Guide.

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St. Patrick's Day Cookies

St. Patrick's Day Cookies

St. Patrick's Day Cookies

These colorful rainbow and shamrock cookies are really neat. I like how big they are and how they were made to be eaten with a stick like a lollipop. These would be a perfect addition to a St. Patrick's Day party.. they could even be wrapped in cellophane and given a take home favor! Visit Amanda's Cookin for the printable recipe and great photo illustrated instructions.

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Green Pistachio Sweet Bread

Green Pistachio Sweet Bread

Green Pistachio Sweet Bread

How about some green sweet flavored bread for St. Patrick's Day? This is a sweet pistachio bread and it sure does sound yummy. It is made using a cake mix and pistachio pudding. This would make a perfect St. Paddy's Day treat. Go to Kitchen Blessings to see how it was made.

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Fruit Rainbow

Fruit Rainbow

Fruit Rainbow

If you are looking for healthier options, this fruit rainbow platter that I found at Sarah's Blog looks fabulous! I love how the marshmallows were used as clouds on both sides of the rainbow and the bananas are the pot of gold.

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Green Mocktail

Green Mocktail

Green Mocktail

This non-alcoholic green goddess mocktail is perfect for those of you who want a nice drink but without the alcohol. The flavor is a combination of lemon, grapes and ginger and it's the perfect color for St. Patrick's Day! Go to Khaugiri for the recipe.

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Green Deviled Eggs

Green Deviled Eggs

Green Deviled Eggs

I found these green deviled eggs at So Wonderful So Marvelous. They were originally made for a Dr.Seuss birthday party but they would also make a great St. Patrick's Day party appetizer. Visit the link for a great, photo illustrated recipe.

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Double Rainbow Pudding

Double Rainbow Pudding

Double Rainbow Pudding

How about some double rainbow pudding for dessert on St. Patrick's Day? Michelle P via tablespoon shared the recipe for this very colorful pudding. It's actually just colored vanilla pudding and it's very easy to make. The kids would love it.

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Green Dip with Green Vegetables

Green Dip with Green Vegetables

Green Vegetables and Green Goddess Dip

Here is another healthy alternative St. Patrick's Day treat. This would be the perfect to take along to a party or it could be something green for the kids to much on. The green dip is called green goddess dip and it sounds wonderful. See how to make it at Splendid Market.

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Green Velvet Cupcakes

Green Velvet Cupcakes

Green Velvet Cupcakes

Love from the Oven has the recipe for green velvet cupcakes.. and as you may have guessed, it's the same as red velvet except they are green! So it's the same yummy cake, just a different color. Visit the link for the full recipe PLUS the recipe for the frosting.

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Rainbow Fudge

Rainbow Fudge

Rainbow Fudge

I think I'm in love now.. take a look at this rainbow fudge! That is really more of the pot of gold than rainbow but anyway...I can not wait to try to make this stuff! Take these to your St. Patrick's Day party.. talking about wowing your friends! Of, course, you could make some at keep it at home as a treat for the kiddo's. All I know is whoever gets a piece of this fudge will be very happy. See all the pretty pictures and get the recipe at Off the (Meat) Hook

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Leprechaun Rainbow Party Punch

Leprechaun Rainbow Party Punch

Leprechaun Rainbow Party Punch

This is a nice punch for St. Patrick's Day made from fruit juice, sparkling water and rainbow sherbet. It would be the perfect addition to any St. Patrick's Day party. Get the recipe at Recipe Goldmine.






I hope you have enjoyed all of these creative and colorful St. Patrick's Day food ideas....

Happy St. Patrick's Day!!


shamrock lines were made using resources from Obsidian Dawn

shamrock lines were made using resources from Obsidian Dawn

I love to hear your comments...please share!

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on April 02, 2016:

evanlanvi- You are welcome!

Evan Lanvi from USA on February 28, 2016:

Wowwwww.....

It's so colorful. Thanks for sharing.

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on March 18, 2012:

Wow.. I didn't know that about the sprinkles.. how neat! That's cheap AND you get to put as many sprinkles in as you want! Thank you for the positive feedback on the printables.. it makes me want to do more. Easter is coming up.. I better get started on some Easter ones :)

sunbun143 from Los Angeles, CA on March 18, 2012:

Thank YOU! Btw, you can make any cake batter a confetti mix by putting in your own sprinkles...the long ones called "jimmies"...I learned that on hubpages somewhere...I just got the Betty Crocker mix because it was 99cents. That makes it easy and CHEAP! Yay for mommy time-savers :) Your printables are awesome...keep them up! They're even more awesome time-savers (for me, at least)!

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on March 18, 2012:

Awww.. your cupcakes turned out awesome! They sound very yummy... I'll have to try the confetti cake mix. Thanks so much for using my printables.. it really feels good to see someone actually using them. Thank you :0)

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on March 18, 2012:

Thank you Sunny! Heading on over right to see your question!

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on March 18, 2012:

Thank you victoriamische for dropping by!

sunbun143 from Los Angeles, CA on March 18, 2012:

Here's what I made (a day late)...I posted a question, so I could answer with a picture. I also used your free printables! https://hubpages.com/question/161133/what-colorful...

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on March 17, 2012:

LOL!I actually forgot that it was St. Patrick's Day today until a few hours ago :0/ Geezzz....sometimes I feel like I might lose my head if it wasn't attached! Did you make something today?

sunbun143 from Los Angeles, CA on March 17, 2012:

Okay everyone I expect updates on what you make today...on the menu here....green mint choc chip cookies and maybe some green cupcakes with rainbow sprinkles and green clover decorations! I'll pose a question and you can answer with pictures...

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on March 17, 2012:

ThatGrrl- Me too! The cookies would be an easy one to make and would really pack a punch of color for St. Patrick's Day and I bet they are very yummy too. Thank you for stopping by :)

Laura Brown from Barrie, Ontario, Canada on March 16, 2012:

I love the idea of the green cookies.

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on March 07, 2012:

Enlydia- Hehe...I know what you mean! All the rainbow stuff looks pretty and tasty, too! Thank you for dropping by :)

Enlydia Listener from trailer in the country on March 07, 2012:

Who would have thought that rainbows could look yummy?...you had my mouth watering over a few of these.

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on March 03, 2012:

GlstngRosePetals- Thank you for stopping by! I bet your kids will love the pancakes :0)

GlstngRosePetals from Wouldn't You Like To Know on March 02, 2012:

Wow I never thought about making the pancakes green for my children. I'm going to try it this year I think they will love it. Thanks for sharing.

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on February 28, 2012:

Yay! Thanks so much for stopping by! Glad you like these :0) Let me know if you husband ends up making anything :)

sheilanewton from North Shields, UK on February 28, 2012:

Stunning. I'm no cook myself - but i'll pass this on to my husband, who IS! Fantastic, Jamie.

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on February 27, 2012:

ChristyWrites- Thank you, Christy...I appreciate you stopping by!

Christy Birmingham from British Columbia, Canada on February 27, 2012:

What a great idea for a hub! I love that you offer all of the links connected to the photos, explaining how to make the goodies. Vote up.

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on February 25, 2012:

I think the green dye should work okay in the wine.. I don't see why it wouldn't. Thank you for stopping by :)

AngelFly on February 24, 2012:

Love the green lemonade! What do you think the dye would do to white wine if you used it on that?

I've bought some green Wine Aerators that were on special offer for St Patrick's Day - they really make the wine taste great and look fab on the table, but I'm always looking to go one green step further!

Saw the rainbow pancakes on Pinterest too - fab!

If you want to share the discount I used for my wine aerators here's the link - just use code PADDY10 at checkout

http://www.wineweaver.com/wineweaver-st-patricks-d...

If anyone's tried dying their wine before I'd really like to know!

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on February 21, 2012:

Yes, that is kind of what I gathered about the gels, too. I'll be sure to keep that in mind when I go to get the food coloring. Thank you for sharing on your facebook!

sunbun143 from Los Angeles, CA on February 21, 2012:

No I used the standard McCormick brand liquid food coloring drops. I heard the food coloring gels or pastes (by Wilton?) are better because you can use less to achieve color; with the drops I used, you sometimes have to use a lot, which can change the consistency and even the taste of what you're adding it to. I'm going to share this on FB, see what my baker friends think.

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on February 21, 2012:

missolive- I had lots of fun gathering these up...especially the rainbow ones. They are almost too pretty to eat. Thank you so much for stopping by!

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on February 21, 2012:

Thank you, sunbun! I thought about your caterpillar cupcakes as I was searching for rainbow colored foods to feature in this hub. I did notice some people specifying to use the food coloring gel.. is that what you used? I rarely ever use food colorings. I loved the fruit rainbow, too. So pretty and healthy too. Thanks for stopping by!!

Marisa Hammond Olivares from Texas on February 20, 2012:

Oh my goodness - I spotted this through pinterest. These ideas are so much fun! Thank you for sharing.

voted up and yum!

sunbun143 from Los Angeles, CA on February 20, 2012:

Love love love all the rainbows! I have never tried green anything except the frosting for my son's caterpillar cupcakes and I have to say it takes a lot of (that typical liquid drop) food coloring to get a good color. I think the fruit rainbow would be easy and fun to present though. Great roundup!

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on February 20, 2012:

Jamie Jo- Thank you so much! I think the pistachio bread sounds wonderful, too :0)

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on February 20, 2012:

Rose, Yeah as far as foods go, green is probably the least appetizing color. Although, I think I would still love the mashed potatoes anyway though just because I'm such a carb addict. I'm definitely trying the puddings or maybe even the cake, for sure. Thanks for stopping by!

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on February 20, 2012:

cardelean- Hehe... that's funny about your kiddos.. I could see why they would convince themselves that they taste different. I still feel weird about eating blue candy or Popsicles..they taste okay but it seems weird to eat something that blue LOL!! Anyway, I appreciate you stopping and I'm glad you found these useful!

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on February 20, 2012:

Slendid market- You are welcome! Thanks for sharing your lovely green foods with us :0)

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on February 20, 2012:

alocsin- Thank you for the vote!The pancakes and green potatoes were some of my favorites, too. Those and the rainbow cake, of course :0)

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on February 20, 2012:

leahlefler- I loved the pudding, too! It's almost too pretty to eat. I agree that it must be easy.. you would have just a few extra dirty dishes is all but it would be completely worth it for sure. Thanks for stopping by!

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on February 20, 2012:

Miss Annabella, Thank you! I appreciate you stopping by :)

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on February 20, 2012:

cclitgirl- Hehe.. I'm glad you like these. The pancakes and potatoes were some of my favorites as well. Thank you so much for the votes and for stopping by :0)

Jamie Jo on February 20, 2012:

I love all the ideas you posted, how fun!!

Thanks for featuring one of our favorite recipes!

(the green sweet pistachio bread)

Rose Clearfield from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on February 20, 2012:

Green is not the most appetizing food color, but some of these ideas are really fun. I love all of the rainbow food ideas.

cardelean from Michigan on February 20, 2012:

These were a great selection of ideas. Last year my husband made green eggs for my kids for Dr. Suess's birthday. They absolutely insisted that they tasted different so I don't think I could convince them to eat green potatoes. However there are some other great ideas I will be using. Thanks for the list!

splendid market on February 19, 2012:

Thank you for including our green goddess and crudite. Nice to find your great blog. Nice to be included with all of these other great ideas. I love all of the rainbows.

Aurelio Locsin from Orange County, CA on February 19, 2012:

Great ideas. I like the rainbow pancakes and the green mashed potatoes the best. Voting this Up and Interesting.

Leah Lefler from Western New York on February 19, 2012:

What fun ideas! I am definitely trying the rainbow pudding - that looks easy to do!

Miss Annabella from Illinois on February 19, 2012:

Looks absolutely delicious!! Yumm!

Cynthia Calhoun from Western NC on February 19, 2012:

You had me at the pancakes. And check out those mashed 'taters! Wow! Yum, yum, yum! These recipes will go perfectly with my "green beer." Hehe. Voted up and across - beautiful hub.

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