St. Patrick's Day Contest Ideas

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The shamrock is a popular St. Patrick's Day symbol.
The shamrock is a popular St. Patrick's Day symbol. (Image: shamrock image by Olga Khoroshunova from Fotolia.com)

St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated each March 17, the anniversary of St. Patrick's death, and is reserved by Irish Catholics to celebrate his life. Today, people of all nationalities celebrate the holiday. Most people use the day to celebrate Ireland and all things Irish. Some popular St. Patrick’s Day themes are the color green, leprechauns, rainbows and gold. You can use some of these themes to create contests that will get all of your guests involved in a St. Patrick’s Day celebration.

Leprechaun Costume Contest

Costume parties are popular during festive times of the year, but leprechaun costume contests are rare. Encourage your guests to dress up as leprechauns by wearing buckles on their shoes, green beards, bell-bottomed green pants and a buckled top hat. Give prizes for different categories including the most convincing leprechaun, the most Irish leprechaun and the most creative leprechaun costume.

Leprechauns are mythical creatures who are both curious and greedy.
Leprechauns are mythical creatures who are both curious and greedy. (Image: leprechaun image by Jarek Miarka from Fotolia.com)

Cooking Contests

Encourage your party guests to bring traditional Irish meals that may include corned beef and cabbage, Irish soda bread, Irish apple cake and shepherd's pie. Divide dishes into tasting portions and invite guests to vote for the best meat, dessert and side dish. Give prizes to the winners.

Corned beef is one of the most popular St. Patrick's Day meals.
Corned beef is one of the most popular St. Patrick's Day meals. (Image: Baked corned beef with potatoes image by Elzbieta Sekowska from Fotolia.com)

Hidden Gold Contest

Like an Easter Egg hunt, hide chocolate pieces of gold around your home or yard. Rope off the area where the gold is hidden and give each of your guests a little gold "pot." On a countdown, let your guests loose to fill their pots with pieces of gold. Give a prize to the guest who collects the most pieces.

Lore says that leprechauns hide gold coins at the end of rainbows.
Lore says that leprechauns hide gold coins at the end of rainbows. (Image: gold coins image by OMKAR A.V from Fotolia.com)

Trivia Contest

Before your party, make up a trivia sheet with several questions and riddles related to St. Patrick’s Day. These questions can include which city dyes its river every St. Patrick’s Day (Chicago), what landmark you can kiss that will make you as lucky as a leprechaun (Blarney Stone) and Ireland’s nickname (The Emerald Isle). Give a prize to the people who have the highest scores.

Chicago dyes its river green on St. Patrick's Day.
Chicago dyes its river green on St. Patrick's Day. (Image: Chicago backdrop image by Rachel from Fotolia.com)

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