Blarney Blast St Patricks Day Kids Party is Full of Games (and Lies!)

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st patricks day girlAre you looking for a St Patricks Day kids party – for older kids?

Here is one that they’ll love!

  • No craft projects that older kids groan about
  • Balance of active games, creative games & trivia so everyone can excel at something
  • Lots of food, lots of fun, and lots of lies!

What more could a kid ask?

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Set Up the Blarney Zone

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blarney zone tapeSince we’re encouraging them to have fun telling leprechaun lies, you may want to set up a Blarney Zone with caution tape so all the lies are contained in one area and everything returns to normal outside the zone!

This 20′ Blarney Zone Party Tape is from Amazon for $1.99.
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Icebreaker Ideas


Icebreakers are games or events that the kids do while the hostess mom greets parents as they drop off their children at the party. It’s also a great way for kids to get to know one another if they haven’t met yet.

Photo Booth

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[column size=”1/2″]Decorate for your Blarney Blast with this Personalized Pot Of Gold Standee where everyone can be a leprechaun! Each cardboard Pot of Gold Standee can be customized with two lines of copy. They are 6 feet high x 3 feet wide. Easy assembly. $34.99 at Shindigz.

If using a photo booth, arrange to have someone else take photos for you so you can greet guests as they arrive. You can print them off & give kids their photos to take home as a party favor, or have them printed later and send the pics in your thank you cards.

Standee makes a great yard decoration – weather permitting – and shows them where to go for the party, either your home or another venue, if they haven’t been there before.
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Fortune Cookie Fun

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Give each child a green fortune cookie when they arrive with the first clue to a treasure hunt or an action for them to complete. (See our article showing how to make green fortune cookies.)
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Pinches

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Let the fun begin!

Begin by telling the kids the following tradition of pinching anyone who doesn’t wear green on St Patricks Day.

(Make sure you’re wearing green – or maybe even our own “No Pinching” T-shirt as you transition into the story.)
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There is a legend that leprechauns pinch people on St Patrick’s Day, and the only way to save yourself is the “Wearin’ o’ the Green” because then you blend right in with the Emerald Isle, Ireland, and they can’t see you. Whenever you see someone who isn’t wearing green, pinch them to remind them that the leprechauns will get them.
 
After all the kids have arrived, give them all something green to wear to put an end to the torture!
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You can usually find green stickers at any department store, or here are some ideas we discovered at Shindigz:
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St. Patricks Day Stachetats Sheet/10
– $4.99

This awesome temporary tattoo set includes an assortment of 10 tattoos and four alcohol wipes. Easily apply each tattoo with water and when you are ready to remove it, just use the provided alcohol wipes. The St. Patricks Day StacheTats Temporary Tattoos are sweat proof so you don’t have to worry about it wiping off.
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[column size=”2/3″]St. Patrick’s Day Top Hat – $4.79 each

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Shamrock Party Head Boppers
– $1.29 each

Get everyone in the mood for St. Patrick’s Day fun with these 5″ high velour and felt shamrock head boppers. The clover headband fits most adults and kids.
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Shamrock Beads Pkg/3
– $1.19

These Shamrock Beads features a strand of metallic green clovers with tiny ball accents. Each package of Shamrock Beaded Necklace include three 15 1/2 inch long necklaces.
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[column size=”2/3″]Green Moustache – $1.29 each

Each self-adhesive Green Mustache is made of felt and measures 5 1/2 inches long x 2 3/8 inches high.
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Blarney Blast Games


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Don’t Laugh at the Leprechaun

Now that they’re all hyper, keep the ball rolling with this game. Divide the group into two teams. Each team lines up about 4 feet away from each other with all the kids facing each other. Two players, one from each team stands at either end of the space, bow to each other and say “Dia Dhuit” (pronounced jee-ah ghwit) which means hello in Irish Gaelic.

Hagoo teams

The two players, keeping eye contact, walk towards each other. They pass and then walk to the end of the line. While the two players are walking, the team members in the line try to make the opposing player laugh as they pass by. They can make faces, act silly, tell jokes, but are not permitted to touch the person or move out of the line.
 
The Goal: to walk thru the space and keep a straight face. No smiling, no laughing. If the player smiles or laughs they have to join the opposing team.
 
How to Win: the person who is the only one not to smirk, smile or laugh is the real leprechaun. You may want to set a time limit on this game because it may be impossible to have just one person standing at the end.
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Blarney!

Now they’re probably ready to play a sitting game. Have them all take a seat around the table for a card game. You’ll need a deck of cards for every five kids, so consider two games playing simultaneously if you have more than ten kids.

kissing the blarney stone

Tell them about the Blarney Stone:

(If you would like to print the above picture to show them while you’re talking, click on it to see just the photo and then print or save.)

The Blarney Stone is a block of Bluestone built into the tower wall at Blarney, Ireland. The legend is that kissing the Blarney Stone gives that person the “gift of Blarney” – which is the ability to talk someone into something, the gift of gab, or the ability to flatter.

(It’s also called the ability to tell a man to go to hell in such a way as he will look forward to the trip but we’ll keep that just between you and me. . .)

How to Play Blarney

St. Patrick's Day Playing Card Case Personalized Playing Card Case(The card game I call Blarney is based on the game you may know as Cheat or Doubt It.)

Deal out all the cards, face down. (It doesn’t matter if some players have more cards than others.) The person with the Ace of Spades goes first – if playing with two decks the Ace of Spades closest to the dealer’s left goes first.

Players have three choices:

  • Play the expected cards they have in their hand – in this case the Ace of Spades and any other aces.
  • Play a different card from their hand and bluff, saying it is what is expected.
  • Or they can do both: play the expected card with other cards. This could also involve a bluff – you could say you were playing three aces but actually put four or five cards down.

After the first person plays the Ace of Spades, the person sitting at their left is expected to play deuces (twos). They do one of the three choices above, playing a different card if they don’t have a two in their hand because you must discard a card when its your turn.

When discarding, the player places their cards face-down in a pile in the center of the table and announces what it is expected to be: “three twos”. They could be bluffing, or they could be telling the truth. (“Don’t Laugh at the Leprechaun” was great practice for keeping a ‘poker face’ now.)
 
Now the other players have a choice. They can either accept that the person is telling the truth or challenge them if they think the person is bluffing. If they think they’re bluffing they shout out “Blarney!” and turn over the cards the person played. If the person was bluffing they must pick up all the cards on the table. If they weren’t bluffing the person who challenged them must pick up all the cards in the pile.
 
Whoever picked up the pile of cards now plays, expected to put the next number in the center of the table, which would be threes in this instance. Yes, this could mean that some players get skipped or the same person who just played has to play again.
 
The object of the game is to keep playing until one person is able to discard all of their cards and be declared the winner – which usually involves having the correct numbered card to play on their last turn.
 
If two people call Blarney at the same time, the person closest to the player’s left hand will be the one who challenges and turns over the cards.
 
It’s recommended that you set a time limit for play.
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Would you like to play something other than a card game?
Liars Dice GameLiar’s Dice is a lively game where kids attempt to out-bid, out-bluff and out-last each other. A game for two to four players, ages eight and up. Available from AreYouGame.com for $20.98.
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St Patrick’s Day Mad Lib

Older kids love to play Mad Lib and it’s the perfect way to end a St Patricks Day kids party. Print off the mad lib questionnaire at Snapfish (scroll down to the second page) and have one person ask for suggestions and fill in the blanks. If your kids are younger, instead of ‘adjective’ ask for a describing word, and instead of ‘noun’ ask for a thing.

After filling in all the blanks read the story aloud. When the laughter dies down, fill in the blanks for a whole new story!


Blarney Blast Food


Of course, any St Patricks Day recipe will do – and may we recommend our recipes – but for the Blarney Blast maybe you want to try something a little different.

Meatloaf Cupcake

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Continue the Blarney with the food – serve a meatloaf cupcake that will fool them!

Just cook your usual meatloaf mixture in your muffin pan for 20 minutes. When it’s cooled top with Mashed Potatoes to look like icing and a dab of catsup or cherry tomato for a cherry on top.  

Don’t say a word – just wait for their reaction when the figure it out for themselves!

(Here’s another little secret: my kids love, love, love meatloaf cupcakes all year round and I love them as a fast and easy meal.)
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TV Dinner Cupcakes

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These cupcakes are so much fun for dessert and make the day extra memorable.

They are very easy to make but look like you’ve worked oh-so-hard. See our article with step by step instructions and ingredients list.
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Source:
Information about the Blarney Stone from Wikipedia.

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