St. Patrick was the patron saint of Ireland but his holiday has devolved into such a big party he seems to be the patron saint of booze, especially on March 17. There are so many reasons to keep this St. Patrick's Day a little drier or even totally free of alcohol — you might be pregnant or nursing, you might not want to drink around your kids, or you might just be totally over the whole thing. If so, there are lots of alcohol-free St. Patrick's Day party ideas that you can partake in, and still feel like you're celebrating.
St. Patrick's Day fun doesn't have to be alcohol-based. It's easy to go to the party store, buy some shamrock decorations, get some green plates and cups, and come up with holiday-themed games. Often it's just a matter of finding a St. Paddy's day twist on a tried and true activity or favorite food. You can also encourage your friends to come dressed in green and get St. Patrick's Day fake tattoos ($15 for set of 72, Amazon) or green face paint ($13, Amazon) for anyone who'd like to add an extra zing.
Many of these ideas work for adults-only parties, but there also pretty benign and can be done with the kids around, too. Though good luck getting your kid to eat green food!