This year, St. Patrick’s Day falls on Thursday, March 17th. Below are a few ideas to help you plan your 2016 St. Patty’s club.
Encourage everyone dress in green. Some folks may even paint their faces. Most green on one person wins $50 off summer camp.
Have a skit character host the evening. He/She can be named “Patty O’Furniture” and a terrible Irish accent is a must. Patty should constantly repeat Irish phrases like “top o the mornin to ye” and “let go of me lucky charms.” Green tights, red wig, bow-tie, shamrock shades, irish hat, beard, etc…
Ms. Shamrock Pageant
You could host a “Ms. Shamrock” competition for the ladies similar to the “Mr. Christmas Tree” for the fellas, just tweak things to be “shamrock-y” instead of “Christmas Tree-y.”
Download some Irish background music for free from this website.
Order some fun party favors to pass out at club. At Oriental Trading Post you can buy all kinds of novelties for cheap and they have 2-day delivery. You can get shamrock shaped silly bands for ten cents/band; shamrock tattoos for a nickle/tat; etc… You can also buy some pretty sweet shamrock shades at this website for $3/pair if u buy 12 or more.
Have a relay race where teams shoot marshmallows out of the noses into a bowl of lucky charms sitting on someone’s head. At the end, if you want to be over the top- and if you want a leader to get sick, have a leader pick up a spoon and start eating the nostrilized marshmallows.
Gettin’ Jiggy With It
Have some leaders or kids learn an Irish Jig ahead of time and perform the dance for everyone. You could then open up the stage to others to compete. You can watch some YouTube videos like this one to learn how to do an Irish Jig.
Classic YL Lucky Skit
It’s an oldie, but a goodie! Based on an old Monty Python sketch. You can watch a video of the skit here. And another version here. There are quite a few on YouTube. You can download a script here, but I would edit it to make it your own.
It’s an easy mixer with no prep other than going to the ATM. Give one student a $10 bill and tell him/her to give it to the 11th person that shakes their hand and says “Top of the mornin to ye laddy.” Have everyone shake hands and meet someone new and tell them that someone has been given $10 to give to the 11th person that shakes their hand. Play some Irish Jig in the background.
Just Dew It
Have 3 teams of two people come up on stage. Whoever finishes a two-liter of Mountain Dew and a small bag of Lucky Charms first wins! You could pick other green foods as well.
If you haven’t used the classic YL skit “Little Nemo” in a while, now’s a good time to do it with Lil Nemo being a Leprechaun.
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