Virtual St. Patrick's Day Ideas
St. Patrick’s Day is on March 17 and sparks celebrations in Ireland, the US, and other countries around the globe. Virtual St. Patrick’s Day ideas are ways to celebrate the occasion online with coworkers, students, friends, and family. The purpose of these games and activities is to encourage fun and camaraderie among dispersed groups. This holiday is also known as “St. Paddy’s Day”.
St. Patrick’s Day Word Search
Word searches are great virtual St. Patrick’s Day ideas for school. These fun puzzles challenge participants to find holiday words among jumbles of letters. Here is a St. Patrick’s Day word search you can use for your online class or meetings:
St. Patrick’s Day Word Jumble
Word scrambles are fun educational St. Patrick’s Day games to play with students or employees. These activities make great warmups for online classes or meetings. Players receive a list of scrambled letters and must make words. Here is a template to get you started. Feel free to add your own words.
Online Irish Cooking Class
Food is an important part of any holiday, and St. Patrick’s Day has plenty of tasty treats. Online cooking classes and cook-offs are a great way to share a meal and an activity with your closest friends or coworkers.
Simply meet up on Zoom, FaceTime, or a similar software, and prepare a dish together. Be sure to show off the finished product!
Here are recommendations for dishes to make for St. Patrick’s Day:
- Corned beef and cabbage
- Shepherd’s pie
- Soda bread
You could also go the after-dinner route and whip up a green dessert or a sweet that combines chocolate with Irish cream liqueur or whiskey.
Online Irish Dance Class
Irish dance performances are popular around St. Patrick’s Day. One fun way to celebrate the day is to follow an online dance tutorial.
Virtual St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Parades are a staple of St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. Some folks might not be able to attend the event in person, but luckily, there are many virtual St. Patrick’s Day parades that broadcast online.
You could gather a group and watch together over Zoom call. Or, you can host your own parade by decorating different areas of your house, then taking other attendees on a tour.
Shamrock Movie Party
If you prefer a low-key, more subtle celebration, then host a shamrock-themed streaming party. Simply meet up on a video call, select a festive movie or show, and use a program like Watch2Gether to synchronize video.
Here are movie and show suggestions:
- Luck of the Irish
- Boondock Saints
- Derry Girls
- Peaky Blinders
- Leap Year
- The Secret of the Kells
Or, if you and your crew cannot find time to meet up and watch a full movie together, then make a team playlist of some of your favorite Irish artists and songs that you can listen to throughout the day.
Virtual St. Patrick’s Day Icebreakers
Icebreaker questions are a quick and simple way to loosen up guests and kick start conversations. We suggest starting your meeting or party with a round or two of festive questions.
Here is a list of St. Patrick’s Day Icebreakers:
- If you found a pot of gold, what would you spend it on?
- What is the luckiest thing that ever happened to you?
- What is your good luck charm?
- Do you believe in leprechauns? Why or why not?
- What is your zaniest work-friendly St. Paddy’s Day story?
- Have you ever been to Ireland? Would you like to visit?
- What is the closest green object?
Online St. Patrick’s Day Trivia
Trivia is a fun and collaborative game for any occasion. To play online, first break participants into teams. Then, either send teams to breakout rooms to answer all questions at once, or read questions one at a time, and award points to the first team that answers in a chat.
Here are some starter questions for your game:
Beer or Whiskey Tasting
Fun fact: St. Patrick’s Day is a big drinking holiday because historically, Christians were allowed to forego Lenten alcohol restrictions for one day to celebrate the feast. Funner fact: you can entertain your group by hosting an online beer or whiskey tasting.
To hold the tasting, meet up via video call and try a variety of beverages together. Either invite an expert to guide the tasting tour, watch an online tutorial, or simply sip and share your impressions. Asking participants to bring their own beverages is probably the best option, since mail regulations for alcohol can vary from state to state. Be sure to send attendees lists of drinks to obtain, and cover the cost of purchase if feeling generous.
Pro-tip: Send attendees extras like pint or shot glasses, coasters, stirrers, drink infusers or mixers, and snacks like chips or pretzels.
Virtual St. Patrick’s Happy Hour
Toasting the holiday with a drink is one of the most popular celebration ideas. Virtual happy hours are great St. Patricks Day ideas for adults because they combine the social elements of grabbing a drink, without having to cram into a packed bar or hail a ride home afterwards. Instead, gather together on video call and sip your green beer or Irish coffee together.
We recommend covering your team’s first round of drinks by reimbursing or sending a stipend of up to ten dollars. Also, allow attendees to choose a drink of choice, and encourage themed options like stout, whiskey, Irish cream, green beer, or fun St. Paddy’s Day cocktails.
End the evening with a round of toasts or spirit renditions of Irish drinking songs.
Pro-tip: Writing your own Irish drinking songs is a fun team bonding experience!