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What To Put In Your St. Patrick’s Day Care Package

February 12, 2018
What to put in your St. Patrick's Day care package: ideas for food, clothing and fun items

Did you know that St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner? Well, it is if you’re planning a care package; with just under a month to go until March 17, now is the time to get your box decorated and filled. I genuinely like filling holiday care packages because you usually have so many more options that fit your theme. Plus you get to flex your creative muscles when it comes to translating holiday favorites to care package-friendly contents.

St. Patrick’s Day care package contents

Food: food is a go-to for most care packages and St. Patrick’s Day is no exception.  The good thing about holiday care packages is that most major companies produce packaging or products to fit the holiday. Products like Goldfish, Pringles and M&Ms all release St. Patrick’s Day products that fit your care package perfectly.

Edible content ideas for your St. Patrick's Day care package

Other food items that fit a St. Patrick’s Day theme include just about anything with green packaging; things like gum, certain candies and Emerald nuts all come with green packages. Skittles (taste the rainbow) and Lucky Charms are also great care package additions for St. Patrick’s Day because they relate to the holiday.

While everyone thinks of alcohol, specifically beer, with St. Patrick’s Day, you know you can’t ship alcohol so it’s time to get creative! These Guinness-flavored products (fudge, chips and BBQ sauce) are a fun way to add a little extra Irish flair to your care package.  You could you also look for Irish whiskey flavored items, like this fudge. As a word of caution, fudge will likely melt if temperatures are too high so definitely consider all of your options.

I also love the idea of putting together little mini care packages for your loved one to share with co-workers.  These rainbow tubes are really cute and easy to put together. The only concern here would be the chocolate melting during shipping, but depending on where you’re shipping them and how long it will take, you may be ok.

Clothing: there is a whole market of clothing just for St. Patrick’s Day, so your choices are almost unlimited.  I selected these two items because they’re the most versatile. Most of the time your loved one will wear their uniform while deployed so having a bunch of holiday clothing may not be the most useful. The socks and t-shirt (which also comes in a “luckiest mom” version) below could easily be worn beyond just St. Patrick’s Day. The t-shirt could be so fun if you were letting your significant other know that you’re expecting right around the holiday!

Toiletries: for some reason, a lot of toiletries (especially those targeted to men) come in green packages. Irish Spring products have the perfect packaging for this theme as does Dove. Some brands (and flavors) of mouthwash are also green.  If you’re looking for something a little more obviously St. Patty’s Day, there are some really cute shamrock soaps on Etsy.

Greeting cards: odds are you sent a greeting card in your Valentine’s Day care package, but why not send one in this one too? They make some really cute (and sometimes slightly inappropriate) ones on Etsy that I’ve linked below, but don’t feel like you have to buy one! You could easily make one yourself with some card stock, markers and stickers. This is also a great way to get your little ones involved in putting together this care package.

Other items: part of the fun of a holiday care package is that you get to send holiday-themed items and I found some really cute ones for St. Patrick’s Day.  My favorite has to be the coffee mug. Even though alcohol is a no-no, my husband basically lives on coffee when he’s deployed so this mug would be a funny addition. I also like the idea of sending a drink container that keeps things cold or hot, especially if it fits the theme.  The tumbler below is really cute, but maybe not something your loved one would use every day. A green Hydroflask water bottle is a great alternative for year-round use. I can personally vouch for what a good job they do of keeping my drinks cold.  You could also send lottery tickets as a fun extra!

Whether you’re sending food or sassy greeting cards, there are tons of great products to send in your St. Patrick’s Day care package! Don’t forget that my St. Patrick’s Day care package design is on sale now; order yours before they sell out!

Want even more care package ideas? I’m giving away 165+ ideas (plus what to put in them) here.

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St. Patrick’s Day Care Package Decor

January 29, 2018

I know what you’re thinking.

“Rachel, it’s only January. We haven’t even had Valentine’s Day yet. What the heck are you doing talking about St. Patrick’s Day?”

And ordinarily, I would agree with you, but when you operate in the care package world you have to think ahead! Shipping a care package overseas can take anywhere from 7 days to 3 weeks so planning a month in advance is really a necessity.

“But Rachel, everything in the store is still pink and heart-shaped. I can’t put together a St. Patrick’s Day box yet!”

Oh dear reader, never fear! I have you covered with my St. Patrick’s Day care package set that’s already available in my Etsy shop!

I took a lot of inspiration from our recently trip to Ireland for this care package set.  Even though we went in November, everything was so vibrant and green.  Everywhere we went the grass was picture perfect. My husband, who is in charge of the lawn here at home, couldn’t get over it! There’s even a Johnny Cash song called “Forty Shades of Green” all about their landscape. After our visit, I totally get why.

I knew this care package needed to have as many shades of green as possible, and while I wasn’t able to get 40 in there, I got quite a few!

The bottom of the box incorporates at least three shades of green all by itself. As soon as I found the mini shamrock paper, I knew that it needed to be the bottom of the box.  I loved the green-on-green and since I knew the overall design was going to be heavy on shamrocks, it fit perfectly.

A holiday care package designed by yours truly isn’t complete until there is at least one play on words in the design. Well this one has two! The first is the green text on the bottom paper. Instead of “I wish you”, it’s “Irish you,” get it? I know, it’s a little cheesy, but it was too good to pass up.

For the flaps, I chose a much brighter green as the background. It’s actually almost the exact same shade of green as the mini shamrocks in the bottom paper.  Here is where I went a little crazy. I added a second play on words and used glitter paper for the text.

Eeek! I know, glitter seems to be the kryptonite to almost everyone out there (including my husband), but I love it and it’s very festive.  Luckily this paper doesn’t shed glitter as easily as some other papers do so I think you can get away with sending it.  I like the simplicity of the flaps because they really allow the theme to pop.

This St. Patty’s Day care package may only cover four shades of green, but your loved one’s co-workers will be green with envy watching him/her open it.  You can purchase it right now in my Etsy shop for $15 with free shipping! The sooner you order, the faster it will ship and you can get started filling your box with all sorts of goodies.

If you’re stuck on ideas for contents, don’t worry! All of my care package flaps come with a card listing out content ideas. I will also have a blog post all about what to put in a St. Patrick’s Day care package later next month.

Want even more care package ideas? I’m giving away 165+ ideas (plus what to put in them) here.

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St. Patrick’s Day Care Package

January 30, 2017
St. Patrick's Day Care Package

Happy last Monday of January, everyone! I’m so excited to end the month on a high note by sharing my St. Patrick’s Day care package with you! I am so pleased with how it came out and know that anyone would feel lucky to open this box.

St. Patrick’s Day is a great holiday to design a care package for because there is so much fun imagery! Having an Irish husband meant the pressure was on to make this St. Patrick’s Day care package my best one yet so I really tried to add extra touches wherever possible. I finished with a care package I would be proud to send to him (and happy to receive myself).

St. Patrick's Day Care Package

Obviously shamrocks were a must and I went all out by making them glittery. The St. Patrick’s Day care package is the first one in my shop that used glittery paper and I have to say that I am a huge fan. Additionally, the green paper on the flaps has a bit of shimmer to it. Everything is glittery!

I fully anticipate more care packages getting similar treatments (especially since A would freak out if I sent him this box) because it really makes things pop.  The addition of the rainbow and pot of gold (with glittery coins!) really pushed this care package over the edge into the too stinking cute category.

One of my first care packages for A was a St. Patrick’s Day care package and it’s amazing to look back at that one from four years ago. My crafting skills (just like our relationship) have come a long way since then!

You can shop this care package online now. Remember that everything ships free and 10% of each purchase is donated to an organization that supports military families.

Recipes

St. Patrick’s Day Brownies

March 14, 2016

Hello and happy Monday to all! My weekend went by in the blink of an eye and a puff of flour. I kicked some serious butt in the kitchen and am super excited to share some great recipes with you over the next few weeks.

To get the week going on the right foot, I thought we better start with my favorite part of any meal: dessert, specifically, a St. Patrick’s Day dessert. And then because we’re a package deal, I had to add in A’s favorite part: cocktail hour. Yup, you guessed correctly. I am sharing St. Patrick’s Day-inspired boozy brownies today!

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These bad boys get their name from a splash (or five) of Jack Daniels added to both the batter and the chocolate glaze.  I like that there is a hint of whiskey, but not in an overpowering, this is all you’re going to taste kind of way.  You could certainly increase the amount of whiskey in the glaze if you’re a huge fan.  A has already requested I do just that the next time I make them.

I used the same brownie recipe I used for my Valentine’s Day brownies, but added in the whiskey to up the boozy factor.  They are still thick, chewy and oh so rich.  And I have a hard time eating just one.  As in I’ve never eaten just one. Let’s not talk about the actual number, let’s just make brownies.

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You’ll need:

For the brownies:

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 4 large eggs
  • 8 oz. melted butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 tsp Jack Daniels whiskey

For the chocolate glaze:

  • 2/3 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 tbsp Jack Daniels whiskey (or more to taste)
  • 2 tbsp butter
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees.  Spray a 7″ by 11″ glass baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. In a mixer with a whisk attachment, beat the eggs until they are light and fluffy (about 4 minutes).
  3. Add in the vanilla, whiskey and sugar, and mix to combine.
  4. Slowly add in the melted butter and mix to combine.
  5. Add in the cocoa powder, flour and salt, mixing thoroughly.
  6. Pour batter into greased baking dish and bake for 40-45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
  7. Let brownies cool completely before cutting and decorating.
  8. Over a medium flame, heat the cream until just before it boils.
  9. Remove from the heat and add in the chocolate chips, stirring until melted.
  10. Add in the whiskey and butter and combine.
  11. Let the chocolate glaze cool completely. It will thicken slightly.  If you’d like a thicker glaze, cool it in the refrigerator until it’s the desired consistency.
  12. Pour the glaze over the brownies, cut and serve.
Care Packages

Care Package #3: I’m So Lucky to Have You

March 20, 2013

Full confession: I love holidays. Like dressing up, house decorating, food making love them. Like almost more than I love glitter. From New Year’s to Christmas, I am always up for a party (especially if there are cupcakes involved!) which makes it completely reasonable that I would wholeheartedly embrace the holiday-themed care package.  I mean it. I’m pretty sure that poor thing is gasping for air due to all of my embracing.  I did Valentine’s Day with great enthusiasm and was all geared up for a very green St. Patrick’s Day box. Yes, the phrase “you shamrock my world” was tossed about. I even found dachshund-themed St. Patty’s Day cards to include! I was ready to go.

Then the military happened (I have a feeling that will become one of my most used phrases). A has been sent off on a no-phone, no-email and certainly no green-themed care package training exercise for pretty much the rest of the time he’s away. Blech.  So there sits my super cute box with no one to send it to. I was far more bummed about it than I probably should have been.  I think what I’ll end up doing is sending it with A to work when he gets home. No sense in it all going to waste!

I figured that the best way to really make a visual impact was to only buy stuff in green packages.  So off I went to Wal-Mart to stock up on all things green. I came home with quite the haul as you can see below. I even managed to find some green Easter stuff to send along as well (I had known that he’d be out of touch for Easter so I didn’t want to miss it) that fit in just perfectly. 🙂

Quite the haul…

I actually managed to get everything in a 12″ by 12″ box. I went the scrapbook paper route again because it came out so well last time and I really do think it makes the whole thing look nicer.  I scooped up the (only slightly-A has this thing about glitter) glittery shamrocks at Party City for a really good price to add on the flaps along with the wording.  In the end, it came out super cute and definitely would have brightened his day because who doesn’t love getting green food and glittery shamrocks in the mail?!

The decorated box…please note the dancing leprechaun…my favorite.

 

Little B terrorizing the village
checking everything out

Packing List:
3 granola bars of assorted flavors (I tested out Larabars for the first time)
Green Powerade
Krave Chili Lime Beef Jerky
Apple Cinnamon Granola
Banana and Pineapple Fruit Chips
Two random green flavored lollipops (impulse purchase near the register)
Microwavable soup (it had a green lid)
Garlic Parmesan Pretzel Chips
Sour Cream & Onion Pringles
Emerald Nuts Breakfast on the Go and 100 Calorie Nut packs
Green Apple Twizzlers
Hand Sanitizer (another register impulse buy because it looked green)
Chapstick
Gum
Mio Energy
Easter stuff: truffle egg, Reeses Pieces carrot (it has a green top!), M&Ms and Starburst Jellybeans