St. Patrick’s Day Team Building Ideas
19 St. Patrick’s Day Team Building Activities
Are you looking for great St. Patrick’s Day team building activities for your office or remote workplace? You came to the right place! Check out our list of St. Patrick’s Day ideas for work, including icebreakers, team building activities and more.
For those not in the know, St. Patrick’s Day is held March 17 every year. The international celebration is the feast day of Saint Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. St. Patrick’s Day is a cultural and religious event that celebrates Irish culture and the Irish diaspora.
The great thing about St. Patrick’s Day is that you can easily celebrate at work in many fun ways. St. Patrick’s Day is a fantastic opportunity to host a virtual party or set up a virtual beer tasting. Keep reading for our full list of fun St. Patrick’s Day team building activities!
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St. Patrick’s Day team building activities
1. Virtual Pub Crawl
What is St. Patrick’s Day without a trip down to the local pub? Luckily, you can now bring the pub to your remote team—no matter where they are.
There are virtual beer tasting kits that bring the Irish pub experience home to you, complete with food dye to turn your beer green, a St. Patrick’s Day classic!
2. Virtual St. Patrick’s Day Scavenger Hunt
A festive twist on the virtual team building classic, a scavenger hunt on St. Patrick’s Day can quickly turn wildly fun. The best part about a virtual St. Patrick’s Day scavenger hunt? It’s ridiculously easy to set up.
Build a list of St. Patrick’s Day-themed items that people may have lying around their house or home office. Remember to stay on theme with the scavenger hunt items and include like gold coins, anything that is rainbow-colored, rubber snakes and Guinness pint glasses. You could even include a four leaf clover on the list and get your team outside hunting for a lucky charm.
3. Virtual St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Across the U.S. there are cities that host legendary St. Patrick’s Day parades, including places like Boston, Chicago and Pittsburgh. Some of your team may not be able to attend these parades in person, so why not bring some of those festivities to your virtual workplace?
Many parades cast virtual streams that you can tune into, so gather your group and watch the parade together. Encourage everyone on your team to wear green and adorn their workspaces with St. Patrick’s Day decorations.
4. Virtual Pub Quiz
Who doesn’t love a good pub quiz? Get your team together for a spirited trivia game based around Irish culture and history. Try and get creative with your questions, like asking your team to name famous Irish actors. You can even have a “Name That Tune” round featuring Irish musicians like Thin Lizzy, The Pogues, The Cranberries and U2.
Don’t forget to set up a festive Zoom background for everyone in your group, like a photo of the interior of a classic Irish pub.
5. Virtual Irish Dance Lesson
It’s time for everyone to put on some dancing shoes! Irish jig dancing is one of the most famous exports of Irish culture across the world, and you can bring it home to your remote team.
There are easy online tutorials to help your team learn how to Irish dance. Here is a YouTube playlist of videos to help beginners learn Irish step dancing.
6. Limerick competition
A limerick is a quick and witty five-line poem that originates from County Limerick in western Ireland. These poems are short and easy to draft at the drop of a hat. Ask your team to come up with their own work-appropriate limericks and then have everyone vote on their favorite.
Here is a quick example of a famous limerick:
There was an Old Man with a beard
Who said, “It is just as I feared!
Two Owls and a Hen,
Four Larks and a Wren,
Have all built their nests in my beard!”
7. St. Patrick’s Day movie party
Give your team a day off to get together online to watch a string of their favorite holiday movies. Here’s a tip: Send out an internal poll before your movie marathon to find out which holiday films people really actually want to watch. There are a few different methods to stream movies with multiple viewers, so do some research on what works best within your group before planning a movie marathon.
Give your remote workplace some time to rest their feet and get together to watch a St. Patrick’s Day movie. Here’s a tip: Send out an internal poll before your watch party to find out which films people want to watch. There are a few different methods to stream movies with multiple viewers, so do some research on what works best within your group before planning a movie party.
Here is an IMDb list of highly-rated Irish movies you can choose from.
St. Patrick’s Day icebreakers
8. St. Patrick’s Day Word Association
This is an easy and quick game to get any meeting or St. Patrick’s Day team building event started. Have team members take turns saying a word they associate with St. Patrick’s Day, such as “shamrock,” “harp,” or “Ireland.”
9. Name That Tune
Play some quick snippets of famous Irish songs and see who can guess the tune first. You might be surprised who on your team has a deep appreciation for Irish music!
10. St. Patrick’s Day Show and Tell
Encourage everyone in your group to show off something green or something Irish-themed they have around their home office.
11. Irish toast competition
The Irish are famous for their celebratory toasts, and you can bring that tradition to your virtual St. Patrick’s Day activities. See who can come up with the best toast on the spot before you kick off your event.
Here is a good example of a classic Irish toast:
May your troubles be less, and your blessings be more. And nothing but happiness come through your door.
12. St. Patrick’s Day icebreaker questions
Icebreaker questions are a great way to kick off any work event, especially St. Patrick’s Day virtual team building activities.
Check out a few of these St. Patrick’s Day icebreaker questions you can use at your team building event:
- What is your favorite St. Patrick’s Day tradition?
- Have you ever been to a St. Patrick’s Day parade?
- What is your favorite Irish food or drink?
- What is your favorite Irish folktale or legend?
- What is your favorite thing about St. Patrick’s Day?
Virtual St. Patrick’s Day team building activities
13. Virtual St. Patrick’s Day Virtual Beer Tasting
Virtual beer tastings provide a unique opportunity for remote teams to come together and experience something new and fun. These virtual events require active participation and communication among team members. Whether discussing the different beers, answering trivia questions, or simply chatting and catching up, virtual beer tastings are a great way to encourage open and honest communication among team members.
St. Patrick’s Day is a great time to get your team together for one of these virtual beer tastings because of the drinking tradition associated with the holiday. Virtual beer tasting events can come with traditional Irish stouts and even food dye to make festive green beers.
Here is a St. Patrick’s Day virtual beer tasting event that you can book for your remote team, complete with special Irish beers and activities.
14. Virtual St. Patrick’s Day Karaoke Night
Get your group together for a fun time belting out famous Irish songs and ballads. There are tons of iconics songs from Irish bands to choose from, but we recommend going folksy here with songs from groups like The Dubliners or The Clancy Brothers.
Here is a YouTube playlist with some Irish karaoke songs.
15. Virtual Shamrock Decorating Contest
St. Patrick’s Day just isn’t the same without a splash of green here and there. When the holiday comes around, encourage everyone on your team to decorate their workspace ahead of any meetings or St. Patrick’s team building activities. You can even ship decorations out to your team ahead of time. Whoever decorates their workspace with the most shamrock spirit gets a prize at the end of the day.
16. Virtual tour of Ireland
Ireland is a famously gorgeous country, with towering seaside cliffs and rolling green hills as far as the eye can see.
To tour the Emerald Isle, join a video meeting and then have your team leader start the tour and share their screen. The tour guide position can be passed off from one team member to another.
YouTube hosts a few good tours of iconic places across Ireland. Here are a couple of good ones you can try out:
St. Patrick’s Day ideas for work
17. Send a St. Patrick’s Day beer box
Whether you’re celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with your own team or a special client, everyone loves getting some delicious Irish beer to drink on St. Patrick’s Day.
We recommend the Spring Fling Beer & Cheese Experience, which features special Irish brews to go along with tasty cheese for a very special virtual St. Patrick’s Day event.
18. Go green
As a child you used to get pinched for not wearing green on St. Patrick’s Day. There’s no need to take it that far for your St. Patrick’s Day work events, but you should definitely encourage your team to go all out for the holiday.
Get everyone to wear green and change their video call backgrounds for St. Patrick’s Day. This will help everyone get in a festive mood for any St. Patrick’s Day virtual team building activities you have set up for later.
19. Ask your team about their Irish cultural heritage
As much as St. Patrick’s Day is a global celebration, for some members on your team it may be an especially important holiday because of their cultural Irish heritage. Don’t forget to ask people on your team to share any special stories or Irish traditions they would feel comfortable sharing.
St. Patrick’s Day is a very fun and special holiday that is a great opportunity for any virtual workplace to get together and celebrate. Virtual beer tastings and pub crawls are the perfect way to get into the St. Patrick’s Day spirit with your team, or you can kick off team building activities with quick games and icebreakers. The holiday is a great way to break up the lull between the holidays and the summer season, so don’t forget to add St. Patrick’s Day to your work calendar!
For more tips, check out our posts on virtual holiday parties or ways to celebrate Oktoberfest.
What are some good virtual St. Patrick’s Day party ideas?
A few good virtual St. Patrick’s Day party ideas include virtual beer tastings, a virtual pub crawl happy hour, Irish-themed trivia games, a limerick competition and a virtual karaoke night featuring Irish bands.
Why should I throw a virtual St. Patrick’s Day event?
Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day can bring a festive spirit to the remote workplace, supporting team morale and helping to create a positive work environment. Virtual events provide an opportunity for remote team members to come together and engage in a shared experience. This can help to build rapport and strengthen relationships.
How can I celebrate St. Patrick’s Day virtually?
There are several fun and engaging ways to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day virtually. Organize a virtual party or virtual happy hour for your team with a company that sends hands-on elements and special Irish beer boxes. You can also set up completely virtual events like a movie watch party or virtual tours of famous places in Ireland.
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