What are the odds you’ll find a leprechaun and pot of gold at the end of a rainbow this St. Patrick’s Day? Probably quite slim, but you can honor the luck of the Irish in simpler ways as well. Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with these lucky flowers and food:
Choose Emerald Green Florals
When you can’t find shamrocks or four-leaf clovers, green flowers will help you celebrate the festive day. You have plenty of green petals to choose from, including hellebores, carnations, chrysanthemums, zinnias, hydrangeas, cymbidium orchids, daylilies, calla lilies and the appropriately-named Bells of Ireland. It’s also the perfect time to start growing lucky bamboo or a money plant. For some extra St. Paddy’s charm, use a green vase or container for these flowers and plants.
Send St. Patrick’s Day flowers to friends and loved ones, or order a few to decorate your own home for the holiday. Alternatively, choose from a selection of vibrant green bouquets, which signify optimism, renewal, health and good fortune. These festive arrangements are especially fabulous decorations if you plan to host a St. Paddy’s get-together to celebrate the day.
Eat and Drink Like the Irish
If you want to keep it traditional, feast on corned beef and cabbage for the holiday. If you’ve never made this classic Irish dish before, this simple Corned Beef and Cabbage with Herbed Potatoes recipe from Food Network will help guide your St. Patrick’s Day cooking endeavors.
While green is the official color of St. Patrick’s Day, it also represents prosperity when it comes to food. This meaning stems from its resemblance to paper money, so fingers crossed that you see the funds roll in when you load up on collard greens, kale or other leafy vegetables! If you want more, here’s some naturally green food inspiration from Delish. Some people believe lentils will also bring you wealth and prosperity. Ring-shaped foods are also said to be lucky, as they represent the year coming full circle, so donuts with green icing and sprinkles it is!
Last but certainly not least, don’t forget to say cheers over a glass of crisp Irish whiskey or a perfectly poured pint of Guinness.
Set the Table
Once you’ve got the flowers, food, and drinks covered, start planning a gorgeous St Patrick’s Day themed tablescape to wow your family and guests. Cover your table with lucky pennies, then use other copper details, crystal elements and gorgeous greenery to fill the space. If the kids are willing to help, get them involved in these DIY decorating projects from HGTV. And of course, don’t forget to wear green otherwise you’ll risk getting pinched by the kids and other guests.
Here’s to a gorgeous, tasty and lucky St. Patrick’s Day!