I know a lot of people looking to get lucky on St. Patrick’s Day.
I’m hoping to win the lottery; my daughter is hoping to snag a leprechaun; and thousands of NCAA basketball fans are hoping their team advances to the Sweet 16.
Saturday will reveal whose holiday wish comes true. In the meantime, you can increase your chances of having a fun-filled St. Patrick’s Day by taking matters into your own hands. Instead of pub crawling (or crawling away from a pub after one too many Guinnesses), consider hosting your own St. Paddy’s Day shindig filled with kid-friendly activities that will make your pint-sized guests feel as though they uncovered a pot of gold:
SHAMROCK KEY CHAIN
Plain key ring
Separate clay into three, 1-inch balls.
Flatten each ball and form into heart shape.
Connect the hearts at their “points” to create a shamrock-like shape.
Insert the paper clip into the middle of the shamrock, allowing the remainder of the paper clip to form the stem.
Cover the top half of the paperclip with clay.
Bake the clay shamrock in the oven using the time and temperature in the directions on the package.
Remove from oven and decorate with green paint.
When the paint is dry, attach the key ring to the paper clip.
MINI POT OF GOLD
Clean baby food jar
Gold foil-wrapped chocolate coins
2 black pipe cleaners
Paint the baby food jar green.
When the paint dries, wrap one pipe cleaner around the neck of the baby food jar.
Bend the other pipe cleaner in a “U” shape.
Attach the “U” shaped pipe cleaner to the pipe cleaner on neck of the baby food jar to look like a handle.
Tie the green ribbon around the neck of the baby food jar.
Fill the jar with chocolate coins.
LUCKY GREEN APPLE SMOOTHIE
2 granny smith apples cored
1/3 cup vanilla yogurt
1 cup ice
1/2 cup honey
2 limes juiced
Pinch of salt
Add all ingredients to a blender and puree until smooth.
Pour in glass and garnish with a lime and apple wedge.