(Family Features) - I don't know about you, but after a long winter, I'm ready to celebrate spring! So St. Patrick's Day comes at just the right time - plenty of good cheer, good food and bright green to perk things up.
*If you want to add some green to your table, try dying cut flowers.
*Take white flowers, such as daisies or carnations, and trim a little bit off their stems.
*Add a few drops of green food coloring to a vase filled with water. (The water should be medium to dark green.)
*Put your flowers in the vase and let them sit in direct sunlight for a day or two. The flowers will absorb the colored water through the stems, giving you a St. Patrick's Day bouquet to be proud of.
If you're looking for a sweet way to finish off your St. Patrick's Day, try an Irish twist on bread pudding. This Chocolate Shamrock Bread Pudding has a touch of Irish cream liqueur for a fun, yet sophisticated, flavor. You can always leave out the liqueur - it's still delicious!
No St. Patrick's Day is complete without an Irish toast or blessing. So here's one just for you:
May your day be touched by a bit of Irish luck,
brightened by a song in your heart,
and warmed by the smiles of the people you love.
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Jenny Harper is Consumer Test Kitchen Project Manager for the Nestlé Test Kitchens and VeryBestBaking.com.