The Mind-set: Lucky Duck
Social events—sharing food, fun, friends and family—are living, breathing reminders of how lucky we already are. Think of parties as a perfect stage for promoting a thankful mind-set among the ranks. Include the kids by giving them a job of honor. First get some paint, glitter, stickers, craft jewels—the works—and let them go wild, decorating a plain-old rubber duck. Then ask the kids to pass the decorated duck around, so everyone gets a chance to say a few words about why they are such a lucky duck. Some responses might be funny: "I'm a lucky duck because I finally found a hairdresser whose liberated me from years of hideous helmet hair." Or heartfelt: "I'm a lucky duck because I finally found the love of my life." Either way, you'll create a lasting tradition for your Lucky Day dinner.

The Theme: Forever Green
Whether or not you choose to host a party this year, mark St. Patrick's Day with an annual, start-of-spring greening ritual. Find ways to make your home more eco-friendly and efficient—more green! One of my friends has a ritual of sifting through her drawers to recruit a new crop of T-shirts and old washcloths to use instead of wasting paper towels. My personal favorite spring activity is planting a small herb and vegetable garden. Even one little pot can yield a super-satisfying herb crop that will bring fresh flavors to your meals all summer long. Even lettuce can be grown in pots on your balcony! Don't overthink it or feel like you have to save the world—just one simple easy green step at a time is enough. Cute new green ideas are always appreciated; ask your potluck guests to bring some. Vote up a winner and issue a prize. This year, I want to try that Topsy-Turvy hanging tomato basket. Let me know if any of you have tried it!


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