St. Patrick's Day: Go green with these household items


St. Patrick’s Day should be more than an excuse to drink green beer. Observed internationally, the date honors both St. Patrick himself and heralds a larger cultural celebration of all things Irish. Plus, its timing — just before spring — is perfect for filling your home with cheerful shades of green and happy symbols of luck. Here are some pieces to help you keep a bit of Irish in your heart and a spring in your step all year long.

Kate Spade teakettle

Green tea There's nothing more Irish than a
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There’s nothing more Irish than a nice cup of tea. This cheerful enamel-on-steel green teakettle says “whistle while you work” on its whistle cap, is dishwasher-safe and holds 2.5 quarts. $50 at

VeggiChop Vegetable Chopper

Salad days There are a lot of ways
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There are a lot of ways to bring green into your life, but this might be among the most healthful. The VeggiChop Vegetable Chopper cuts up large pieces of fruit, vegetables, herbs and even nuts, boneless meat and ice without the need of electricity or a motor. It’s just the thing if you’ve been perfecting your corned beef and cabbage recipe, and the bowl and blade are dishwasher safe. $19.99 at

Bonnie & Clyde wool cushion cover

Pillow Talk Just the thing for snuggling or

Just the thing for snuggling or napping, this Bonnie & Clyde wool cushion cover is made from pill- and abrasion-resistant Italian woven recycled wool, and is 15-by-15 inches, and there’s also a 31-by-31-inch floor version available, as well as custom sizes. Additional colors available as well. Insert not included. $68.10 at



Le Creuset Dutch oven

Pot of bold This leprechaun-sized one-quart Dutch oven

This leprechaun-sized one-quart Dutch oven in Palm from Le Creuset is the perfect size for one or two servings of Irish stew or Irish soda bread. The tiny-but-sturdy enameled cast-iron pot is just more than 5 inches wide and is dishwasher-safe. $130 at

Solar Powered RainbowMaker

Over the rainbow You won't even care about

You won’t even care about the pot of gold when you’ve got this Solar Powered RainbowMaker With Double Swarovski Crystals. The tiny device attaches to any window with its included suction cup, and when the sun hits it, the crystals rotate, refract the light and send rainbows splashing through the room. $50 at

Clover Bottle Stopper

Top stopper If you've graduated from green beer

If you’ve graduated from green beer to white wine, then you’re going to want to keep that bottle fresh, especially if you’re having only one or two glasses. This silicone Clover Bottle Stopper twists into any wine bottle and creates an airtight seal. Dishwasher safe and BPA-free. $3.59 for a set of two at

Welcome Rubber Doormat

Door prize Let your guests know they're welcome

Let your guests know they’re welcome in your home not just on St. Pat’s Day but all year long with this cheerful Welcome Rubber Doormat by Threshold. The 100 percent recycled rubber mat is 30 inches wide and made in the United States. $12.99 at and select Target stores.

Lucky Clover Objet

Good luck charm Green carnations fade, but this

Green carnations fade, but this Lucky Clover Objet could bring good luck for a lifetime. The acrylic-encased clover, grown in France, is hand-treated to withstand light, and each one is guaranteed authentic by the National Institute for Agricultural Research. $65 after April 5 at



Solar-powered radio

It's not a party without tunes. This handy

It’s not a party without tunes. This handy little solar-powered radio plays for 30 minutes after either one minute of cranking or five hours of sunlight. Only 8 inches high and weighing in at half a pound, it’s perfect for backyard events, beaches, or anywhere a traditional stereo might be a hassle. $42 at

Cake pan

Bake up an Irish tea cake in this
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Bake up an Irish tea cake in this happy 8-inch square cake pan from Kate Spade New York. The enamel on aluminum exterior and nonstick interior are practical and stylish, and the “oh crumbs” engraving on the bottom adds a cheeky note to every bite. $15 at

Clarity Acrylic Stemware

All your drinks can be green drinks when

All your drinks can be green drinks when they'’re served in pretty Clarity Acrylic Stemware in green. The BPA-free drinkware is shatter-resistant and top-rack dishwasher safe, and comes in either a stemless 19-ounce size or an elegant 21-ounce stemmed goblet. $6.95 and $7.95 at and Pier1 Imports stores.

Bronze horseshoe

Who doesn'’t want a little extra luck? This

Who doesn'’t want a little extra luck? This gleaming 7.38-inch-high hand-cast bronze horseshoe comes in 10 finishes, and weighs a hefty 2.5 pounds. Matching stakes also available for those who want to make a game of it. $159 at

Classic Striped Dishcloths

Soft, absorbent, and completely colorful, these Classic Striped

Soft, absorbent and completely colorful, these Williams-Sonoma Classic Striped Dishcloths are made of soft, absorbent Turkish cotton and feature a loop for hanging. The towels comes in several colors, but we’re kind of partial to the sage green right now. $9.95 for a set of four at



Four-leaf clover rubber trivet

A silicone rubber trivet shaped like a four-leaf

A silicone rubber trivet shaped like a four-leaf clover helps keep counters safe while serving up tasty treats. The dishwasher-safe seven-inch trivet comes in spring green. $3.99 at and Ikea stores

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