Feather your Easter or spring party table with a mother hen and her brood of chicks. Hyacinths nest within the centerpiece, and candy peeps out from the hatchlings, which serve as favors. Your guests will cluck their approval.
Throwing an elegant holiday get-together -- whether a sit-down dinner or a cocktail party -- doesn't have to be stressful. Here are a few tips for hosting a wonderful Christmas gathering without breaking a sweat.
Long before the appetizer is served, your table will make a good first impression with these fall-fruit place cards. Here, small pears and sweet-gum-tree spurs hold paper name tags punched with holes and tied in place with ribbon or twine. Any small fruit, such as crab apples or jack-be-little pumpkins, can be used.
A well-designed table centerpiece has an almost magical ability to pull a party theme together. Find inspiration and instructions in this collection of ideas, and have fun exercising your creativity as you craft these fun, elegant, and cute baby-shower centerpieces.
By the time of her baby shower, mother-to-be and Martha Stewart Living food editor Elizabeth Colling had already received practical gifts -- burp cloths, onesies, and such -- from her family and friends in California. So her friends in New York, where she now lives, decided that their shower would be all about books for the baby to celebrate the expecting mom's love of literature. Not just any books, but books they had loved when they were little.