For a nice nod to the American flag on the Fourth of July, add a star-shaped ribbon pin to your clothes, bag, or sun hat. Choose ribbon that’s not too flimsy in the desired width (the thinner the ribbon, the smaller the star will be). For a large star, cut a 30-inch length of ribbon; for a tiny one, no more than a foot.
A brightly hued citrus centerpiece, piled high with velvet leaves and silver balls, brings sophisticated cheer to an evening of Champagne toasts. The faux lemons covered with glitter are for display only, but lemon-drop candies, arranged in personalized baskets atop each plate, encourage a sweet start to the coming year.
Elaborate masks worn at Venice's famed "Carnevale" inspired these avian creations. The long nose on this papier-mache mask becomes a bird's beak, surrounded by crepe-paper plumage in gray or yellow. This mask calls for two types of crepe paper: thick florist crepe paper in gold, and regular (or fine) crepe paper in the remaining colors.