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.
Oh, say, can you see ... a patriotic color scheme? If you're hosting the Fourth of July festivities this year, the red, white, and blue palette is already a given. But how will you display these true colors? Brighten your home with colorful fringe, stars, and stripes.