Providing overnight guests with a clean, bright, welcoming place to stay is a pleasure for guests and host alike. According to "Martha Stewart's Homekeeping Handbook," the trick is to make guests feel at home, but also away. Let us explain.
Gold-painted pears look straight out of a fairy tale on your Christmas table. This gold dust, however, isn't magic -- it's available at baking supply stores. Magnolia leaves are also transformed with gold floral paint.
For a more formal fete that's been weeks in the planning -- like an engagement party or a holiday gathering -- be sure to accent your offerings with a few of these showstoppers. And trust us: They're all easy enough for entertaining novices to tackle.