A handful or two of freshly cut flowers embody the laid-back spirit of outdoor entertaining, especially when the blooms are slipped into a mismatched assortment of clear glass bottles, jars, and carafes. The containers go with any color scheme and offer a way to pair unlikely garden mates. At this dinner party, sun-craving cosmos meet shade-friendly astilbes. And the mingling of starburst scabiosa seed heads with the fireworks of astrantia makes the tabletop conversation sparkle.
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Create an hors d'oeuvre centerpiece that recalls a vegetable patch. Buy a large, deep galvanized-metal planter from a garden-supply center, line the bottom with sprouts, and pour in enough water to moisten them. Arrange vegetables, such as cherry tomatoes, carrots, radishes, asparagus, and cauliflower, in sections inside the container, varying the colors. Serve immediately with herb dip, or cover with moist paper towels and refrigerate up to 2 hours.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, March 2008
Here's a fresh idea for the season's abundant Forelles and Anjous: Use them to make a friendly, fragrant greeting.
Line up seven pears (in the same color or a mix) on a mantel. Then, with a fine-tipped washable marker, write letters on the front of each pear. Press whole cloves into the flesh along the lines; using a pushpin or a tack first can ease their entry. Make the letters no earlier than the day your guests arrive -- the sweet and spicy aroma will be as welcoming as the message itself.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, November 2010
Your appetizer will feel right at home served in a seashell, at least if you're serving ceviche -- a dish made with marinated raw fish (we added pink grapefruit in this version; see the recipe). You'll feel secure knowing that these particular shells are oven- and food-safe. White Irish scallop shells, Conch King.
SourceMartha Stewart Weddings, Summer 2009
These favors will soar, though perhaps not as high as your spirits on your wedding day. They are custom-made, with or without a 3-foot-long tail. Finish each with an initialed label printed on laser paper. Cut into 2 1/2-by-3-inch rectangles, and fold along short axis; attach using two pieces of double-sided tape.
SourceMartha Stewart Weddings, Summer 2001
Download our PDF, and print on thick white paper, more flexible than card stock. Since the banner should print on tabloid-size paper (11 by 17 inches), your home printer may not handle that size. If that's the case, transfer the file to a thumb drive or a CD, and take it, and your paper, to an office center to be printed.
SourceMartha Stewart Weddings, Fall 2009
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