Unless they're down on hands and knees for an outdoor egg hunt, people tend to overlook the exquisite shapes and tones of minuscule spring flowers. Give these plants the close-up they deserve by using eggcups as vases, which can hold pink lilies of the valley, species tulips, grape hyacinths, narcissus, violets, pansies, bleeding-heart leaves, and other small wonders. Try several cups on a tray for an Easter centerpiece or a single one to cheer up a desk or a bureau.
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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.
SourceMartha Stewart Living
Welcome your guests with flights of fancy. Line tiny wicker baskets with plastic wrap, fill with clump moss, and adorn with bright butterflies (or dried or silk flowers).
SourceMartha Stewart Living, April 2010
1. Melt about 3 ounces of semisweet or white chocolate in a microwave. (It takes about 1 minute to melt.)
2. Holding a glass at an angle, dip a small portion of the rim into chocolate. Lift slightly, and rotate about 1 1/2 inches. Repeat around entire rim, making sure chocolate swags are the same size. Refrigerate glasses until ready to serve.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, February 2008
Don't be afraid to be an exhibitionist. Display calligraphed names, grouped according to table, in frames that form a blueprint of the reception. The effect is altogether showstopping.
This sophisticated seating display puts the art in chart. Paint frames in colors to fit your palette, and assign each a table number. Just be sure to request RSVPs a few weeks earlier than usual to give your calligrapher enough time. (Another option: Print from your computer.) Calligraphy, by John DeCollibus of Beyond Words.
SourceMartha Stewart Weddings, Fall 2009
What You'll Need
CB2 "Modern" salad plate and dip dish
Three large peonies
Floating Flowers How-To
1. For the runner, cut floral foam, a spongelike anchor used by florists, to fit a 7-inch-wide shallow dish, and add water. Stick the stems of gaylax leaves into the foam (shown at left). Then insert two or three large peonies, with stems trimmed, on top.
2. For the place-card holder, cut floral foam to fit a 3 1/2-inch-wide shallow dish, and follow the directions above, except use only one peony. Tuck a place card inside the flower.
SourceMartha Stewart Weddings, Fall 2010
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