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  1. Good Thing

    Party Calculator

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    Follow this guide to determine how much to buy. The primary rule: Buy plenty. You can use it later or return unopened bottles (check store policy before making your purchase).

    Item and Quantity

    Wine: One bottle per two people per hour

    Beer: Two per person per hour

    Spirits: One bottle per five people per hour

    Mixers: Three bottles for each bottle of alcohol

    Ice: At least one pound per person per hour

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    Martha Stewart Living, November 2009
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  2. A Year of Flowers: January

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    Sweet fragrances and sunrise colors fill this vase with bright promise for the New Year. Kumquats and limes evoke a tropical getaway, as do lush blossoms of phalaenopsis orchids (available at many supermarkets). The perfumes of paperwhite narcissus and jasmine are a surefire pick-me-up. As you make the arrangement, insert the sturdy citrus branches before adding the delicate flower stems. For a final touch, let some jasmine trail down the side.

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    Martha Stewart Living
  3. Fun Photo Background

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    A bright sheet or piece of fabric makes a lively backdrop for a professional-style photo shoot. Try hanging it at parties, and give guests a chance to strike a chic pose for the camera.

    Make your photos even more festive by adding seasonal or occasion-appropriate embellishments. For slumber parties, try our Glittered "Candy" Garland.

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    The Martha Stewart Show, October 2010
  4. Floating Flowers Platter Centerpiece

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    It's a cheese board; it's a centerpiece; it's a place to corral cocktail garnishes. It's a basic white platter (this one's from cb2.com), the most versatile item in your cupboard. 

    Float flowers like these peonies in small bowls, and arrange them with votive candles for a quick, modern centerpiece. On a long table, you can place a few platters down the middle.

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    Martha Stewart Living, July 2009
  5. Good Thing

    Calligraphed Seating Display

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    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.

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    Martha Stewart Weddings, Fall 2009
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