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  1. Cocktail Accompaniments Platter

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    A basic white platter (this one's from cb2.com) just might be the most versatile item in your cupboard. We've used it here to corral cocktail garnishes; try it at your next party!

    Offer accompaniments to cocktails: citrus wedges (for gin and vodka tonics), olives and caper berries (martinis, Bloody Marys), and cocktail onions (Gibsons).

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

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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.

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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
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    Sea Urchin Candle Holder

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    Grouped serenely on a bed of sugar-soft sand, sea urchins prop up skinny candles that light the way for guests at an evening beach wedding. To secure the tapers inside the urchins, use a small drop of wax. Then nestle them into a mound of sand. Real sea urchins, Sea Shell City; 1/2-by-12-inch Elegant tapers, Creative Candles.

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    Martha Stewart Weddings, Summer 2009
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    Caramel Coffee Warmers

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    Just as the coffee is being served, the dancing always seems to begin in earnest, leaving guests with cold coffee when they return to the table. At your reception, offer caramel wafers to rest across the top of the cup -- the coffee will stay warm and the caramel will soften, turning the wafer into a sweet gooey treat. To prevent premature nibbling, the wait staff should let guests know what the wafers are for when they first bring out the coffee.

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    Martha Stewart Weddings, March/April Spring 2004
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    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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