This Saint Patrick's Day, enjoy a cocktail version of a root beer float: vanilla ice cream topped with Irish stout. With the ice cream sweetening the rich beer, the float is as much a dessert as it is a drink. Scoop ice cream into a pint glass, and pour in enough stout to fill it. One pint of ice cream and one 12-ounce bottle of beer will yield 2 servings.
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Rinse the pink ink from a heart-shaped rubber stamp, and use it (and a green ink pad) to add shamrocks to napkins, coasters, and more. To make a swizzle stick, stamp a clover pattern onto card stock, and draw a stem with a colored pencil; repeat. Cut out with a 1-inch circle craft punch. Glue circles together, back sides facing, onto a skewer.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, March 2008
A gaggle of helium-filled jack-o'-lantern balloons hovers near the refreshment table. The simple features are drawn onto the inflated balloons with permanent marker. Choose an assortment of geometric shapes that are easy to create freehand.
The vase underneath this bunch of roses, dusty miller foliage, and nerine lilies is wrapped to look like a box of chocolate.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, February 2011
Hard-cooked eggs were dyed the day before the party for no-mess decorating with stickers, markers, and colorful clip-art paper bands.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, April
What You'll Need
Mini white flat paper bags
Rubber stamps and black or orange ink pads
Self-Serve Halloween Treat How-To
Decorate paper bags with rubber-stamped designs; fill with treats, then attach to a pumpkin with pushpins (be sure they are pushed in firmly so they don't come out when little hands tug down on the bags). Leave a note inviting kids to take one; ours is a tiny chalkboard hung with a ribbon.
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