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  1. Good Thing

    Lucky Plant Gift

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    Wish someone an auspicious new year with a jade plant, Crassula ovata. This easy-care succulent is said to bring prosperity. 

    To wrap the pot, place it on a square sheet of decorative paper. Bring up two opposite corners, and secure to the pot with double-sided tape. 

    Fold the other two flaps as shown; tape. Tie gold cord around the pot, and add a tag with a message.

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    Martha Stewart Living, January 2010
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  2. Embellished Envelope Cards

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    Earn bonus points for original packaging with these deconstructed Valentine's Day notes: The envelopes don't hold the cards -- they are the cards.

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    Martha Stewart Living, February 2008
  3. Shamrock Stirrers

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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.

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    Martha Stewart Living, March 2008
  4. Mini Chocolate Gingerbread Village

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    What could be sweeter than a village of bite-size houses built from bricks of chocolate-gingerbread cake? To make these party favors, cut a sheet cake into 75 one-inch squares. Cut 25 of the squares in half diagonally, creating 50 triangles. Place a triangle, cut side down, on top of each remaining square, using a dab of frosting to adhere. Tuck in small pieces of red licorice for chimneys, and dust with confectioners' sugar before arranging on place cards.

    Chocolate-Gingerbread-House Petit Fours Recipe

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    Martha Stewart Living, December 2007
  5. Paper Bands for Easter Eggs

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    Hard-cooked eggs were dyed the day before the party for no-mess decorating with stickers, markers, and colorful clip-art paper bands.

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    Martha Stewart Living, April
  6. How-To

    Bedeviled Eggs

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    Putting a sinister face on party food takes nothing more than some simple sleight of hand -- and a bit of heat. Mix up deviled eggs using your favorite recipe, and add a dash of cayenne and some hot sauce for kick. Then bring them to life with pointed facial features: Triangles of red bell pepper and dark green scallions make horns and a goatee; snipped chives form a skinny 'stache.

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