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  1. Banana-Leaf Party Cones

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    Bring the lush greenery of the 50th state to your own backyard: Party snacks plain or exotic get an upgrade when served in cones fashioned from banana leaves (which are available at Asian and Latin food markets). Cut them into six-inch squares, roll each into a cone, and fasten at the seam with a bamboo skewer.

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    Martha Stewart Living, July 2010
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  2. Packing Leftovers

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    Leftovers are one of the best parts of Thanksgiving, so pack them with style as you send guests home with food. 

    Purchase takeout cartons in multiple sizes, along with adhesive labels to note what's inside each. At the end of the meal, you won't have to scurry to find the right containers and matching lids -- and guests won't need to return any dishes.

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    Martha Stewart Living, November 2008
  3. Passover Plates

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    If you're expecting numerous guests for the holiday dinner and have only one seder plate, create one or two extras so everyone around the table can participate. Arrange five elegant saucers or small bowls on a large plate that matches them, and then use the small dishes to display each of the symbolic foods.

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    Martha Stewart Living, April 2008
  4. Paper Cocktail Covers

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    Keep bugs, leaves, and other unwelcome guests from joining you for drinks by topping glasses with these jaunty little hats (otherwise known as baking cups). Cut a small X into the center of each liner, poke a straw through the hole, and enjoy your beverage worry- (and pest-) free.

    Paper cups, fancyflours.com.

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    Martha Stewart Living, August 2010
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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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    Read It and Weep

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    Guests prone to waterworks at weddings could use one of these: a ceremony program that doubles as a tissue cache. 

    To make the petite pocket, tuck a tissue or two inside a piece of paper that folds over twice to become a small, sideless envelope. (Use decorative scissors to trim the edges of the flap.) Then, glue or tape the envelope to the program. True, not everyone is going to cry during the vows, but it's a charming way to dry the joyful tears of those who do. 

    Scalloped "z-card" in lavelite, Envelopments.

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    Martha Stewart Weddings
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