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  1. April Fools' Trick: Shrunken Breakfast

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    Serve a meal in miniature: a sunny-side-up quail egg atop a piece of cocktail bread. 

    (Quail eggs are available at specialty-food stores, including some Whole Foods markets, and through LocalHarvest.)

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    Martha Stewart Living, April 2009
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  2. Hot Cocoa Kit

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    Give everything needed for great hot chocolate, served in a bowl big enough to satisfy any chocolate fanatic. 

    To make this gift, fill an antique bowl with Mexican chocolate, cinnamon sticks, a vanilla bean, and miniature marshmallows. Wrap with a bow, and include your favorite recipe for hot chocolate. 

    Gift Contents:

    Ceramic bowls or mugs

    Ibarra sweet Mexican chocolate (or other high-quality chocolate)

    Miniature marshmallows

    Cinnamon sticks

    Vanilla beans 

    Tissue paper

    Cellophane packets

    Ribbon

     

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    Martha Stewart Living
  3. Artistry and Old Lace

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    This Easter, take hard-boiled eggs to new heights by embellishing them with lacy patterns. All you need to make them is standard egg dye, rubber bands, and inexpensive lace trimmings from a fabric store. (You can also use scraps cut from a worn tablecloth or curtains.) Once the eggs are dyed and dry, pile them in a large bowl and use them as a centerpiece.

    Lacy Egg How-To

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    Martha Stewart Living, March 2008
  4. Mix Ice Cream, Stout, Dash of Luck

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    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.

    Swizzle Stick How-To

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    Martha Stewart Living, March 2008
  5. New Year's Champagne with Grapes

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    In Spain, revelers mark the new year by quickly eating a dozen grapes at midnight. The fruit is said to be a predictor of the year ahead: Each sweet grape represents a good month, each sour grape a less-than-lucky one. 

    Adopt the tradition by threading grapes onto skewers, and serve each in a glass of Champagne just before the countdown.

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    Martha Stewart Living, January
  6. 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
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