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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. Colorful Egg Tree

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    With bright marbleized eggs suspended on yellow ribbons and a ring of golden pot marigolds around the base, it sets the stage for a lively egg hunt or leisurely spring brunch. 

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    Martha Stewart Living, April 2003
  4. Dried Leaf Place Cards

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    To dry leaves, lay down a sheet of newsprint, followed by paper towels. Arrange leaves on paper towels, then place a second layer of paper towels and a sheet of newsprint on top. Set stack in a phone book, and place in a dry, ventilated spot for several days. To make place cards, use a gel-ink pen -- ours had white ink, but metallic shades will also work well -- to add guests' names.

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    Martha Stewart Living, October 2006
  5. Brown, Green, and Silver Magnolia Garland

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    A traditional green-and-brown magnolia garland goes from graceful to glam with the addition of shiny silvered magnolia leaves and holly branches. 

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    Martha Stewart Living, December 2010
  6. Good Thing

    How to Secure a Hanging Christmas Ornament

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    Anyone with a Christmas tree should have this trick up her sleeve. Instead of hanging a fragile or antique ornament from a hook (far too easy for curious children or pets to knock loose), secure it with a length of 28-gauge wire. 

    Thread wire through hanging loop, wrap around a branch, and twist ends. Your ornament won't go anywhere. The best part is you can hang each decoration at exactly the height you desire.

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    Martha Stewart Living, December 2010
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