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  1. 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
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  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. Ring of Rolls Christmas Centerpiece

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    This centerpiece of pull-apart rolls rises to the occasion. 

    Use your favorite recipe (or try the Parker House Rolls). Roll dough into sixteen 1 1/2-inch balls. Arrange in a ring on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Brush with butter, sprinkle on parsley, rosemary, or thyme; bake as directed. Serve on a cake stand atop a bed of whole herbs.

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    Martha Stewart Living, December 2010
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