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  1. Floating Flowers Platter Centerpiece

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    It's a cheese board; it's a centerpiece; it's a place to corral cocktail garnishes. It's a basic white platter (this one's from cb2.com), the most versatile item in your cupboard. 

    Float flowers like these peonies in small bowls, and arrange them with votive candles for a quick, modern centerpiece. On a long table, you can place a few platters down the middle.

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    Martha Stewart Living, July 2009
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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. Seasonal Settings

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    For a splash of style, adorn your table with autumn's brightest accessories: vivid fall leaves. Simply clip sprays of young leaves from a tree in your yard (ours are from a maple). Arrange the clippings at each place setting, and top with transparent glass plates. Come dinnertime, you'll be basking in the oohs and aahs of your guests.

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    Martha Stewart Living, October 2007
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    How to Coat the Edge of a Cocktail Glass

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    1. Melt about 3 ounces of semisweet or white chocolate in a microwave. (It takes about 1 minute to melt.)

    2. Holding a glass at an angle, dip a small portion of the rim into chocolate. Lift slightly, and rotate about 1 1/2 inches. Repeat around entire rim, making sure chocolate swags are the same size. Refrigerate glasses until ready to serve.

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    Martha Stewart Living, February 2008
  5. Seder Table Settings

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    In addition to displaying the main seder plate, incorporate some of the symbolic foods of Passover into individual place settings. (Carafes of wine can double as place-card holders.) With everything in reach, guests will have what they need during the reading of the Haggadah, keeping the passing of the seder plate -- and the risk of spills at the table -- to a minimum.

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    Martha Stewart Living, April 2009
  6. Fall Arrangement: Pear "Welcome" Display

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    Here's a fresh idea for the season's abundant Forelles and Anjous: Use them to make a friendly, fragrant greeting.

    Line up seven pears (in the same color or a mix) on a mantel. Then, with a fine-tipped washable marker, write letters on the front of each pear. Press whole cloves into the flesh along the lines; using a pushpin or a tack first can ease their entry. Make the letters no earlier than the day your guests arrive -- the sweet and spicy aroma will be as welcoming as the message itself.

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    Martha Stewart Living, November 2010
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