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  1. It's Crudite Season

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    Create an hors d'oeuvre centerpiece that recalls a vegetable patch. Buy a large, deep galvanized-metal planter from a garden-supply center, line the bottom with sprouts, and pour in enough water to moisten them. Arrange vegetables, such as cherry tomatoes, carrots, radishes, asparagus, and cauliflower, in sections inside the container, varying the colors. Serve immediately with herb dip, or cover with moist paper towels and refrigerate up to 2 hours.

    Herb Dip Recipe

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    Martha Stewart Living, March 2008
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  2. A Year of Flowers: July

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    A handful or two of freshly cut flowers embody the laid-back spirit of outdoor entertaining, especially when the blooms are slipped into a mismatched assortment of clear glass bottles, jars, and carafes. The containers go with any color scheme and offer a way to pair unlikely garden mates. At this dinner party, sun-craving cosmos meet shade-friendly astilbes. And the mingling of starburst scabiosa seed heads with the fireworks of astrantia makes the tabletop conversation sparkle.

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    Martha Stewart Living
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
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