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  1. Sparkling Setting

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    A New Year's Eve celebration wouldn't be complete without a glass of Champagne, so bubbly is a perfect theme for end-of-the-year festivities. Ball-shaped ornaments displayed in glass flutes mimic the rising bubbles. (We mixed vintage balls with clear ones.) Gather flutes in varying styles, and cluster them on a cake stand to craft a truly effervescent centerpiece.

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    Martha Stewart Living, January
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  2. Fun Photo Background

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    A bright sheet or piece of fabric makes a lively backdrop for a professional-style photo shoot. Try hanging it at parties, and give guests a chance to strike a chic pose for the camera.

    Make your photos even more festive by adding seasonal or occasion-appropriate embellishments. For slumber parties, try our Glittered "Candy" Garland.

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    The Martha Stewart Show, October 2010
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    Party Calculator

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    Follow this guide to determine how much to buy. The primary rule: Buy plenty. You can use it later or return unopened bottles (check store policy before making your purchase).

    Item and Quantity

    Wine: One bottle per two people per hour

    Beer: Two per person per hour

    Spirits: One bottle per five people per hour

    Mixers: Three bottles for each bottle of alcohol

    Ice: At least one pound per person per hour

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    Martha Stewart Living, November 2009
  4. 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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    Caramel Coffee Warmers

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    Just as the coffee is being served, the dancing always seems to begin in earnest, leaving guests with cold coffee when they return to the table. At your reception, offer caramel wafers to rest across the top of the cup -- the coffee will stay warm and the caramel will soften, turning the wafer into a sweet gooey treat. To prevent premature nibbling, the wait staff should let guests know what the wafers are for when they first bring out the coffee.

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    Martha Stewart Weddings, March/April Spring 2004
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    Floating Flowers Centerpiece

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    What You'll Need

    CB2 "Modern" salad plate and dip dish
    Floral foam
    Gaylax leaves
    Three large peonies

    Floating Flowers How-To

    1. For the runner, cut floral foam, a spongelike anchor used by florists, to fit a 7-inch-wide shallow dish, and add water. Stick the stems of gaylax leaves into the foam (shown at left). Then insert two or three large peonies, with stems trimmed, on top.

    2. For the place-card holder, cut floral foam to fit a 3 1/2-inch-wide shallow dish, and follow the directions above, except use only one peony. Tuck a place card inside the flower.

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    Martha Stewart Weddings, Fall 2010
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