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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Who says Christmas trees have to be fir? Inspired by the bonsai collection at the Arnold Arboretum in his native Boston, Martha Stewart Living's Kevin Sharkey created this enchanting roost using an artificial bonsai.
Spray-painted gold and accented with glitter, it rises out of a traditional pot topped with moss and snow. Japanese-lantern ornaments provide a pleasing change of scale, but the crowning glories of this tree are the birds -- coated in glitter and grouped in flocks of like colors.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, December 2009
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.
Ceramic bowls or mugs
Ibarra sweet Mexican chocolate (or other high-quality chocolate)
SourceMartha Stewart Living
This Saint Patrick's Day, enjoy a cocktail version of a root beer float: vanilla ice cream topped with Irish stout. With the ice cream sweetening the rich beer, the float is as much a dessert as it is a drink. Scoop ice cream into a pint glass, and pour in enough stout to fill it. One pint of ice cream and one 12-ounce bottle of beer will yield 2 servings.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, March 2008
Turn the kitchen sink into a blue lagoon with nontoxic dye pellets, designed to tint children's bathwater. When the water is turned on, the burst of color will be short-lived yet shocking.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, April 2009
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.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, December 2010
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