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  1. Kids' Alphabet Magnet Thank-You Card

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    Want to inspire your kid to write thank-you notes? Put her on the card. 

    Have your child hold a magnetic board with alphabet magnets that spell out "Thanks for coming to my party." She can write a personalized note on the back of each picture. 

    Magnetic dry-erase board, boarddudesdirect.com, Magnetic lowercase letter set, $11, amazon.com

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    Martha Stewart Living, February 2011
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  2. Spirited Service

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    Ever the loyal servant, the butler ladles out punch for guests. (He passed away some time ago but never really retired.) We photographed the room and the butler separately, then digitally pasted him in midair, with his legs fading away. Black turnips and mini-pumpkin cups help set a ghoulish party scene.

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    Martha Stewart Living, October 2006
  3. Sunflower Place Card

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    From the Sunflower State of Kansas, here's a way to welcome guests to the table with a great big hello. Trim sunflower stems short, so they fit into juice glasses. Cut paper into petal shapes and write guests' names on them. Then add the extra petal to the flowers with dots of tacky white glue.

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    Marguerite plate, $71, johnderian.com

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    Martha Stewart Living, July 2010
  4. Good Thing

    Bucket Umbrella Stand

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    Transform an inexpensive flower bucket into a nice-looking umbrella stand by painting the bottom of the bucket with glossy oil-based enamel paint. In addition to providing color, the paint will help disguise any rust caused by dripping umbrellas. Mark the bottom third of a tall galvanized bucket (available at garden centers) with painters' tape; prime and paint this area and the bottom of the bucket. Let dry 24 hours before removing tape.

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    Martha Stewart Living, April 2008
  5. Container Magnets

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    Give pretty spice or candy containers a new life in seconds by turning them into refrigerator magnets. Place a small, powerful magnet inside the back of an empty tin, which makes the tin itself magnetic. (Nonmetallic containers will work if you stick an adhesive magnet on the outside.)

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    Martha Stewart Living, March 2011
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