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  1. Quick-Chill Wine

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    Cool down a room-temperature bottle of wine in record time with this handy tip.

    Wet and wring out a linen dish towel, wrap it around a bottle, and place the wine in the refrigerator for half an hour. Can't wait that long? Try the freezer for 15 minutes.

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    Martha Stewart Living, June 2011
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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. Banana-Leaf Party Cones

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    Bring the lush greenery of the 50th state to your own backyard: Party snacks plain or exotic get an upgrade when served in cones fashioned from banana leaves (which are available at Asian and Latin food markets). Cut them into six-inch squares, roll each into a cone, and fasten at the seam with a bamboo skewer.

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    Martha Stewart Living, July 2010
  4. Paper Cocktail Covers

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    Keep bugs, leaves, and other unwelcome guests from joining you for drinks by topping glasses with these jaunty little hats (otherwise known as baking cups). Cut a small X into the center of each liner, poke a straw through the hole, and enjoy your beverage worry- (and pest-) free.

    Paper cups, fancyflours.com.

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    Martha Stewart Living, August 2010
  5. Good Thing

    Calligraphed Seating Display

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    Don't be afraid to be an exhibitionist. Display calligraphed names, grouped according to table, in frames that form a blueprint of the reception. The effect is altogether showstopping.

    This sophisticated seating display puts the art in chart. Paint frames in colors to fit your palette, and assign each a table number. Just be sure to request RSVPs a few weeks earlier than usual to give your calligrapher enough time. (Another option: Print from your computer.) Calligraphy, by John DeCollibus of Beyond Words.

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    Martha Stewart Weddings, Fall 2009
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