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5 Eye-Popping, Instagram-Worthy Party Food and Decoration Ideas

That moment when something happens and a hush falls over the room because everyone is searching for their phones? We live for it. Bring the photo ops at your next get-together.

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Photography by: Marcus Nilsson

Raise your toast game. Avocado toast is no longer novel, but it’s still a crowd favorite -- as are runny yolks, bacon, and artfully arranged fruit slices. Invite Instagram’s greatest hits to your next brunch with a DIY toast buffet. For maximum “like” factor, squeeze all those glorious toppings into one photo. Bonus points for manicured hands in the frame.

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Put something in the water. A no-nonsense shot of your cocktail -- even with a simple caption like “Friday.” or “It’s 5 o’ clock somewhere!” -- sticks its landing because it’s a sentiment we can all understand. Throw in a novelty ice cube and serve it in clear, straight-sided glasses to maximize the angle opportunities.

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Put some glitter on it. Fact: You can glitter just about anything (yes, it’s a verb). Host a BYOGlitter Bash -- have each person bring a household item to bedazzle, set out a rainbow of glitter, coat the items with spray adhesive, and let the sparkles fly. Optimal lighting is key for this photo, so we’d make it a crafternoon tea party (with a side of twinkling cookies).

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Photography by: Yunhee Kim

Relive the '90s. Everyone loves a nostalgia moment, and the '90s have never been hotter (except for, um, in the actual '90s). Scribble some gel-pen invites, dress in your late-'90s best -- you know, the stuff that’s not quite cool again yet -- and lace up your Skechers for a #tbt-themed party. Be sure to serve (and photograph) iconic '90s dishes like Hot Pockets, Chinese chicken, and those ubiquitous cupcake cones. Dude, we miss those.

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Look to the Cronut. The original Frankenpastry is evidence of social media’s legend-christening power. Cook up your own edible “like” machine -- browse our favorite dessert mashups, or invent your own. If you fail, there’s always bacon.

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