Friday, September 24, 2010

Ideas for entertaining and gift giving

I received a free preview issue of Martha Stewart Living recently and found some fun and useful ideas in it. Suggestions include being a good host by offering non-drinkers a selection of freshly squeezed citrus juices [lemonade would be refreshing!], unusual bottled juices, and a cocktail made with orange juice, a dash of bitters, and a topping of seltzer. [A friend introduced me to orange juice and tonic water years ago.]

And I liked her idea for a late-night gettogether: a dessert buffet! Other ideas include pinning a gift of earrings through a large, fresh leaf and writing a brief note on the leaf with a paint pen. And topping a macaroni and cheese casserole with bread crumbs and cheese to dress it up. And for a wedding gift, give them a large breakfast-in-bed set with accessories..

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