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Ted’s Tip No. 188

Sometimes all you need is one magnificent bloom.



 

 

Ted’s Tip No. 187

A sweet treat at each setting is a surefire way to get the dinner party started on a festive note.



 

 

Ted’s Tip No. 186

Setting a creative table can be as easy as just choosing a theme and running with it. Or in this case, swimming with it. Keep in mind too, dishtowels can make swell placements in a pinch.



 

 

Ted’s Tip No. 185

Save bottles you have enjoyed (such as Champagne, wine, cider, sparkling water) that have cool labels and interesting shapes. Use them for vessels to hold flowers. Scatter about on your dining table. Be surrounded by the memories of your time enjoying the contents with family & friends.



 

 

Ted’s Tip No. 184

Vintage platters are a swell thing to collect. Utilitarian as all get out, they can be used in a host of ways. They stack neatly as not to take up lots of room, plus they are pleasing to the eye.



 

 

Ted’s Tip No. 183

Massing one ‘like’ object with others instantly creates a stylish collection. Grouped together they can also create a piece/work of art.



 

 

Ted’s Tip No. 182

Add a platter to your front entry hall table or living room side table. Then mix in things from the season. It will be a visual delight for guests as well as for you.



 

 

Ted’s Tip No. 181

The zen of wrapping. During these days of gift giving, find calm and satisfaction while wrapping up the presents you are giving. Think of the work that went into finding the gift, think of the happiness the recipient will feel when opening it. Find joy out of the process of choosing the paper and ribbon.



 

 

Ted’s Tip No. 180

This busy, gift giving time of year, bake two of something and give one away. If the recipient is a neighbor or someone you hardly know, even better. ‘Just Because’ gifts this time of year given out of the blue can hold extra special meaning for both the giver and receiver.



 

 

Ted’s Tip No. 179

While searching for gifts this season, keep antique malls and thrift stores in mind. Quite often you can find the perfect vintage item that will finish off a gift or gifts just perfectly.