Raise the bar with a drink-recipe display that does double duty as a decoration. Start with an inexpensive cardboard shadow box from a crafts store, and line it with pretty fabric or paper. Have your calligrapher create a card (or make your own) detailing the ingredients of your signature drink, and pin it inside the box. Stand the box on end at the bar, using a few rocks inside to weight it, and you've got a very good sign.
Nothing cheapens fancy passed hors d'oeuvres more than a pile of discarded toothpicks sitting dangerously close to the artful niblets. Instead of a toothpick graveyard, why not create a blooming bouquet? Glue paper flowers to the top of each toothpick; add a mini bucket or a small cup for used skewers.
Give bubbly a boost with jewel-like cranberry-, pomegranate-, and apricot-infused sugar cubes. Working in batches, soak cubes in a bowl of fruit concentrate or puree until completely saturated. Remove with a fork, and place on a wire rack (don't let them touch); let dry overnight. Present cubes at a champagne bar, or serve them in passed drinks. The sweet, tangy taste will keep guests sipping long after the toasts.
Have wine bottles do double duty as table numbers. Cover-weight paper printed with large, graphic numerals can be adhered over existing labels with double-sided tape for a clean, contemporary look. It's a clever touch that will have guests drinking to your good fortune -- and your good taste.
When it's time for after-dinner coffee, stir things up -- deliciously. Replace silver spoons with the chocolate variety. The utensils are made entirely of semisweet chocolate dusted with cocoa powder, and they melt in hot coffee, giving the beverage a rich mocha flavor. Garnish each with a dollop of whipped cream and an extra sprinkling of cocoa powder.
A dainty rose petal makes the perfect dish for a sugar cube awaiting a cup of coffee, tea, or espresso. These pale-pink rose petals are subtle and feminine, but any favorite blossom can be used, provided it's organic and nontoxic. Pluck petals from the flower, and set one sugar cube onto each.
Get inspired by DIY details these real couples created for their big day.See the Latest