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Instead of something blue, enlist all things blue, including periwinkle blooms transforming your tabletops and celestial swirls fancying up your footwear.
Here, we mix-and-matched patterns and airy clusters of delphiniums, muscari, and dusty miller make this tablescape richly multilayered, not dully monochromatic. To greet guests, top each dinner plate with a gift. Pastel geometric bowl-and-spoon sets act as favors.
Pearl River rice bowls, spoon, and vases.
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To introduce a seaside vibe for a waterfront affair, make a splash with stationery by Milkfed Press, and don't be afraid to play up your theme. Follow the lead of these nautical-inspired invites, with wavelike scallop edging and anchor graphics, and your loved ones are sure to get on board.
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While spotting your name in lights is exciting, seeing it in script on Moroccan ceramic is a more permanent thrill. These "Bejmat" slabs by Mosaic House are just $2 a pop, but when adorned with calligraphy (here by Emilie Friday), they lend an aristocratic air to an escort-card display. Arrange them over a board bearing table numbers (and have the digits written on the backs of the tiles, too).
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In their deeper hues, blue gems are such attention grabbers that a little goes a long way. Indulge your desire for indigo by choosing one signature piece you'll have and wear forever.
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Thanks to its pretty petite print, this versatile cotton purse looks just at home paired with your favorite skinny jeans as it does alongside a glamorous white gown. Win-win!
Stella McCartney "Wedgwood Grace" clutch.
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For neckwear that truly ties a look together, try a bold print that complements his handkerchief without being too matchy-matchy, like the calico and stripes shown here.
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A bow tie is always a sure bet, but the sharp touches on these -- an understated chevron motif here, a chunky knit there -- have more character than your average knot. Pair one with a debonair square of silk for the ultimate in classy cool.
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Whether it's light or dark, dots or solids, a tie is one accessory where your guy can let his personality shine. If he picks out one in a quiet hue, then steer him toward a fun pattern, and vice versa.
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The Art of Baking
This jaw-dropping creation starts out simple -- two round tiers covered with fondant -- but added floral flourishes make it a rhapsody in blue. Cheryl Kleinman in Brooklyn, New York, created this masterpiece by hand-painting the flowers and leaving behind telltale brushstrokes. Enlist your baker to follow suit.
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From everyday dinnerware to the finest of china, blue-and-white patterns are classic without being boring. Register for these striking settings, and you'll use them for eternity.
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Given variations in developing techniques, pictures snapped in a number of different eras can be jarring to the eye when grouped together. The remedy? BeFunky.com's downloadable photo editor, which lets you apply a colored filter (we used cyanotype) to old images you've scanned onto your computer. Print and hang in spray-painted frames, and you’ve got a carefully curated photo wall guaranteed to turn heads.
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