A rainbow of mini gazpachos, the brainchild of contributing editor Peter Callahan, of Peter Callahan Catering in New York City, display the color range of tomatoes -- green, yellow, orange, and red. They also look spectacular served in shot glasses, lined up by shade, and topped with cherry tomato-speared toothpicks.
Give the sun's rays double exposure with projects that dress up tables and bring sweetness and light to your ceremony. To make this charming mat and escort card, use the Super Sunprint Kit. We spread maidenhair ferns on the kit's blue paper, left it near a window, and just a few minutes later watched this pattern emerge.
This runner tecnically isn't a runner at all. We reimagined a few inexpensive and portable everyday products to make gorgeous dinner settings perfect for a summer soirée. Here, a straw mat, like this one from Jamali Garden, is a natural choice for outdoor and indoor celebrations alike.
No need to tart up fruit; berries and currants are already irresistible when displayed, farm stand-style, in Texas Basket's half-pint containers. Attach escort cards like these -- printed by Moontree Letterpress and calligraphed by Wendy Cook for Bell'occhio -- to Royal Paper wooden stirrers (cooksdirect.com) and stand them in the baskets. The finished product does double duty as an amuse-bouche that leads guests to tables.
Outdoor weddings are especially beautiful, but they can also be uncomfortably steamy. To keep your guests from overheating, pass out handmade fans -- trust us, they'll be grateful. Ours features a floral motif on one side and a quote from Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" on the other: "My bounty is as boundless as the sea, my love as deep."
If you’re throwing a nautical-themed event or just love the symbolism, say ahoy to a pair of double figure eights. Start with more rope than you need (we used two 5-foot pieces for each), tie knots (get the how-to below), and drape them around your chair. Trim the excess, and sew ends together or bind them with white gaffer’s tape.
This classic refreshment is all grown up. During the reception, adults can help themselves at a station stocked with cups, crushed ice, and mojito, peach daiquiri, cosmo, and margarita cocktail syrups. Use glasses to catch drips and straws to slurp up every last drop. Sur La Table olive oil cruets with pourers.
Forget tin cans tied to a car bumper, and hop onto a bicycle built for two with a trailing pennant spelling out your new status. Print it onto heavier "Classic Crest" 11-by-17-inch 110-pound cover paper (paperpresentation.com), secure it to your ride with a dowel, and top with ribbon.