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River rock paper weights

River Rock Weights

River rocks (available by the bag at garden centres) help keep plates and napkins where they belong, even after they’ve left the serving table. Pile them in a bucket on the buffet table for guests to grab along with their utensils; you’ll avoid having to chase fly- away’s.

rubber band wine glasses

Rubber Band I.D. Wine Glasses

A guests wineglass wont end up in the wrong hands when one of these brightly coloured rubber bands identifies it. Use a permanent marker to write your guests names on the bands after placing around each glass.

Mayonnaise mix ins

Mayonnaise Mix ins

Beef up your condiment offerings for burgers and sandwiches with these four easy blends. Start each with 1 cup mayonnaise and 1/4 teaspoon salt, then add: peppers (1/4 cup, finely chopped); Kalamata-olive puree (3 tablespoons); sun-dried tomatoes in oil (1/4 cup, drained and finely chopped); or pesto (3 tablespoons). Don’t leave mixes outside for more than two hours; refrigerate in an airtight container for up to five days.

Rosemary Skewers

Rosemary Skewers

With its sturdy stalk, rosemary makes a great skewer, infusing grilled food with its garden-fresh flavor. Soak stalks for a half hour before adding meat, fish, or vegetables. You may need to poke through the food first with a metal skewer.

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