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1. Fill a jar with drugstore candy and set it out for dessert. Sugared gumdrops or gummy candies work well, won’t melt, and come in a rainbow of colors. Your friends will gobble them up!
2. Grab a selection of Mexican religious candles from the grocery store. They’re inexpensive (sometimes less than a dollar) and generally filled with brightly colored wax and beautiful imagery. The tall glass votive shields the wind so they’ll stay lit outside. Just make sure none of your guests will be offended by their use!
3. Order a roll of kraft paper or newsprint – www.uline.com is a great resource. Create a tablecloth by rolling it down the table, put out flowerpots full of colored pencils, crayons, pastels or markers and let your guests doodle away. Or make sure everyone meets someone new by assigning seats yourself – just write everyone’s name in front of a place!
4. Pile flowers in milk jugs, cans or rinsed out jars for a pretty centerpiece. It’s a great time of year to find cheap blooms at a farmer’s market or go picking in your own backyard!