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Cocktail Party: $5,000

Our color scheme coordinated this inexpensive cocktail party: black and white linens (oilcloth for the bar), platters, favors, even invites. These DIY projects were easy—centerpieces of river rocks and carnations in ribbon-tied vases.

Carnations,; ribbon, Midori,; square vases and river rocks, Save-on-Crafts,; grosgrain ribbon with black stitching, Costco,; glass votives, Ikea,; candles, Jamali Garden Supplies,; plastic plates with silver rim, Costco; cocktail napkins,

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