Invites. Check! Menu. Check! Now let's take your cabinet clutter and transform it into some sparkling decorations and ideas to get the fun flying.

The Décor: A Wishing Well Centerpiece
Peruse your old, dusty vases, flower pots or salad bowls (try borrowing before buying, as well). Fill with water and float a flower or two in each one. If you have a floating candle on hand, light it and send it for a swim. Then leave a bunch of pennies for guests to toss in the water while they make a wish! Start a guessing game over who wished what. Luckily, no one can keep a secret, so the game can go all night.

The Icebreaker: Fortune Ribbons
Gather some of those old gift ribbons from the holiday stash box, and cut them in varying lengths—12 to 24 inches. Use a fine-tipped fabric pen and write fortunes on each one. For example, "You are the icing on the cake," "Kiss me, I'm lucky" or "Something you lost will soon show up." If you're stuck for ideas, head to Google for "fortune cookie sayings." The more creative types may even personalize and customize them for your group (this is a great way to set the tone of your event, but keep it G-rated—unless this is an adult-only event!). Tie each ribbon to a lollipop or flower stem, hold them all together in your hand like a bouquet for guests to pick one and read their fortune, to the collective delight of the crowd.

The Game: Feeling Lucky?
For after-dinner fun, customize one of those flash-card memory games. Print two photos of family members and friends (pets too!) on card stock. Cut them all to the same size and shape, and pull out that lamination machine if you've got one. Shuffle the cards and lay them face down in a grid pattern on the table. Players take turns flipping pairs of cards over. If the two cards match, the player scores one point, removes those cards and gets another turn. If the cards don't match, turn them back over for the next player. Have a few lucky charms on hand to give as prizes—look around your place, you might just have a few household items that bring good luck laying around! Use Google to get a list of "good luck charms."


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