Steamed towels

Photo: Artisan Events

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First Impressions
Welcome each guest with a freshly steamed hand towel presented on a plate or platter. To keep the towels fresh and smelling great, layer mint leaves between each. Lilly says an at-home hostess can roll and soak inexpensive hand towels in a shallow dish and then microwave them. Keep the towels warm by covering them with plastic wrap until guests arrive. "This packs a big 'wow' factor and gives your guests something fun and interactive to do as they walk into the door," Lilly says. "It makes a great first impression, and first impressions really set the tone of a party."