Great Household Tips from Friends

Published May 30, 2013

Gold Staples are a nice touch to party invitations

Gold Staples are a nice touch to party invitations

I love it when my friends pass on creative ideas to share with readers.

I’m always amazed how much creativity and talent there is when I attend dinner parties and other family events.

Here are some of my favourite ideas I’ve accumulated over the last 12 months. I’m sure you will be able to use some of them, as I have.


This idea is fun and easy to do. If you are a detail-oriented person, then this idea is for you. Next time you assemble invitations or paperwork for an event and plan to use a gold pen, simply colour your staples gold from silver with a metallic gold pen from your local craft store. It’s a little detail but really finishes off the final product.


If you want your next dinner party to have a little pizazz then make these cute little cucumber flowers for your salad. Simply purchase a small flower cookie cutter and cut out the flowers from 13millimetre slices of cucumber. Discard the outside perimeter and place the flowers in your salad. Very chic.


In a pinch for a cake plate or pedestal? Then simply use a large terra cotta tray and small terra cotta pot. Invert the large tray and glue the small base of the terra cotta pot to the centre of the tray. Let dry and invert as a cake pedestal. Voila! This idea is really cute for a garden party.