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With a few folds, corrugated brown paper encloses a platter of treats like an envelope.
1. Arrange treats on a square platter. Place the platter diagonally in the center of a 10-1/2-inch piece of corrugated brown paper.
2. Fold in the corners of the paper to the center of the platter and attach all four corners by piercing through the paper layers with a single cufflink. Tie a sheer, beaded ribbon across the bottom third of the platter. See the next slide for a materials list.
A sheer wine bottle gift bag makes a shimmery cover for a narrow platter.
1. Place cookies or bars on a long, narrow platter. Carefully slide the platter into a sheer wine bottle-size gift bag.
2. Thread small jingle bells and a gift tag onto the closure ties of the bag. See the next slide for a materials list.
What You'll Need:
Narrow rectangular platter, sheer wine bottle-size gift bag, jingle bells, gift tag
Editor's Tip: Use a second gift bag to present an accompanying bottle of wine with the gift.
For a sweet reflection, a framed mirror serves as a treat platter or tray.
1. Place sweet rolls (we used Sticky Pecan Upside-Down Baby Cakes) in jumbo-size paper baking cups and arrange some of them on a framed mirror. Or place cake roll directly onto tray.
2. Cut sheer wire-edge ribbon into two long pieces and arrange them on a hard surface, forming an X. Set the framed mirror in the center of the X and bring the ends of the ribbon to the top; tie one ribbon into a knot and the other ribbon ends around the knot and into a bow.
3. Tie a holiday gift tag to the bow. (Carry the gift holding the mirror tray, not the ribbons.) See the next slide for a materials list.
Ribbons and a gift bag dress up a basic plate for giving a delicious homemade cheese ball and crackers.
1. Wrap the cheese ball in clear plastic wrap and pack some crackers in a sheer gift bag; tie the bag closed with a spreading knife attached.
2. Arrange the cheese ball and bag of crackers on a round platter. Tie a sheer ribbon around the center of the plate. See the next slide for a materials list.
A plain pedestal cake stand is transformed into an eye-catching beauty with a simple paper trim.
1. Measure the distance around the rim of the cake stand. Using scissors, cut the length of a 3-inch-wide decorative paper strip.
2. Cut a wavy line along one edge of the paper strip. Affix the straight edge of the paper strip to the rim of the cake stand with double-sided tape. See the next slide for a materials list.
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