It is easy when party planning to get caught up in buying tons of stuff that fits just that theme, and sure these can be fun. But unless you plan on throwing five identical parties, this isn't really practical. That is why I really try to limit myself to items I can use over and over again.  And if you are going to do this, you have to think outside the box on the uses for things.  The vintage stemware below was my grandmother's, and it is a go-to item for me.  I use them as standard stemware a lot, but in this instance I use them as vases instead of drinking glasses.  Using them in an unusual way gives so much charm and texture to the decor, and the mixing of the different sizes and shapes only add to that charm.

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AuthorGretchen Postiglione