Serve small snacks, like Jordan almonds in vintage tea cups at your wedding or other parties. (Or use them as favors if you can find full sets at flea markets or on eBay.)
2 of 14Tara Donne
Clip-On Earrings as Shoe Embellishments
Channel Grandma’s style and update plain white wedding shoes (or everyday ballet flats) with a funky pair of clip-on earrings. Attach them to the shoes at the center (or slightly off center), and let your fancy footwork peek out from under your gown. You'll be able to update your bejeweled flats as quickly as you change your mood.
3 of 14 Tara Donne
Lightbulb as Ribbon Smoother
To smooth a wrinkled ribbon, hold it taut, run it over the surface of a clean, warm (but not too hot) lightbulb. (Caution: To avoid singeing the fabric, don't use a bulb that has been on for more than five minutes or so.) You'll have a beautiful bow all without hauling out the iron.
4 of 14 Tara Donne
Clothespin as Placecard Holder
Let guests locate their seats in a creative way. Clip a miniature clothespin to the bottom of each paper to create the base for a rustic escort card display.
5 of 14James Baigrie
Raisin as Champagne Restorer
Drop a raisin into the open bottle a few minutes before pouring and any last gasps of carbon dioxide that are left in the wine will stick to the raisin’s ridged surface, then release again as tiny bubbles. A little more sparkle to lift your spirits.
6 of 14 James Baigrie
Cooking Spray as Candlestick Cleaner
Celebrating by candlelight? Spray the inside of a votive holder with a thin coating before dropping in a tea light. After the candle has burned down, the remaining wax will slip out.
7 of 14Andrew McCaul
Picture Frame as Drink Tray
Make a chic serving tray with an extra frame. Place a double of your favorite photo (so as not to ruin the original in case of condensation) under the glass and set out the drinks.
8 of 14 Andrew McCaul
Toothbrush Holder as Vase
Display individual blooms (peonies and ranunculus work well) in each hole and fill with water for a foolproof, evenly spaced arrangement.
9 of 14 Gemma Comas and James Merrell
Hair Elastic as Bouquet Holder
To keep all types of flowers in place in a wide-mouth vase, stretch a clear hair elastic around the stems, then let the flowers fall naturally.
10 of 14Thayer Allyson Gowdy
Cake Stand as Appetizer Server
To cut down on waiting time for hors d’oeuvres, stack a small cake stand on top of a larger one to increase your surface area for canapés or crudités and free up precious table space.
11 of 14James Merrell
Cake Stand as Candle Holder
Create a candle centerpiece to light up your wedding (or you dinner table) by using cake stands as platforms for votive and pillar candles in assorted sizes.
12 of 14 Paul Whicheloe
Bleach as Flower Preserver
To get more bang for your bouquet, add a few drops of bleach to the water to prevent bacteria growth and keep stems from mildewing.
13 of 14 Formula Z/S
Wine Glass as Candleholders
Place a votive candle in a thick-walled glass, anchored in a bed of sand or small pebbles (that makes wax cleanup a snap). Voila! Lighting that actually goes with your tableware, unlike those circa-1984 brass candlesticks.
14 of 14James Merrell
Soup Tureen as Vase
Vessel for displaying big, beautiful blossoms. Large flowers, such as hydrangeas, roses, and peonies, are less likely to flop around than smaller ones. Give your florist antique serving pieces to use.