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Party favors: ideas for creating a very merry bash
Party favors: ideas for creating a very merry bash

It really is the most wonderful time of the year: check your guest list twice, deck your halls and prepare to celebrate straight through to the New Year. Whatever your holiday traditions — Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Las Posadas — it's the season for parties that many experts say are less about outdated "rules" and more about embracing your own personal style. "My recipe for a great holiday party is ambience — it starts when you walk in," says Elle Ellinghaus of Elle Designs, whose Canton-based boutique firm planned the summer nuptials of Ravens player Torrey Smith and his bride. "It doesn't have to be big and crazy and huge,"...

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