In these times of economic downturn - LOVE the understated vocabulary...- dreaming is a great option; I don't mean tune out and start dreaming until the crisis is over; no, not exactly. Rather, bask in the glow of make-believe opulence.
Bring on the gold!
Get a few yards of gold ribbon and braid, gather all your gold ornaments, use pins and beads to create something spectacular. For a decadent table, buy gold tapers, place a gold sari under your china, slather gourds, pine cones, branches and fallen leaves with gold paint, tie gold braid with Murano Glass beads on you napkins, scatter around some gold confetti or a handful of gold beads, and don't forget those rich gold dust Murano glass bowls you love so much.
More is more to bring a festive radiance to your project. With a little imagination, the fêtes can be spectacular!
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