With New Year’s Eve parties coming up, I thought I’d share one of my all-time favorite Real Simple entertaining tips. Here’s a party trick that’s both fun and practical: When you’re serving up hors d’oeuvres on toothpicks (bacon-wrapped dates, meatballs, cubes of cheese), place a lemon on the table to collect all the used picks. You’ll avoid gathering up stray toothpicks post-party, and the lemon looks pretty, too. Just stick in a pick ahead of time so guests get the hint.
Got extra lemons? Try one of these luscious lemon desserts.
(photo: Annie Schlechter)