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Entertaining Gift Guide 

This colorful capiz shell centerpiece is as versatile as it is unique. Removable tea light holders can be used alone, as a set, or as floating luminaries in a water feature — candelabra, $40, candle holders, $18 each at Sabai Jewelry Gallery (924 Royal St., 525-6211; 3115 Magazine St., 899-9555; www.sabaijewelry.com).

Cut the cheese New Orleans-style with this fleur de lis cheese tray and spreader set, $72 at Gentry (6047 Magazine St., 899-4223).

Party planning is a pleasure when you keep track of the details in this handmade journal. Featuring thick, acid-free paper and sturdy construction, it's impressive enough to moonlight as a guest register when the big day arrives — $37.50 at Forstall Art Supplies (3137 Calhoun St., 866-4278, www.forstallart.com).
Pick up one of Blue Frog Chocolates' party trays for guests to nibble throughout the night, or serve as an after-dinner treat with coffee, $38 at Blue Frog Chocolates (5707 Magazine St., 269-5707; www.bluefrogchocolates.com).
Protect a party 'do from the lingering humidity with Kenra Volumizing spray, $15, and defy gravity all night long with the strongest spray around, Kenra Platinum Finishing Spray 26 , $18, both at Revive: The Lakeview Hair Salon (234 W. Harrison Ave., 265-8761).
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'Tis better to give than to receive, but you'll do both when you bring this gift set of California cabernet and gourmet treats to share with your guests — Gourmet Goodness gift set, $34.99 at Martin Wine Cellar (714 Elmeer Ave., Metairie, 896-7300; Village Shopping Center, 2895 Hwy. 190, Mandeville, 985-951-8081; 3500 Magazine St., 899-7411; www.martinwine.com).

Give your favorite host the gift of party preparation. Martinique Bistro's (5908 Magazine St., 891-8495; www.martiniquebistro.com)catering sevice plans a menu so he or she can relax with guests, a glass of wine and the satisfaction of a job well done.
Bring a touch of spring to winter festivities with this fragrant centerpiece arrangement of green tea roses, seeded eucalyptus and foxwood in a French country pot, $65 at Federico's Family Florist (815 Focis St., Metairie, 837-6400).
Delight guests with these fun and functional conversation pieces. Waldburg balsam raspberry vinegar and rosemary extra virgin olive oil in Adam and Eve bottles are $25.36 for the set at Vom Fass (5725 Magazine St., 302-1455; www.vomfassnola.com).

Weighty and stylish, these art-glass plates are perfect for hors d'oeuvres, desserts, or sushi — $125 for the set at Isabella's Gallery (1901 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey, 304-4861; 3331 Severn Ave., Metairie, 779-3202; www.isabellasgallery.com).
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Hosting game day festivities? Show your support for the black and gold with this diamond fleur de lis pendant, $2,550, paired with a black and white diamond necklace, $5,450, both at Aucoin Hart Jewelers (1525 Metairie Road, Metairie, 834-9999; www.aucoinhart.com).
A gift certificate to Tommy's Cuisine (746 Tchoupitoulas St., 581-1103; www.tommysneworleans.com), with its classic Creole-Italian fare, is a good starting point for out-of-town friends and family members who want to dine like locals during holiday sojourns to New Orleans.
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Weighty and stylish, these art-glass plates are perfect for hors d'oeuvres, desserts, or sushi — $125 for the set at Isabella's Gallery (1901 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey, 304-4861; 3331 Severn Ave., Metairie, 779-3202; www.isabellasgallery.com).
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