Pleats are light plastic containers that are just the right size for holding party favors or, in this case, flowers for a hostess gift. Pleats are available in several...

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Pleats for parties

Pleats are light plastic containers that are just the right size for holding party favors or, in this case, flowers for a hostess gift. Pleats are available in several colors. They can be found at Metropolitan Markets. See the Web site for store locations. 95 cents. www.metropolitan-market.com


Extra seating

The sculptural Crossback Chair from Target is stylish enough to leave out, even when you don’t have guests. It has a wood base in a light-chocolate finish. $120. www.target.com


Tuck-away trays

Bombay Co.’s folding Burton Tray Tables come in a set of four with an easy-to-carry stand. The octagonal-shaped tray tables have an espresso-stained birch veneer. The tables are 16 inches long, 23 inches wide and 26 inches high. $149. www.bombaycompany.com


Save a place at the table

Guide dinner guests to their seats with a Fallen Leaf Place Card Holder Set. When the party is over, the sand-casted textured leaves can be used to display small photos or even a business card. $26 for a set of four holders with 20 place cards. www.potterybarn.com

Compiled by Judy Averill, digs editor. Photos courtesy of Plastecproducts.com (Pleated Planter), Pottery Barn, Bombay Company and Target. Please contact your preferred retailer to ensure that items are still available.