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Let Them Eat Cake: Pretty Paper Parties

A stationery and design expert opens her bag of tricks

pretty paper parties!

When you were young, throwing a party involved sitting your teddy bears at a table and serving treats from an Easy-Bake Oven.

Now you can pull off great fetes without pretending thanks to Pretty Paper Parties. Stationery and design expert Vana Chupp of Le Papier Studio shares secrets and tips in the artful portfolio, which is part book, part DIY kit. Crack it open to find endless inspiration in 40 sheets of beautiful patterned paper, ready-to-cut templates, and step-by-step instructions for making decorations.

A pair of scissors is all you need to get the party started. You can snip everything from cupcake toppers to scalloped paper chains to pennant-style bunting. Don’t miss the cutouts of mustaches, bow ties, lips, and eyeglasses, which can be glued to straws and used as photo booth props.

It’s pure and simple fun — just like the good old days.

Available at amazon.com, $20.

Photo: Courtesy of Chronicle Books