Home Style: Three fun, fresh ideas for summer parties
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Summer parties — filling your home with friends and family, eating and drinking and laughing until your sides hurt — can be addicting. Catch the fever and open your doors to the joy of entertaining. Here are three gorgeous party themes to try.

1. Have a ball

Paper lanterns are an inexpensive decorating tool that packs lots of visual punch. I started experimenting with different ways to use lanterns for parties a few months ago, and hit on the idea of bringing them inside. I hung a wide assortment of lanterns in the dining room, attaching them to bamboo poles inserted into huge temple urns. As I experimented with how to hang the lanterns from the bamboo poles, I started using fishing line so the lanterns would look like they were suspended in mid-air. I wasn’t crazy about the effect, so I traded the fishing line for ribbons, and my heart soared.

Since my dining room is painted Twilight Blue and I have lots of blue and white dishes and accents, I picked blue and white lanterns for my display. But you could pick any color scheme for your home and it would look fabulous.

The place settings on my blue and white table feature one of my favorite entertaining workhorses: white dishes. I love plain old white dishes because you can remake them over and over again by pairing them with different linens, accent dishes and table accessories.

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