Books: Paper Parties with Berin Made

Summer is the ultimate party season for me.  From weddings, to festivals, to summery picnics and BBQs, to (ahem) my birthday there is so much to celebrate.  For someone who loves all things bright, beautiful, sometimes sparkly, and always eye-catching, throwing clever and cute handmade additions into any gathering is a bit of a dream.  So I was over the moon to be invited along to the launch of Erin Hung’s new book: Paper Parties, at West Elm.

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Firstly – I should not be allowed to go into West Elm.  It’s like walking into the cave of wonders of interior design and beautiful homeware that you never even considered you needed but now can’t live without – case in point these llama planters.  Once I’d dragged myself away from all the prettiness I found a table decked out in pretty pastel goodness: our home for the next hour and a half where Erin would work her magic and teach us all to make our own 3D gems decorations, one of the projects featured in her new book.

We made ourselves comfortable with a quick round the table intro (what’s your name and what’s your birthstone – mine is actually diamonds so I felt pretty smug!) and set to work.  Erin guided us through using her templates to create card nets that can then be folded up into different eyecatching gemstone designs.

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It’s fiddly work but once you settle into the routine of cutting, scoring and folding you can create them quite quickly.  We then added sparkles galore with glittery and holographic papers – a really clever addition that made our gemstones pop.  In the book it’s suggested that you can use these as fun place names, but they also work brilliantly as single hanging decorations or to create a garland.

If you are into your papercraft as I am Paper Parties is a bit of a dream come true.  The book is absolutely packed with over 50 projects, plus tutorials on core skills and techniques.  That’s not all – one of my favourite parts of this book is the look book at the start – 10 beautifully styled party scenes, each with their own specific theme, showing the tutorials from the book in all their glory.  From seaside, to retro, to pastel perfection, wintery wonder and Parisian chic there’s something for every occasion, and it’s a really cool and unique addition.

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When I spoke to Erin she said the book took a month to write – I am in awe.  There are so many projects and so much detail I can’t believe she was able to create it so quickly.  Clearly a sign of someone brimming over with ideas, and I’m looking forward to her next book already.

*I was invited to the launch and gifted a copy of Paper Parties for the purpose of review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own and as always if I didn’t blooming love it I wouldn’t blog about it.



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