Paper can do more for a party than serve as your guests' napkins. Whether the sun sets before or during your party, these paper lantern ideas set a festive and fun atmosphere.
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These lanterns hanging from bamboo poles are origami "balloons" fashioned around battery-operated lights and finished with ribbons.
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Let a flock of colorful paper butterflies loose, and you'll instantly give party decorations a lift.
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These DIY decorations really layer on the style. Any pale-colored paper lantern can be covered with tissue circles (buy them precut—no scissors required) for a charming fluttery finish.
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Holiday strands trace every slat of a porch trellis; the bulbs are covered in shades made from chartreuse and turquoise vellum.
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To create a cascading star pattern, as shown here, cluster stars close together at the top of the lantern and paste stars farther apart toward the bottom. Hang the lanterns in a group for maximum impact.
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Geometric "topiaries" inspired by the paper sculptures of Isamu Noguchi stand on both sides of this swimming pool.
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If you're throwing a party for someone's anniversary or birthday, the guest of honor will shine with a set of photo frame lanterns. They consist of three hinged photo frames set around votive candles. The black-and-white photos are printed onto ecru-colored vellum paper, which is translucent enough for the images to be visible by candlelight.