Theme-party business wins $10,000 grantLast July Judy...

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November 20, 1994|By Elizabeth Large

Theme-party business wins $10,000 grant

Last July Judy Esposito launched a new business that's won her a $10,000 grant from New Woman magazine and the National Association for Female Executives. Her innovative idea, "Party in a Bag," placed third in the national business competition.

Ms. Esposito's creative solution to coordinating children's birthday parties offers over 30 themes, such as "Little Mermaid" or "magic." The one you choose is carried out in invitations, decorations, toys, game ideas, party favors and more, all of which arrive at your door in a brightly colored bag. The cost ranges from $49 to $75 for 8, $3.50 to $4.50 per extra child. Call (301) 776-5395 for more information.

Art paper in Towson

When Papyrus opened a couple of weeks ago in Towson Town Center, it was the first East Coast store of the California chain of upscale card shops. Here's the place to get a wide

selection of art note cards -- Monet, Matisse and many more -- plus Papyrus' own brand of stationery and gift wrap. The store also sells distinctive sheet gift wrap and designer gift bags. Papyrus is located on the third level next to 9 West. The phone number is (410) 583-0366.

Shady craft projects

"The Lampshade Kit" (Trafalgar Square, $19.95) is perhaps the most unusual craft book of the season. It includes more than 25 projects for making quick lampshades, with eight patterns and 10 small shades to pull out and use immediately. Illustrated with striking color photographs, the glossy large-format paperback has directions for creating lampshades using various materials and techniques, such as stenciling, decoupage, pleating and needlepoint. You begin by making a basic lampshade pattern and proceed to projects like a beautiful rosebud cross-stitch shade and a flower and moth shade of decoupage. Great for handmade holiday gifts!

Fund-raising tree festival

The best place to get ideas for holiday decorating may very well be the Maryland State Fairgrounds next week. Local designers will decorate more than 100 trees and wreaths for the fifth annual Festival of Trees, which opens Wednesday and runs through Nov. 27. You can even get some of your holiday shopping done at the more than 20 booths run by artisans and crafts people.

The Festival of Trees is Kennedy Krieger Institute's annual fund-raiser. Admission is $6 for adults and $3 for children under ,, 12 and senior citizens. Call (410) 550-9793 for more information.

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