Monthly Archives: August 2011

How to Light Paper Lanterns

You’ve found the ideal venue. You’ve decided on your color scheme. Now for the fun part:

Decorating!

Lanterns are essential – for the festive atmosphere they create, and the soft light that emanates from them. But how to light paper lanterns? That is the question.

Well, here are some answers. There are two main methods for lighting paper lanterns: paper lantern cord kits, and LED lights. We’ll take one lighting method at a time.

How to Light Paper Lanterns – Method #1: The Cord Set
Multi-socket Cord for Lighting Paper Lanterns
Although less expensive than LED lights, using a cord to light your paper lanterns limits what you can do with them. You have to decide in advance how far apart the lanterns will be placed. Our cords come in different lengths with different spacings. The bigger the lanterns, the farther apart they need to be spaced. 
Another limitation you will run into with lighting paper lanterns with a cord is that you must have access to an electric outlet. That’s pretty obvious, but it’s something that many forget when caught up in the excitement of the event, and there are hundreds, if not thousands of details to remember! So remember, when you’re in a tent in the middle of a field, there’s nowhere to plug in a cord! Also, if you have a large area to decorate, you will need multiple outlets. Check for cords that plug into each other, like strings of Christmas lights, so you will need fewer outlets.
 
You can get 18, 24 and 36-inch spacing on cords from Luna Bazaar. The lengths range from 20 feet to 45 feet.
Use lanterns up to 20 inches in diameter with 24 or 36 inch spacing on the cords. With 18 inch spacing use a lantern 16 inches or less in diameter.

The best bulbs are the C7 or C9 bulbs that come in torpedo (night light) and round (vanity) shapes. Use the C7 size with 16 inch lanterns, and C9 for any size larger than that.
As a general rule, do not plug more than 100 consecutive feet together.

How to Light Paper Lanterns – Method #2: Battery-Operated LED Lights

Using battery-powered LEDs will give you much more flexibility than cords. Paper lanterns can be suspended at varying heights with no limitations. They can be spaced apart at varying intervals. Since they last more than 15 hours, you can switch them on and hang the lanterns well in advance of the event. They come in 3 colors: Clear, Blue, and Red. They are also available with 1, 2, or 3 bulbs in the lighting unit.
How to Light Paper Lanterns
Use a 3-bulb LED

The 3-bulb LED illuminates all of our lanterns up to 36 inches in diameter. When using LED lights with 24-inch-plus lanterns we recommend 2 or more lights per lantern for a brighter light. For 30 to 36 inch lanterns we recommend using 4 to 6 LEDs per lantern. If you’re decorating a dance floor with lanterns, get the flickering version of the 3-bulb LED!




How to Light Paper Lanterns – Alternative #1: String Light Paper Lanterns

String Light Paper Lanterns are small lanterns that are already attached to a cord. There is a small light bulb in each lantern. You do not need to purchase any bulbs to light theses lanterns – just plug them in and start the party!

 

How to Light Paper Lanterns – Alternative #2: Don’t light them at all!

From a writer on Yahoo Answers:

We used about 30 paper lanterns in lavender and white at our wedding. We had an evening wedding and did not light them. They hung in various lengths from the ceiling…we had candles in tall vases on the tables and some white Christmas lights around the bar and cake, and the overhead lights dimmed. The candle light illuminated the lanterns just fine without having to buy the cords and figuring out how to hang them and conceal the light cord. 

Sparkling Candle Holders – Who Needs Diamonds?

Candle Holders in Clear Glass, Gilded Glass, Mercury Glass  and Milk Glass
I would. I would still need some diamonds even if my table were laid out with gleaming glass candle holders like the ones in the picture. But the reflective mercury glass and shining vintage glass candle holders from our collection serve as the perfect complement to any dangling diamond you might be wearing.
Perfect diamond earrings to be worn
in the candlelight.
These Bradford House Estate diamond drop earrings fit the bill.
Back to the candle holders. Pick up any one of them and it causes a chain-reaction of decorating inspiration! I love the ones designed for tea lights, that are made of heavy molded glass. My favorite one (at the moment) is the swirl design vintage glass candle holder. This one is only 2  1/4 inches high, but it has real heft when you pick it up.  It’s surprisingly heavy! 

See the complete Luna Bazaar collection of
Vintage Glass Candle Holders

It really does have a jewel-like quality. Other colors are available (red, chartreuse, purple, blood orange, turquoise) but you can create a wonderful look using only clear, silver, and gold, as in the picture at the top. This look is just right for a wintry, holiday setting. But the diamond-like quality of clear glass paired with silver and gold creates a level of elegance and sophistication that can’t be matched. Add some black and it brings to mind the kind of setting where you would find Coco Chanel.

Audrey Tatou as Coco Chanel
For our purposes, Audrey Tatou will substitute for Coco Chanel. 
One of the advantages of these candle holders is that they can be placed virtually anywhere. Using our flameless candles you get an effect that is very close to real flame, but without the danger. Our flameless tea lights last for 15+ hours. Imagine placing these swirl candle holders anywhere in the room where you want to catch the light – in a nook, on a high shelf, along a windowsill, or at each place setting. Your evening will sparkle.
Enjoy your evening of warm elegance.

Holding Light in their Hands

The Lantern-Bearers by Maxfield Parrish(1870-1966)

Originally painted as the frontispiece for Collier’s Magazine’s December 10, 1910 issue.

In 1895 Maxfield Parrish was asked to illustrate the cover of Harper’s Bazaar’s Easter issue. His work was so popular, many of the major magazines of the day, including Life, and Ladies’ Home Journal, hired him to create original magazine covers for them. Parrish would paint an oil painting for the cover, the magazine would print it, and he would get to keep the oil original. Today, most of these covers, if not all, are recognized as works of art, and the oil originals are priced accordingly.

Why did Parrish choose to paint lanterns as a subject? He was obsessed with depicting light: at dawn, at dusk, in a shady forest, on a bright snow-covered mountain. Lanterns must have presented a new challenge and source of excitement for him. Light emanating from a lantern is not like natural light. It has a hypnotic glow that draws us in. The character of the glow is modulated by the color of the lantern paper. The color of the lanterns here is very difficult to describe. It’s not a sunshine-y yellow, although the lanterns look like miniature suns. It’s more like the color of the full moon when it first rises. Parrish would have to agree, as he placed a full moon exactly the same color as the lanterns behind the branches of the tree. What a lovely comment. It’s as though he is saying, “I can capture the moon.” More than 40 years after his death, it’s still true.


From Christie’s auction house:

The Lantern Bearers
signed and dated ‘Maxfield Parrish 1908.’ (lower left)
oil on canvas laid down on board
40 x 32 in. (101.6 x 81.3 cm.)

Estimated price: $1,500,00 – $2,500,00 

Price Realized: $4,272,000

25 May 2006
New York, Rockefeller Plaza

How Do You Decorate When You’re Already in Paradise?

In 2004 Khao Lak was the fastest growing tourist destination in Thailand. Work on the Sarojin Resort was progressing. Days before opening, the deadliest killer tsunami in recorded history hit the coast of Thailand on Dec. 26. The resort was destroyed. 
The Sarojin is special because every surviving employee was hired back, and helped in the rebuilding of the resort. It opened 8 months after the tsunami. Out of gratitude, the owners of the resort named each room after a member of the staff.

For those of us who are not lucky enough to be sunning on a floating pool deck in Thailand, Cultural Intrigue brings to you our signature lanterns and parasols in our newest color: 
 Pool Blue

This color was designed exclusively for Cultural Intrigue by our in-house color consultant.
Its closest color neighbor is Turquoise, but Pool Blue is a brighter, purer blue. However, Turquoise is one of our most popular colors, so you can’t wrong with either choice!
As usual, our colors are consistent across product lines.
Paper Lanterns in Pool Blue in various sizes.
Paper Parasols in Pool Blue in generous 32″ size.