Monthly Archives: September 2011

Paper Lanterns With Lights – The Options, and Then Some.

If you’ve been searching for paper lanterns for your wedding or big event, you know that there is no shortage of options. In this post I will shed some “light” on the matter. Hopefully, when you finish reading this post, you will know a lot more about paper lanterns with lights than you did when you started.
If you’ve been looking at paper lanterns like these:

Premium Paper Lanterns from Luna Bazaar

you probably know that they do not come supplied with lights. You need to buy some electrical cords with light sockets, or some battery-operated LED lights. You can buy both your paper lanterns and cords and LEDs at Luna Bazaar. The battery-operated LEDs have their own tiny light bulbs and a battery is supplied. The electrical cords do not come with light bulbs, so you need to buy them at any hardware store, grocery store, or anywhere regular light bulbs are sold. There is no need to get vanity bulbs, unless you particularly like the way they look.

But there are other types of paper lanterns with lights – string lights. They are small paper lanterns strung on a string of lights. The string of lights is the kind you would use to decorate your home for the holidays. Luna Bazaar has a wide variety of string lights in our collection. The standard paper ones are 4 inches in diameter.

Paper Lanterns with Lights already in place – string lights.

In addition to those, we have printed paper lantern string lights, and nylon string lights. The printed string lights come in beautiful designs – the Dahlia, Peony, and Cherry Blossom designs. The nylon string lights are shinier and more durable than the paper lantern string lights.

Nylon Lantern String Lights from Luna Bazaar

Go to our collection of Unique String Lights for a few surprises. Our string lights take on the shapes of roses, cylinders, stars, spheres, and pagodas, to name a few.

A variety of String Lights from Luna Bazaar:
Metal Lantern, Disco Ball,
Nylon Cherry Blossom, and White Rose.

We always encourage our customers to express themselves, and give their imaginations a good work-out. Do some exploring at Luna Bazaar and find out how creative you can be.

Ikat Pillow Covers – Women Weaving

Luna Bazaar has traveled throughout Asia and the Pacific Islands in
search of crafts and designs for your home. One of our most fortuitous
finds was Ikat cloth, which is made into pillow covers. Once you have
seen an Ikat pattern like the one below, you will be able to recognize
it anywhere you go:

Hand-woven Ikat Pillow Cover in Blue from Luna Bazaar

The cloth is woven by women who have handed down this traditional
form of weaving from generation to generation. The women live in rural
areas where daily activities are determined by the season.  During the
planting and harvesting seasons they are employed in the fields. When
the rainy season comes, there is no work for them to do. They are able to earn
income during this time by practicing their art of Ikat weaving.

In Ikat weaving the pattern determines how the threads are dyed.

In modern weaving, the pattern is created by raising and lowering horizontal and vertical threads of different colors. (The horizontal and vertical threads are known as the “warp and weft”.)

Ikat weaving is completely different. The pattern is created by dying the thread multiple times. The weaver must know which colors to apply to each portion of the length of thread. This is where the skill comes in!
In order to prevent one section of thread from being dyed the color of the neighboring section, the threads that are not to be dyed are tied up tightly with string. Hence, the term “tie-dying”.

The original “Tie-Dye” – Ikat Weaving
Exclusive Ikat Pattern Printed Paper Lantern in Olive

We were so impressed by these beautiful patterns that we created paper lanterns to match our Ikat pillow covers. These are 18″ printed paper lanterns that sell for only $10.95. Available patterns are in Olive, Orange, and Rose.
 Those of you who are new to Luna Bazaar may not know that we also have a collection of personal accessories and gifts. Included in the collection are these two Ikat items: the Bracelet and Clutch:

Bracelet: Ikat fabric covered in clear resin

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Ikat Clutch in Olive with Zipper and Wrist-Strap

How to Make Chinese Lanterns Stretch Your Budget

Photo: Tickled Pink Brides

Chinese Lanterns are one of the most economical ways to dress up a space and create a party atmosphere. Even if you don’t use a lot of them, the presence of a few lanterns spread around the room says, “There’s a party going on here!”

How economical are Chinese Lanterns? Let’s suppose you have a decorating budget of $1,000 and the space you want to decorate measures 75 by 60 feet, which is a typical space for about 200 hundred people. Just how much party pizazz you can create?

Starting with a minimal decoration scheme, we’ll plan to hang Chinese lanterns on light cords around the perimeter of the tent or room. Luna Bazaar’s No Frills lanterns are the least expensive way to go. Luna Bazaar also offers Premium Lanterns, which come in more colors, and have other nice features, but to pare down the price we’ll pick No Frills.

Luna Bazaar’s No Frills Paper Lanterns are a great buy.

No Frills paper lanterns are available in White, Pink, Red, Fuschia, Chartreuse, Turquoise, Chocolate Brown, Mango Orange, Yellow and Grass Green. You can get 6″ lanterns at Luna Bazaar for 80 cents. The largest size No Frills lanterns are 20″ across and sell for $3.50 each. A good size to use for our project is the 10-inch lantern. It’s big enough to add to the proceedings, yet it only costs $1.10.

How to make Chinese lanterns glow? You need lights! The most convenient solution is to get cords with sockets for light bulbs. In our example, 2 thirty-foot cords would be needed to cover each end of the room. The 75-ft. sides require a 30-ft and a 45-ft cord to cover them.

Convenient cords with light bulb sockets

This is our most expensive item in our example. The 30-ft. cords cost $27.95 each, and the 45-ft cords are $39.95 each.
 
 We need 100 lanterns (20 on each end wall, 30 on each side). So 100 times the No Frills 10-inch lantern price of $1.10 is $110. You can minimize this cost without losing the party feel by alternating lantern-light bulb-lantern. Then you only need 50 lanterns for $55.

How to make Chinese lanterns glow? You need lights! Although the picture above shows special vanity bulbs which are more expensive, you can use regular incandescent light bulbs. Let’s add $1 per bulb for a total of $50. So our total for decorating the perimeter of the whole tent or room is $352.60 using the numbers below:

50 lanterns – $55
50 bulbs – $50
6  30-ft cords – $167.70
2 45-ft cords – $79.90

You could stop right now, perfectly content with the way your space will be lit up, and pocket the remaining money. But for a little more you can give your room real pizazz by hanging large Premium Lanterns from the ceiling, down the middle of the room.

A 24″ Premium Paper Lantern has a big of impact!

The 10-inch lanterns we used around the perimeter will look too small hanging from the ceiling. The 24-inch Premium Lantern is a better fit. You can fit 6 lanterns this size in a 75-ft long room with a space of 4 – 8ft. between them. These lanterns are $11.95 each, so we’re adding  6 times 11.95 = $71.70 to the cost.

How to make Chinese lanterns glow when they’re hanging from the ceiling? You need battery-operated LED lights! You can hang one triple-light LED light in each of the large lanterns. That way you needn’t be bothered searching for outlets and extension cords that will reach the ceiling. You are free to hang these lanterns wherever you please. At $4.95 each, this adds $29.70 to the tab.

Putting all the pieces together, we have…

  • 50 small lanterns – $55
  • 50 bulbs – $50
  • 6  30-ft cords – $167.70
  • 2 45-ft cords – $79.90
  • 6 large lanterns – $71.70
  • 6 triple LEDs – $29.70

 …for a total of $454. We didn’t even reach the half-way mark.Now that you know how to make Chinese lanterns provide the celebratory setting you require, you can save time by saving this post and using it as your shopping list at Luna Bazaar. Happy Decorating!

Luna Bazaar – A Party Store Like No Other!

If you’re looking for wedding and event decorations you’ve come to the right place. First, Luna Bazaar is known for its large selection of paper lanterns in the latest, fashion colors that can’t be found elsewhere. But, in addition to paper lanterns, you will find an unusual and eclectic array of party decorations from the far corners of the world, such as Thailand, Bali, India, China, and Mexico. In our online store you will find:

  • Paper Parasols
  • Paper Hand Fans
  • Hanging Stars and Banners
  • Candle Holders
  • Flower Vases
  • Party Favors
  • Place Card Holders 

You can purchase our products online at www.lunabazaar.com. Our headquarters are located in the small town of Brattleboro, VT. Adam Gebb, the founder of our company, has traveled the world, fascinated by its diverse cultures and natural wonders. In Bali he began collecting antique textiles, and brought them back to the U.S. to sell.

In his travels Adam saw more and more products that intrigued him. He began importing Bhudda statues, beaded purses, carved figurines, sand animals, and woven baskets. Today Luna Bazaar concentrates on wedding and event decorations, and home decor.

What sets us apart from the typical party store is our commitment to preserving the environment and to the survival of world cultures that are in danger of disappearing.

Whenever possible we use sustainably harvested and renewable resources.  Most of our paper lanterns are made of bamboo and rice paper. Our paper parasols, also made of bamboo and rice paper, do not have any metal parts. More than 80% of our packaging materials are reused or recycled.

To support the fledgling businesses of women in remote Jaipur, India, we purchase their hand-dyed, block-print pillow covers. Skilled Ikat weavers of Bali also benefit from our orders for party favor clutches and pillow covers.

Luna Bazaar is like an old-world bazaar filled with goods from far and wide. We are a party store like no other! Browse around our online store, and see what catches your fancy.

Lighting Paper Lanterns – The Quick Guide

What are your choices for lighting paper lanterns?
The VERY short answer is: bulbs on a cord, or an LED light for each lantern.

As you’re shopping around for paper lanterns, you need to know that lanterns do not come with lights already in them. You must buy your own lights separately.

The only exception to this is string lights, which are small lanterns (about 4 inches) that you buy in a set. When you take them out of the box, they are already attached to a string of lights, similar to traditional Christmas lights.

Fuschia String Lights – from our String Light Collection

If you buy light cords for lighting paper lanterns you  must also buy light bulbs. Keep this in mind when you do price comparisons. 

Lighting Paper Lanterns
What are the differences between lighting with cords and lighting with LEDs?

Price:
Let’s compare the two approaches using a 30-foot long wall as an example.

  • Lighting Paper Lanterns with the cord: You can buy a 30-foot cord with 15 bulbs on it for $24.95 on the Luna Bazaar web site. (Note: If you buy a dozen of more you will get a discount.) Add to that the cost of light bulbs. You can use ordinary incandescent bulbs that you would use anywhere in your home. The cost of a light bulb can vary a lot, as you can certainly find a deal by buying them in bulk.  If the cost is between 50 cents and a dollar, our cost will average 75 cents. You will spend $11.25 on light bulbs. In total you will be covering 30 feet for approximately $36.20.
  • Lighting Paper Lanterns with LEDs: There is no cord, so you will need some fishing line. A spool of strong fishing line that is 330 yard long costs $6.99 or less. You can also buy it at most hardware stores, or sporting goods stores.The LED lights themselves cost $3.50 each, but they are discounted to $2.95 if you buy more than 12. The cost to span a 30-foot wall at $2.95 each would be $44.25. With the fishing line the total cost is $51.24

At $36.20 for lights on a cord, and $51.24 for LEDs, light on a cord win the price comparison.

Convenience:

  • Lighting Paper Lanterns by cord: This works best if you want to hang a string of lanterns in a straight line – that is, along a pole, or across the top of a wall. With a cord, you can’t place the paper lanterns at different distances from each other. Remember, you must be within reach of an electrical outlet.
  • Lighting Paper Lanterns by LED: You don’t need an electrical outlet, and you can place the lanterns wherever you like – they don’t have to be a set distance apart from each other. Batteries that last 15+ hours come with the LED lights. You do have to go around and turn them all on before the event.

Conclusion: It depends on your personal preference.

Lighting Paper Lanterns – Not Necessarily Either Or

You don’t have to choose between bulbs on cords and LEDs. Most brides use a combination of the two depending on the positioning of the paper lanterns in the tent or reception room. For example, in a tent, use light cords around the perimeter of the tent, and battery-powered LED lights in the center.

I hope this quick guide about lighting paper lanterns has been helpful. For more details see this earlier Luna Bazaar post. Or see our main page for lighting. Good luck decorating!

Wedding Decorations – A Survey, Inspired by Autumn Colors

You’re searching for Wedding Decorations and today is the first day of Autumn. Let me show you a selection of wedding decorations from our collection in an assortment of colors inspired by the season.

Autumn Hues from Luna Bazaar

 Everyone who knows Luna Bazaar, knows that we have a huge selection of paper lanterns. We’ve always had the colors people think of as Autumn colors, that is, Red, Yellow, Orange. But we also have fashion colors you won’t find anywhere else because they’re custom-designed by our own in-house color
expert. To begin your selection of wedding decorations choose paper lanterns in our exclusive colors: Tea, Mango, Cinnamon, and Boysenberry. Tea is a darker, more subtle shade of yellow. Mango is a richer, intense orange, while Cinnamon is a warm, red-brown. Boysenberry adds a royal touch of purple to dark red.

Continue exploring wedding decorations that match the colors of the paper lanterns. Paper parasols add so much flair to a wedding. On the popularity scale of wedding decorations, parasols keep moving up. Our paper parasols are as small as 12 inches across, which is a perfect size for little wedding attendees. Keep this in mind, as it is often a challenge to find wedding decorations that make children feel included.

You may not think of paper fans held in the hand as wedding decorations, but the overall look of your wedding will be enhanced if your guests have colorful folding fans in their hands. You will find a wide selection of hand fans in the autumn color palette.

Moving on to wedding decorations for the table, let’s look at centerpieces. If you do not want to foot the bill for elaborate floral centerpieces on each table, Hurricane Candle Lanterns are a very popular alternative that are a lot less costly. For an autumn setting the best option would be to use Silver and Black as neutral colors. A novel idea is to replace the centerpiece altogether with Vintage Glass Bottles. You only need a few or even one flower in each to complete the look of your table.

Good luck in selecting your wedding decorations and enjoy the season!

Hurricane Candle Holders – Indoors or Out

Hurricane Candle Holders have evolved into one of the most popular decorations available. Not limited to weddings, they make appearances in tree branches at outdoor parties and on table-tops at indoor parties.

If you’ve decided you want to use hurricane candle holders, you have quite a job in front of you. There are so many choices! Let me sort them out for you. To clear up any confusion, on our site, “Hurricane Candle Holders” are the same as “Hurricane Candle Lanterns”.

First of all, you want your hurricane candle holders to look decorative, not functional. That is, you don’t want it to weigh five pounds, be made of heavy steel, and look like it was made for weathering a real  hurricane. Our hurricane candle holders are lightweight and stand about 5″ tall. Perfect for hanging from the end of a pew or the back of a chair.

Second, you probably don’t want a hurricane candle holder in that shade of green that reminds you of disastrous family camping trips. This is where Luna Bazaar comes to the rescue. We have really cute colors for weddings and parties. We have colors that are currently popular so they coordinate with your other party decorations – be it a Halloween party or an outdoor birthday party.

Small Hurricane Candle Holders from Luna Bazaar

 Here are the colors in our collection of little
hurricane candle holders: Silver, White, Bubble Gum Pink, Orange, Chartreuse Green, Turquoise Blue, and Black.

Third: You don’t want to buy lanterns that don’t go with your other event decorations. No worries: choose any of the colors above and you will find flower vases and other accessories for your table in colors that coordinate with your hurricane candle holders. For example, these vintage glass bottles from our collection complement the turquoise hurricane candle holder above. Here are some of the matching vintage vases you can find at Luna Bazaar:

Vintage Glass Bottles are available
in colors that coordinate with your other decorations.
In addition to colors that fit in with your decorating concept, our hurricane candle holders come in different styles that fit with your theme. 
Whimsical, Girl-y, Flower Design
Hurricane Candle Holder.
Star Design Hurricane Candle Holder in Chartreuse
coordinates with many chartreuse decorations
available from Luna Bazaar.
Traditional or Classic Design Hurricane Candle Holder in Turquoise.
Not to be confused with the traditional 5-lb. Boy Scout lantern!
Round Hurricane Candle Lantern in Silver

The Silver and Black Hurricane Candle Holders from Luna Bazaar are perhaps the most authentic-looking. If you are going for a more understated color scheme, or if you don’t want the lantern colors to compete with other colors you are using, chose the black or silver lanterns in round or classic designs.

Last but not least, if you are planning a wedding, you want hurricane candle holders that look like they belong at a wedding! Yes, we do have white:

Small White Hurricane Candle Lanterns starting at $5.50.
Even less when you order a dozen or more.

Note: The tea lights in these lanterns are powered by LEDs and last more than 15 hours. Very realistic-looking, our LED tea lights are the best choice for a safe, care-free wedding or other event!