Monthly Archives: April 2014

Kentucky Derby Party Ideas

With the sounds of bluegrass and birds filling the sweet spring air, tis the season to get back in the saddle of another Run for the Roses. The first Kentucky Derby took place in 1875 and has tradition in American society as the longest-running sporting event.  We love any opportunity to celebrate, so we put together some elegant party ideas for celebrating Derby Day in style.

The Kentucky Derby is so much more than a two-minute horse race, and you don’t have to be Churchill Downs to get in on the action.  With such rich tradition, fashion, and good ole’ sportsmanship, Derby Day is a charming reason to throw a southern soiree including fashionable getups {hello, fun spring hats!}, some friendly competition, and dash of your own traditions.

Featured Luna Bazaar decorations, left to right: Vintage Milk Glass Vase (fluted urn design)Vintage Milk Glass Vase (large fluted urn design), Poppy Red & Lamb’s Ear Green Paper StrawsGlass Apothecary Jar (Tarragon design), Hand Crocheted Cotton DoilyLarge Mint Julep Cup (classic design)Mint Julep Cup (classic design)

Roses are the traditional Derby flower, communicating the timeless elegance of this event.  We decided on Red Roses & Pink Lilies* in silver plated Mint Julep Cup Vases, Milk Glass Vases, and an additional pair of Red Roses in one of our favorite Apothecary Jars.  This selection of elegant party decorations also looks amazing intermixed with antique silver objects, like the vintage heirloom Horse Show dishes featured in our vignettes.
You can choose any colors for your Derby Day party, but we wanted to keep it Kentucky traditional, so we are using white, silver, red and green with a splash of Pink Lilies*.  Take this look to the next level by incorporating Black & White Polka Dot and Kelly Green Pom Poms as ceiling decor.
*It is important to note that the Pink Stargazer Lilies featured in this post are extremely poisonous to cats {as are all members of the Liliaceae Family).  If you have some feline friends in your home and want to add a little pink to your party decor, we recommend steering clear of Lilies, unless they are of the Alstroemeria family, such as the Brazilian Lily and the Peruvian Lily.  Check out this thread on Apartment Therapy for more information about Kitty-Friendly Flowers.

To add some fashionable fun, host a craft night a week before your Derby Party {this weekend!} to DIY your own fabulous derby hats.  We found some affordable floppy sun hats at Forever 21 that would make the perfect canvas to get wild & fancy with ribbons, feathers, brooches, and flowers.  The day of your Party, provide flowers so your guests can freshen their bonnets and look their best!

Featured Luna Bazaar decorations, left to right: Large Mint Julep Cup (veil design), Large White Wooden Easel,  Vintage Milk Glass Vase (fluted urn design)

Outdoor day games are a great addition to any party. It breaks up the mingling, adds some friendly competition, and allows for interaction with guests that may not know each other that well. To add to your Derby Day party theme make {or source} 1st, 2nd, & 3rd place ribbons for the the winners of Horse Shoes, Corn Hole, Crochet, Frisbee, and Bacchae ball.
You can also place bets on the 20 horses racing at the Derby online, displaying the names of the top contending horses on decorative chalk boards on easels nearby.

As you search for Derby Day party ideas you’ll find that the Mint Julep has been the traditional beverage of the Kentucky Derby for nearly a century. Though we’re all for bourbon and mint, we also like to accommodate palates that prefer bubbles.  To serve a sparkling mint cocktail, review our recipe below, then visit Epicurious for a Classic Kentucky Derby Mint Julep review & recipe.

Featured Luna Bazaar decorations, left to right: Large Mint Julep Cup (feather design)Grande Silver Fleur-de-Lis Place Card HolderSmall Silver Fleur-de-Lis Place Card HolderSilver Concave Napkin Ring    

Sparkling Champagne Mojito Recipe
1. 3/4 cup sugar
2. 3/4 cup water
3. 1 1/2 cups packed mint leaves, plus 12 mint sprigs, for garnish
4. 6 limes, cut into wedges
5. 2 cups light rum
6. Cracked ice
7. 3 cups Champagne or sparkling wine
1. In a small saucepan, combine the sugar and water and cook over high heat just until the sugar has dissolved. Let cool to room temperature. * This is how you make simple syrup.
2. In a large pitcher, combine the sugar syrup with the mint leaves and lime wedges and muddle well with a wooden spoon. Add the rum and stir well. Strain the drink into another pitcher.
3. Fill tall glasses with cracked ice and pour in the drink, filling them about two-thirds full. Top with Champagne, garnish with the mint sprigs and serve.

Don’t forget to visit our Derby Day Celebrations Get the Look! for a sweet selection of Kentucky Derby party decorations and accessories.

As always, we would love to see photos of your Derby Day celebrations!  Be sure to #LunaBazaarDecor

With love from the Luna Bazaar Team!

Photographed, Styled & Edited by Maia Bissette

Eco Friendly Party Products: Bamboo Plates, Wooden Spoons, Paper Straws & More!

With earth day upon us I find myself reflecting on my eco footprint.
I wonder if I managed to shrink my footprint on this planet over the past year.
In my home we use cloth rags in the place of paper towels, we recycle, and we also compost. I am proud to have made my daily life a greener experience to start to make a difference every day, including Earth Day!

This Spring I am faced with a new challenge, as I am getting ready to throw a sizable party: a pot-luck gathering to celebrate the house I just bought!  Everyone will bring a dish to share, and I, the hostess, will be supplying the dish ware.  I think back on all those times when I might have broken my own eco rules to use paper or plastic disposable plates and cringe.

USA made Paper Straws
Our colorful selection of USA made, retro-styled, 100% biodegradable Paper Straws look fab in our Recycled Glass Bottles & Vases.  Styled by Kate Milliken, Photography by Maia Bissette.

Lucky for me, I work for Luna Bazaar, sister company of Cultural Intrigue, where we strive to keep our impact on the environment to a minimum.  Our awareness of environmental issues largely influences our product designs and business decisions.  This is why we don’t sell Sky Lanterns.  We are committed to using sustainably harvested and renewable resources whenever possible such as bamboo, rice paper, and recycled materials.  In our shipping department, more than 80% of our packing materials are reused or recycled.

In recent years we’ve launched new lines of eco friendly products for wedding, party and home, including Recycled Glass Vases, Candle Holders and Napkin Rings, U.S.A. made Compostable Paper Straws, and our newest addition: Compostable Wooden Picnic Ware, providing elegant disposable dinnerware  alternative that includes Biodegradable Palm Leaf and Bamboo Plates with an accompanied selection of Compostable Wooden Utensils.

Compostable Wooden Dinnerware, available at Luna Bazaar.

With our new eco friendly dinnerware in mind, I see this as a wonderful opportunity to make one more step towards a “greener lifestyle”.  The days of chemically dyed party plates, and plastic utensils is over.  Our unique, eco friendly party supplies offer a staple alternative for every environmentally conscious host and hostess out there.

Another cool thing about Luna Bazaar’s Decor: You can color match Paper Lanterns, Tissue Paper Pom Poms, Fabric and Paper Parasols and Hand Fans with our eco friendly Paper Straws to beautifully tie your whole event together!

Looking for some additional eco-friendly entertaining ideas?  Look no further!  Oprah gives us 7 Stylish (and Eco-Friendly) Party Ideas, and Epicurious shows us How to Throw a Green Party.

We would love to see photos of your eco-friendly celebrations: be sure to #LunaBazaarDecor

With love from the Luna Bazaar Team!

Edited by Maia Bissette

Vintage Style Easter Decorating Ideas!

When I was a kid, my parents went to great lengths to make Easter one of the most special holidays. They set up an egg hunt to lead us to our hidden Easter baskets. We would run around with glowing excitement, looking for the ‘golden egg’, aka the Easter egg that held twenty dollars.

Easter Basket with Vintage Indent Ornaments & matching ranunculus in our Gold Mercury Glass Vase.

 As the youngest, my brother and sister would always help me spot the more obvious eggs, but it was only later in life I was able to acquire this ‘golden egg’ before my older siblings.

Even today, as I’m about enter my 25th year and my brother, his 30th, this special spring tradition continues.  Of course, it’s more of a silly tradition but I’m very fond of the time that we get to spend as a family laughing about the infamous golden egg.  My desire to further our traditions and these memories inspired me to host a Welcome Spring/Easter Brunch for my family and friends.

Easter boasts a variety of pastel flowers and whimsical décor.  I’m seeking to create a special celebration that combines those whimsical pastels with unique vintage décor for my DIY Celebration.

I envision an apothecary jar candy bar, filled with an assortment of jelly beans, macaroons, and colored eggs. Assorted cake stands at different heights with chocolate rabbits from my local chocolatier, and delicious snacks. I also envision a mimosa bar with delightful pink paper straws to give the glasses some sparkle.

As for my plans for table décor: I’m dreaming of assorted milk glass vases filled with my favorite pink peonies on a burlap table runner, eyelet paper lanterns, and hanging paper pom poms to give the space some depth. I love utilizing paper lanterns for all kinds of décor ideas but especially at parties. The soft lighting creates the perfect ambiance for any gathering, and the best part about it is you can reutilize the paper lanterns in your home for fresh DIY decorating.

At all of my parties I set up a camera on a tripod and hang a 20’ by 20’ gold frame for festive photo ops! This is one of my favorite party decorating ideas as you can customize your party theme by the supplies you use! For my Easter brunch I’m utilizing two gorgeous pink pastel lace parasols — my niece and best friend will love these!  I’m also planning on making a fresh rose garland with fishing line as apart of the photo backdrop! As a party favor I’m filling up twenty favor bags with jelly belly beans. Yum!

We would love to see photos of your celebrations: be sure to #LunaBazaarDecor

With love from the Luna Bazaar Team: Wishing the world wonderful spring vibes, a happy Easter, and a joyous Passover!

Stay tuned for our photos to follow!

Styled, Photographed & Edited by Maia Bissette ~