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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 ~

Planning & Installation Guide for Ordering Paper Lanterns (and Pom Poms, too!)

Image courtesy of Mark Rose Events.

Here at Luna Bazaar our sales team goes the mile to guide people through the process of choosing how many of which paper lanterns would best fit their vision, space and budget.  It’s time to take it to the next level with this go-to installation planning guide for ordering Paper Lanterns (and Pom Poms, too!).

“I’ve had requests from people wanting to cover an entire area to people wanting random bubbly clusters.  I’ve always recommended drawing a small diagram or using graph paper to represent every foot or every 5 feet, depending on the style they want to go with, and then drawing circles to represent where the lanterns will be.  That can give them a visual, and help them determine the sizes they need.” -Jodie

Jodie’s suggestion is a really great place to start.  This gives you the opportunity to focus your vision and weigh all of your options.  If you are working on a budget, clusters of lanterns and/or pom-poms in areas where people are likely to congregate, such as over the bar and dessert table, is a good way to tighten your belt without sacrificing the whimsy you’ve been dreaming of.  Pom-poms are also great as table decor, puffed out so they are flat on one side & sit nicely on a flat surface.  You can also integrate Paper Lanterns as a Centerpiece.  This is an affordable, fun way to unify your ceiling scheme with your tablescapes.

Our Sales Manager, Amanda, has developed a formula to produce a general idea of how many Paper Lanterns would fill a given space:

First she determines the square footage of the area ~
Example: 40×40 space = 1600 square feet.
1600 / 12 = 133.33

If you would like to have a lantern hung every 2 feet then divide the resulting number by 2 {or by 3 if you want the lanterns spaced every 3 feet, etc.}~
Example: 133.33 / 2 = rounded up to 67 lanterns
133.33 / 3 = rounded to 44 lanterns

Using this formula you can get a general idea of how many Paper Lanterns {&/or Pom-Poms &/or Hanging Parasols} would cover an area.  From here, you can do the math to determine whether this plan works for your budget, then play with spacing, sizes & clusters to adjust your total.  Determining the sizes & shapes of the decor you would like to work with depends on the aesthetic you are going for, but also the height of your ceiling.  The higher they are hung, the larger you may need to go, depending on the look you are going for.

Image courtesy of Doc Waldrop at Full Circle Lighting & Productions.

Now that you have a sense of how many Paper Lanterns you need,  how should you prepare to hang them?  If you are not planning on using a cord & socket set to illuminate the lantern(s), and are hanging them with or without LED Lights, there are a variety of hanging alternatives.  Many of our customers use fishing line or string, but you can also use pretty ribbons to mix & match with your color scheme.

Most of our Paper Lanterns come with an metal wire expander that is used to prop them open from the inside, and there is a hole at both the top and bottom of the lantern where the stiff wire runs across the diameter of each hole.  You can simply tie your suspension of choice to the wire and voila!  Now you can attach them to the ceiling with a small nail, screw eye or ceiling hook.  For lighter lanterns (and short-term installations) you may use a thumb tack or even wall tacky (depending on size/weight of lantern).

Another idea is to string a line of wire, fishing line or string across the room and then attach lanterns to that line.  Many of the suspension hardware (including various gauges of fishing line & wire) should be available at your local hardware store.  Be aware that with heavier lanterns, fishing line has a tendency to stretch, which will lower the lanterns (sometimes to an undesirable height). 

The Luna Bazaar Team & I will be updating this post over the next few weeks to bring you the best, most thorough guide for paper lantern planning & installation.  We look forward to your comments, suggestions & insights.

Happy Planning & Happy Shopping!

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Rustic Themes with Vintage Inspiration

~Sales Team member Maia Bissette investigates ways to make the most of your Rustic Themed Event by incorporating Vintage Inspired elements that Luna Bazaar has to offer~

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Paper Lanterns create a romantic vintage atmosphere, especially in barns and back yard settings!  As seen here during an intimate Barnyard Wedding in Tulsa featured on Ruffled.  Photo by Geneoh Photography
Photo by  Aida Krgin via Bridal Tweet.

Planning a rustic wedding (or other occasion) is a joyful challenge worth
exploring.  The timeless aesthetic allows
for the unification and playful dynamic of a wide variety of colors and
textures.  Stunning heirloom treasures
can coexist with vintage inspired glassware and neutral burlap linens.  Domestic details instill a sense of nostalgia
and the beauty of a location’s history has room to shine.  For the guests the theme creates a sense of
comfort where many feel at home.




Here we see our lovely Paper Paddle Fans presented with their guest book during Jessica & Alex’s Homestead Vintage Style Wedding and featured on Rustic Wedding Chic.  Photos by Freshly Wed.

Luna Bazaar offers an extensive variety of decorations
that pair well in rustic styled weddings and events. 
From paper lanterns, parasols and hand fans to vintage inspired glassware and ornaments, we have what you need to fill in and compliment the treasures you are building your theme around.  Whether you are planning a grand event or an intimate get together, little accents like vases and hand fans create fun and interesting atmospheres to share with your friends and family.



Shabby Chic tablescapes work for many celebrations, like this Southern Christmas featured on The Decorista.
The Turquoise Square Antique Medicine Bottle may be hard to find, but here on Luna Bazaar you can
find affordable alternatives.

This gorgeous rustic seaside wedding uses Mercury Glass Votives and Vintage Bottles for floral presentation and decor (see below for detail).  Featured on LuxeFinds. Photo by John Schnack Photography.
Photo by John Schnack Photography

Rustic locations encourage the mind to explore the history of an area.  Designers can expand on the natural beauty of a setting by incorporating vintage inspired glassware with flora, furniture, fabrics and paper decorations


 

The most interesting aspect of working within such a vague and whimsical idea is that it allows the details of an event to evolve organically, and really speak to the unique aspects of the people and place being celebrated.  No matter where you are planning on holding your event, the tradition and culture of the area can be captured and magnified with decorations and props.  




The variety of objects one can use to best describe the personality of an event can sometimes feel overwhelming.  A good way to approach your decor is to choose the main elements of the event that are a must, then build around them.  What is so great about the rustic, shabby-chic vintage approach is that there are so many fun factors to work with in order to communicate what personally moves you.




Americana intermixed with Asian influence is elegant, fun and ever-so vintage inspired.  Items like our bamboo Paper Parasols look lovely in photographs and also protect you and your guests from UV rays while providing a fun and affordable gift to remember you by!  As seen here in this lovely photo by Jessica Kettle via Trend Setting Wedding.

These sweet little flower girls are enjoying their Paper Parasols during this laid back Rustic Wedding in California.  Photo by Michelle Pattee via Snippet & Ink.
Photo by Maia Bissette

Whether you’re down on the farm, on the family estate, overlooking the ocean or in your own back yard, our inventory offers a wide selection of elegant solutions and design inspiration to guide you through developing your dream party.  With our affordable accents you can focus on your DIY projects and capture the vintage inspired rustic theme you are going for.


The more you explore Luna Bazaar’s site, the more you realize each line of product has been carefully expanded to exemplify modern trends while still honoring the timeless beauty of vintage classics.
For each favored shape you will find a variety of colors to choose from, and there is plenty of room and inventory to mix and match in order to accommodate your unique vision.  Our talented team of Sales Representatives are here to help guide you through and aid in color matches, product measurements and shipping options.

If you’re looking to lavish your rustic event with vintage inspired affordable decor, look no further!  Luna Bazaar is here to help you romanticize any location with precious nostalgia and domestic glamor.

Photo by Maia Bissette


Wild & Crazy Paper Lanterns from Around the World

With the Mid-Autumn Lantern Festival a little over a week away (Sept. 30, 2012),  paper lanterns are very much on the minds of the people of the Pacific Rim who are getting ready to celebrate. The lanterns they have in mind are probably not the ones you would have at your wedding! Their lanterns are not necessarily made of paper, and they would not necessarily fit in a reception hall. (For traditional wedding lanterns here’s a link to our paper lantern collection on Luna Bazaar.)

A recent article from Malaysia described paper lanterns adorned with “Angry Birds”. That made me curious to find out what other strange paper lanterns there are around the world. This is what I found out:

Soaring away: Zech Chan and his father Y.C. Chan
choosing an Angry Bird lantern
from among the traditional candle-lit
lanterns in Penang,Sept. 10, 2012.

In Asia there appear to be more lanterns for kids. Besides Angry Birds, cartoon characters like Snow White and Winnie-the-Pooh can be found on paper lanterns in the shops in Penang. These children’s lanterns are made to be carried at night during the Mid-Autumn Lantern Festival. Parents there like lanterns  that are battery-operated. They’re safer than a candle-lit lantern, and will stay lit for a long period of time.

Winnie-the-Pooh and Snow White paper lanterns.

Unless you’ve been living on another planet, you’re aware that “Hello Kitty” has appeared on every toy, lunchbox, notepad, and article of clothing known to humankind. It should come as no surprise then, that a huge “Hello Kitty” lantern, decked out as royalty, occupies the highest place of honor outside this temple at a lantern festival in Singapore. Naturally she is accompanied by the royal Kitty Consort, Prince Kitty.

Her Royal Kittyness in Singapore.

Here’s an interesting one. Unfortunately, I am too old to know who these characters are.

Cartoon Paper Lantern from blueq.com

This fascinating, sideways accordion lantern depicts Sailor Moon, the animé character. Even I know who she is!

Hangzhou Sunbeauty store in China.

If a paper lantern does not depict a well-known character or cartoon, you can always alter it so that it does! That’s what this lady decided to do. By wrapping a sparkly tinsel garland around a plain paper lantern and adding some cut-out paper facial features, she made her own Sesame Street “Elmo”.

Tinsel-Me-Elmo
from Aunt Peaches

(Note: I was just informed  by one of my co-workers that those those figures above, that I didn’t recognize, are from the world of Pokemon. I’m so embarrassed I didn’t know that!) 

Of course, some people just won’t be happy until they see lanterns as heads of animals. The beloved Panda as well as the Tiger, Fox, Elephant and Penguin can be recognized in the picture below.( One or two of them may be fish.) This remarkable find is from Scandinavia.

Little Cute Mokkasin

Human faces can also show up on lanterns. Here is a sky lantern, or wish lantern bearing the face of Santa Claus. For some reason sky lanterns are very popular in the U.K. If anyone out there knows why, please leave a message below. For safety reasons, Cultural Intrigue doesn’t sell sky lanterns.

Santa face and Union Jack Sky Lanterns
from Party Delights in the U.K.

In France sky lanterns are known as “lanternes Thailandaise”, or “lanternes celeste”. An important feature for them is that they are “écologique” and made “sans métal”.

“Lanternes Celestes” are popular in France too. These are from 1001lanterns.com

You could think of this as a huge sky lantern, but actually, it’s a hot air balloon. I include it here, because it’s simply something that everyone should see:

Darth Vader hot air balloon. Fantastic!
Darth Does New Jersey, plus he has his own Facebook page with over 2,000 likes.

 
Let’s get into some more abstract variations on the lantern. Etsy, that great pool of DIY talent, is a source for many wildly imaginative paper lanterns. The one below was made by attaching strips of colored paper to a plain paper lantern.

Dramatic Paper Lantern covered with streamers. For sale on Etsy.

Back to the Far East. At the really big lantern festivals, you can find giant lantern sculptures that are hard to describe. This strange one looks like an aquatic life-form from another world. It was part of the huge lantern festival in Kaifeng, one of the seven ancient capitals of China.

Glowing plant shapes at the Lantern Festival in Kaifeng, China.

  And now for the largest lanterns in the world!I love these!

Lantern float at the Kaifeng Lantern Festival. This is one of the largest festivals in the world.
Although most of us have never heard of it, Kaifeng is a city of 5 million people
that has been around since 346 BC!

That brings us full circle back to Etsy, that hotbed of American creativity, where you can buy plain old, white paper lanterns transformed into “Hello Kitty” faces. 

Hand-made Hello Kitty paper lanterns as seen at Etsy shop shelbynbosch..

 There you have it. If you have seen crazy unusual paper lanterns in your wanderings, let me know. I’d love to see what you come up with. You can post it here any time. If you’re inspired by this post, visit the Luna Bazaar store and check out some of our more unusual designer paper lanterns, and see the latest must-have paper lantern fashion colors.

Décorez et Célébrez!

Dorothy & the Team at Luna Bazaar.

Paper Lantern Centerpiece

Today we have a guest blogger, paper lover, Jaclyn Frohn, of Impressed Inc. She creates made-to-order paper goods, big or small, crafty or chic, with personalization that showcases quality and individuality. In her view, “no two impressions should ever be the same”.  Click HERE to see her intriguing collection of paper images on pinterest.

We get questions about using paper lanterns as centerpieces all the time. My attempt at making one was pretty unwieldy. When I spotted the paper lantern centerpiece she created for Caitlyn’s 1st Butterfly birthday I knew I had to get her to explain how she made it on our blog!

Paper Lantern Centerpiece for Caitlyn’s 1’st Butterfly Birthday by Jaclyn Frohn.
All photography by Amy Bolger.

Making the Butterfly Lantern & Table Number Centerpiece

by Jaclyn Frohn

First I picked up numbered spice jars at the Christmas Tree shop.  These were a great find as they would serve as the base of each centerpiece and read as the table number too.

Numbered Spice Jar, Christmas Tree Shop


The tops of the porcelain cups were cork so I drilled a hole in the middle of each one.  I purchased wooden dowels and die cut flower cork stickers at Michaels.

On left: Die cut cork flower.

 I drilled a hole in the middle the flower for the
dowel and placed the flower sticky side up underneath the lantern
serving as a base. Using hot glue I secured the dowel through the
lantern into the porcelain cup.  To hold up the lantern I used wire
threaded in a triangle and attached it to dowel. I then glued moss
around the base of the cork and along the dowel to cover the wood.

Sticky side of cork flower pressed against base of lantern.
Luna Bazaar premium pink paper lantern


Pretty Papers were purchased along with a butterfly punch at Paper Presentation and after cutting were applied to the lantern with glue dots.



Butterflies applied to paper lantern with glue dots. So delicate!

The end result, a great alternative to flowers and perfect for a spring/summer soiree.
 

Thanks, Jaclyn!

At Luna Bazaar we’re obsessed with color. If you’d like to shop this season’s must-have paper lantern colors come visit us!
Dorothy and the team at Luna Bazaar.

Lamps Shades – Have You Considered Paper Lanterns?

Looking for lamp shades? You may want to consider paper lanterns for a modern, bohemian, or Asian look.

Square Paper Lantern – a different approach to lamp shades.

Then again, you may be a fan of traditional lamp shades.

Standard Lamp Shade – Boring!

Not that there’s anything wrong with traditional, but think about sprucing up your environment with paper lanterns. Paper lanterns can be hung from a ceiling or used on a floor or table lamp. Apply the same principles you would to standard lamp shades: make sure the size of the lantern is in proportion to the lamp, and in proportion to the room you are lighting.

Paper lanterns usually bring to mind big tents or reception halls with many hanging lanterns. But individual paper lanterns can be used very effectively in a home setting. There are at least 3 ways to use paper lanterns as lamp shades:

1. Hang the paper lantern by attaching it to a suspended light bulb on a cord.
2. Hang the paper lantern from light bulb in a ceiling fixture.
3. Place the paper lantern on top of the bulb of a floor or table lamp.

Before explaining these possibilities, it’s important to understand what the paper lantern metal expander inside the lantern looks like. It is somewhat similar to the wire light bulb holder found in lamp shades.

Metal Expander for Luna Bazaar Premium Paper Lanterns

The closed end of the metal expander (on the right) is inserted into the larger opening of the paper lantern before it is fully open. The twisted wire in the middle is the bulb grabber. The two prongs at the open end of the expander (on the left) fit neatly into two loops at the top of the lantern, holding it open.

Hanging the lantern from a suspended light bulb on a chord, is as simple as removing the old lamp shade, and sliding the light bulb into the lantern’s bulb grabber.

Hanging a paper lantern from a ceiling fixture is trickier because the top portion of the lantern must fit between the light bulb and the ceiling. This works if  the light fixture has a rod that holds the light bulb away from the fixture.

Lamp shades on floor lamps have to be larger in order to be in proportion to the stand. Otherwise, you create a “lollypop effect”. Both floor and table lamps may use a harp for attaching lamp shades. How to attach a lantern to a lamp harp is a mystery to me. If anyone out there has a suggestion for doing this, please share your knowledge with us! Replacing clip-on lamp shades is easy – just turn the lantern upside-down and slide the bulb into the bulb grabber.

You may be surprised at the variety of lanterns that look good as lamp shades. The Oval and Mesa shapes are sleek and modern.

Unusual shapes that would also look good as lamp shades are the Tabla and the Pagoda designs.

Pagoda Style Paper Lantern

We also have Beehive, Eyelet, Square, and Printed paper lanterns that can take the place of traditional lamp shades. For a good overview, go to this page in the Luna Bazaar online store and banish boring lamp shades!
 

Paper Lantern Centerpieces the Easy Way

There are so many ways to make paper lantern centerpieces, it’s  overwhelming! I’ve surveyed the landscape and narrowed it down for you. If you want paper lantern centerpieces that sit on a table, that are lit up, and hold flowers, then this is all you need to do:

Select a Paper Lantern

Although lanterns come in all shapes and sizes, the standard round paper lantern is the most versatile. It has its own internal metal expander which gives the lantern its shape.

A smaller size is better. No one wants to hunt through a jungle of plants and lights to find their wine glass! Don’t use 10-inch lanterns unless you have very large tables. The best sizes are 6″ or 8″.  Picture a cantaloupe to get a sense of the 6-inch paper lantern.

I leave the color up to you. You are sure to find what you are looking for in our selection of over 60 colors!

Get the Paper Lantern Centerpiece to Stand Up on Its Own

Most paper lanterns have a metal expander that gives the lantern its shape. The expander extends past the opening at the bottom of the lantern. It sticks out just enough to make the lantern wobble. You want your paper lantern centerpieces to stand still! How to solve this dilemma? All you need is Scotch tape, a pen, and a strip of construction paper. The idea is to tape the lantern to the table and wrap a strip of paper around bottom like a cuff. Here’s how:

1. Place a piece of tape across the bar of the metal extender that sticks out of the opening in the bottom of the paper lantern. This will be used later.

2. Chose construction paper that is close to the same color as the paper lantern. Cut the paper in a strip 1/4 inch wide, 9 inches long. This size works for either 6″ or 8″ lanterns.

3. Make a paper cuff or base by bending the paper strip into a circle, as though you were making a bracelet. Tape the ends together.

4. Position the paper base on the table where you want the paper lantern to be placed.

5. Lower the lantern onto the paper base, centering it. At this point you want to press down on the tape, but there’s no way to do it with your fingers, so use a pen. Insert the pen into the top opening of the lantern and push down on the tape a few times. The lantern is now held in place. No wobbling.

Placing Flowers in Paper Lantern Centerpieces

If you place flowers in your paper lantern centerpieces, they have to be lightweight. If they are too heavy they may tip the lantern over. Dried or paper flowers are recommended. They are light and they complement the rice paper of the lantern. Silk flowers may be used, but cut flowers requiring water will not work

How to Light Paper Lantern Centerpieces

The perfect solution is to hang battery-operated LED lights inside the lantern.

  Choose one, two, or three-bulb LED lights. They come in four colors: clear, amber, blue and red. Tie the string on the light around the metal extender bar at the top of the lantern. You can position the light to hang in the middle or higher or lower in the lantern. Whatever height you chose, be sure to tie each light at the same height in each lantern for a clean, uniform look.

There you have it: Easy Paper Lantern Centerpieces. The answer to your centerpiece puzzle.