Category Archives: Party Ideas

Memorial Day Party: Kick Start Summer!

I could not be more excited to see Memorial Day on the horizon. Being only a few weeks away I’m gearing up for my families annual Memorial day party where we open our summer cottage to celebrate the start of sunny weather and honor those that have served our country.

Memorial day is so much more than the time we spend with those we love, or the sum of that enticing weekend Sale.  Spawned from the desire to dignify unknown soldiers in unmarked graves at the end of the American Civil War, the true purpose of this holiday is to honor our fallen soldiers, and the best way to honor them is to remember their courage and sacrifice in a way that feels right for you.  It is also a time for families to come together to acknowledge and honor their fallen kin as they appreciate the company of one another.

Paper Bag Luminaries are a wonderful way to honor fallen soldiers on Memorial Day.

In honor of our fallen soldiers and my Grandfather, I have donated a bouquet of flowers to be placed at a the Korean War Memorial. You can also donate one here and choose the Memorial site of you would like your flowers to go to. In keeping with Memorial Day traditions, I’ve decided to light several luminaries to keep the purpose of the holiday in mind.

We’ve also created a Free American Flag Printable for you to download and DIY your own American Flag Straws!  Both can be recycled for 4th of July party decorations as well!

Step 1: Purchase Navy and Poppy USA Made Straws from Luna Bazaar, then Download and Print our Free American Flag Printable sheet.  Step 2: Carefully cut out flags from sheet.  Step 3: Apply glue to the back of each flag and carefully wrap around straws, leaving room for folks to sip!  Line up the edges of the flags before pressing flat.  Step 4: Allow time to dry and place straws in a decorative vessel for your guests to grab, nearby refreshments.  We put ours in this pretty Vintage Milk Glass Vase (ruffle top design) and placed it upon a Cotton Lace Doily.

Nothing says patriotic like red white and blue, so my Memorial Day decorations are going to be based around good ole’ American spirit. Celebrating the memory of our fallen soldiers on this day doesn’t mean your BBQ can’t be blast!  I’m opting for some red, white and blue bandana rice paper lanterns, red paper stars, white paper stars, blue paper stars, red, white and blue honeycomb paper decorations mixed with red and white pom poms,  Eco-friendly dining ware, luminaries, hanging candleholders, milk glass and lots of American flags! And did someone say KARAOKE?

Decorations from Left to Right: Cobalt Blue 14 Inch Honeycomb Paper FlowerRed and White 24 Inch Paper Star LanternWhite 30 Inch Tissue Paper Pom-PomNavy Blue Block Printed Square Paper Lantern.

As for Beverages I will be serving some old fashioned Ice tea with fresh pressed lemon. And we will have an assortment of margaritas, and berry white wine sangria. Check out our Memorial Day Recipes below!

I decided to add a delicious twist on the good ole American burger by making the beef patties out of organic grass fed ground beef with diced sweet onions.

Memorial Day Burger Recipe:

Sweet Onion Burger Recipe: 3 lbs of lean grass fed beef, 3 large sweet onions, chopped, and salt and pepper to taste. In a large bowl mix together beef, onions, salt & pepper and then form into patties. Cook as desired. (I usually cook on high heat for about five minutes on each side, and then melt some Vermont cheddar cheese the last two minutes) 1lb beef: 1 large onion makes about 4 burgers. Feel free to also add some bacon! ….yes, please!

Memorial Day White Berry Sangria Recipe: VIA The Lovely Bits

-1/2 a cup of washed strawberries
-1/2 a cup of washed blueberries
-1/2 a cup of diced pineapples
-1/2 a cup of sugar
-1 bottle of crisp white wine
-1 liter of club soda

Outdoor Tips:

-Sage is a natural fly repellent so grab dried sage at your local market and throw it on your campfire!
-Wet wipes can be a life saver—keep some close by!
-Hide a few unscented dryer sheets under your table runner. They can help keep bees away from food.
-Stock up on making ice a few days before!
-Prepare for the chance that it may rain but making sure you have several games handy! (Karaoke)

Edited by Maia Bissette

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

Unique & Thoughtful Bridal Shower Themes

It may have been easy to say you would throw the bridal shower, but now you actually have to do it…

Photo by Michelle Warren Photography

Get started by identifying the theme you would like to focus on while taking the personality of the bride into consideration.  Is she a bohemian babe or a girly-girl?  Does she love fine food?  Choose your theme based on her interests, passions, personality, or draw from her cultural identity.  For example, you may want to pay homage to her (or her groom’s) cultural heritage.

If your bride-to-be is a logical lady who likes to keep things simple with a focus on celebrating her family & friends, you may want to take a conservative approach…
This pretty pink & green themed shower featured on Snippet & Ink was styled with preppy elegance.  With a focus on the floral arrangements, the food and the (gorgeous) environment, these Green Paper Lanterns hung with ribbon add a subtly festive touch without stealing the show.

Speaking of paper lanterns (our specialty, as you know), I just love this Asian inspired bridal shower showcased by The City Sisters.  It shows you how much of an impact you can make on an apartment with a few cleverly hung Paper Lanterns and Tissue Paper Pom Poms.  They also take advantage of our ever-popular (super affordable) Paper Hand Fans as fun & useful favors!  All of the little details are arranged with sweet & thoughtful care…

Photo by Natalie of The City Sisters

As I prepared for this post I came across some fantastic ideas & advice from a variety of wedding pros…

*Offbeat Bride is a great go-to source for courageous, inspirational fun~ I fell over heels for this fabulous ’50s housewife-themed bridal shower.

Photo by Susan Sabo Photography

*Munaluchi Bride shares a great way to take advantage of technology (no matter what your theme) so your Bride’s shower can include those too far away to make it.

*For my final inspirational link I encourage you to check out Brilliant Earth for some unexpected bridal shower ideas, including a Gourmet Tasting Soiree with a DIY chalkboard contact paper idea that would be great for birthdays & graduations, too!

Please let me know what ideas you’ve come up with and share your creativity below~ we’re always on the lookout for bold new ways to Decorate & Celebrate!