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

Pom Poms and Papel Picado: Mexican Fiesta Ideas for Any Celebration

The vibrant culture of Mexico inspires colorful celebrations, beautifully crafted Mexican folk art, complex, fresh flavors and vivacious floral arrangements.

For those of you ironing out the details of your Cinco de Mayo party ideas, this post features cocktail recipes, flower suggestions and styling tips for fiesta decorations.  Beyond Cinco de Mayo, we love the idea of a throwing a Mexican themed party all Spring and Summer long.  For Birthdays, Engagement Parties, Graduations, Anniversaries, Weddings or Full Moons; there are so many great reasons to kick back and have fun with the bold, brilliant culture of a Mexican Fiesta!

Luna Bazaar Decor, left to right, top to bottom: Papel Picado Party Banners, Tissue Paper Pom Poms, Punched Tin Shadow Lanterns, Papel Picado Mexican Amor FlagsTurquoise Blue Recycled Glass Vase (pear design), Mini Gold Mercury Glass Ornament (flower heart design), Clear Hanging Mason Jar (wide line design), Small Turquoise Blue Vintage Glass Bottle (cone design)Clear Hanging Mason Jar (flat-edge design)

Our tablescape was styled drawing inspiration from this Technicolor Cinco de Mayo Wedding featured on Ruffled, combined with our lively selection of Mexican Party Decorations.
My favorite part of the process?  Arranging the flowers!  I hand picked these bouquets from the local florist shops: hot pink and orange gerbera daisies, fuchsia and navy anemones, sorbet and rose quartz ranunculus, peach and yellow pincushion protea, a sunflower and a few stems of viking poms.

After all the excitement, I’m raring to throw my own party!  So this poses the question: Margaritas or Mojitos?  The obvious answer… BOTH!

We followed these Pomegranate Margarita and Mojitos Recipes from the pros at The FoodNetwork:

Pomegranate Margarita ~
Ingredients:
Lime wedge, plus more for garnish
Salt
Ice
4 ounces white tequila
2 ounces Triple Sec
1/2 cup pomegranate juice
1 lime, juiced (optional)
Club soda

Directions:
Pour salt onto a plate or shallow dish. With a lime wedge rub along the rim of a glass and dip glasses upside down to salt the rim. Fill glasses with ice. In a cocktail shaker with ice place the tequila, triple sec, pomegranate juice, and lime juice. Pour into the salt-rimmed glasses and top off with club soda. Garnish with a lime wedge, if desired.

Mojitos Pitcher ~
Ingredients:
1 bunch fresh mint, cleaned
1 cup sugar
4 lemons, juiced
4 limes, juiced
Ice cubes
1 (750 ml bottle) light rum
1 liter club soda

Directions:
In a large pitcher, muddle mint sprigs with sugar and lemon and lime juices until well combined. Add ice, rum and club soda and stir together. Pour into glasses, straining out mint. Enjoy!

Remember, we would love to see photos of your Mexican Fiesta’s, always!  Be sure to #LunaBazaarDecor when you post your pics!

With love from the Luna Bazaar Team!

For more fiesta party ideas & tasty recipes, Martha Stewart knows what’s up!

Styling & Photography 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

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 ~

Welcome Spring with Decoration Ideas for Party & Home!

“It’s spring fever.  That is what the name of it is.  And when you’ve got it, you want – oh, you don’t quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!”  ~Mark Twain
With the passing of the Vernal Equinox, we find ourselves overcome with the desire to transition into brighter days & bursts of color.  Here at Luna Bazaar we are flush with the fever, from our newly unveiled Spring selections to the whimsical buzz of all things wedding, we’ve decided to put some focus on the home & pass along some ideas to freshen your space & welcome Spring! 

Place card holders aren’t just for lavished dining table anymore! Why not keep important notes or business cards displayed on your desk, alongside that beautiful photo from your last vacation?

Shop our bohemian & vintage style vases & candleholders in matching accents, then with a quick stop at your local florist or grocer, you can bring in the spring with pops of brilliant color throughout office & home!  {Photo: Chartreuse Glass Vessels ~ Shop the Look}

While you are visiting, check out some of our other spring inspired items! ~

Without breaking your budget, spruce up your favorite chair or sitting area with some of our lovely Throw Pillows!  Not only is this a great way to bring lively color into your home or office, but these cultural gems are fabulous, affordable conversation pieces as well!  Our Ikat Throw Pillows are composed of limited edition designs unique to their remote village of origin, where rural weavers still practice this ancient ‘warp & weft’ tradition.  Our Hand Block Printed Throw Pillows & Hand Embroidered Shisha Throw Pillows exhibit some of the better known textile arts of India.  Mix & match to create your own unique comfort for each season!

Check out Better Homes & Gardens Inspired Spring Decor: 25 Ways to Refresh Your Home for additional decoration ideas & an effortless transition into Spring.

Beyond revitalizing the home, Spring is also an ideal time to celebrate!  Considered a ‘Top Wedding Site’ by Bride’s Magazine {for good reason, too}, we are so excited to roll into this Wedding Season having gone above & beyond to make sure we are your DIY & Decorations One Stop Shop for Events, Parties & Weddings!

Our Hand Fans come in a variety of signature colors that match hundreds of our other products.  These fashionable, functional favors are the perfect take home accessory for guests to enjoy throughout the Spring & Summer months.


Check out these super cute Spring Weddings & utterly adorable Baby Showers featuring our accessories & decorative accents to inspire your upcoming events! ~
Candice & Victoria’s Pink Peony Wedding via The Connecticut Bride
Mikaela & Brandon’s Rustic Chic Wedding at Walnut Grove via Wedding Chicks
A Modern New York Spa-Themed Baby Shower via 100 Layer Cake-let
April Showers Inspired Baby Shower via SMP Living

Have questions or concerns about the products in the pictures? Always feel free to call us we would love to help! 
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Looking to subdue those lingering winter blues?

It’s the It’s the last day of winter & with spring sneaking into the northeast we are looking for any way to speed up the thaw.  The waning weeks of winter wear on us, the dreary dark days drag on & drag us down… here in Vermont we are all too familiar with those lingering winter blues.  Our advice?  Don’t fight them, embrace them!  Shop the cool blue hues of our turquoise glass candle holders, bottles & vases & ease on into the vibrant spirit of spring!