Festival-Going In Style

Posted by Amy Swift Crosby on Jul 4, 2017 1:54:25 PM
Festival Essentials Pillow and Tapestries

Whether you’re a Burner or on your way to Summerfest, a Jazz aficionado or Newport Folk Festival fan, upcoming festivals represent a pinnacle of outdoor venues, with a variety of conditions and terrains. Between sand and grass, the challenge is how to sit between your danceathons so you can listen to music comfortably, hang with friends and enjoy the scene – with anticipated protection from the elements.

Even if you aren’t attending one of the top listed annual festivals, you’ll likely find yourself in similar situations during local events – at a town fair, Fourth of July celebration or any outdoor gathering with notable entertainment on the horizon. Luna contributors and Burning Man/Coachella veterans Leah Forrester and Angelina Carrera can be seen here with all the right accessories, using their usual California beach hangouts as their pre-festival warm-up. Here’s how we recommend you pack – and build – your Luna camp!

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BYOT: Bring Your Own Tapestry

They provide shield and shade, quickly dry if they get wet; add padding, perimeter, and dimension to any sitting space, anywhere, and bring décor galore to the outdoors. Tapestries are the MVP of festival going! You will likely use them for everything. Between spreading them out to form an official “camp” area, to using one in the evening wrapped around your shoulders, or draping a small tent to block the sun, tapestries should be considered essential packing – you can’t have too many. Textiles and block prints are in our roots here at Luna Bazaar, so we relish layering pattern on pattern, and color on color, as a way to immediately invite people into the eclectic mix.

Tapestries offer a throwback to the sixties, with a bohemian casualness that festivals themselves embody. And the best part about tapestries? Spills and stains don't stand out amidst their vibrant patterns. And we all know festivals can be all day (as well as all night!) adventures, with multiple meals and libations throughout, so to have a canvas for sitting, eating, singing and dancing – that doesn’t show much wear and tear – that is a hero product in our mind.

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Pillow Party

If you want to take your camp up a notch, just add pillows. More than any other décor accessory, when people see pillows, they feel at home, taken care of, comfortable and happy to stay-a-while. Our Shibori pillows are flying off the shelves here, due to their distinct pattern and flexibility against almost any other color or design story. Festival style is meant to be a hodge-podge, a mix of colors and patterns that create a symphony of style that’s less designed, but no less intentional. Our mandala pillows are also becoming a haute favorite, and do the same thing; add comfortable dimension. Festivals are easy-going affairs, with a built-in “no fuss” attitude – which is why you want this bohemian, unpracticed approach to festival décor. It’s authentic and easy to achieve.

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Parasol Essential Festival Accessory

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The sun, while one of the best parts of a summer festival, is also the most unrelenting element, second only to wind. May we suggest a parasol for a little protection? This easy-to-pack accessory will do just the trick in mitigating glare, heat, and exposure, and provide sunscreen on the go – from stage to stage or during impromptu socializing. With so many colors to choose from, a group of parasols stands out as a band of stylishly appointed festival goers! Ours are solidly constructed, and can even stand up to a little wind and minor drizzle, should some come your way.

So, why wait? Get ready to get down with laid back style – the would-be envy of Coachella & Bonnaroo, whether you're wandering the festival circuit or enjoying festivities closer to home!

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Topics: throw pillows, Outdoor Design, culture, outdoor entertaining, festivals

Golden Hours Entertaining Ideas

Posted by Amy Swift Crosby on May 30, 2017 5:19:44 PM

Is there anything quite as thrilling as the realization that weather patterns have shifted, and the day has become longer and lighter? Finally, the hours after work until bedtime mean outdoor entertaining and time with friends. We call this unique window the magic hour, when the sun fills the atmosphere with golden light, no matter where you live in the western hemisphere.

It begins at around 4 pm; the sun starts it's beautiful shift, with about three hours left in the sky. We see this as Mother Nature’s invitation to step out and create a celebration, to nourish through social connection away from our screens – and to bask in the glow of a cherished season. If anyone knows about how to appreciate this light, it’s the creative team here at Luna Bazaar. Today we share a few suggestions on making the most of this precious communion with nature.

mercury glass vases and candle holders

Take mercury glass out of décor storage (or get yourself some from our stunning collection) and be sure to replenish candles & tea lights, so you aren’t caught empty handed at dusk. We always find ourselves besotted with our gold vessels of various sizes – and in this case, a cluster of them looks incredible sunlit and juxtaposed against driftwood or other natural elements.

Spring and Summer Patio Decor

Whether it’s just you and yours, or you’ve wrangled neighbors to stop by, be ready for spontaneous twilight festivities. You may not have time to do much décor set up when it comes to good weather, so keep your outdoor space clean and picked up from the last time (bye bye leftover wine corks and muddy rain boots!). People love the last minute invitation for a drink and nibble, so keep good cheeses, crackers, olives, veggies and an enticing spread or dip on hand – with plates and doilies that enhance their presentation.

A table runner, tapestry or throw pillow adds color and texture to outdoor gatherings. We love to layer our mandala tapestries with hand block printed and embroidered pillows. Make sure textiles are clean and folded in a nearby closet, with pillows readily on hand for distribution!

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Oh, and speaking of pillows, we love matching and stacking a variety from our collection if event chairs and seating are in short supply.

 

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Luna contributor Leah Forester takes a moment with her daughter, a one-on-one catch up after school. You don’t always need a special occasion to spruce up the deck – life's precious details are reason enough! Beautifying your dwellings and outdoor spaces means you’ll want to be there, more often, sharing moments with the people who matter most.

 

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Topics: Interior Design, Outdoor Design, home decor, outdoor entertaining

Setting The Table for Mom

Posted by Amy Swift Crosby on May 11, 2017 5:39:07 PM

Regular readers know we love an eclectic table, and Mother’s Day is no different! For this occasion, however, you’ll notice our gravitation toward vintage pink, mercury glass, and rose quartz, some of the more feminine combinations in our design reservoir. We love combining the shiny and new with something aged with a patina because table design sets a mood and a standard, and our favorites are those that seem comforting and familiar, yet inspired and inventive. We sat down with Luna Creative Director Katie Flanagan to find out what she’ll be doing for Mother’s Day, and as the busy mother of a preschooler and first grader, her first reply was “Something easy!”

Here, she breaks down her strategy with the hopes that other busy moms (and mom appreciators) will take the pressure off – and get their design chops on!

Pink & Gold

“One of my favorite combinations in our collection is the rose gold decor mixed with gold mercury glass. You almost don’t have to do much else because these two make magic together. I love them because they bring out the best in each other, and you can incorporate candles without worrying about little ones tipping them over, which is essential in my family. The vintage style glassware has been a staff obsession this year, and a favorite of our customers, too! For Mother’s Day, I plan to lay some cherry blossom across the midsection of the table as my centerpiece, with fuschia colored luxe glass candle holders atop our bridal pink table runner.”

Hurricane Candle Holder Vase

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Local Flora

“For vases, I use our hurricane lanterns for medium sized wild floral bouquets that I select at the farmer’s market. I might do three down the center of the table and one at the entrance. They’re a great size for anything from tulips to roses to wild greens. I even cut some forsythia and trimmed it down to fit into a hurricane lantern last year around this time. It was stunning!”

Lace Accents

“I used to think doilies were only for my grandmother’s house, but I see the total genius in them now. I place them under almost everything because they fill the table with a lace accent that feels like high tea or brunch in an old world hotel. Our Henrietta Cotton Lace Doilies are my favorite. Under a vintage green or milk glass vase, you achieve a very modern, yet antique look with a minimal effort. The greenery looks gorgeous with all of this – you clip it yourself or find it at a local florist.”

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Rest & Relax
“My last tip is not to stress, mamas. Today is your day to enjoy, not to work! So make it easy on yourself with some of my ideas here, and for the rest of the day, book a massage, read a book, hug your children and spend the day thinking of all the reasons you’re amazing. Because you are!”

 

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Springtime Soirees

Posted by Angelina Carrera on Apr 23, 2017 12:13:06 PM

When we create a ceremony outdoors, it's best to give particular attention to designing décor anchors – so our guests know where to gather, especially in venues that are vast, wild or uncontained. From weddings to bridal showers to graduation parties, summer takes the stage when it comes to tapping into Mother Nature’s bounty. Tablescapes are the most obvious place to start because we eat, drink, toast and bond over tables. So why not make the conversation more interesting with strong centerpieces?

Luna Bazaar contributor Angelina Carrera hosted a magical party at Grassini Family Vineyards in Happy Canyon (of all places), located in Santa Barbara, CA. We love the decorative accents she styled around our latest Rose Gold Collection and the any-season colors she chose. Here, she shares tips on creating jaw-dropping celebration tables for the coming months, with an emphasis on romancing guests with the right feeling, mood, and flavor.

Wild Florals:

Whether decorating for a wedding or similar type of momentous occasion, romance is an element that everyone wants – but that few know how to create without feeling a bit forced. I did it here by emphasizing wild greenery in my floral décor – sort of an untamed, passionate approach to designing flowers. When floral feels fixed, measured or overly planned, it can be lovely – but it’s not as emotional or magical. In this case, I foraged some of it and bought some of it. Depending on the season, you can set out with a pair of clippers and find a ton of optimal greenery – or source it at a florist. The idea is to forget formalities and be brave and easygoing with your greens. Let them tell you where to go, and use a vase that can accommodate the weight of greens, with flowers in the middle.

Wild Florals Event Table

Mercury Glass Centerpeices

Material Elements:

Wood makes so much sense outdoors, as do stones, sand, shells, and branches. Here, I placed a wooden cheeseboard under the tabletop décor elements, on top of a weathered outdoor table of a different age and grain. I loved pairing the two because it made for an interesting texture that was warm and inviting – and a little unexpected. I wanted just an inch or so of height to the centerpiece, and this wood slat accomplished that, raising the votives and food just the slightest bit for effect.

Place Settings:

Juxtaposition is everything in design, and it’s no different outside. I focused on a wild, romantic center, which means I could afford to be more formal and vintage with candle holders, glassware and place settings. Between gold utensils, beveled glass and antique china, the contrasts felt homey but also sophisticated. Add the mercury glass glow – mixed metallic’s bouncing off the natural light – and it’s a whimsical, really intimate look that made everyone want to be there and stay there.

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Rose Gold Décor:
The wonder child of modern tablescapes! You almost can’t go wrong with this color, and what’s better – you can use it in any season, whether indoor, outdoor, underground – it thrives in the light or dark. I wanted a familiar, happy feeling for this gathering of old friends and extended family – something warm and cozy. I mixed and matched with classic gold mercury glass and vintage pink decorations to create this timeless look. Rose Gold makes everything glow, including the guests. Everyone’s cheeks look flushed and rosy. It's the best when a design does more than you plan for – that surprises and solves problems that you didn’t know you had. Rose Gold decorations make magic wherever you place them!

 

Rose Gold Decorations


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Celebrating Spring Equinox

Posted by Amy Swift Crosby on Mar 17, 2017 5:37:31 PM
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It’s starting to feel like spring! And as of March 20th, it's officially the beginning of this brighter new season. Finally, earlier sunrises, longer days, and if you look closely, the hopeful emergence of tiny buds signaling warmer days to come. The March equinox hails the beginning of spring in the Northern Hemisphere and autumn in the Southern Hemisphere. It marks a seminal moment when the sun crosses the celestial equator going from south to north. We love it because it means it’s time to open the curtains, clear out the closets, shake out the rugs and reimagine a lighter, brighter décor story. Here’s what to do:

1. Embrace the Change
We love summer, fall and winter for the same reason we love spring – it’s an opportunity to enjoy all the pleasures that each season brings. Transitioning from winter to spring means not totally letting go of the soft, textured comforts that cold weather demands – but it could mean switching out pillow covers, rearranging tablescapes, putting a new vase collection on the table or introducing a new scent to the house. The idea is to mark the season. The earth is making a slow yet dramatic transition. Make the extra effort and design your surroundings to reflect (and celebrate!) that shift.

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2. Reimagine a Focal Point

We love this modern Danish credenza going from piled high with books and stacks of paperwork, to an organized décor pantheon of candlesticks and mercury glass. Taking an isolated, functional space and transforming it into something beautiful, is one of the easiest ways to “redecorate” without tackling the whole house – which as we all know, just isn’t realistic. Mercury glass decor reigns supreme in reflection and adding any light to it (or around it) illuminates a space in spades.

3. Candlelight in Daylight

While winter has us lighting tea lights, lanterns, and candlesticks starting around 4 pm, March and April encourage the lighting of candles in the morning or at lunchtime, and further illuminate the changing daylight coming through the windows. Whether in an office, kitchen or dining room, candlelight during daytime brings a warm element without signaling the end of the day. We need little orbs of glowing positivity, and our mercury glass candle holders are one of the easiest, most elegant ways to achieve this.

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4. Take a Walk
Sounds so simple, but many of us have been on a winter schedule that has us indoors for most of the day. Instead of sitting at your desk for lunch or hopping straight into the car after work, take a stroll - especially if you live near wilderness, farmland, a beach or river. Wrap up in something lovely and step out! You won’t regret the peace of mind it brings, and the good ideas that usually come with a stroll.

 

So let’s get going. It’s time to let the light in, to embrace the longer days, to find the spring in your step (and your decor)! Start at home with simple, intentional visual cues that say, “change is in the air!” Because it truly is.

 


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The Art of Cozy: Channeling the Danish Concept of Hygge

Posted by Amy Swift Crosby on Feb 26, 2017 6:05:09 PM

No one knows better than the Danes how to burrow in on a cold night and revel in simple pleasures – hot cocoa, friends gathered around a fire, something sweet to eat. In most places around the world, we call this any night in winter, but the Danish have elevated it to a concept called hygge (pronounced hue-gah) – an obsession with the uncomplicated basics, and the art of making cozy. We have become avid followers of this Nordic practice, with aims to perfect its every nuance! The seasons are no stranger to flower farmer and mandala maker Melissa Glorieux, who let us into her four-hundred-year-old farmhouse for some fireside hygge and chatting. It’s cold here in the northeast and less warm (than usual) everywhere else in the U.S. – so it felt fitting to unpack a delightfully American approach to this charming Scandinavian pastime.

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1. Set the stage
“Our house is suited for winter with its dark ceiling beams and weathered, wide-planked flooring from the 1600’s, so hygge suits us, especially living on a farm and paying attention to the seasonality we experience in New England. I love the layering effect of hygge, and not just on people. You almost can’t have enough pillows and warm, natural accents in every room – whether you live in a modern house or an old one like ours. Cozy isn’t just about the weather; it’s a feeling. Hygge is familiar; it’s friendly – the idea that no matter what is happening out there, you’re safe and happy with family and friends in here, together. So the décor has to express that welcoming sensibility.”

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2. Natural Elements
“A fireplace or woodstove is the star of the show with hygge – but whether you have one or not, flickering candles and reflective mercury glass will also do the trick. The element of fire and warmth and glow is the goal – and achievable HYGGE with tea light's dancing flames in beautiful candle holders. Danes burn more candles per head than all of Europe! So don’t feel guilty. It would take a lot to catch up with them.”

3. Relish simple pleasures

“Mindfulness is a big part of hygge – being present to how magical the simple things can be. Hygge reminds us to be mindful in appreciating the basics in life. Much like making mandalas. In many ways, they are symbiotic concepts. Staying warm, gathering in community, having something delicious to sip, the appreciation of whatever weather happens to be brewing outside – just loving it all. Even a storm is cause for celebration, because what is more hygge than cuddling up indoors while the wind whips through the trees and rattles windows? Gratitude and simplicity are essential for honest hygge. Fancy can visit another day, but this one is down to earth goodness.”

4. Earn your cozy
“An important aspect to relaxing inside is working for it! Nordic cultures love to say that ‘there is no bad weather, just improper clothing!’ and living in the northeast, I couldn’t agree more. Go for a walk, take the kids for a sled, spend a day on the slopes – hygge is so much better when you have the contrast of outdoors – and get to come inside. You’ll appreciate that mug of tea so much more after a brisk expedition!”

 

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5. The more the...Hyggier!
“Being alone with a book, a warm blanket and a fire is pretty dreamy, and while hygge is possible when solo, the idea thrives in sharing the energies of community and friendship. One of the aspects I love about hygge is this bonding in appreciation for overlooked magic and joy in life. It truly is the more, the merrier when it comes to these nest-a-thons – especially when the group trades off bringing a card game, a potluck meal, a special hot drink or a record to play. Just invite friends – don’t’ make it fussy – reach out to the old ones, the new ones – the ones you haven’t seen in many busy months. No one can refuse an evening of storytelling by a stoked fire, Linzer torte in hand."


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New Years Eve: Chic and Simple!

Posted by Amy Swift Crosby on Dec 21, 2016 5:59:04 PM

One of the most daunting holidays to host is New Year’s Eve, for the pressure and expectation around celebrating the close of one year and beginning of the next. Between worrying about how much fun you’re having and who you’re going to kiss at midnight, décor is almost the easy part! Luna Bazaar contributor Amy Swift Crosby took on such a task for an early New Year’s fête, knowing that many local friends would be traveling to exotic locales for the day itself. Here’s what she had to say about all things Auld Lang Syne.

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New Year's Eve: The Event! 
“I have always found New Year’s Eve to be a bit anticlimactic. Everyone has their own version of the ideal night – usually from movies! This makes hosting what should be a confetti-happy evening feel like the weight of the world. Knowing that many of us would be far away from each other on the 31st, I chose to collaborate on an early NYE party with my friend (and fellow Luna contributor) Jen Romans Dackert. We intentionally kept it small, inviting three couples to have an intimate gathering over candlelight, wine, and beautiful food so we could talk about the year gone by. I suggested everyone share a highlight of the past year and a hope for the New Year, which made conversation personal yet cozy. It was a big 2016, for so many reasons – some low-key reflection was in order. So I started there – a short guest list of people I love – with the mandate that they come in coat, tie, heel, and dress!”

The Décor: 
“It’s fun to have friends dress formally for a night in. But for the concept to truly work – you'll have to dress up your home as well! I chose dozens of mercury glass votives with turquoise blue candle holders and set them out along the mantel and in clusters around the house. Low light does wonders for a romantic, celebratory mood. It’s foolproof. I dimmed every light in the house and relied on the glow of candlelit mercury glass and punched tin candle lanterns to illuminate everything. Paper lanterns worked well in the foyer because we had the ceiling height to accommodate them. I love metallic party tassels for their shine and shimmer – so I used those to turn up the fun-factor. I invited everyone to choose a record to play in the first hour after all the guest arrived. People love vinyl – it allows them to reminisce in an unexpected way. The record player turned out to be a pinnacle of the party décor – a place of focus for people to gather around.”

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The Dinner: 
“Champagne is a given on New Year’s Eve, and most people feature champagne flutes in their spread. But to spice it up a little, we used vintage inspired glassware with a champagne concoction during dinner, and then for our official toast, moved to the traditional flute. Guests yearn for transitions in the night to feel that a narrative is taking place. I intentionally started us off near the fireplace in the front room, and then moved to the dining room for the meal. It’s fun to feel led through the evening – as though someone has thought of everything. We did dessert in yet another room, festooned with an incredible hand embroidered table runner, and remained there – dancing and listening to pop music until it was almost midnight.”

Amy's New Year's Tips:

Decide if you want to go big or go small. Be intentional. Staying small means you get to set a table and talk – with plenty of time for dancing after dinner.

Take a tradition – like champagne – and have a little fun. I added Elderflower and a splash of peach juice to each embossed drinking glass for creative champagne cocktails.

Make a playlist that reflects what you want to do at a particular time of the party. We started with classic vinyl and then switched to an upbeat playlist for post-dinner revelry.

Create a meaningful activity – could be a white elephant gift or a suggested reflection. Guests like to rally around something to do!


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Christmas in Silver & Blue

Posted by Amy Swift Crosby on Dec 19, 2016 5:05:41 PM

The holidays are full of gatherings, and not just on the 24th and 25th. The season beckons family and friends to gather around tables, roaring fires and clinking glasses to revel in the magic that this time of year inspires. Artist, designer and Luna Bazaar contributor Jennifer Romans hosted such a beguiling dinner – set to metallic and unexpected pops of blue. This party goes to show that going beyond green and red is not only welcome – but also refreshingly different in the décor pantheon of Christmas! Here, she shares her approach to celebrating the holidays with all of it's decorating escapades.

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The Approach: 
“December is truly one of the most social months of the year. Such a busy time means décor needs wow-factor as much as ease and efficiency. I approached this dinner party knowing that the day-of, I wouldn’t have a ton of time to set up my tablescape. To avoid rushing, I always pull all my candle holders, lanterns, runners, napkin rings, hanging paper lanterns and Christmas ornaments out of drawers and cabinets a week or so beforehand.  Pre-producing as much as possible lets you see what you have, and what you’re missing, so you have time to find or replace it. December is no time for stress. You want to have fun and enjoy yourself, not worry about a missing tea light or wrinkled runner!”

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The Preparation: 
“With little kids in the house, I have to be smart about where the décor lives while I’m organizing and setting the party stage. If not, I find that napkin holders become Barbie hats and mercury glass ends up in the bathtub. I solve this by fully decorating one key room – the main party venue – which, in this case, was my formal dining room. We only use it on special occasions, so my kids don’t even notice it when it’s decorated – and that means they don’t touch anything on the tabletop (which is the idea.) I take my time layering this room with just the right accents – selecting placeholders, assigning seats and writing out names – so that it really feels special when you walk in. Revealing the theme to guests is the best part, and you’re not a hot mess from working on it all day!”

 

The Theme:
“The holidays always put green and red at the center of the color story, but for me, they are a bit expected. Since blue is a consistent accent in my house and also the color of the dining room, I leaned on silver and blue as my core colors – to create reflection and glow.  I painted my ceiling blue so that people would feel immersed in the color. Mercury glass candlesticks and adorable place card holders made the tablescape extra festive. I hung shimmering ornaments and paper snowflake decorations throughout the house just a few hours before guests arrived to add touches of holiday flare, then created clusters of votives to illuminate dark entryways and bathrooms. This inviting glow is low-maintenance, yet really high impact – plus everyone looks good in candlelight!”

The Food and Drink:
“With my weekend packed I opted to have the main course, one side dish, and a fancy dessert catered by a local chef. I was then able to simply add a salad and appetizer to round out the missing pieces. I settled on plain porcelain china for the party since the décor was already so colorfully festive. For drinks, I served assorted wines with a small DIY bar set up in the kitchen. A pro-tip for hosting is to make it so folks can self-serve to some degree. Drinks, cocktail napkins and a light nibble should be easy for guests to find, reach and assemble on their own.”

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Jen’s Tips: What host’s really want!

The traditional gift for your host is wine (which is lovely), but if you want to get creative, here are a few ideas to give your host something unexpected – or something they might use all year long.

1. Hill Tribe Handmade Table Runners – simply tie raffia or festive ribbon around the rolled-up runner – you won’t even have to wrap this hand-woven treasure!

2. You can bake or roast nuts or make chocolate bark (see my recipe below). Put in a mason jar for gifting – this presents beautifully.

3. Doilies – The small ones make for pretty little coasters you can wash! Wrap in tissue and pop them into a lovely gift bag. Easy peasy!

4. Napkin Rings – I love gifting these (especially the teal ones) with a simple ribbon wrapped through the holes and tied into a bow.

Ridiculously Easy Chocolate Bark:

INGREDIENTS

3 bags Ghirardelli semi-sweet chocolate chips

2c salted cocktail peanuts

2c salted roasted almonds

2c+ mini pretzel twists (GF if preferred)  

 

DIRECTIONS

- Line baking sheet with wax paper (or parchment paper)
- evenly distribute peanuts, almonds and pretzels to fill baking sheet
- slowly heat and melt chocolate chips in a double boiler, stirring occasionally until fully melted (you can fit glass bowl over boiling pot of water if you dont have a proper double boiler)
- pour chocolate over nut/pretzel mixture
- using a spatula, carefully spread chocolate to cover mixture and spread to the edges
- chill to set (approx 30m)
- once set, remove hard chocolate from baking sheet and peel off wax paper from backside. Using a shasrp knife and cutting board, cut chocolate into slightly larger than bite sized pieces.
- store in airtight container in refrigerator 

 

 

 

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Fall Fête! A Rose Gold Color Story

Posted by Amy Swift Crosby on Dec 9, 2016 7:36:37 PM

With 12  days remaining until Winter Solstice, we’re still on the dark side of the season – so we take any reason to illuminate our tables and fill every seat with friends and neighbors. The lighter side of darkness is a cozy, intimate feeling that fall and winter beg to celebrate. Luna contributor Angelina Carrera hosted quite the gathering at Grassini Family Vineyards in Santa Barbara, CA this fall – featuring décor accents perfectly paired with our latest Rose Gold Collection that translate indoors or outdoors with equal splendor. Here, she shares her approach and inspiration to creating this spectacle of organic beauty!

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Start with color: 
“Autumn has a very rich color story filled with amber and dusty pink hues that mingle with accents of gold. We wanted our party to subtly draw from that gorgeous fall palette. We started by styling our gorgeous new Hurricane Vases with overflowing greenery and burgundy toned florals. Then, drawing from the rustic vineyard setting, we chose touches of rose gold to stitch together the warmth and inclusiveness that I aspired to achieve. I was delighted that the dahlias perfectly matched our red wine – unplanned, but seasonally on point as it's own reward.” 

Then consider light:
“You always want more light than you think – so a smattering of mercury glass and vintage pink vessels filled with candlelight is what we used to achieve this glow on our table. Stay away from anything too tall for a gathering this casual. Height can work for weddings and other formal celebrations, but on a farm table or family gathering, it creates a barrier and distance between people.”

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Choose an unexpected venue: 
“We were at a vineyard, outside, under the canopy of four-hundred-year-old oak trees – so the romance factor was high! People love a surprising environment, something they might not think of themselves. I could see recreating this scene on a sun porch back East, with people bundled up in sweaters and a table set with beautiful runners to reflect the mood of the season. You’re essentially building a hearth in the area of your choice. It could be a big coffee table or a mantel and fireplace – a central focus that generates a magnetic draw for your guests.”

The food and drinks:
“We had a pretty easy win on the drinks since our friends at Grassini gifted us with a signature wine called Equipo, a red blend of 80% cabernet sauvignon and 20% petit verdot. Pairing the right food with the wines took a little more thought. Apples felt natural, so homemade apple pie was a must. From there I turned to Brussels sprouts, sweet potatoes, butternut squash... and cheese. Cheese for days! Everything felt hearty but healthy and of the earth. It’s important to be thoughtful about the season, to reach for what’s local and reliable, and to create interesting dressings or dips from there.”

Ang’s Tips:
“Prepare, design, decorate – and then let go! No one wants a stressed-out host. Buy plenty of tea lights – you will likely replace a few throughout your evening. Invite people you know well, and include new friends to mix it up. Make water and non-alcoholic drinks easy to access on a nearby table.

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The Prowess of The Parasol

Posted by Amy Swift Crosby on Sep 12, 2016 5:19:22 PM

The single most overlooked party favor is the one most appreciated by guests. These memorable gifts aren’t just for parties – they’re a fabulous go-to accessory for any outing or occasion. The ever-useful-always-beautiful parasol keeps us cool before sundown, making sun worship safe – and enjoyable.


From destination weddings to beachside strolls and birthday parties, revelers of any type love a no-hat-needed option for portable shade. With so many colors to choose from, it’s easy to match parasols to your personalized look or party theme.

Our parasols perform in a variety of applications, from accessorizing the bridal party to composing DIY backdrops and creative canopy décor.

Lifestyle bloggers & Luna contributors Leah Forester and Charlotte Smith of Ciburbanity illustrate the prowess of the parasol in two unique ways. Leah and her daughter share a sweet, seaside moment on the balcony, while Charlotte vibrantly decorates her rustic barn shindig with parasols and paper lanterns cleverly strung from the rafters. She then illuminates her matching tablescape with crisscrossed globe string lights.

Proof-positive that when parasols deliver, people are happier. Skin finds relief. Best of all – these effortless decorative elements are as useful as they are picturesque. Function and form, unite!

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Topics: Outdoor Design, parasols, favors