Paper Lanterns With Lights – The Options, and Then Some.

Posted by on 09/30/2011

If you’ve been searching for paper lanterns for your wedding or big event, you know that there is no shortage of options. In this post I will shed some “light” on the matter. Hopefully, when you finish reading this post, you will know a lot more about paper lanterns with lights than you did when you started.
If you’ve been looking at paper lanterns like these:

Premium Paper Lanterns from Luna Bazaar

you probably know that they do not come supplied with lights. You need to buy some electrical cords with light sockets, or some battery-operated LED lights. You can buy both your paper lanterns and cords and LEDs at Luna Bazaar. The battery-operated LEDs have their own tiny light bulbs and a battery is supplied. The electrical cords do not come with light bulbs, so you need to buy them at any hardware store, grocery store, or anywhere regular light bulbs are sold. There is no need to get vanity bulbs, unless you particularly like the way they look.

But there are other types of paper lanterns with lights – string lights. They are small paper lanterns strung on a string of lights. The string of lights is the kind you would use to decorate your home for the holidays. Luna Bazaar has a wide variety of string lights in our collection. The standard paper ones are 4 inches in diameter.

Paper Lanterns with Lights already in place – string lights.

In addition to those, we have printed paper lantern string lights, and nylon string lights. The printed string lights come in beautiful designs – the Dahlia, Peony, and Cherry Blossom designs. The nylon string lights are shinier and more durable than the paper lantern string lights.

Nylon Lantern String Lights from Luna Bazaar

Go to our collection of Unique String Lights for a few surprises. Our string lights take on the shapes of roses, cylinders, stars, spheres, and pagodas, to name a few.

A variety of String Lights from Luna Bazaar:
Metal Lantern, Disco Ball,
Nylon Cherry Blossom, and White Rose.

We always encourage our customers to express themselves, and give their imaginations a good work-out. Do some exploring at Luna Bazaar and find out how creative you can be.

Ikat Pillow Covers – Women Weaving

Posted by on 09/30/2011

Luna Bazaar has traveled throughout Asia and the Pacific Islands in
search of crafts and designs for your home. One of our most fortuitous
finds was Ikat cloth, which is made into pillow covers. Once you have
seen an Ikat pattern like the one below, you will be able to recognize
it anywhere you go:

Hand-woven Ikat Pillow Cover in Blue from Luna Bazaar

The cloth is woven by women who have handed down this traditional
form of weaving from generation to generation. The women live in rural
areas where daily activities are determined by the season.  During the
planting and harvesting seasons they are employed in the fields. When
the rainy season comes, there is no work for them to do. They are able to earn
income during this time by practicing their art of Ikat weaving.

In Ikat weaving the pattern determines how the threads are dyed.

In modern weaving, the pattern is created by raising and lowering horizontal and vertical threads of different colors. (The horizontal and vertical threads are known as the “warp and weft”.)

Ikat weaving is completely different. The pattern is created by dying the thread multiple times. The weaver must know which colors to apply to each portion of the length of thread. This is where the skill comes in!
In order to prevent one section of thread from being dyed the color of the neighboring section, the threads that are not to be dyed are tied up tightly with string. Hence, the term “tie-dying”.

The original “Tie-Dye” – Ikat Weaving
Exclusive Ikat Pattern Printed Paper Lantern in Olive

We were so impressed by these beautiful patterns that we created paper lanterns to match our Ikat pillow covers. These are 18″ printed paper lanterns that sell for only $10.95. Available patterns are in Olive, Orange, and Rose.
 Those of you who are new to Luna Bazaar may not know that we also have a collection of personal accessories and gifts. Included in the collection are these two Ikat items: the Bracelet and Clutch:

Bracelet: Ikat fabric covered in clear resin

Ikat Clutch in Olive with Zipper and Wrist-Strap

How to Make Chinese Lanterns Stretch Your Budget

Posted by on 09/29/2011

Photo: Tickled Pink Brides

Chinese Lanterns are one of the most economical ways to dress up a space and create a party atmosphere. Even if you don’t use a lot of them, the presence of a few lanterns spread around the room says, “There’s a party going on here!”

How economical are Chinese Lanterns? Let’s suppose you have a decorating budget of $1,000 and the space you want to decorate measures 75 by 60 feet, which is a typical space for about 200 hundred people. Just how much party pizazz you can create?

Starting with a minimal decoration scheme, we’ll plan to hang Chinese lanterns on light cords around the perimeter of the tent or room. Luna Bazaar’s No Frills lanterns are the least expensive way to go. Luna Bazaar also offers Premium Lanterns, which come in more colors, and have other nice features, but to pare down the price we’ll pick No Frills.

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Luna Bazaar’s No Frills Paper Lanterns are a great buy.

No Frills paper lanterns are available in White, Pink, Red, Fuschia, Chartreuse, Turquoise, Chocolate Brown, Mango Orange, Yellow and Grass Green. You can get 6″ lanterns at Luna Bazaar for 80 cents. The largest size No Frills lanterns are 20″ across and sell for $3.50 each. A good size to use for our project is the 10-inch lantern. It’s big enough to add to the proceedings, yet it only costs $1.10.

How to make Chinese lanterns glow? You need lights! The most convenient solution is to get cords with sockets for light bulbs. In our example, 2 thirty-foot cords would be needed to cover each end of the room. The 75-ft. sides require a 30-ft and a 45-ft cord to cover them.

Convenient cords with light bulb sockets

This is our most expensive item in our example. The 30-ft. cords cost $27.95 each, and the 45-ft cords are $39.95 each.

We need 100 lanterns (20 on each end wall, 30 on each side). So 100 times the No Frills 10-inch lantern price of $1.10 is $110. You can minimize this cost without losing the party feel by alternating lantern-light bulb-lantern. Then you only need 50 lanterns for $55.

How to make Chinese lanterns glow? You need lights! Although the picture above shows special vanity bulbs which are more expensive, you can use regular incandescent light bulbs. Let’s add $1 per bulb for a total of $50. So our total for decorating the perimeter of the whole tent or room is $352.60 using the numbers below:

50 lanterns – $55
50 bulbs – $50
6  30-ft cords – $167.70
2 45-ft cords – $79.90

You could stop right now, perfectly content with the way your space will be lit up, and pocket the remaining money. But for a little more you can give your room real pizazz by hanging large Premium Lanterns from the ceiling, down the middle of the room.

A 24″ Premium Paper Lantern has a big of impact!

The 10-inch lanterns we used around the perimeter will look too small hanging from the ceiling. The 24-inch Premium Lantern is a better fit. You can fit 6 lanterns this size in a 75-ft long room with a space of 4 – 8ft. between them. These lanterns are $11.95 each, so we’re adding  6 times 11.95 = $71.70 to the cost.

How to make Chinese lanterns glow when they’re hanging from the ceiling? You need battery-operated LED lights! You can hang one triple-light LED light in each of the large lanterns. That way you needn’t be bothered searching for outlets and extension cords that will reach the ceiling. You are free to hang these lanterns wherever you please. At $4.95 each, this adds $29.70 to the tab.

Putting all the pieces together, we have…

  • 50 small lanterns – $55
  • 50 bulbs – $50
  • 6  30-ft cords – $167.70
  • 2 45-ft cords – $79.90
  • 6 large lanterns – $71.70
  • 6 triple LEDs – $29.70

…for a total of $454. We didn’t even reach the half-way mark.Now that you know how to make Chinese lanterns provide the celebratory setting you require, you can save time by saving this post and using it as your shopping list at Luna Bazaar. Happy Decorating!

Luna Bazaar – A Party Store Like No Other!

Posted by on 09/27/2011

If you’re looking for wedding and event decorations you’ve come to the right place. First, Luna Bazaar is known for its large selection of paper lanterns in the latest, fashion colors that can’t be found elsewhere. But, in addition to paper lanterns, you will find an unusual and eclectic array of party decorations from the far corners of the world, such as Thailand, Bali, India, China, and Mexico. In our online store you will find:

  • Paper Parasols
  • Paper Hand Fans
  • Hanging Stars and Banners
  • Candle Holders
  • Flower Vases
  • Party Favors
  • Place Card Holders

You can purchase our products online at Our headquarters are located in the small town of Brattleboro, VT. Adam Gebb, the founder of our company, has traveled the world, fascinated by its diverse cultures and natural wonders. In Bali he began collecting antique textiles, and brought them back to the U.S. to sell.

In his travels Adam saw more and more products that intrigued him. He began importing Bhudda statues, beaded purses, carved figurines, sand animals, and woven baskets. Today Luna Bazaar concentrates on wedding and event decorations, and home decor.

What sets us apart from the typical party store is our commitment to preserving the environment and to the survival of world cultures that are in danger of disappearing.

Whenever possible we use sustainably harvested and renewable resources.  Most of our paper lanterns are made of bamboo and rice paper. Our paper parasols, also made of bamboo and rice paper, do not have any metal parts. More than 80% of our packaging materials are reused or recycled.

To support the fledgling businesses of women in remote Jaipur, India, we purchase their hand-dyed, block-print pillow covers. Skilled Ikat weavers of Bali also benefit from our orders for party favor clutches and pillow covers.

Luna Bazaar is like an old-world bazaar filled with goods from far and wide. We are a party store like no other! Browse around our online store, and see what catches your fancy.