The LED Alternative to Candle Light: Here to Stay.

Posted by on 12/30/2011

Tired of candle light at the table?

I know that sometimes it isn’t feasible to have a lit candle at the table. It may be left unattended, or get knocked over by little ones.  We have found a few alternatives to allow you to celebrate fire-free, but keep the same ambiance.

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Add LED lights and make your centerpieces glow!

We have several LED light options to help you do this.  I found this centerpiece of silk flowers done by Linda Sawyer to be a great example of something to jazz up the table flame-free.  We have similar LED Garlands available that are battery powered.  Therefore if you use one of these strands, all you have to do is hide the battery pack. Linda commented on her photo that “you could use real hydrangeas if you make sure the battery pack is hidden in the flowers and ABOVE the waterline. You can also put the hydrangea stems in their own water vials before building the centerpiece.” I am very happy to find her posts on FLICKR.

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LED Garlands from Luna Bazaar

 

Another item that you could use instead of the LED Garlands would be our LED Accent Lights in White, Blue, or Amber.  I find these fun and fantastic. The lights are attached to a copper wire that is very thin. You can find ways to position it so the wire is virtually invisible. The lights themselves are really tiny, but the glow is intense!
The white LED accent light is my favorite. The glow that comes off of these is cool in tone and they are definitely eye catching!  Last year at Halloween, New England was hit by a fluke storm that shut down A LOT of power, (including mine for an entire week!)  So, not to be detoured by lack of electricity, I hung these and the Blue LED Accent Lights from our front door to attract trick-or-treaters.  They looked amazing!  They are battery powered just like the LED Garlands and also have a battery pack at one end of them.  So, if you want to decorate with any of these strings, you have to find a creative way to hide the battery pack, which, depending on the garland, might be the size of a small card deck.  Here are the Amber LED accent lights shown in our small etched glass fluted hurricane candle holder.

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The small battery pack for these LED accent lights
is easily concealed inside our fluted hurricane candle holder.

You can see the battery pack is hidden in the bottom of the vase and is hardly noticeable.  The copper wire of these lights allows them to be wrapped around or in anything. I have also added floral arrangements on top of the LED accent lights.  These lights are not waterproof so I usually stick to dried floral arrangements.  LED lights never get hot at all so that won’t be a fire hazard, (since the whole point of this blog is to provide you with alternatives to fire on your table).  So, put away your fire extinguisher and get out your batteries for a flameless table topper accessory with Luna Bazaar’s help.

Decorate and Celebrate!

– Bethany.

New Year's Party Pizzazz!

Posted by on 12/27/2011

Everyone wants to ring in the New Year in a special way. I know I want to! However, no one seems to have the time or the budget to dress up their home after Christmas.  I know I am not the only one that leaves their tree up and considers that decoration enough for the New Year. This year is different!  After finding these gold foil stars, I am determined to put them up to celebrate 2012.  They are fun, festive, and affordable.

Gold foil garlands that match the stars will add to the festivities. Both stars and garlands are collapsible and easy to hang up.  I am planning on putting these up with gusto before our New Year’s Eve party. As everyone sips some bubbly these foil decorations will help put them in the mood to welcome in the New Year.
  NEW YEAR’S DAY DINNER?                                                 
Not everyone celebrates New Year’s Day. Given that New Year’s Eve is one of the most popular days of the year for having a party, few people throw one the day after. However, there are some people that do, like me.

A few years back I started making a special dinner to celebrate the first day of the year. A traditional meal for this holiday is ham, black eyed peas, and cabbage.  Each element of the meal represents good tidings for the New Year.  I’m game for anything that may bring me good luck!

Why are the foods in this meal considered to be good luck? Cabbage represents “green” money. It is said that black-eyed peas were the only crop left in the South after the North burned the fields during the Civil War. One explanation for ham being good luck is that pigs root in the dirt in a forward direction. Other animals push the dirt behind them. So eat some ham for a forward-looking attitude in the new year!
This year I am planning on sharing this meal with friends.  As a result I have been planning and imagining my tablescape.  Mercury glass has been a hot trend lately for home décor. Luna Bazaar has some great pieces of mercury glass votives at low prices.  The best thing, (and my favorite part), is that these votives look expensive.  There are also a lot of other votives available from Luna Bazaar that you can mix in with the mercury glass for fun.  You can pair in your favorite color or one for luck for this special day.  I think everyone could use a bit more luck, don’t you?
Mercury Glass Collection from Luna Bazaar
Silver and Gold Votives, Vases and Candlesticks.

Happy New Year, and Happy Decorating!

– Bethany

Creative Ways to Decorate with Ornaments

Posted by on 12/24/2011

Beautiful ornaments inspire us to get creative. Decorating a tree with them is all well and good, but there’s no reason to limit yourself to the branches of a pine tree when there are so many other possibilities!

I searched around the web to put together the most interesting decorating ideas, and grouped them into these categories: Chandeliers, Mobiles, Windows, Props and Branches. Leave a comment and a link below if you’d like to add your idea.
Chandeliers

Suggested ornaments for decorating chandeliers – vintage-inspired mercury glass all in one tone, either silver or gold.  Note that these ornaments are heavy, so only hang them from a very secure chendelier!

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All Gold Mercury Glass Ornaments or
All Silver Mercury Glass Ornaments

 

Blogger Lauren, of  “A Fabulous Fête”, wanted to dress up her chandelier, so she hung sparkly ornaments on baker’s string from the “arms”. There was a very large space between the chandelier and the table. Lauren spread the ornaments out, both vertically and horizontally, nicely filling the space.

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Ornaments suspended from a high chandelier
fill the space above a holiday table.
Another take on hanging ornaments from a chandelier comes from Vanessa and Valentine. Her sense of style is so inspiring! She claims that the chandelier itself is too embarassing to show in the picture. (It’s vintage 80’s.) But the ornaments look great hanging from ribbons in a tight cluster. Nice photo collection, Vanessa!

 

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For a smaller space, hang ornaments closer together in a cluster.

Ornament Mobiles

My personal favorite is this virtual Christmas Tree made entirely of ornaments and invisible line.

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It takes patience to hang so many ornaments
but the stunning effect is worth it.

This idea comes from “Not Martha” – the name being a great idea in its own right! The tree has caught the attention of other bloggers around the web, so you may have seen it elsewhere. “Not Martha” is at the top of her game when it comes to organization and clarity of description. Not only does she meticulously explain and illustrated every step, but she even explains how take the tree apart and store the components for easy reassembly the next year. I was most curious about what the ornaments were hanging from. It’s a steaming rack purchased at a restaurant supply store. You can get the full directions for making this virtual tree here.

 

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Steaming rack from a restaurant supply store.

A simpler, yet very attractive, mobile comes from Elle Decor. Wire rings fwith hooks for hanging the ornaments can be found in craft stores. Fishing line, which is nearly invisible, is recommended for this decoration.

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Photo: Elle Decor

I would like to see this idea executed with a mix of small, glass silver and turquoise baubles and icicles. Our little place card holders shaped like ornaments have been a surprise hit this season because they’re so versatile. It’s not always easy to find smaller ornaments, which are so crucial to filling in gaps between larger ornaments.

 

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These little glass baubles available at Luna Bazaar double as place card holders.

There are lots of devices for hanging and displaying photos that can double as ornament holders. Here’s one from Good Housekeeping. Each wire has a little clip for holding a photo. The clip can be used to hold the top wire loop of the ornament. It’s important to use small, very lightweight ornaments with this type of hanger.

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Photo Mobile idea from Good Housekeeping

It would be fun to turn this into a mobile for a child’s room by substituting hand-painted paper maché ornaments for the traditional ornaments shown above. Star, Butterfly, and Bird designs are all lavishly covered with floral patterns. (The bird in the lower right corner is covered with silver stars.) Add one of our popular hand-carved Mermaid ornaments for a touch of humor, and a mobile decoration that can stay up all year.

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Some of the hand-painted and hand-carved ornaments that can be found at Luna Bazaar.

The photo mobile below would be fantastic for hanging a lot of small ornaments at varying lengths. Just be sure the ornaments are not too heavy!

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Photo Mobile that can double as an ornament hanger.

Ornaments in Windows

There are some tricks to making this look good. Use some attractive ribbon to suspend the ornaments. Hang the ornaments at varying lengths, so they fill the space behind them. For example, if the ornaments are hanging in front of a large window, they should be spaced in such a way as to occupy the full area of the window. There should be a big difference between the length of the shortest ribbon and the length of the longest. To give the arrangement a finished look, adorn the curtain rod itself by wrapping some festive fabric or evergreen roping. The perfect example of this comes from Salvage Savvy.

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The spacing of these ornaments is just right for
gracefully filling the window space.
Ornament suggestion:

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Heirloom Glass Snowflakes

 

Ornaments and Props

 

Picture Frame Prop – Shabby Chic mirror frame supports wire tree holding ornaments.
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Source: Inspiration for Home.

A huge mirror frame as prop. Paint the frame to complement the colors of the ornaments. I like the two-color scheme. Use ribbons or invisible line to suspend the ornaments.

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Source: Inspiration for Home

The Utilitarian Prop – Warning: High ceilings necessary! The ornaments are hung from the strings of lights wrapped around the ladder.

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Source: Apartment Therapy

 

Hanging Ornaments from a Branch
Not every branch has to be evergreen during the holidays!

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Source: Desire to Inspire

Branch + Ornaments = Instant Chandelier! Now we’ve come full circle.

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Source: The Decorologist.

I hope this post has shown you one or two ideas that you haven’t seen before. Just remember, Luna Bazaar has the most unusual selection of ornaments and decorations for parties and the home because we go to the far corners of the world to find them for you!

Happy Holidays from Luna Bazaar!

Decorate and Celebrate!


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