Oscars Party 2013 ~ Fine Entertaining for a Glamorous Evening

Posted by on 02/20/2013

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Photo Collage featuring decoration ideas for The Oscars viewing parties.  From left to right: Gold Disco Paper Star Lantern, Gold Mercury Glass Vase (cone top design), Black and White Paper Star Lantern


 

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Photo by Brea McDonald, Styling by Beautiful Days Events.

As you’ve probably noticed our facebook page has been abuzz with ideas for enjoying The Oscars.  Sunday night is fast approaching and we’ve been compiling trends and ideas from some of our favorite blogs and sites to share in the Hollywood magic.

Pictured right we see our Gold Foil Decorations featured in a lovely shoot we found on The Sweetest Occasion.  These glimmering decorations are a fun and affordable way to glamorize your home.

While searching for inspiration online I discovered this fantastic blog post on Hostess with the Mostess offering Free Oscars Party Printables with 2013 Nominees.
We absolutely love the classic look of this party styled by Jennifer Sbranti.

 

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Table Decor styled and Photographed by Jennifer Sbranti from Hostess with the Mostess.  You can find these Gold Mercury Glass Candle Holders (liquid motif) on our website, with Matching Vases.
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Photo By: Alexandra Grablewski

As far as entertainment, the internet is ripe with ideas.  Some of our favorite content included these wonderful recipe ideas via epicurious (check out Kim Haasarud’s creative champagne cocktails); as well as these fantastic free printables, party ideas and fun recipes via Sweet Designs, A Blog by Amy Atlas.

We’ve created this Get The Look Oscars 2013 inspiration
page to highlight the products that will make The Oscars evening
glamorous for you and your guests.  With a color scheme of gold, black,
white and ochre, this look will compliment even the most lavish of
Oscars attire.  Add some flare to your affair~ decorate & celebrate
with Luna Bazaar!

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Photo by Amy Atlas

~The Look of Love ~

Posted by on 02/11/2013

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Valentine’s Day Decorations from Luna Bazaar

Valentines Day is approaching.  For many the prospects of  fabulous food, bouquets, and darling decorations are the inspirational avenues that drive the desire to creatively express one’s love.

Whether your goal is to spoil your partner, communicate with your crush or dote on friends and family; this February celebration warms winter blues with the vibrant colors of love.

We invite you to share with us your Valentine’s inspirations, dreams and memories on our Facebook page.  We look forward to hearing from you!

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Luna Bazaar offers products that can accentuate your affections with sweet intentions.  Consider this lovely Terracotta Clay Garden Lantern (heart design).  A thoughtful gift to accompany the letters, flowers and delicious desserts you have planned can leave a lasting impression on that special someone.

The bravest lovebirds take the romance a step further by planning the details of their proposal… and for many the 14th marks the day to take the plunge (!)  After scouring The Knot for proposal advice, there are a few pointers I found that are worth repeating:

~Remember that the proposal should be careful and attentive to the personality of the one being proposed to.  For someone who is shy, be sure to ask for their hand in an intimate setting.  Be unique and deliberate in your planning to show your future Fiancé that you are serious about sharing the next phase of your lives together.

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A whimsical Winter Engagement Session accessorized with a White Cotton Lace Parasol.  Photograph by Craig Photography.
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Photo by Alice G. Patterson

Once the engagement is official, what better way to celebrate the anthem of your love than with a photo shoot declaring your devotion?  With styles and accessories ranging from vintage classic to cultural modern, we can help you design the perfect romantic setting for your engagement photos.

Let us not overlook the amorousness of candlelight!  Pictured left we see our gorgeous hand-blown, hand- cut Perfume Bottles styled by blogger Cyd Converse of The Sweetest Occasion.  These versatile and lovely pieces look amazing paired with all variety of tea light candle holders; and make the most of any mantle or dashing dinner centerpiece.

Once again, we welcome you to share with us your Valentine’s experiences and decoration ideas on our Facebook Page.  Warm up this winter wonderland with the Look of Love~

Happy Valentine’s!

Napkin Rings~ Creative Folds

Posted by on 11/02/2012

~With our brand new Napkin Ring
inventory rolling in, I decided to look into the various ways people
use these lovely little table accessories to make the most of their
dinner parties, luncheons and events.~
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This origami inspired Fleur De Lis fold requires a napkin ring to maintain its loveliness.
Occasionally referred to as Serviette Rings, Napkin Rings will add elegance to any table scape.  The variety offered here at Luna Bazaar can be matched with our place card holders, vases and candle holders to create delicious table decorations.

 

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Large Gold Paisley Jewel Napkin Ring
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Silver Jewel Napkin Ring
Since the inception of the napkin ring sometime during the 1830’s,
hundreds of napkin folds have been developed to accessorize the
traditional artistry of folding innovation.
This post  features some wonderful folds that, with the compliment of a napkin ring, make a beautiful introduction to any formal or domestic meal.  Each photo features a link to a site with step by step directions for recreating these mini masterpieces.
Take a look!~
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Another take on the Fleur De Lis fold featuring our Ivory Capiz Napkin Ring.  Photo by Maia Bissette.
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My coworker Amanda redesigned the Crown Fold using our Gold Swirl Jewel Napkin Ring.  Photo by Maia Bissette.
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From left to right: The Ivy Fold featuring our Silver Pear Napkin Ring, A Classic Ring Fold accessorized by our Silver Swirl Jewel Napkin Ring (also available in gold), and The Pineapple Fold accented with our Small Silver Paisley Jewel Napkin Ring (also available in gold).  Photography by Maia Bissette.

Napkin folding is a luxury art that developed in Europe during the
Renaissance and Baroque periods.  These incredible techniques originally
used by the Royal Family, Imperials and Bourgeois to display their
wealth during banquets has been studied and revived by the Catalonian Modern
Master, Joan Sallas.
The extraordinary folding feats practiced by Sallas are often likened
to Japanese origami, although the methods he has researched originated
from Europe.

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Our Silver Heart Jewel Napkin Ring, also available in gold, being used as a curtain back.  Photo By Maia Bissette
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 Jen from i heart organizing uses a napkin ring with a dish towel.

When you are shopping Luna Bazaar for objects to beautify your home, Napkin Rings are rather versatile as decorative accessories.
One may consider using them to garnish a table centerpiece, as a hair
accessory, or by attaching ribbons and hooks to create tree ornaments.
They also work well as a curtain back for a light curtain.  With heavier
curtains and towels they work great as a way to fashion the drape by
sliding the ring up from the bottom so it hugs the center of the
fabric (pictured left).
If you’ve ever considered making a light bulb vase, you could use a variety of our rings to support the bulb so that it sits nicely on the table.

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Photo by Hanna from Charming Recycling.

These DIY recycled light bulb vases would look lovely resting on the Silver Napkin Ring, the Ivory Capiz Napkin Ring, the Silver Concave Napkin Ring, the Hammered Silver Napkin Ring, or the Silver Scrolling Napkin Ring; which are all featured products of Luna Bazaar.  If you are creating a table scape you may consider mixing it up with one or two of each!  When you tire of the vases the rings can return to their intended function, very eco-chic!
Another wonderful way to use our Jeweled and Silver Napkin Rings is to wrap them into a bouquet.  Simply slide the ring up over the stems and wrap with the fabric of your choice; silk, lace, ribbon and burlap all offer a lovely interaction with the glamorous, brooch-like quality of our affordable Napkin Rings.

Needless to say, these luxurious artifacts will prove their worth in all manner of decor.

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Beautiful Jeweled Bouquet Wraps via Luna Bazaar’s Pinterest.  Original sources~ Aileen Tran Event Stylist (left and right) and Heavenly Blooms (center).
~ Post content written and compiled by Customer Service and Sales Associate  Maia Bissette ~

Halloween~ Folklore and Embellishment

Posted by on 10/19/2012

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Photo by Yulia Cosmos.

~Sales Team member Maia Bissette is at it again, this time her sights focused on making the most of fall’s famed holiday~

All Hallows Eve, more commonly known as Halloween, is creeping up on us.  There are many fun ways to celebrate Halloween, and for those who are
looking to express their appreciation for the supernatural ~ decoration
can be a real joy!   Take a look at our Seasonal Halloween page featured on Luna Bazaar.

As a child trick-or-treating in Vermont, one of my favorite experiences
was visiting the eccentric young man living in the Farm Estate down the
road from where I grew up.  He had a very old-time approach to sharing
the Holiday.  Dressed in a tuxedo with white gloves, he would invite
children and parents alike into his dining hall where an amazing
home-made spread of candied apples, caramel popcorn, beverages and baked
goods were laid out over a grand table under an antique chandelier.
We were welcomed by the warm glow of tapered candles presented in elegant candlesticks, and the seasonal decor was subtle, tasteful and lovely; with a focus on the harvest.

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Skull Lantern String Lights

If you are interested in creating such hospitality yourself, we have a wonderful selection of vases and candle holders for accenting your mantles, tables and windowsills with tea lights, tapered and and pillar candles.

Vases with twigs adorned by faux cobwebs makes a fun centerpiece, and
baby pumpkins and gourds look great with old photographs and matching flowers.

Orange luminaries lining your front path would be a sure way to guide friends and neighbors to your door.

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Nylon Spooky Spiders Lantern String Lights

 

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Bats & Cats Lantern String Lights
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Skeleton Lantern String Lights
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Jack O’ Lantern String Lights

Consider the application of our spooky new Halloween String Lights (pictured).  They would look boo-tiful strung along the crest of a mantle or hanging in an archway.  These designs are a unique new product worth a second look.

If you live in a neighborhood and are looking to lure in some adorable trick-or-treaters; fall colors of honeycomb decorations & paper lanterns accompanied by Halloween string lights would appear rather enticing strung above maniacally grinning pumpkins 😉

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Fantastic porch Decor by Suzanne of Our Southern Nest.

If your abode is located off the beaten path, you might be interested in inviting friends and relatives for a costume party or haunted house.  Perhaps just a small, simple gathering~ just a little something to ensure that you can decorate and celebrate as well!

For those of you looking to add a little DIY to your decorating, Luna Bazaar‘s inventory offers an excellent selection of goods for fabulous projects.

I have scoured the internet looking for examples of our inventory in action, and to my pleasant surprise came across some creations that will be sure to make the most of your Hallows Eve!

Take a look at these great Paper Lantern projects from Martha Stewart and Country Living:

 

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Take a peek at these playful pumpkin paper lanterns via
Martha Stewart Living.

It’s not too late to make an impression on all those ghosts and ghouls
expected to make an appearance come Halloween~ whether they be of this
earth or from some other realm!

Even
if you’re planning on keeping your holiday intimate, Luna Bazaar has the
inventory to spice up your evening while you curl up in costume and watch horror movies after dark.  If you get scared you can light up your lanterns with some LED lights to keep a creepy ambiance and a watchful eye on the lookout for spooks and spirits who may be hovering close by.

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Crafty crow lanterns via Country Living.  Photo by Jack Kernic.
~The History of All Hallows Eve~ A Brief Overview:
As with many modern Western holidays, Christian influence reinvented the
calendar of ancient customs.  All Saints Day once marked the most
significant festival of the Celtic Year, known as Samhain (pronounced
Sah-ween), which was celebrated on the date corresponding with November 1st.
 

 

For the Celtic people the profound significance of the annual event
recognized the end of the harvest and the beginning of winter.  During
this time of closure and transition the Celts believed that the ghosts of those
who had died would intermingle with the living as their journey to the
after-world commenced; aided by presence of otherworldly spirits such as Faerie
and other Supernatural Deities.

Despite efforts to abolish the traditions and perceptions of the ancient
Celtic New Years celebration; the beliefs and rituals live on in the traditions of Halloween
(formerly known as All Hallows Eve), which falls on the night before All Saints
Day.
 

~Post content compiled and written by Maia Bissette~
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