Vintage Style Easter Decorating Ideas!

Posted by on 04/15/2014

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.

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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 ~

Planning & Installation Guide for Ordering Paper Lanterns (and Pom Poms, too!)

Posted by on 06/27/2013

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Image courtesy of Mark Rose Events.

Here at Luna Bazaar our sales team goes the mile to guide people through the process of choosing how many of which paper lanterns would best fit their vision, space and budget.  It’s time to take it to the next level with this go-to installation planning guide for ordering Paper Lanterns (and Pom Poms, too!).

“I’ve had requests from people wanting to cover an entire area to people wanting random bubbly clusters.  I’ve always recommended drawing a small diagram or using graph paper to represent every foot or every 5 feet, depending on the style they want to go with, and then drawing circles to represent where the lanterns will be.  That can give them a visual, and help them determine the sizes they need.” -Jodie

Jodie’s suggestion is a really great place to start.  This gives you the opportunity to focus your vision and weigh all of your options.  If you are working on a budget, clusters of lanterns and/or pom-poms in areas where people are likely to congregate, such as over the bar and dessert table, is a good way to tighten your belt without sacrificing the whimsy you’ve been dreaming of.  Pom-poms are also great as table decor, puffed out so they are flat on one side & sit nicely on a flat surface.  You can also integrate Paper Lanterns as a Centerpiece.  This is an affordable, fun way to unify your ceiling scheme with your tablescapes.

Our Sales Manager, Amanda, has developed a formula to produce a general idea of how many Paper Lanterns would fill a given space:

First she determines the square footage of the area ~
Example: 40×40 space = 1600 square feet.
1600 / 12 = 133.33

If you would like to have a lantern hung every 2 feet then divide the resulting number by 2 {or by 3 if you want the lanterns spaced every 3 feet, etc.}~
Example: 133.33 / 2 = rounded up to 67 lanterns
133.33 / 3 = rounded to 44 lanterns

Using this formula you can get a general idea of how many Paper Lanterns {&/or Pom-Poms &/or Hanging Parasols} would cover an area.  From here, you can do the math to determine whether this plan works for your budget, then play with spacing, sizes & clusters to adjust your total.  Determining the sizes & shapes of the decor you would like to work with depends on the aesthetic you are going for, but also the height of your ceiling.  The higher they are hung, the larger you may need to go, depending on the look you are going for.

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Image courtesy of Doc Waldrop at Full Circle Lighting & Productions.

Now that you have a sense of how many Paper Lanterns you need,  how should you prepare to hang them?  If you are not planning on using a cord & socket set to illuminate the lantern(s), and are hanging them with or without LED Lights, there are a variety of hanging alternatives.  Many of our customers use fishing line or string, but you can also use pretty ribbons to mix & match with your color scheme.

Most of our Paper Lanterns come with an metal wire expander that is used to prop them open from the inside, and there is a hole at both the top and bottom of the lantern where the stiff wire runs across the diameter of each hole.  You can simply tie your suspension of choice to the wire and voila!  Now you can attach them to the ceiling with a small nail, screw eye or ceiling hook.  For lighter lanterns (and short-term installations) you may use a thumb tack or even wall tacky (depending on size/weight of lantern).

Another idea is to string a line of wire, fishing line or string across the room and then attach lanterns to that line.  Many of the suspension hardware (including various gauges of fishing line & wire) should be available at your local hardware store.  Be aware that with heavier lanterns, fishing line has a tendency to stretch, which will lower the lanterns (sometimes to an undesirable height).

The Luna Bazaar Team & I will be updating this post over the next few weeks to bring you the best, most thorough guide for paper lantern planning & installation.  We look forward to your comments, suggestions & insights.

Happy Planning & Happy Shopping!

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Rustic Themes with Vintage Inspiration

Posted by on 10/15/2012

~Sales Team member Maia Bissette investigates ways to make the most of your Rustic Themed Event by incorporating Vintage Inspired elements that

 

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Here we see our lovely Paper Paddle Fans presented with their guest book during Jessica & Alex’s Homestead Vintage Style Wedding and featured on Rustic Wedding Chic.  Photos by Freshly Wed.

Luna Bazaar offers an extensive variety of decorations
that pair well in rustic styled weddings and events.
From paper lanterns, parasols and hand fans to ornaments, we have what you need to fill in and compliment the treasures you are building your theme around.  Whether you are planning a grand event or an intimate get together, little accents like vases and hand fans create fun and interesting atmospheres to share with your friends and family.


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Shabby Chic tablescapes work for many celebrations, like this Southern Christmas featured on The Decorista.
The Turquoise Square Antique Medicine Bottle may be hard to find, but here on Luna Bazaar you can
find affordable alternatives.

 

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This gorgeous rustic seaside wedding uses Mercury Glass Votives and Vintage Bottles for floral presentation and decor (see below for detail).  Featured on LuxeFinds. Photo by John Schnack Photography.
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Photo by John Schnack Photography

Rustic locations encourage the mind to explore the history of an area.  Designers can expand on the natural beauty of a setting by incorporating vintage inspired glassware with flora, furniture, fabrics and paper decorations


 

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The variety of objects one can use to best describe the personality of an event can sometimes feel overwhelming.  A good way to approach your decor is to choose the main elements of the event that are a must, then build around them.  What is so great about the rustic, shabby-chic vintage approach is that there are so many fun factors to work with in order to communicate what personally moves you.




Americana intermixed with Asian influence is elegant, fun and ever-so vintage inspired.  Items like our bamboo Paper Parasols look lovely in photographs and also protect you and your guests from UV rays while providing a fun and affordable gift to remember you by!  As seen here in this lovely photo by Jessica Kettle via Trend Setting Wedding.

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These sweet little flower girls are enjoying their Paper Parasols during this laid back Rustic Wedding in California.  Photo by Michelle Pattee via Snippet & Ink.
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Photo by Maia Bissette

Whether you’re down on the farm, on the family estate, overlooking the ocean or in your own back yard, our inventory offers a wide selection of elegant solutions and design inspiration to guide you through developing your dream party.  With our affordable accents you can focus on your DIY projects and capture the vintage inspired rustic theme you are going for.


The more you explore Luna Bazaar’s site, the more you realize each line of product has been carefully expanded to exemplify modern trends while still honoring the timeless beauty of vintage classics.
For each favored shape you will find a variety of colors to choose from, and there is plenty of room and inventory to mix and match in order to accommodate your unique vision.  Our talented team of Sales Representatives are here to help guide you through and aid in color matches, product measurements and shipping options.

If you’re looking to lavish your rustic event with vintage inspired affordable decor, look no further!  Luna Bazaar is here to help you romanticize any location with precious nostalgia and domestic glamor.

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Photo by Maia Bissette

 

Wild & Crazy Paper Lanterns from Around the World

Posted by on 09/20/2012

With the Mid-Autumn Lantern Festival a little over a week away (Sept. 30, 2012),  paper lanterns are very much on the minds of the people of the Pacific Rim who are getting ready to celebrate. The lanterns they have in mind are probably not the ones you would have at your wedding! Their lanterns are not necessarily made of paper, and they would not necessarily fit in a reception hall. (For traditional wedding lanterns here’s a link to our paper lantern collection on Luna Bazaar.)

A recent article from Malaysia described paper lanterns adorned with “Angry Birds”. That made me curious to find out what other strange paper lanterns there are around the world. This is what I found out:

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Soaring away: Zech Chan and his father Y.C. Chan
choosing an Angry Bird lantern
from among the traditional candle-lit
lanterns in Penang,Sept. 10, 2012.

In Asia there appear to be more lanterns for kids. Besides Angry Birds, cartoon characters like Snow White and Winnie-the-Pooh can be found on paper lanterns in the shops in Penang. These children’s lanterns are made to be carried at night during the Mid-Autumn Lantern Festival. Parents there like lanterns  that are battery-operated. They’re safer than a candle-lit lantern, and will stay lit for a long period of time.

 

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Winnie-the-Pooh and Snow White paper lanterns.

Unless you’ve been living on another planet, you’re aware that “Hello Kitty” has appeared on every toy, lunchbox, notepad, and article of clothing known to humankind. It should come as no surprise then, that a huge “Hello Kitty” lantern, decked out as royalty, occupies the highest place of honor outside this temple at a lantern festival in Singapore. Naturally she is accompanied by the royal Kitty Consort, Prince Kitty.

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Her Royal Kittyness in Singapore.

Here’s an interesting one. Unfortunately, I am too old to know who these characters are.

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Cartoon Paper Lantern from blueq.com

This fascinating, sideways accordion lantern depicts Sailor Moon, the animé character. Even I know who she is!

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Hangzhou Sunbeauty store in China.

 

If a paper lantern does not depict a well-known character or cartoon, you can always alter it so that it does! That’s what this lady decided to do. By wrapping a sparkly tinsel garland around a plain paper lantern and adding some cut-out paper facial features, she made her own Sesame Street “Elmo”.

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Tinsel-Me-Elmo
from Aunt Peaches

(Note: I was just informed  by one of my co-workers that those those figures above, that I didn’t recognize, are from the world of Pokemon. I’m so embarrassed I didn’t know that!)

Of course, some people just won’t be happy until they see lanterns as heads of animals. The beloved Panda as well as the Tiger, Fox, Elephant and Penguin can be recognized in the picture below.( One or two of them may be fish.) This remarkable find is from Scandinavia.

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Little Cute Mokkasin

Human faces can also show up on lanterns. Here is a sky lantern, or wish lantern bearing the face of Santa Claus. For some reason sky lanterns are very popular in the U.K. If anyone out there knows why, please leave a message below. For safety reasons, Cultural Intrigue doesn’t sell sky lanterns.

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Santa face and Union Jack Sky Lanterns
from Party Delights in the U.K.

In France sky lanterns are known as “lanternes Thailandaise”, or “lanternes celeste”. An important feature for them is that they are “écologique” and made “sans métal”.

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“Lanternes Celestes” are popular in France too. These are from 1001lanterns.com

You could think of this as a huge sky lantern, but actually, it’s a hot air balloon. I include it here, because it’s simply something that everyone should see:

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Darth Vader hot air balloon. Fantastic!
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Darth Does New Jersey, plus he has his own Facebook page with over 2,000 likes.

Let’s get into some more abstract variations on the lantern. Etsy, that great pool of DIY talent, is a source for many wildly imaginative paper lanterns. The one below was made by attaching strips of colored paper to a plain paper lantern.

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Dramatic Paper Lantern covered with streamers. For sale on Etsy.

Back to the Far East. At the really big lantern festivals, you can find giant lantern sculptures that are hard to describe. This strange one looks like an aquatic life-form from another world. It was part of the huge lantern festival in Kaifeng, one of the seven ancient capitals of China.

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Glowing plant shapes at the Lantern Festival in Kaifeng, China.

And now for the largest lanterns in the world!I love these!

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Lantern float at the Kaifeng Lantern Festival. This is one of the largest festivals in the world.
Although most of us have never heard of it, Kaifeng is a city of 5 million people
that has been around since 346 BC!

 

That brings us full circle back to Etsy, that hotbed of American creativity, where you can buy plain old, white paper lanterns transformed into “Hello Kitty” faces.

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Hand-made Hello Kitty paper lanterns as seen at Etsy shop shelbynbosch..

There you have it. If you have seen crazy unusual paper lanterns in your wanderings, let me know. I’d love to see what you come up with. You can post it here any time. If you’re inspired by this post, visit the Luna Bazaar store and check out some of our more unusual designer paper lanterns, and see the latest must-have paper lantern fashion colors.

Décorez et Célébrez!

Dorothy & the Team at Luna Bazaar.

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