Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Eco Friendly Party Products: Bamboo Plates, Wooden Spoons, Paper Straws & More!

With earth day upon us I find myself reflecting on my eco footprint.
I wonder if I managed to shrink my footprint on this planet over the past year.
In my home we use cloth rags in the place of paper towels, we recycle, and we also compost. I am proud to have made my daily life a greener experience to start to make a difference every day, including Earth Day!

This Spring I am faced with a new challenge, as I am getting ready to throw a sizable party: a pot-luck gathering to celebrate the house I just bought!  Everyone will bring a dish to share, and I, the hostess, will be supplying the dish ware.  I think back on all those times when I might have broken my own eco rules to use paper or plastic disposable plates and cringe.
USA made Paper Straws
Our colorful selection of USA made, retro-styled, 100% biodegradable Paper Straws look fab in our Recycled Glass Bottles & Vases.

Lucky for me, I work for Luna Bazaar, sister company of Cultural Intrigue, where we strive to keep our impact on the environment to a minimum.  Our awareness of environmental issues largely influences our product designs and business decisions.  This is why we don't sell Sky Lanterns.  We are committed to using sustainably harvested and renewable resources whenever possible such as bamboo, rice paper, and recycled materials.  In our shipping department, more than 80% of our packing materials are reused or recycled.

In recent years we've launched new lines of eco friendly products for wedding, party and home, including Recycled Glass Vases, Candle Holders and Napkin Rings, U.S.A. made Compostable Paper Straws, and our newest addition: Compostable Wooden Picnic Ware, providing elegant disposable dinnerware  alternative that includes Biodegradable Palm Leaf and Bamboo Plates with an accompanied selection of Compostable Wooden Utensils.
Compostable Wooden Dinnerware, available at Luna Bazaar.

With our new eco friendly dinnerware in mind, I see this as a wonderful opportunity to make one more step towards a “greener lifestyle”.  The days of chemically dyed party plates, and plastic utensils is over.  Our unique, eco friendly party supplies offer a staple alternative for every environmentally conscious host and hostess out there.

Another cool thing about Luna Bazaar's Decor: You can color match Paper Lanterns, Tissue Paper Pom Poms, Fabric and Paper Parasols and Hand Fans with our eco friendly Paper Straws to beautifully tie your whole event together!

Looking for some additional eco-friendly entertaining ideas?  Look no further!  Oprah gives us 7 Stylish (and Eco-Friendly) Party Ideas, and Epicurious shows us How to Throw a Green Party.

We would love to see photos of your eco-friendly celebrations: be sure to #LunaBazaarDecor

With love from the Luna Bazaar Team!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Vintage Style Easter Decorating Ideas!

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.
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!

Monday, March 31, 2014

Welcome Spring with Decoration Ideas for Party & Home!

"It's spring fever.  That is what the name of it is.  And when you've got it, you want - oh, you don't quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!"  ~Mark Twain

With the passing of the Vernal Equinox, we find ourselves overcome with the desire to transition into brighter days & bursts of color.  Here at Luna Bazaar we are flush with the fever, from our newly unveiled Spring selections to the whimsical buzz of all things wedding, we've decided to put some focus on the home & pass along some ideas to freshen your space & welcome Spring! 

Place card holders aren’t just for lavished dining table anymore! Why not keep important notes or business cards displayed on your desk, alongside that beautiful photo from your last vacation?

Shop our bohemian & vintage style vases & candleholders in matching accents, then with a quick stop at your local florist or grocer, you can bring in the spring with pops of brilliant color throughout office & home!  {Photo: Chartreuse Glass Vessels ~ Shop the Look}

While you are visiting, check out some of our other spring inspired items! ~

Without breaking your budget, spruce up your favorite chair or sitting area with some of our lovely Throw Pillows!  Not only is this a great way to bring lively color into your home or office, but these cultural gems are fabulous, affordable conversation pieces as well!  Our Ikat Throw Pillows are composed of limited edition designs unique to their remote village of origin, where rural weavers still practice this ancient 'warp & weft' tradition.  Our Hand Block Printed Throw Pillows & Hand Embroidered Shisha Throw Pillows exhibit some of the better known textile arts of India.  Mix & match to create your own unique comfort for each season!

Check out Better Homes & Gardens Inspired Spring Decor: 25 Ways to Refresh Your Home for additional decoration ideas & an effortless transition into Spring.

Beyond revitalizing the home, Spring is also an ideal time to celebrate!  Considered a 'Top Wedding Site' by Bride's Magazine {for good reason, too}, we are so excited to roll into this Wedding Season having gone above & beyond to make sure we are your DIY & Decorations One Stop Shop for Events, Parties & Weddings!

Our Hand Fans come in a variety of signature colors that match hundreds of our other products.  These fashionable, functional favors are the perfect take home accessory for guests to enjoy throughout the Spring & Summer months.

Check out these super cute Spring Weddings & utterly adorable Baby Showers featuring our accessories & decorative accents to inspire your upcoming events! ~
Candice & Victoria's Pink Peony Wedding via The Connecticut Bride
Mikaela & Brandon's Rustic Chic Wedding at Walnut Grove via Wedding Chicks
A Modern New York Spa-Themed Baby Shower via 100 Layer Cake-let
April Showers Inspired Baby Shower via SMP Living

Have questions or concerns about the products in the pictures? Always feel free to call us we would love to help! 
Luna Bazaar
Office hours are 09am-5pm Monday-Friday!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Looking to subdue those lingering winter blues?

It's the It's the last day of winter & with spring sneaking into the northeast we are looking for any way to speed up the thaw.  The waning weeks of winter wear on us, the dreary dark days drag on & drag us down... here in Vermont we are all too familiar with those lingering winter blues.  Our advice?  Don't fight them, embrace them!  Shop the cool blue hues of our turquoise glass candle holders, bottles & vases & ease on into the vibrant spirit of spring!

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Oscars Party 2014 ~ Get your Glam On!

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

Photo by Brea McDonald, Styling by Beautiful Days Events.
An Oscars party is a fabulous way to get silly glamorous this weekend!  Add some flare to your affair & shop our Get The Look! Oscars 2014 inspiration to make the most of your evening.  With a color scheme of goldblackwhite and ochre, this look will compliment even the most lavish of Oscars attire.
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 add some glitz your home in a pinch!  

As far as entertainment, the internet is ripe with ideas.  Here our some of our fave links, full of fresh picks for this coming Sunday:


~ The Sweetest Occasion

13 Things You Need For An Amazing Hollywood-Themed Party
~ Huffington Post Canada

Bubbles and Bites for Oscar Night
~ Epicurious

For additional links & ideas, please take a peek at our post from last year: 

Oscars Party 2013 ~ Fine Entertaining for a Glamorous Evening

Monday, November 25, 2013

Create DIY Menorahs with Vintage Inspired Perfume Bottles!

Last week we designed these lovely, vintage style Perfume Bottle Menorahs to inspire your Hanukkah Celebration.  We have taken the Luna Bazaar approach to this modern DIY tradition by using our handblown, hand cut & carefully colored reproductions in these elegant arrangements.  Enjoy! ~

Styled by Kate Milliken & Photographed by Maia Bissette

{Now through December 2nd, 2013 use coupon code PERFUMEBOTTLE25 and save 25% on our jewel-toned selection of vintage~inspired Perfume Bottles}

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Here's to A Lovely Autumn Harvest! DIY Place Cards & Silver Plated Holders for Your Holiday Table ~

Hello Everyone!  We are getting back into our blogging groove with this wonderfully simple & elegant DIY project: creating beautiful place settings for your holiday feasting!  Luna Bazaar Blogger, Stylist & Photographer Maia Rose teamed up with Luna Bazaar Stylist, Photographer & Sales Specialist Kate to inspire your Thanksgiving Table.   This clever method is also a wonderful way to add a personal touch to your place card settings at weddings, parties & birthdays.  Depending on the text you choose, your hand made place cards in our beautiful Silver Plated Place Card Holders add a festive touch of seasonal décor on mantles, desks, side tables & so much more!
 ~Harvest Themed Silver Plated Place Card Holders | Styled & Photographed by Maia & Kate of Luna Bazaar ~

A simple way to make make lovely place cards {without having to learn calligraphy} ~

What you will need:

~ A computer featuring a collection of your favorite fonts & a program that will position the text you would like to use on your place cards.

~ Access to a Printer 

~ High quality Resumé Paper

~ A Metal Ruler

~ Designers Gouache or Water Colors & A Small Gauge Round Watercolor Paint Brush
(size 1 or 2)

~ A selection of lovely Place Card Holders

Begin by making a list of the words, names, or table numbers that you would like to feature on the place cards.  We compiled a list of words that we thought would best convey the celebratory joys of the fall & winter seasons.  Open the program you would like to use that can access & position the font(s) you would like to feature on your place cards (we used Photoshop Elements).  Create a new 8.5 x 11 document to work on.  Name & save your document.  Choose the font you would like to use (we use one of our favorite curvy script fonts) and set the font to the desired size.   Set the font color to a very light grey; a tone dark enough to read, but light enough not to show through water based paint.

Type your text onto separate line or layers, then format or place them towards the center of the page.