Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Wedding Decoration Ideas: Centerpieces Under $35!

With wedding season in full bloom, we couldn't be more excited to celebrate all the happy couples coming together, which is why we've welcomed you all with wedding week 2014!  With the sweetness of love in the air and on the web, this year's wedding week reflects all the joys of what it means to celebrate a devoted union.  From the overwhelming moments of ecstatic delight to the jovial jive of the dance floor, we're here to offer up some DIY, budget friendly wedding ideas to ease the planning process so you can make your wedding vision a reality!

Determine a few things that you deem as essential on your big day and allow yourself to splurge.  For some, that would be the photography/videography, for others it may be an open bar.  That being said, it is important that you are able to enjoy your day without feeling paranoid about your reception spending.  Also, be weary of any DIY ideas that require you to allocate your time to projects right before the wedding.  The last thing you want is the stress and hassle of preparing a DIY photo-booth or a DIY dessert table.

A lot of people offer up amazing ideas about ways to cut costs by eliminating some component of the wedding celebration.  Instead of eliminating those components, we've designed some solutions that will get you more bang for your buck!

Flowers have been known to be a hefty cost for a wedding, so we've come up with an affordable centerpiece solution for under $35 per table {including flowers} that takes minimal time to create to boot!  Considering the average wedding size is about one hundred people, we've based our calculations on 10 tables of 10 people.

Our centerpiece solution includes a gorgeous Silver Mercury Glass Vase, a Set of 4 Mercury Glass Candle Holders, and darling, affordable flowers.  You can get 6 bunches of Baby's Breath for around $55 at Sams Club.  For 10 tables of 10 people you will need 5 bunches. This allows for extra just in case!  There are around 10 stems per bunch and you need about 5 stems per vase.  We found that filling the vases with more water was essential to making sure all of the stems were submerged after styling.

Our elegant and simple centerpiece option is a great way to add an affordable sophisticated touch to your special day!

Check out these ideas for additional matching décor in Silver & Lilac:

Lilac Purple Honeycomb Paper Flowers with a tuft of Baby's Breath make wonderful, affordable chair accents.


Fill a pretty Lilac Purple Favor Bag with chocolate, candies, or other small gifts and pair with our Mercury Glass Silver Bell Place Card Holder to share the love with guests on your special day.

Make a simple, elegant chandelier with a 20" Lilac Purple Paper Lantern and a 10" Wisteria Purple Paper Lantern dangling just below!

We hope you've enjoyed our Lilac Purple & Silver Mercury Glass inspiration!  Please note that our Mercury Glass is available in both Silver & Gold, and our Favor Bags, Paper Fan Flowers, and Paper Lanterns are available in a stunning selection of colors.  Visit our Shop By Color Page to see for yourself.  Here's to Wedding Week and a beautiful Summer filled with love...

As always, we encourage you to share your decorating adventures with us!  Please #lunabazaardecor when sharing your pics on Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr or Twitter.

OH YEAH, please be sure to enter our Dream Wedding Pin To Win Contest for a chance to win a $200 shopping spree!  Click HERE for details!  Good luck & happy pinning! 


Styling by Maia & Angelina
Photographed & Edited by Maia Bissette

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Wedding Week: Pin to Win Contest!

As we enter mid-summer with the sound of wedding bells ringing each weekend, we've taken the cue with a week dedicated to all things wedding!  Welcome to Wedding Week 2014, my lovely luna friends!

This week we are offering affordable centerpiece options for the budget friendly bride, a Dream Weddings pin to win contest, plus tips and ideas throughout the week to ensure the most blissful of wedding planning!

To kick off Wedding Week 2014, Pin to Win a $200 Shopping Spree at Luna Bazaar! 
{see details below}







Here’s how to enter:

  1. Follow Luna Bazaar on Pinterest (If you aren't already) 
  2. Create a Pinterest board that reflects the wedding decorations of your dream wedding!  
  3. Include at least 10 items pinned directly from lunabazaar.com on your board —the rest can be anything from anywhere that you’d want at your dream wedding!
  4. When your board is complete, leave a comment on this blog post with a link to your Pinterest board so we can check it out!  A favorite will be chosen, and the winner will receive a $200 Shopping Spree at Luna Bazaar!


Deadline is Friday, July 18th at 12pm EST.  Good luck, and have fun pinning!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Bohemian Dream Catcher DIY

When I was six years old my family spent the entire summer traveling across country. I suppose you could say this is where my bohemian spirit seeded. We started in Maine and ventured west, exploring national parks and all that’s in between, (which, by the way, is an incredible amount).  My most favorite two weeks were spent in Arizona on an Indian Reservation near the Grand Canyon.  We hiked the Grand Canyon, enjoyed the organic rock water slides on the Colorado River, participated in the occasional water balloon fight, chased jackrabbits in the petrified wood forest, and learned so much along the way.  It truly was the trip of a lifetime, but with all the stimulation that comes with traveling, I had been having some pretty intense dreams for a six year old.

One of the days we were on the reservation we learned about dream catchers, and I found them fascinating.  I wanted one of each color and size to fill my room, but because we were traveling {and attempting to do so lightly} I had to choose one, smaller, dream catcher to have as my own.  Instead of hanging this dreamcatcher on the wall above my head each night, I placed it on my sun-kissed forehead before falling into sleep for the rest of that summer.  My mum and dad still laugh about it to this day.

With balmy nights approaching it couldn't be a better time to revive my childlike wonderment and fill my bedroom with DIY bohemian dream catchers!

Before you start:
It is important to decorate your dream catcher with sacred items.  For me, I wanted to showcase some of the seashells I’ve collected during my travels.  I themed one of the dream catchers around coastal bohemian elegance.  I love the patterns and shapes of our doilies (especially the Phoebe designs), to add some boho vintage-style to the project.

Be sure to add feathers, as Indian traditions propose that good dreams will make their way through the web, and the feathers allow them to softly slide though the dream catcher.


1. Tie a head knot to where you want your dream catcher to hang from and then macramé your quilting hoop.  I decided I wanted to spray paint one of my hoops gold and add ribbon to another.  You could modpodge fabric, or tightly warp it with yarn.


2. Lay your doily in the center of the quilting hoop and then secure the horizontal sides first, being sure to stretch and secure tightly.  The best way to secure evenly is to divide by sections.  I opted for 9 & 3 then 12 & 6 and so forth (clock sections).  This way you can secure each side with even tension.  Don't cut your twine after, let it dangle so you can attach your adornments. 

3. Once your doily web is bound evenly inside the hoop, start adding your adornments.  Braid ribbons and twine, add tassels, ornaments, feathers, shells, driftwood, beads, crystals, chimes, or anything of significance to you!  If you're hoping for a little extra glamour in your dream-scapades, use Mod-Podge or another adhesive to glitter up your feather tips!
  • Hot glue proved to be incredibly helpful when working with fishing line and the beads. 
  • Don't be afraid to over do it. You can always refine your choices. 
These Dream Catchers were made using hand crocheted Cotton Lace Doilies from Luna Bazaar.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Go Boho this Season with Full Moon Parties & Summer Solstice Celebrations!

With our Strawberry Moon Flash Sale in full swing {ends midnight Eastern Standard Time tonight!  See details below}, and our DIY Doily Dreamcatchers coming together, we are feeling oh-so boho...

The bohemian subculture unifies art, nature, rebellion and thrift with an elegance that will never go out of style.  Luna Bazaar's collections, designs and vintage inspirations are guided by the hip style trends of the modern bohemian.  We recognize that beyond the boho chic wardrobe lies a free spirited lifestyle that desires celebration.

So, if you won't be attending the Firefly Music Festival next weekend, what can be done to wrangle some joy and celebrate the first rays of the Summer Solstice on June 21st, boho style?  {If that's too soon for your party planning needs, not to worry, there are THREE full moons this Summer, including the September Harvest Moon, providing the perfect excuse to party with your tribe}.

Paper Lanterns look lovely hanging from trees.
Midsummer Night's Dream Party ~ Whether you're young at heart and up for some debauchery, or hoping to host an adorable garden party for the kids {pretty broad scope, I know}, this theme inspires a Summer Solstice Celebration in the traditions of Shakespeare & Stone Henge.  Think faeries, flower crowns, lanterns in trees, hanging candle holders, mason jars & lots of fairy lights to create a magical ambiance.
For additional inspiration, check out these links:
Naturally Fun Parties for Kids via Sparrow Magazine
& a campus Summer Solstice Party via Creative Loafing Atlanta

Bohemian Summer Picnic ~ If your idea of a party is more of an intimate affair, a healthy summer picnic with family & friends is the perfect summer pasttime to enjoy the outdoors and fill your summer schedule with love, local food and live music.  Parasols, Hand Fans, Lanterns, Doilies & Throw Pillows will help the set the scene for bohemian style lounging, laughter and sun worship!  For those of you on the fringe of this cultural phenomenon, don't be afraid to sprinkle a little free spirit into your summer this year.  We promise you won't regret it.

Enjoy this Summer bohemian-style by embellishing picnics with parasols & décor from Luna Bazaar!

Also, just a friendly reminder, we are counting down the hours of our Strawberry Moon Flash Sale! {One Day Only} Get $20, $30 or $50 Off All Items!
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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Graduation 2014! | Party Ideas, Decorations & Party Supplies

Spring is the season of new beginnings, and few beginnings are more monumental than a graduation or a wedding.  For a wedding we celebrate the start of two families coming together in a union of love.  For graduations, we congratulate our grads in their newest chapter, blazing the trails of their future goals.  The tides have changed and it's finally time to apply their knowledge and make decisions on their own.

For students who have worked towards their certificates, diplomas and degrees, graduation is a time of relief {with maybe just a touch of fear}, so really, it's the perfect time to let loose with their loved ones and blow off some steam.

So, if you are planning a party for the Grads in your world, we've got some fine ideas for decorations, themes & refreshments to make your Graduation Party a celebration to remember.

The Memory Jar ~ Our selection of Apothecary Jars are perfectly suited to achieve this fun party piece.  Simply set up the Jar by tying a custom tag that reads: "Memories" with the colored Baker's Twine of your choice.  Place the Jar on a table with some colored markers, a stack of paper that, when rolled, will fit in the Jar, and a pile of Baker's Twine lengths, cut for guests to tie their rolled memories in a diploma fashion to drop into the Apothecary Jar.


Scholarly Glass Owl Place Card Holders ~ These fun little fellows are available in a variety of colors, including Gold, Silver, Clear, Marble White, Pink, Orange, Amber, Chartreuse, Turquoise and Purple.  Use them to display photos of your Grad & their classmates next to the Memory Jar to inspire your guests as they compose their memories!

Paper Decorations & Party Favors ~ Our wonderful selection of Paper Lanterns, Tissue Paper Pom Poms, and Rice Paper Honeycomb Decor can be mixed and matched to embellish your party without breaking the bank.  We like the classic combo of Black, White & Gold for a refined, sophisticated look; or better yet, decorate by combining your Grad's School Colors in a fashionable flair.  For some additional delightful details, browse our Favor Bags to stuff with candy, money or words of wisdom!



Shop By Color ~ Looking for that perfect combination to best express your Grad's School Colors?  Visit our Shop By Color hub to shop our extensive selection of colorful decorations to custom design your Graduation Party.

Compostable Eco-Friendly Party Supplies ~ We offer a stylish collection of convenient, eco-friendly compostable eating utensils, paper straws & dish-ware that is sure to impress, making clean up a breeze as you reduce your eco-footprint.  Shop our selection of compostable Wooden Picnic-Ware and then match our biodegradable, retro-style striped Paper Straws {Made in USA!} to your accent your party palette.

Whether they're closing an era of High School, College or an Online Education, every Grad deserves a look back on their achievements with a toast to turning the page!

Remember, we would love to see photos of your Graduation Parties!  Be sure to #LunaBazaarDecor when you post your pics!

With Love,
~The Luna Bazaar Team

Visit Her Campus for an in depth look at How To Plan A High School Graduation Party, and if you're dreaming of themes, check out Celebration's Graduation Party Ideas 2014!

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Memorial Day Party: Kick Start Summer!

I could not be more excited to see Memorial Day on the horizon. Being only a few weeks away I’m gearing up for my families annual Memorial day party where we open our summer cottage to celebrate the start of sunny weather and honor those that have served our country.

Memorial day is so much more than the time we spend with those we love, or the sum of that enticing weekend Sale.  Spawned from the desire to dignify unknown soldiers in unmarked graves at the end of the American Civil War, the true purpose of this holiday is to honor our fallen soldiers, and the best way to honor them is to remember their courage and sacrifice in a way that feels right for you.  It is also a time for families to come together to acknowledge and honor their fallen kin as they appreciate the company of one another.

Paper Bag Luminaries are a wonderful way to honor fallen soldiers on Memorial Day.


In honor of our fallen soldiers and my Grandfather, I have donated a bouquet of flowers to be placed at a the Korean War Memorial. You can also donate one here and choose the Memorial site of you would like your flowers to go to. In keeping with Memorial Day traditions, I've decided to light several luminaries to keep the purpose of the holiday in mind.

We've also created a Free American Flag Printable for you to download and DIY your own American Flag Straws!  Both can be recycled for 4th of July party decorations as well!

Step 1: Purchase Navy and Poppy USA Made Straws from Luna Bazaar, then Download and Print our Free American Flag Printable sheet.  Step 2: Carefully cut out flags from sheet.  Step 3: Apply glue to the back of each flag and carefully wrap around straws, leaving room for folks to sip!  Line up the edges of the flags before pressing flat.  Step 4: Allow time to dry and place straws in a decorative vessel for your guests to grab, nearby refreshments.  We put ours in this pretty Vintage Milk Glass Vase (ruffle top design) and placed it upon a Cotton Lace Doily.


Nothing says patriotic like red white and blue, so my Memorial Day decorations are going to be based around good ole’ American spirit. Celebrating the memory of our fallen soldiers on this day doesn't mean your BBQ can’t be blast!  I’m opting for some red, white and blue bandana rice paper lanterns, red paper stars, white paper stars, blue paper stars, red, white and blue honeycomb paper decorations mixed with red and white pom poms,  Eco-friendly dining ware, luminaries, hanging candleholders, milk glass and lots of American flags! And did someone say KARAOKE?

Decorations from Left to Right: Cobalt Blue 14 Inch Honeycomb Paper FlowerRed and White 24 Inch Paper Star LanternWhite 30 Inch Tissue Paper Pom-PomNavy Blue Block Printed Square Paper Lantern.



As for Beverages I will be serving some old fashioned Ice tea with fresh pressed lemon. And we will have an assortment of margaritas, and berry white wine sangria. Check out our Memorial Day Recipes below!

I decided to add a delicious twist on the good ole American burger by making the beef patties out of organic grass fed ground beef with diced sweet onions.

Memorial Day Burger Recipe:

Sweet Onion Burger Recipe: 3 lbs of lean grass fed beef, 3 large sweet onions, chopped, and salt and pepper to taste. In a large bowl mix together beef, onions, salt & pepper and then form into patties. Cook as desired. (I usually cook on high heat for about five minutes on each side, and then melt some Vermont cheddar cheese the last two minutes) 1lb beef: 1 large onion makes about 4 burgers. Feel free to also add some bacon! ….yes, please!

Memorial Day White Berry Sangria Recipe: VIA The Lovely Bits

-1/2 a cup of washed strawberries
-1/2 a cup of washed blueberries
-1/2 a cup of diced pineapples
-1/2 a cup of sugar
-1 bottle of crisp white wine
-1 liter of club soda

Outdoor Tips:

-Sage is a natural fly repellent so grab dried sage at your local market and throw it on your campfire!
-Wet wipes can be a life saver—keep some close by!
-Hide a few unscented dryer sheets under your table runner. They can help keep bees away from food.
-Stock up on making ice a few days before!
-Prepare for the chance that it may rain but making sure you have several games handy! (Karaoke)

Edited by Maia Bissette

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Pom Poms and Papel Picado: Mexican Fiesta Ideas for Any Celebration

The vibrant culture of Mexico inspires colorful celebrations, beautifully crafted Mexican folk art, complex, fresh flavors and vivacious floral arrangements.

For those of you ironing out the details of your Cinco de Mayo party ideas, this post features cocktail recipes, flower suggestions and styling tips for fiesta decorations.  Beyond Cinco de Mayo, we love the idea of a throwing a Mexican themed party all Spring and Summer long.  For Birthdays, Engagement Parties, Graduations, Anniversaries, Weddings or Full Moons; there are so many great reasons to kick back and have fun with the bold, brilliant culture of a Mexican Fiesta!
Luna Bazaar Decor, left to right, top to bottom: Papel Picado Party Banners, Tissue Paper Pom Poms, Punched Tin Shadow Lanterns, Papel Picado Mexican Amor FlagsTurquoise Blue Recycled Glass Vase (pear design), Mini Gold Mercury Glass Ornament (flower heart design), Clear Hanging Mason Jar (wide line design), Small Turquoise Blue Vintage Glass Bottle (cone design)Clear Hanging Mason Jar (flat-edge design)
Our tablescape was styled drawing inspiration from this Technicolor Cinco de Mayo Wedding featured on Ruffled, combined with our lively selection of Mexican Party Decorations.
My favorite part of the process?  Arranging the flowers!  I hand picked these bouquets from the local florist shops: hot pink and orange gerbera daisies, fuchsia and navy anemones, sorbet and rose quartz ranunculus, peach and yellow pincushion protea, a sunflower and a few stems of viking poms.

After all the excitement, I'm raring to throw my own party!  So this poses the question: Margaritas or Mojitos?  The obvious answer... BOTH!

We followed these Pomegranate Margarita and Mojitos Recipes from the pros at The FoodNetwork:

Pomegranate Margarita ~
Ingredients:
Lime wedge, plus more for garnish
Salt
Ice
4 ounces white tequila
2 ounces Triple Sec
1/2 cup pomegranate juice
1 lime, juiced (optional)
Club soda

Directions:
Pour salt onto a plate or shallow dish. With a lime wedge rub along the rim of a glass and dip glasses upside down to salt the rim. Fill glasses with ice. In a cocktail shaker with ice place the tequila, triple sec, pomegranate juice, and lime juice. Pour into the salt-rimmed glasses and top off with club soda. Garnish with a lime wedge, if desired.

Mojitos Pitcher ~
Ingredients:
1 bunch fresh mint, cleaned
1 cup sugar
4 lemons, juiced
4 limes, juiced
Ice cubes
1 (750 ml bottle) light rum
1 liter club soda

Directions:
In a large pitcher, muddle mint sprigs with sugar and lemon and lime juices until well combined. Add ice, rum and club soda and stir together. Pour into glasses, straining out mint. Enjoy!

Remember, we would love to see photos of your Mexican Fiesta's, always!  Be sure to #LunaBazaarDecor when you post your pics!

With love from the Luna Bazaar Team!

For more fiesta party ideas & tasty recipes, Martha Stewart knows what's up!

Styling & Photography by Maia Bissette