Friday, January 9, 2015

☆ Viewing Party! Golden Globe Awards ☆

☆ Viewing Party! Golden Globe Awards ☆

☆ Viewing Party! Golden Globe Awards ☆ by lunabazaar featuring a variety of lovely home accents:

Unroll the Red Carpet at home by hosting a viewing party! A creative combination of glamorous accents, fabulous finger food & a cozy home theater will bring you & yours together for the first, best night of awards season!

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

New Years Eve Party Ideas ☆

New Year’s Eve is a fabulous holiday, ripe with celebratory possibilities.  So without further ado, here’s to New Beginnings & wonderful ways to welcome 2015!
Get The Look! Ultra Chic New Year's Eve Party

After chatting with my co-workers here at Luna bazaar, I could not help but share some of the totally awesome plans we've come up with to ring in the New Year.  Bear in mind, we are a rather eclectic crowd, which is what I love most about this list of New Year’s Eve party ideas - there should be something fun for every one!

For the Ultra Chic:

How to have a glitzy cocktail party for you and your entourage! ~
Start with a dress code and request all your guests to dress to the nines.  Then, like all classy hosts {and hostess'} work out the layout of your party space to promote ideal mixing and mingling for your guests to enjoy.  Shop our Get The Look! New Year's Eve collection for a stunning palette of gold, silver, white, black and grey decorations.  Set up a small “favor” table near the door.  As your guests arrive they can pick up some great party props and supplies for an evening of fun.  We're thinking home-made party hats, DIY straw mustaches & goofy glasses made with crepe paper, DIY Candy Poppers and DIY Confetti Poppers {see also: push-popper style home-made Confetti Poppers}.
Place a clock {or two} in some prominent places throughout your home, such as at the buffet or above the bar.  This way your guests can keep track of the countdown throughout the night {so important!}.  As for the party themes, check out some of our favorite buffet and bar menus for New Year's Eve, decked with all the seasonal glitz & metallics we are pining over:
~ 12 New Year's Eve Cocktails via The Chic Table
~ A Glittery Holiday Fete via The Sweetest Occasion
~ A New Year's Eve Gold Rush Party via The Sweetest Occasion

For the Whole Family:

Hosting a sleep over for the kids?  Why not?!  It's fun to celebrate the New Year with children, so full of energy, hope & wonder.  Load up on sweet treats for an Apothecary Jar candy bar, and make some wonderful homemade party poppers filled with toys, candies, little trinkets, and jokes inside!  If you have the location for it, plan some night sledding or an outdoor campfire with a hot coco bar, and a wonderful s’mores bar!  Plus, check out this radical Mock-Champagne for your New Years Toast! {Non-alcoholic} Recipe via Oh So Delicioso.

For additional New Year's Eve for Kids party ideas check out the Best New Year's Eve Ever! via Craftibilities.

For the Laid Back & Over Worked:

And, last but not least, my personal favorite ☺~ a small and simple make your own pizza party!
Ask all of your guests to bring a topping, and then mix & match buffet style!  Set a table to host all of the pot luck pieces of your pies.  Keep it simple, and easy, this way even the host can kick back and relax with their friends!

For additional ideas, please take a moment to visit our New Year's Eve Pinterest inspiration board.

All in all, no matter what you choose to do to celebrate New Beginnings, always remember to slow down so you can take a moment to appreciate your guests, share in the good times and look forward to the year to come.  Happy New Year's from the LB Team!

Please share your New Year’s Eve Party inspirations with us by posting on the Social Media platform of your choice and tagging your photos with #lunabazaardecor!

Friday, December 19, 2014

Last Minute Holiday Gift Guide for Everyone on Your List!

'Tis the season for togetherness & generosity!
It feels wonderful to share  during this time of year, but gift-giving can become rather expensive without careful planning, especially at the last minute!  It's important to remember that the intention of the gift is what matters most, so there's no need to lose your mind or break the bank.

I have come up with a way of managing my gift giving funds to include every type of special some-one that I'd like to show gratitude this year.  Here are some tips to getting your own list organized so you can check it twice!  Whether you're celebrating Hanukkah, Christmas, Boxing Day or Kwanzaa, this Gift-giving method is sure to be useful during this hectic shopping season.

Start by writing down all of the people you want to give a gift to, this list can include friends, family, co-workers, teachers, neighbors... even the garbage man!
Then separate the list by large {$$$}, medium {$$} and small {$} "gift idea groups".

1.) Your family - These are people that you know really well, and have (usually) a pretty good idea of what they would want.  If you're still looking for gifts for your Wife, your Girlfriend, your Mother, Daughter, Sister or others of your nearest & dearest loved ones, we offer a variety of gorgeous luxury gifts for the home, including:

❄︎ Tapestries & Wall Art
❄︎ Gold Luxe Candle Holders
❄︎ Hand-Made Throw Pillows
❄︎ Apothecary Jars

2.) Your friends- Somewhat similar to your Family as far as knowing who they are and what they may want.  To browse for your pals {and extended family} check out our selection of Holiday Gifts Under $40 or, if you (or they) are the creative type, shop our DIY Holiday Gifts for the Crafter.  Also, check out our fabulous Flutter Table Runners {which can function as Chair Sashes or even light weight scarves!} as the base for this Homemade Snowflake Tablecloth project from Martha Stewart.  Keep in mind that with many people working with tight budgets this year, consider organizing a Secret Santa swap to ease the pressure.

3.) Co-workers, veterinarian, mail-man {or woman}, plow guy, neighbors, etc. - These are the people that you want to thank for being in your life, but may not know exactly what to give them. Or maybe you don’t know them that well, so why not bake some cookies or treats, 'tis the season, after all.  Use little gift bags or favor boxes to wrap up your treats and make them extra sweet!  We just love this adorable DIY Sugar Cubes idea from Nifty Thrifty Things.

I know it's late to be sharing this now, but hey, at least we're ready to get organized for next year!  And for those of you who are happily finished with shopping and ready to wrap, check out our beautiful selection of Gift Wrapping essentials:

❄︎ Crepe Paper
❄︎ Favor Tags
❄︎ Adornments
❄︎ Gift & Favor Bags
❄︎ Gift & Favor Boxes

Written by Kate Milliken & Maia Bissette
Photographed by Kate Milliken, Retouched by Maia Bissette

Thursday, December 4, 2014

DIY Ideas for Hanukkah: Beautiful Perfume Bottle Menorahs

With Hanukkah starting December 16th, we thought it an appropriate time to revisit the Perfume Bottle Menorah's we put together last year.  The Hanukkah Menorah is an ancient Jewish tradition and ceremonial art that usually involves a nine branched candelabrum lit throughout the eight days of Hanukkah.  Each night of the Hanukkah celebration a new candle is lit using the candle from the ninth branch, known as the shamash, or "helper" candle, which may also be used as an extra light.  It is kosher for the shamash to be offset on a higher or lower plain than the eight main candles.

Clear DIY Perfume Bottle Menorah
Using our lovely, vintage inspired, hand-cut perfume bottles, we put together these two variations of the popular DIY Bottle Menorahs by mixing & matching sizes and styles from our beautiful collection.

Upon reviewing the tradition with observers among the LB Team, we discovered that opinions vary as to whether or not the 8 main candles should be arranged in a straight line or a curve.  Our stylist, Kate, thought it wise to try both.  As you can see, the results are stunning!
Sapphire Blue DIY Perfume Bottle Menorah

Available in a variety of shapes and sizes and carefully colored in essential jewel tones, it goes without saying these hand crafted perfume bottles are a great way to design your own bottle Menorah.  Considering how versatile these vessels really are, they would make beautiful gifts for your loved ones, as well...

Especially considering that for a limited time you can save 20% on these lovelies at Luna Bazaar!  Use Coupon Code: BOTTLES20 at checkout. {This promotion is no longer active, however, some of our bottles have been permanently discounted, come & check out their new lower prices!}

Please share your designs with us!  Simply #lunabazaardecor on the social media network of your choice, and we will share our favorites across our channels.
~ Happy Holidays & LOTS OF LOVE from the LB Team ~

Thursday, October 16, 2014

DIY Halloween Garland | Paper Lantern Jack O' Lanterns & Tissue Paper Pom Pom Spiders!

DIY Halloween Garland | Paper Lantern Jack O' Lanterns & Tissue Paper Pom Pom Spiders! 

Halloween is my all-time favorite Holiday for several reasons:
First, what is more amazing than getting to dressed up to be ANYTHING you want?  To dream up a character, create a costume, and then strut your stuff... in public no less!

Second: The parties! I LOVE Halloween costume parties… the themed food, the games, the Halloween crafts, not to mention the eclectic mixture of guests, their jovial banter filling Halloween with spooktacular joy.

Third: The memories… as a kid my parents would ask us: "what would you like to be this year?".  In the weeks following we'd make DIY Halloween costumes & crafty Halloween decorations; from spooky socks to porch lights, by All Hollow’s Eve our house was decked to the nines with witch hats, decorative pumpkins, spider webs and more!

This year I finally have a home I can call my own, and I've been so excited to fill it with cobwebs, jack-o-lanterns and swooping bat decor.  Alas, when I started to plan for Halloween I quickly realized that it would take more time and money than I had in my "whimsy" budget to make my home as festive as the one I grew up in. 

Determined, I jumped onto the internet for affordable inspirations, & after Pinning 'til I couldn’t blink, I combined some of my favorite Halloween craft ideas and came up with this wonderful Halloween garland project using affordable decor from Luna Bazaar.

I chose to make my jack-o-lanterns with three variations from Luna Bazaar’s orange Premium Paper Lanterns: Tangerine, Cayenne, and Mango.  To make the garland even more unique, I tweaked a Martha Stewart idea to better suit my design, and made a couple of Fluffy Pom Pom Spiders to alternate the jack-o-lanterns.  Come Halloween these little guys are going to greet my guests in the main entrance to my house, but for now they are peering down on my co-workers as they arrive every morning... because I wouldn’t want them to miss out on my insatiable Halloween spirit!

DIY Paper Lantern Jack-O-Lanterns

What you will need:
1.) Pair of sharp crafting scissors
2.) Double-sided tape
3.) Thin gauge copper wire- you could also use pipe cleaners, floral wire, or any other wire.
4.) 3 orange premium paper lanterns from Luna Bazaar.  I chose one of each of the the following:
- One 10” Mango Paper Lantern, available in Parallel or Freestyle ribbing
- One 10” Cayenne Orange Paper Lantern, available in Parallel or Freestyle ribbing
- One 10” Tangerine Orange Paper Lantern, available in Parallel or Freestyle ribbing
Note: if you are on a tight budget, you could use the light or dark orange “No Frills” Paper Lanterns to save a little extra.
Now that we have all of the DIY Halloween crafting supplies in order, lets turn up the Halloween playlist and get crafty!

Start by opening all of the paper lanterns.  This way you will know exactly how much surface area you have to create the pumpkin face.  If this is your first time working with paper lanterns feel free to check out our How To Hang Paper Lanterns Guide.

I chose to give each Jack-o-lantern a different face, but if you prefer a more unified look, you can cut out the same features for each lantern.

To make the eyes the same, draw one eye onto the crepe paper with a light colored pencil and fold the crepe paper in half, then cut out the eye from the two layers ~ Voila!

Once all of the features are cut out, get out your double sided tape. Start by applying the tape to the crepe paper and give it a light press to be sure that it’s firmly attached.
Start the Jack-o-lantern face by applying the mouth to the lantern. This way you can gauge how far apart to put the other features.

Now that they have their faces let’s give them a little detail to really bring them to life!
I used some of Luna Bazaar’s GORGEOUS Ombre Green Italian Premium Crepe Paper to give them a little leaf and vine curl.

Cut one and half inch wide strips of the crepe paper (one for each lantern), then gently compress the strips so that they are not as wide.  Thread the crepe paper through one of the top loops on the lantern with about five inches of crepe paper on each side.  Use one side to create the leaf and the rest of the length to create the vine.
With a pen or a pencil start at the free end of the vine side of crepe paper, and wrap tightly around the pen/pencil until it is wrapped all the way to the lantern. Slide the pen out of the crepe paper, and gently pull the crepe paper spiral you have made- this will give it the curly vine look!
Now for the leaf side!- spread the crepe paper out to its widest , and trim the free end in a “leaf point”.

DIY Tissue Paper Pom Pom Spiders

These creepy crawlies are so simple to make, it’s scary!  Here is the list of materials you will need to build your very own furry legged friends!:

1.) 10" Black Tissue Paper Pom Pom Flowers - or one Tissue paper Pom Pom for each spider you are making.  I chose to make them 10”, but you could go larger or smaller if you want!
2.) One Black Tie Italian Crepe Paper Roll - Luna Bazaar’s newest addition: heavy weight premium crepe paper available in an extensive palette of luxuriously rich colors!
3.) Thin gauge copper wire
4.) Double sided tape
5.) Sharp scissors
6.) Wire cutters
7.) Your crafting play list on Pandora!

Once you have fluffed your tissue paper pom poms, set them aside, I prefer to prep all of the steps first, and then start to assemble.
Start by measuring how long you would like the spider’s legs to be- the spider in this shoot had 18” long legs.

Then double over the length of the wire and measure out 4 pieces. This is the spider’s skeleton, so you want the sections to be twice as long as each leg so you can fold the 4 sections in half, and end up with 8 legs! –you will need the bend in the legs later for attaching them to the Pom Pom body.
Now that you have the wire cut, it’s time to measure the black crepe paper out for each leg. I measured the crepe paper into 5” wide by 18” tall strips- once again you want these to be twice as wide as the width of each spider leg, as you will be folding the crepe paper in half to attach it to the wire.

{Crafters Hint: Pre-fold!!! EVERYTHING}  The crepe paper needs to be folded in half the long way to help with placement for the wire, and double sided tape application.

The wire will need to be folded in half to help you identify the crepe paper placement. be sure to leave a small amount of space near the bend to use when attaching the legs to the Pom Pom.
First lay a section of crepe paper down, then measure out your double sided tape to fit the full length of the crepe paper. Once you have the tape down, place the copper wire on the tape and then carefully fold the crepe paper in half to conceal the wire {and tape}!  Now, repeat this sequence seven more times!!!

With all of the legs made it’s time to attach them to the Pom Pom!  Where the exposed wire is bent, twist the bends with your thumb and index finger to make loops between each pair of legs.
Now string all of the loops onto a small piece of wire that you will use to attach the legs to the Pom Pom.  Divide the legs into two groups of four, on either side of the small piece of wire. Then carefully separate the layers of tissue on the Pom Pom to find it’s “waist” & tighten the wire as close to the center as you can.  The tighter the wire is on the Pom Pom, the “perkier” the legs will be!

NOW the fun part!  Cut the open side of the crepe paper on the spider’s legs to give them a fuzzy texture.  If you are fortunate & have fringing scissors, then have at it!  If, like me, you are stuck with plain ol’ scissors, turn up the tunes & start cutting!  Be sure not to cut all the way through the leg.
{Crafter’s Hint: Try cutting the crepe paper at two angles to make the fringe uneven. This gives the effect of more layers!}


I ended up adding Eyes to the little buggers because who could resist?!  Their eyes are made using Champagne and Black Tie colored crepe paper. {Fringe lashes optional.}

Cut 2 3” x 3” section of champagne crepe paper. Trim the edges to make them into round circles.
Then cut 1.5” x 1.5” sections of the black tie crepe paper. Trim the edges to make them into round circles.

Use some double sided tape to attach the black tie to the champagne, and then two small pieces of double sided tape on the back of the champagne to attach the eyes to the Pom Pom.
Voila!- you have made yourself some new friends to greet guests during the Lovely Halloween season!

All that is left is to string them up using our Black Tie & Tangerine Baker's Twine... Adorable!

Shop unique styles in Halloween String Lights at Luna Bazaar!

Photographed by Maia Bissette and Kate Milliken
Edited by Maia Bissette