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Ideas for Decorating Weddings & Parties with Lanterns
Here are a couple of different ways in which to use them at your next party.........
Stack, pack and rack – to create a great entry feature (and maybe you want to hide an ugly fence?) string up the lanterns and stack them one on top of the other and then side by side to create a fake wall. And if you have the space, up-light from behind or front light them for an extra punch.
Size them up – use different sized lanterns within the same colour range to add depth to your design – whether you’re hanging them from the ceiling, or around the balcony, or from the branches of an amazing tree in your garden.
Abacas style – thread the lanterns on lengths of dowel and suspend equidistant from each other using wire or ribbon. This is a great look if you have an enclosed balcony with natural open windows in which to suspend or hang your ‘lantern abacus’.
Inner glow – use different coloured light bulbs inside white lanterns, or buy coloured lighting gel to wrap about opal white frosted bulbs to create a different more subtle coloured lighting look.
Sea of light – peg the popped out lanterns into the ground using a tent peg or you could even attach a skewer & just push into the ground, then place a candle or tealight inside them (perhaps in its own glass holder for extra protection if its a bit windy? Or you could just use battery operated tealights to be on the safe side). Perfect if you have the luxury of a big open space that you can fill, or maybe its just your front yard for a special effect on arrival, or you can use to simply line a pathway to create a glowing entry to your party.
Cluster up – choose two or three strong colours and tie the lanterns tight together to create a cluster of lanterns; this is a great look for a party during the day so you don’t have to worry about lighting them individually – its more just a great “installation” to fill the space.
All the trimmings – to add another dimension to white lanterns, glue lengths of decorative trim or ribbon around the lanterns – or if you’re feeling extra artsy-craftsy you could apply paper flowers.
For the kids – wrap the lanterns in clear cellophane and tie the ends like a bon- bon to make the lanterns look like huge big hanging lollies.
Big Bubbles – if you’re having a house party, for something a little different fill your bath tub with a heap of blue and white lanterns of lots of little sizes – it will look like one big bubble bath (just for kicks!)
They all float – this is a bit tricky but fun for a kids party; hire a helium cylinder and regulator from your “party shop” or “balloon shop”, and pop open the lanterns but don’t insert the inner wire frame. Instead, place a balloon inside and inflate so the lantern holds its shape. Add a tie or ribbon and fill your ceiling with floating lanterns.
Pink Frosting has a huge range of paper lanterns in many styles, shapes, colours and themes to suit your wedding or party.
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