Have you seen the fantastic scene in Tangled where sky lanterns are being released? It made me think again about the wonder and appeal of these beautiful items. With films such as this one, sky lanterns are becoming more and more popular and I thought I would look at why it is such a good idea to use them.
As sky lanterns are thought to bring good luck, they are synonymous with weddings. If your lantern is in the sky and gradually disappears from sight, your wish will be granted. So a bride and groom releasing lanterns together will be a sure sign of happiness.
Alternatively give each guest at your wedding, family gathering or christening a sky lantern of their own to light and release. Everyone will love the sight and will feel involved with the event.
Think about what colour sky lantern to use for the type of event your are organising. Of course white is traditional and serene, but a coloured lantern could compliment the wedding colours or be pink or blue for a baby’s christening. Some people prefer a variety of colours and lets guests choose themselves.
However you choose to use sky lanterns you and your guests will be in for a treat and an unforgettable experience.
What is a Candle Bag? I recently found them and they are gorgeous, great fun and very safe to use, and now the evenings are getting longer again I will be using them often. When you received your candle bags you truly wonder what you have bought – a folded bag made of paper? But these are no ordinary bags. You open them out, pop a tea light candle, or LED light in them and then you put them out to decorate. Candle Bags in the house are great – on the dining table, around the mantlepiece, on the windowsill, around the christmas tree! The options are endless. But they are even better outside. Line your driveway or path with Candle Bags for a beautiful effect no one will forget, or decorate the garden and garden furniture at your next BBQ or garden party. To make them stable, line them with sand or small pebbles and then don’t worry about them again. When you have finished your evening, empty them, fold them back up and use them again next time.
The designs to choose from are pretty too. From hearts to stars, doves to spots, you will find a Candle Bag to suit your event. There are different colours and sizes to choose from too. Use different sizes for your garden – small ones on the tables and larger ones on the ground. Use assorted colours or stick with one colour – choices are endless.
I am so glad I have discovered Candle Bags and there many uses. I will be using them time and time again for years.
Have you heard about SkyLanterns? I was lucky enough to see some in Thailand recently and couldn’t believe the magical sight of hundreds of SkyLanterns floating off into the distance. When I got home I gathered as many friends and family as I could to re-create this wonderful sight. The effect was amazing and with the warm weather coming I am sure I will be seeing more SkyLanterns helping people celebrate all kinds of events from weddings to birthdays. Or just for fun! SkyLanterns come in so many colours you can choose a colour to match the scheme of your party or wedding, or just stick to white, which suits any occasion. Get friends and family to write messages to personalise the lanterns and then enjoy watching them disappear. However you choose to use them you are in for a treat!
There is a fantastic new type of balloon on the market which will transform any party or gathering and will have friends wanting to know where they can get them for their next party. These amazing balloons, or Balloominate to give them their proper title, can be filled with air or helium which is what you do with any balloon. However, these balloons have a unique LED light unit inside which turns this balloon into a magical colour changing, flashing balloon which will last up to 24 hours. At a party, fill the light up balloons with helium and let them cover the ceiling, or tie in bunches and space around your room – you will never need disco lights again with a room full of balloominate balloons. These unique balloons come in a variety of colours – white, yellow, blue, red and green or you can buy a mixed pack. Once the LED unit starts to flash you will have every colour imaginable from one balloon as the LED unit constantly changes colour – to the delight of children and adults alike. Buy in packs of 5 for a special occasion or just to add some magic to your home. Why not celebrate with Balloominate?
Candle Bags and Floating Lanterns are a fantastic way of lighting your garden on a warm, dry summer evening – and we have got to be due some of those soon. Candle Bags are a reusable, flame retardant, 100% biodegradable bag which you put a tea light into. Stand them in the garden – around a water feature, lining a path, around the outdoor table and chairs at a BBQ – they will make any area special. Weigh the bags down with sand or small pebbles and be creative! There are different designs available – fireworks, doves and hearts, stars and hearts – all perfect for different occasions.
If the weather continues to be wet use these wonderful Candle Bags in the home! You will be the envy of all your friends when they see how individual your home looks with Candle Bags on every available surface.
If we do at last have a summer try using Floating Lanterns on your pond. You can guarantee your friends will not have seen these beautiful, elegant lanterns watching as they effortlessly float around. They are easy to set up and will be talking point for weeks to come among friends and family.
Whatever the occasion, Sky Lantern products can make your event individual and memorable.
So how many Union Jack Sky Lanterns or Chinese Lanterns did you see? I saw hundredsbeing released late into the evening on every day of the long bank holiday weekend. Along with White, Red and Blue Sky Lanterns, the Union Jack Sky Lanterns looked spectacular and so patriotic.
Union Jack Lanterns are new this year and add to the collection of varied Sky Lanterns that are available. As well as the normal coloured Sky Lanterns and Union Jack Lanterns, there are Sky Lanterns with hearts and that say ‘I Love You’, football and smiley face Lanterns, Happy Anniversary Lanterns and Lanterns for the birth of a new baby and the brand new and very english ‘Keep Calm and Carry On’ Sky Lantern. Have a BBQ, invite loads of people and see their reaction to this new, original Sky Lantern! If nothing else it will make them laugh and the host can relax knowing friends and family are having a good time!
If you have set off enough Sky Lanterns over the Jubilee Weekend, fill your garden or home with Candle Bags instead. Safe and reusable, choose from different designs such as firework, star, heart or heart and dove and make your home the most atmospheric in the street full of glowing Candle Bags to create a soothing effect. How many of your friends will copy you for their next social event? I know I use Candle Bags for that very reason – I saw them in someone’s garden and had to have them myself. So be the one to create the trend and buy them when you next order your Sky Lanterns.
The much anticipated Jubilee Weekend – 4 day weekend at that – is here and I for one have got a bundle of Sky Lanterns ready to light to make the weekend one to remember.
On Sunday the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant takes place and will be a sight to see with historic boats, leisure boats, working boats and passenger boats all travelling up the Thames in procession. The rowed and paddled boats will head the flotilla with the motorised vessels behind them. At St Katharine Docks will be an Avenue of Sail for those vessels that are too large to under the Thames bridges.
After this fantastic event myself, along with friends and family will be releasing Union Jack Sky Lanterns and watching with a glass of wine as they gently float upwards into the evening sky on what promises to be a mild, dry evening. The garden will be littered with Candle Bags to create a magical atmosphere and once the Union Jack SkyLanterns have been released it will time for a BBQ!
SkyLanterns make every event special and are always a talking point between friends and family who often only get to meet up on these special occasions. So whatever event you have organised or are attending for The Jubilee, have your ChineseLanterns ready to light up the night sky.
It is the time of year when everyone’s thoughts turn to weddings. There is no better way to make that special day even more memorable than with Chinese Lanterns. The newlyweds can send a pair of Chinese Lanterns into the sky together with their friends and family watching. In Asia this is considered good luck and the yellow flame visible in the night sky symbolizes wisdom and is thought to help keep the newly married couple on the right path for their life ahead.
After this magical event the rest of the guests can have fun letting off Chinese Lanterns themselves. What a wonderful and unusual scene to see hundred of Chinese Lanterns floating gently up in the sky with people gathered underneath toasting the happy couple.
Chinese Lanterns for weddings are traditionally white, but choose a colour to match your wedding theme, or a selection of colours work equally as well. The newlyweds will of course have to have ‘I Love You’ or heart lanterns for their joint release.
Whatever Chinese Lanterns you choose, they will set your wedding apart from others and make it a talking point for weeks to come. And of course wait until the first anniversary and have an evening launching Chinese Lanterns and reminiscing over the past year!
There are so many occasions where Sky Lanterns are perfect and this year there are two new fantastic opportunities to use them. Also there are new Sky Lanterns especially for the job!
A Union Jack Sky Lantern for the Jubilee year is a great idea. Show your patriotism by hosting a gathering and launching these spectacular new Sky Lanterns covered in our national flag. They will create the perfect atmosphere for a special evening and will be a talking point for weeks after. Mix in with some coloured Sky Lanterns – red, white and blue of course to make the display even more special.
Next, of course, is the Olympics, when again you can use Union Jack Sky Lanterns to show your support for all the sportsmen and women competing for our country. Invite friends to a garden party to watch the finals and release Union Jack Sky Lanterns throughout the day and evening.
Also new and great fun are Keep Calm and Carry On Sky Lanterns. Uses for these Sky Lanterns are endless with this saying which is now seen in shops and homes across the country. What a great Sky Lantern to release at someones milestone birthday, Wedding, Engagement or house party.
Be the talking point amongst your friends with these fun and individual Sky Lanterns.
Summer evenings to me mean one thing – with friends, releasing Sky Lanterns. I love these! There is no other sight I would rather see than Sky Lanterns filling the sky, floating gently away taking my worries and troubles too!
Sky Lanterns were first used in China as signalling devices and were probably like mini hot air balloons. Later Sky Lanterns were used in festivals alongside fireworks to cast away worries and problems, or to celebrate a wedding or birth. Sky Lanterns are now used all year round for all types of events and celebrations.
Good quality Sky Lanterns are made of thick paper. Bamboo should be used to create the shape and a wick should be attached already. The paper used should be flame retardant so the Lantern will be able to fly further and will be safer to use. Sky Lanterns should be easy to light and reliable everytime. Cheaper Sky Lanterns will not be so reliable and will feel thin and flimsy. Buying cheap Sky Lanterns will mean a disappointed audience as these will often not light or fly. Avoid Sky Lanterns that have wire in them as these are obviously not biodegradable and should never be used.
Turn an ordinary evening into something magical and different by using Sky Lanterns – one for each guest to send floating away along with their worries, problems or indeed wishes for the future or to encourage good luck in the future.