Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Australia Day Party Lanterns

Hello friends,
Now that Xmas has passed, its time to prepare for Australia Day (January 26).

I think its the best day of the year for the Aussie BBQ party - and now we have the perfect party decoration lantern!

We also have a limited amount of our very popular Vietnamese Silk Lanterns with 50% discount. Visit our Specials page - www.lanternshop.com.au
Be quick!!!!

The updated website will be launched Jan 10! Lots of new changes will be happening to make shopping even easier! We can't wait! More details will be announced soon!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Thank you Home Beautiful Magazine!

Hello Friends!
I can't believe its Xmas already ..... where has the time gone!
We are still working frantically sending orders out in time for New Years Eve, Australia Day and Chinese New Year. It seems all this rain hasn't affected your party plans!! :-)
We are also preparing for the arrival of the next container - due into Brisbane 3 January! So many new goodies arriving - candle bags, nylon lanterns, polka dot lanterns, love heart lanterns ...... and much more! Stay tuned!!

We'd like to wish you all a very happy xmas & New Year, and also say a huge thankyou to all of our wonderful customers who have made this year so special and enjoyable for us! I'd also like to send out a huge thankyou to Home Beautiful Magazine. What a surprise when I noticed we had been mentioned in the January 2011 issue. WOW!!

Enjoy yourselves, and see you again next year!
Karen, Patsy, Frankie xxx

Saturday, November 27, 2010

New pictures for new website!

Hello friends!

Behind the scenes we have been frantically busy .......

We are working on a new and improved version of our Lanternshop website, so this means taking all new photos!!!

On the new website, there will be a beautiful picture of every silk lantern by size/shape/colour! A lot of hard work .... but the end result will be well worth-it.

I'm putting a few pics here as a preview on the blog - 45cm olive shape Vietnamese Silk lanterns in Olive Blue, Magenta and caramel!

We are also working on colour charts for the paper and silk lanterns too!

Hoping to launch the new website very soon ...... :-)

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Australia Day Party Lantern!

I love Australia Day!!! (who doesn't)!?! Perfect warm summer weather, BBQ's, friends, cool drinks, hottest 100 .... the list can go on and on!!

I'm excited to announce the arrival of the new paper lantern!! Perfect for your Australia Day gatherings and parties.

Feel patriotic and impress your friends with your new unique decorations!!!

Available at www.lanternshop.com.au (patterned paper lantern section)

Happy party planning :-)

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

White paper lantern light shade!

I love this!!!

A very big thankyou to Jason from CLOUD DWELLERS archictecture and design (also based in Brisbane) for sending me this stunning picture!

Here is our NEW 90cm white paper lantern used in one of Jason's designs - and it looks amazing!!! I wish I had ceilings that high .........

White round paper lanterns now available in 5 sizes!! 20cm, 35cm, 50cm, 75cm and 90cm! Visit us at Lanternshop for more details.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

1920's themed party featuring Silk Lanterns

Wow!! Vietnamese silk lanterns really can be used for any occasion!!!!

Here they are featured at a 1920's themed anniversay party!
Thanks to the lovely ladies at www.enchantedempire.com.au (also based in my city, Brisbane) for sending me these pictures. Click here to visit their blog to see more!

I'm sure it was a fabulous party!!!

(10cm mini silk lanterns shown in the pictures - available at www.lanternshop.com.au)

Monday, November 8, 2010

Limited Time ... Special Offer

Hello friends,
Now is the perfect time to decorate your outdoor living spaces! Beautiful Vietnamese Silk lanterns in the traditional (cylinder) shape, with LED battery operated lighting string!! ((LED string designed by us to suit our silk and paper lanterns))!

They look stunning by day, and create a serene atmosphere at night! These would make a very unique Xmas gift!

While stocks last, only $99 plus $12.95 delivery anywhere in Australia!! Visit us at www.lanternshop.com.au

Thursday, October 28, 2010

New Stock has arrived!

Hello friends,
Sorry for my absence - we've been very busy!
Another container has just arrived. New colours in the paper lantern range - 20cm and 35cm paper lanterns - light purple, ivory, musk pink, blue, dark green. These will all be available very soon.

Here's the new LED paper lanterns! I'm loving these bright new colours - dark pink, turquoise, lime, purple, yellow and orange. Also available in white (in two sizes). Beautiful and practical party and wedding lanterns.

We will be adding these products and more in the next few days .......


Thursday, October 7, 2010

Colour changing solar lanterns Video

Here's the newest video - featuring several of the nylon Solar Lanterns with colour changing LED globe! So sit back, and enjoy the movie!

The perfect outdoor/garden lantern - no batteries required. Just charge in the sun for a full day before use. Suitable for all weather - nylon fabric, so you can leave in the rain. Keep them in your garden for a year-round party look!

Available now at Lanternshop. Bulk discount packages available in the Package Deal section. Delivery just $12.95 anywhere in Australia!

Silk Lanterns at dessert cafe!

WOW!!! More beautiful Vietnamese Silk Lantern pictures for you to enjoy! Don't they look amazing!

A big thankyou to Eelin from Eggless Dessert Cafe for sending these through to me.
Next time I'm in Adelaide, I'll definately be dropping in to indulge myself.
For my Adelaide friends, here's the address: 162A Goodwood Road, Goodwood. Not only can you see my stunning silk lanterns, you can also treat yourself at the same time to something delicious!

Visit Lanternshop to see the full range of Vietnamese Silk Lanterns. Over 30 colours in our range!

Wishing you all a very happy weekend!

Friday, October 1, 2010

Beautiful Vietnamese Silk Lanterns

How beautiful is this???? This his how I dream my garden will look soon ........

Every day, I'm lucky enough to get my little glimpse of daily life in one of my favourite places, Vietnam, courtesy of http://saigon-today.blogspot.com and http://hanoi-today.blogspot.com.

A big thankyou to Simon for taking such a spectacular lantern picture, and allowing me to share this photo with you all. I must also mention he was also kind enough to advise me on the best places to get great coffee on my last visit!

Visit Simon's blogs for more great real-life Vietnam pics!
Have a lovely weekend, and Happy National Day holidays for my Chinese friends!

Vietnamese Silk Lanterns available at www.lanternshop.com.au

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Spotted Baby Parties!

Paper lanterns are soft, beautiful and inexpensive decoration pieces, perfect for your next baby shower, christening, or childrens birthday parties!!!

Now available in pink spots, and blue spots - there's something for everyone!

Group them together for maximum effect - the pink spot here is teamed with the pink and white paper lanterns, and the blue spot with sky blue and white!

These lanterns are all shown in the 20cm size, and they all fold flat when not in use, so you can use them over and over again!

The pink and the blue spots even look great hanging together too!

All colours now available at www.lanternshop.com.au - spot lanterns can be found in the 'patterned paper lantern section'. Contact us at Lanternshop if you'd like more ideas for your party!

Happy partying!!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Creative Romance!

Men of Australia take note - here's the perfect way to propose!!

My customer, Mark, advised me when buying paper lanterns he was planning to use them for his proposal .........

How beautiful does this look, and how could any girl not accept!!!!

I didn't know that Mark was a very talented photographer until he sent me through this image yesterday, along with the good news that he is now engaged. Congratulations!! I can't wait to see the wedding pics! How can you top this???

Mark is also based in Brisbane, so Queenslanders, you might wanna visit his website if you are planning a special event. Click here.

I'll also be adding this pic in my inspiration gallery at Lanternshop.

Image taken at Noosa, Sunshine Coast - Australia. LANTERNS: Orange and white 20cm paper lanterns (PL20) and LED GLOBE LIGHTS - all available at www.lanternshop.com.au

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Brisbane - Girls Night In Party!!

Brisbane ladies - looking for a 'Girls night' event?? Details following of a fundraising event, with $$ raised to be donated to research into women's breast and gynaecological cancers, a very worthy cause!

Not only will it be a great night, you will also get to see our beautiful paper lanterns which will be decorating the marquee, and you can also be in the raffle draw for this beautiful PINK Vietnamese Silk Lantern, donated by www.lanternshop.com.au

Contact Natalie - nat.40@hotmail.com for more information, or if you would also like to donate something too :-)

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Tomorrow when the war began

Has anyone seen this great Australian movie which has opened in cinemas today??? I'd love to hear your review if you have!!

If you are planning to watch, make sure you look out for our beautiful silk lanterns (featured in the restaurant scenes). Click here to see the trailer and pictures!

I'm looking forward to it :-)

Thursday, August 26, 2010

New Stock!

Finally, the boxes are all unpacked and the new stock has been photographed and uploaded onto the website!

New paper lanterns, chinese lanterns, chinese new year decorations, parasols, LED lights, solar lanterns, fans and more!

All items now available at www.lanternshop.com.au

Saturday, August 21, 2010

New Solar Party Lanterns

Just in time for Spring!!

These unique solar lanterns have a colour changing LED!!! So your lantern is constantly changing colours. (see video).

The perfect lantern for garden parties!

White nylon solar lantern - now available www.lanternshop.com.au

Transform your gardens and outdoor living areas this Spring!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Shipment update!

Finally .... the container has arrived :-)
We are busy unpacking and taking pictures, and hope to have everything on-line by Thursday night.
New colours in paper lanterns, parasols and wedding fans! Halloween paper lanterns, deluxe wedding paper lanterns, polka dot, stripes and flower designs!
New design LED lights too, and solar lanterns, which we are testing right now!!
We are also making some big changes to the website to make it easier for our customers.
Thanks for your patience! We are working as fast as we can!!!!

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Parasol inspiration

Parasols for Wedding and party decoration!

While parasols look lovely as an accessory for brides and bridesmaids, and they are great for stopping severe sunburns on the big day - they also have another use!

Here's an interesting and unique way to decorate your wedding or party venue.

Go for plenty of bright colours

images from pauljohnsonphoto.com/blog

or choose a subtle option

Image from greeneryproductions

So, good news for those of you loving the parasols - the new nylon parasols will be available from 16th August 2010! 9 great colours, beautiful quality.

I'm so excited!! Click here for parasols.

Silk and paper fans will also be available at Lanternshop!

Monday, August 2, 2010

Spring Wedding Inspiration!

Paper lanterns for spring!

Spring is nearly here! :-) and I can't wait. Not only is the weather so much nicer, its also the start of wedding season! Time to get prepared!

I love weddings that feature bright colours in the decorations! So, if you are looking for some ideas and inspiration for your wedding or party, have a look at these!

Images from www.grandtraditionestate.com

Paper lanterns in green, pink, orange and chocolate. Not only do they look stunning, it gives a real feeling and sense of fun!!!

Good news for those of you waiting on the arrival of the chocolate paper lanterns, they will be available from 16th August in 20cm and 35cm sizes. Visit us at Lanternshop to see all the new stock.

Happy wedding planning!

Friday, July 23, 2010

Sex and the city - Lantern style!

Doesn't this look great! The Vietnamese Silk lanterns in caramel, champagne and orange are perfect for this promotional display for Sex and the City 2!
I wish they had used my lanterns in the movie - I would have gladly delivered them in person!

I loved the series and recently saw this second movie movie - it was ok, but I think the first was better.

Thanks to Jessica from Greater Union Castle Hill (Sydney) for sending this image. You did a great job putting all these lanterns together in a beautiful display.

Happy weekend :-)

Monday, July 19, 2010

Paper Lanterns - Decorating on a Budget

I've had a few requests to repost this article! I hope some of you find it helpful! PAPER LANTERNS - DECORATING ON A BUDGET

Paper lanterns are the solution you have been searching for!

Wanting to change the look and feel of a room without blowing the budget? This is a challenge faced by us all at some point in our lives, but one we can now easily overcome! Here is the solution for the most simple and effective way to add some colour, texture and excitement to your living spaces – paper lanterns!

Starting at just $1.85 per lantern, this is an inexpensive, do-it-yourself solution that can completely transform the biggest or smallest of rooms in minutes. All you need is a step-ladder, some fishing line, thumbtacks or hooks, and of course, some lanterns.

As an Interior Decorator and Colour Consultant, I find the biggest obstacle most people come across is indecision and fear - not knowing where to begin or how to make the right colour choices, so I’ve put together a few helpful tips to get you started:

Are you wanting to create a particular mood or vibe in the space? Here’s a list of the most popular colours, and the ‘feelings’ they evoke. This is really helpful for choosing paint colours or general decorating too!

WHITE - hope, purity, cleanliness, peace
BLACK - sophistication, elegance, mystery, power
PINK - gentleness, friendly, kindness
RED - love, vitality, passion
ORANGE - cheerful, social, warmth, creativity
YELLOW - optimism, sunny, happiness
GREEN - refreshing, balances energy, relaxation
BLUE - serenity, peace, cool, relaxation
PURPLE - richness, royalty, elegance, spiritual
BROWN - earthy, nature

Do you already have a colour scheme in place? Or is your room a blank canvas?? – either way its all very easy! A colour wheel is a great tool to help guide you. It will give you the confidence to create colour harmony.

• Are you looking to add an accent colour to a very neutral room? Think of using a colour opposite on the colour wheel to your existing scheme. This will give you the strongest impact and a real ‘wow’ factor. For example, if you have yellow/creamy walls and flooring – choose purple lanterns, or if your scheme is currently very green, decorate with red lanterns. By selecting an ‘opposing’ colour, this will make your accent lanterns the feature of the space.

• Are you wanting a more subtle lantern decorating feature? If so, choose a colour which is already heavily featured in the room. For example, if you have a monochromatic scheme(consists of one colour in various shades and tints) choose lanterns in the same colour too. You may already have various blue shades, so adding pale blue or sapphire blue lanterns would be perfect!

• Be inspired by nature. Take a look around at all the colour and beauty of our natural surroundings. Mother nature is the greatest colour consultant of them all – she puts colours together beautifully: blues and yellows at the beach, greens and blues of the grass and sky, black and orange on a tiger, or even the 7 colours of a rainbow all together – perfect!

• Maybe you just want to add lots of colour. Then, there’s no rules – just pick all the colours you like and go for it! As you can see from the picture below, lots of different colours look great together. Especially for childrens rooms or parties, the more colour the better!

Now that you’ve chosen the colours, here’s some some hanging suggestions to create different effects.

- hang smaller lanterns in clusters (uneven numbers work best)
- use a variety of sizes at different heights
- stick to one colour but mix up the shapes/sizes/textures
- combine prints with plains in same or opposing colours
- make a string of lanterns either horizontal or vertical
- keep it simple – a single large lantern in the centre of the room

images from here

Paper lanterns can also be a fantastic temporary make-over tool, great if you are renting or just wanting a particular ‘theme’ for a short period of time. For example, Christmas, or Chinese New Year. And, they are recyclable!! They fold flat when not in use for easy storage, so you can use them over and over again (unlike balloons)!

For more ideas visit the inspiration photo gallery at www.lanternshop.com.au

HAPPY DECORATING with paper lanterns!
Karen Gaffney

I'd love to see your lantern decorating DIY pics and post them here on the blog - feel free to send to me at info@lanternshop.com.au.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Lanternshop Blog


Lanternshop Blog - welcome, and thanks for visiting!

My passion is lanterns - and we source all types of lanterns and decorations to make your event spectacular and memorable!

This blog will be a frequent update of news, happenings, events, special offers, and the 'behind the scenes' of the lanternshop team. We hope to bring you inspiration and ideas to help you plan and decorate your weddings, themed parties, Chinese New Year celebrations, or any other special occasion! Silk and paper lanterns also make interesting and functional home and garden decorating features, and are very popular with interior designers!

Some of you already know us from dragonfly, but for those who haven't met us before, here is the team!

Its mainly an all-girl team!! 

 There's me - Karen (an interior decorator by trade), and my two hardworking and loyal assistants Patsy and Frankie. They are shihtzu-maltese, and the sweetest little girls in the world. They help make every work day fun and interesting, and there's never a shortage of cuddles! Mr Lantern helps with the muscle power when required, and we are very thankful for that!!

We are based in Brisbane Australia, and we send lanterns all over Australia, and sometimes internationally too!

I travel to Asia frequently, mainly Vietnam and China to find the best quality silk fabrics, paper lantern designs and LED lighting systems. The next shipment is due early August, and will have some really exciting new things I found on my trip in May ..... silk and paper fans, parasols in great new colours, nylon solar lanterns, and some really nice wedding centrepiece lanterns - Can't wait. Of course, details and pictures will be on this blog the minute I've unpacked the container!! So stay tuned!

Not only do I find great things for my customers, I also got this beautiful fan for my warehouse/shop. It was hand painted (in about 5 minutes) by a very talented young man in Shanghai. It has the chinese characters for lanternshop, decorated with goldfish, lanterns and panda bears. So clever!! At the moment, my Chinese is very limited, but I can say the word for 'lantern', so I was able to convey my message of what I was wanting, what a miracle!! I'm so impressed!

If you'd like to see other pictures of my travels, there's plenty on my original blog. Click here
Thanks for visiting and hope to see you again soon! To visit our lanternshop website click here

Cheers, the Lanternshop Blog team