Set The Mood With Paper Lanterns

This past Spring, we were asked by our friend Donna Versola to help with her daughter Amber's baby shower.  With a guest list of 30 family and friends, Amber had picked out a theme of Pickles and Ice Cream.  "Yikes", Donna said, "I have no clue where to even start with that!"  So Elements of Chic was brought in for an assist.  After seeing the rooms where the party was going to take place, we immediately focused on the bay window in the DR/LR to use as our focal point.  Amber wanted to have an ice cream sundae bar, along with cake balls and other goodies and use brown, light blue and a light sage green as her that.   

Research under way, we knew we wanted to use paper lanterns.  They are so versatile and come in great colors and you can make an impact in a budget friendly way.  Look at some of the amazing ways you can create every look from romantic wedding to a colorful fiesta.

These are featured on and are made from two bags fit over each other to form a square and then add them to light strings.

This colorful look with purple as the focal color is playful and elegant. 

How cute is this red and white theme featured at

A classic version of luau...

Martha Stewart in a cylinder shape with floral print.

This was featured on the website Hostess With The Mostess and would be so cute for the entrance to a kid's birthday party.

The ivory lanterns look like moonglow to this chartreuse theme...we love the moss candelabras and don't think we aren't going to look for an excuse to try this DIY project.

Beautiful venue with the ceiling beams.  The lanterns help bring it all down to earth as the floral arrangements reach up to them...lovely.

Purple is one of the hottest colors going right now.  The lanterns create depth with the tall tables and bench seating.

We made some tissue paper flowers for our focal point so wanted to show you this great pic of a citrusy theme that could be used for Fall.

So for Amber's shower we chose to use paper lanterns, tulle, tissue paper flowers and garland and some chipboard letters that spelled out "Baby".

So here was the end result and excuse the picture and lighting as neither one of us brought a camera and this was taken with my phone.  Chocolate brown (appropriate for an ice cream theme) and sage green lanterns, along with the tulle and turquoise blue paper garland.
Congratulations to Amber and Donna and continued blessings!


Michele and Linda