And paper lanterns. They go together, right?
The dance area at our venue is separate from the banquet area (the pass through bar area is in-between the two spaces). The dance hall will be dimly lit because I have my heart set on a star-field projector so we can all pretend we are dancing under the night sky (and the room is in rougher shape and all white). This space will also hold the sweets tables. The ice cream bar, the wedding cake, the dessert bar and the candy/popcorn bar. Yes, I definitely have a sweet tooth.
But food requires some light. So I came up with this idea:
Using battery operated LED string lights (after Christmas clearance), 84″ double shepherd hooks, two buckets (OK actually Tidy Cat litter bucket containers), four 12″ paper lanterns, and lettering from plain black paper using my Silhouette Cameo. I have lights and signs!
These will be placed right behind the sweets tables–lighting your way to a sugar high.
And while I was at it, I made these to demarcate the dance “floor” (area) in the same room:
These six foot lights will go in each corner of the area where people will be dancing. Since it is just one large room, I liked the idea of marking it off. Plus they give off such a pretty glow.
I used a 1″x2″ cut to length and set it in plaster of paris inside regular flower pots. I wrapped battery operated LEDs around the wood pole, and used tea cup hooks to hang the lanterns (one hook on each end of the lantern to keep them from bopping around). The black band hides the seam between the two lanterns since they don’t meet up perfectly. The band is a 2″ piece of paper looped around. To finish it off, I also put a loop of paper at the top too. I have not yet covered the plaster at the top of the pots, but am planning to just use shredded tissue paper (or raffia, or silver sparkly stuff–whatever looks best).
They are quite stable, but I do wonder how long they will last at the reception before someone puts their hand (or head, or other body part) through the lantern. Good thing the lanterns are only a couple bucks each 🙂