Skip balloons and instead pop color and shape throughout your party space with paper lanterns. Pick up two to three packs of lanterns in a variety of coordinating colors. Assemble the lanterns, use zip ties or twine to cluster them together, then hang them at different levels.
Cluster a trio of oversized lanterns together and fill them with greenery, candles, lights, nativity figures or special ornaments. Home decor blogger Amy Buchanan of AttaGirlSays likes to hang wreaths on the lanterns to add color and texture.
Decorative lanterns, vintage or new, are one of the easiest and most attractive ways to add lighting to an outdoor space. Cluster them on the dining table, group them at points around the edges of the space or line them up on a wall — the options are many and varied. You can use real wax candles or outdoor LED “candles.” The San Nicola Lantern shown here, $99, from Grandin Road, comes with three battery-operated flameless candles.