When preparing for your first event for 2009, consider using decorative lanterns to give the soiree an extra special touch. Whether you're planning a wedding reception under the stars or a birthday bash in your backyard for 50 of your closest friends, nothing makes an evening event glow like lanterns.
Pearl River Market offers them in all shapes, sizes and colors. My favorite is the "Mums Spherical Lantern." If you don't see the shade that you like, buy them in white and spray paint with the color that fits your occasions' decor.
If your party is more small scale, consider buying a string of mini lantern lights and wrapping them around your porch or doorways inside your house.