Friday, April 4, 2014

Welcome Spring! Decoration Ideas for Weddings, Parties & Home Decor ~

"It's spring fever.  That is what the name of it is.  And when you've got it, you want - oh, you don't quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!"  ~Mark Twain

With the passing of the Vernal Equinox, we find ourselves overcome with the desire to transition into brighter days & bursts of color.  Here at Cultural Intrigue we are flush with the fever, from our New Spring Catalog to the whimsical buzz of all things wedding, we have some fresh, fun ideas for Retailers, Event Planners, Florists & Designers to draw from this Season!

Place card holders aren’t just for lavished dining table anymore {though we have a wonderful selection to choose from if that is what you're looking for}!  Why not keep important notes or business cards displayed on your desk, alongside that beautiful photo from your last vacation?

Shop our renowned selection of bohemian & vintage style vases & candleholders in matching accents to complete your look from table to ceiling.  {Photo: Chartreuse Glass Vessels ~ Shop the Look}

While you are visiting, check out some of our other spring inspired items! ~

Encourage your customers to spruce up their party & home sitting areas with some of our lovely Throw Pillows!  Not only is this a great way to bring lively color into a home or office, but these cultural gems are fabulous, affordable conversation pieces as well!  Our Ikat Throw Pillows are composed of limited edition designs unique to their remote village of origin, where rural weavers still practice this ancient 'warp & weft' tradition.  Our Hand Block Printed Throw Pillows & Hand Embroidered Shisha Throw Pillows exhibit some of the better known textile arts of India.  Mix & match to create unique comfort for every season!

Check out Better Homes & Gardens Inspired Spring Decor: 25 Ways to Refresh Your Home for additional decoration ideas & an effortless transition into Spring.

Beyond the home, Spring is also an ideal time to celebrate!  We are so excited to roll into this Wedding Season having gone above & beyond to make sure we are your wholesale Decorations Resource for Events, Parties & Weddings!

Our Hand Fans come in a variety of signature colors that match hundreds of our other products.  These fashionable, functional favors are the perfect take home accessory for guests to enjoy throughout the Spring & Summer months.

Check out these super cute Spring Weddings & utterly adorable Baby Showers featuring our accessories & decorative accents to inspire your upcoming events! ~
Candice & Victoria's Pink Peony Wedding via The Connecticut Bride
Mikaela & Brandon's Rustic Chic Wedding at Walnut Grove via Wedding Chicks
A Modern New York Spa-Themed Baby Shower via 100 Layer Cake-let
April Showers Inspired Baby Shower via SMP Living

Have questions or concerns about the products in the pictures? Always feel free to call us we would love to help! 
Office hours are 09am-5pm Monday-Friday!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Looking to subdue those lingering winter blues?

It's the last day of winter & with spring sneaking into the northeast we are looking for any way to speed up the thaw.  The waning weeks of winter wear on us, the dreary dark days drag on & drag us down... here in Vermont we are all too familiar with those lingering winter blues.  Our advice?  Don't fight them, embrace them!  Shop the cool blue hues of our turquoise glass candle holders, bottles, vases & so much more.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Planning & Installation Guide for Ordering Paper Lanterns (and Pom Poms, too!)

Image courtesy of Mark Rose Events.
Though many of our customers are industry professionals who are all too familiar with this skill set, here at Cultural Intrigue our sales team goes the mile to guide people through the process of choosing how many of which paper lanterns would best fit their vision, space and budget.  It's time to take it to the next level with this go-to installation planning guide for ordering Paper Lanterns (and Pom Poms, too!).  We encourage you to share with us your insights and experiences in the comment box below, or via Facebook or Twitter.

"I’ve had requests from people wanting to cover an entire area to people wanting random bubbly clusters.  I've always recommended drawing a small diagram or using graph paper to represent every foot or every 5 feet, depending on the style they want to go with, and then drawing circles to represent where the lanterns will be.  That can give them a visual, and help them determine the sizes they need." -Jodie

Jodie's suggestion is a really great place to start.  This gives you the opportunity to focus your vision and weigh all of your options.  If you are working on a budget, clusters of lanterns and/or pom-poms in areas where people are likely to congregate, such as over the bar and dessert table, is a good way to tighten your belt without sacrificing the whimsy you've been dreaming of.  Pom-poms are also great as table decor, puffed out so they are flat on one side & sit nicely on a flat surface.  You can also integrate Paper Lanterns as a Centerpiece.  This is an affordable, fun way to unify your ceiling scheme with your tablescapes.

Our Sales Manager, Amanda, has developed a formula to produce a general idea of how many Paper Lanterns would fill a given space:

First she determines the square footage of the area ~
Example: 40x40 space = 1600 square feet.
1600 / 12 = 133.33

If you would like to have a lantern hung every 2 feet then divide the resulting number by 2 {or by 3 if you want the lanterns spaced every 3 feet, etc.}~
Example: 133.33 / 2 = rounded up to 67 lanterns
133.33 / 3 = rounded to 44 lanterns

Using this formula you can get a general idea of how many Paper Lanterns {&/or Pom-Poms &/or Hanging Parasols} would cover an area.  From here, you can do the math to determine whether this plan works for your budget, then play with spacing, sizes & clusters to adjust your total.  Determining the sizes & shapes of the decor you would like to work with depends on the aesthetic you are going for, but also the height of your ceiling.  The higher they are hung, the larger you may need to go, depending on the look you are going for.

Image courtesy of Doc Waldrop at Full Circle Lighting & Productions.

Now that you have a sense of how many Paper Lanterns you need,  how should you prepare to hang them?  If you are not planning on using a cord & socket set to illuminate the lantern(s), and are hanging them with or without LED Lights, there are a variety of hanging alternatives.  Many of our customers use fishing line or string, but you can also use pretty ribbons to mix & match with your color scheme.

Most of our Paper Lanterns come with an metal wire expander that is used to prop them open from the inside, and there is a hole at both the top and bottom of the lantern where the stiff wire runs across the diameter of each hole.  You can simply tie your suspension of choice to the wire and voila!  Now you can attach them to the ceiling with a small nail, screw eye or ceiling hook.  For lighter lanterns (and short-term installations) you may use a thumb tack or even wall tacky (depending on size/weight of lantern).

Another idea is to string a line of wire, fishing line or string across the room and then attach lanterns to that line.  Many of the suspension hardware (including various gauges of fishing line & wire) should be available at your local hardware store.  Be aware that with heavier lanterns, fishing line has a tendency to stretch, which will lower the lanterns (sometimes to an undesirable height). 

The Cultural Intrigue Team & I will be updating this post over the next few weeks to bring you the best, most thorough guide for paper lantern planning & installation.  Your professional feedback is welcomed with wide open arms, please share your comments, suggestions & insights on Facebook, Twitter or in the comment box below.  We look forward to hearing from you!

Happy Planning & Happy Shopping!

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Friday, January 4, 2013

The Mystique of Mercury Glass

Mercury Glass objects are riddled with gorgeous imperfections that interact with light and dazzle the eye with a unique radiance.   From the original pieces of the antique era to the affordable modern reproductions we are familiar with today, we are captivated by the beautiful inconsistencies that emanate from the surface of each piece.
Cultural Intrigue offers a variety of gorgeous Mercury Glass Vases in both Silver and Gold.  Photo by Cultural Intrigue.'s elegant use of a Silver Mercury Glass Vase.

Mercury Glass goblets, vases and candlesticks were first produced in the forests of Bohemia circa 1840, around the area now known as the Czech Republic. 
The silvered glass sensation quickly moved west and became very popular as it's production increased in Bohemia, England and the U.S. during the 19th Century. 
Many antique historians agree that the glassware produced during this period represents the exploration and development of the first glass art form.

Centerpiece via Project Wedding.  Photo by

The shimmering ornamental ware was originally manufactured by hand.  The glass was blown with double walls and then sealed after coating the enclosed surface of the inner wall with a metallic layer (which, contrary to popular belief, never contained mercury).  

The  pontil, or the opening at the bottom which allowed access to the the inside of the double wall, was sealed with wax or a cork to prevent air from degrading the painted surface.

Over time many antique pieces with damaged pontils were admired and regarded for their antiqued look.  Cultural Intrigue has adapted this appearance, recognizing the the reflective quality of the finish enhances the natural brilliance of candlelight.
Architecture- Inspired Austin Wedding.  Photograph by

Pictured above we see the Silver Mercury Glass Vase Bubble Design looking lovely in a gorgeous centerpiece arrangement by Petal Pushers.  Photo courtesy of

Silver and Gold Christmas tree featuring ornaments from Cultural Intrigue.  Photo and design by Alesya Opelt of Alesya Bags.

The aesthetic of Mercury Glass adds a classical elegance to any occasion, and is particularly well suited for the winter holidays.  Cultural Intrigue has been careful in the selection and expansion of inventory to establish a timeless modern appeal encouraged by vintage-inspired designs.  Such attention to detail is essential for those looking to develop a unique personal vision while designing weddings, production, events and interior décor.
Photo courtesy of Petalena.
Mercury glass can be combined with flora, paper lanterns, tissue paper decorations, pom poms and other styles of glassware when creating exclusive looks for centerpieces, tablescapes and mantles. 
Pictured left we see a Dreamy Candlelight Spring Wedding designed by  Petalena.  This soft, shimmery Table-scape features some signature Cultural Intrigue pieces; including (from left to right) the Gold Mercury Glass Tealight Holder (verticle motif),
 the Ice Blue Embossed Glass Candle Holder & Vase (fleur de lis), and the Gold Mercury Glass Votive Candle Holder (liquid motif).  As seen here, gold and blue makes a unique and fabulous pair. 
Below we see another unique styling created by  The overall look covers a variety of affordable decorative options;  combining silver mercury glass candle holders and vases with fuchsia and purple glass bottles.  Above they have hung white and lilac paper lanterns in sequence with some ivory tissue paper poms.

Photo by
No matter what your occasion or application, the Mystique of Mercury Glass is sure to leave a shining impression on your guests, family and friends.  Make the most of your winter and let the season shimmer with the warmth of gold, silver and colored Mercury Glass available at here at Cultural Intrigue. ~
Take a look at this inspirational Winter Holiday Soiree via Snippet & Ink.  Photos by Katie at Open Air Photography. You can find similar Mercury Glass Vases, Candle Holders and Ornaments here at Cultural Intrigue.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Napkin Rings~ Creative Folds and Other Applications

~With our brand new Napkin Ring inventory rolling in, I decided to look into the various ways people use these lovely little table accessories to make the most of their dinner parties, luncheons and events.~
This origami inspired Fleur De Lis fold requires a napkin ring to maintain it's loveliness.
Occasionally referred to as Serviette Rings, Napkin Rings will add elegance to any table scape.  The variety offered here at Cultural Intrigue can be matched with our place card holders, vases and candle holders to create delicious table decorations.

Large Gold Paisley Jewel Napkin Ring
Silver Jewel Napkin Ring
Since the inception of the napkin ring sometime during the 1830's, hundreds of napkin folds have been developed to accessorize the traditional artistry of folding innovation.  This post  features some wonderful folds that, with the compliment of a napkin ring, make a beautiful introduction to any formal or domestic meal.  Each photo features a link to a sight with step by step directions for recreating these mini masterpieces.  Take a look!~
Another take on the Fleur De Lis fold featuring our Ivory Capiz Napkin Ring.  Photo by Maia Bissette.
My coworker Amanda redesigned the Crown Fold using our Gold Swirl Jewel Napkin Ring.  Photo by Maia Bissette.
From left to right: The Ivy Fold featuring our Silver Pear Napkin Ring, A Classic Ring Fold accessorized by our Silver Swirl Jewel Napkin Ring (also available in gold), and The Pineapple Fold accented with our Small Silver Paisley Jewel Napkin Ring (also available in gold).  Photography by Maia Bissette.
Napkin folding is a luxury art that developed in Europe during the Renaissance and Baroque periods.  These incredible techniques originally used by the Royal Family, Imperials and Bourgeois to display their wealth during banquets has been studied and revived by the Catalonian Modern Master, Joan Sallas.  The extraordinary folding feats practiced by Sallas are often likened to Japanese origami, although the methods he has researched originated from Europe.
Our Silver Heart Jewel Napkin Ring, also available in gold, being used as a curtain back.  Photo By Maia Bissette
 Jen from i heart organizing uses a napkin ring with a dish towel.
When you are shopping Cultural Intrigue for objects to beautify your home, Napkin Rings are rather versatile as decorative accessories.
One may consider using them to garnish a table centerpiece, as a hair accessory, or by attaching ribbons and hooks to create tree ornaments.  They also work well as a curtain back for a light curtain.  With heavier curtains and towels they work great as a way to fashion the drape by sliding the ring up from the bottom so it hugs the center of the fabric (pictured left).
If you've ever considered making a light bulb vase, you could use a variety of our rings to support the bulb so that it sits nicely on the table.
Photo by Hanna from Charming Recycling.

These DIY recycled light bulb vases would look lovely resting on the Silver Napkin Ring, the Ivory Capiz Napkin Ring, the Silver Concave Napkin Ring, the Hammered Silver Napkin Ring, or the Silver Scrolling Napkin Ring; which are all featured products of Cultural Intrigue.  If you are creating a table scape you may consider mixing it up with one or two of each!  When you tire of the vases the rings can return to their intended function, very eco-chic!
Another wonderful way to use our Jeweled and Silver Napkin Rings is to wrap them into a bouquet.  Simply slide the ring up over the stems and wrap with the fabric of your choice; silk, lace, ribbon and burlap all offer a lovely interaction with the glamorous, brooch-like quality of our affordable Napkin Rings.

Needless to say, these luxurious artifacts will prove their worth in all manner of decor. 
Beautiful Jeweled Bouquet Wraps via Luna Bazaar's Pinterest.  Original sources~ Aileen Tran Event Stylist (left and right) and Heavenly Blooms (center).

~ Post content written and compiled by Customer Service and Sales Associate  Maia Bissette ~

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Halloween~ Folklore and Embellishment

Photo by Yulia Cosmos.
~Sales Team member Maia Bissette is at it again, this time her sights focused on making the most of fall's famed holiday~

All Hallows Eve, more commonly known as Halloween, is creeping up on us.  There are many fun ways to celebrate Halloween, and for those who are looking to express their appreciation for the supernatural ~ decoration can be a real joy!   Take a look at our Seasonal Halloween page featured on Cultural Intrigue.

As a child trick-or-treating in Vermont, one of my favorite experiences was visiting the eccentric young man living in the Farm Estate down the road from where I grew up.  He had a very old-time approach to sharing the Holiday.  Dressed in a tuxedo with white gloves, he would invite children and parents alike into his dining hall where an amazing home-made spread of candied apples, caramel popcorn, beverages and baked goods were laid out over a grand table under an antique chandelier.   We were welcomed by the warm glow of tapered candles presented in elegant candlesticks, and the seasonal decor was subtle, tasteful and lovely; with a focus on the harvest.

Skull Lantern String Lights
If you are interested in creating such hospitality yourself, we have a wonderful selection of vases and candle holders for accenting your mantles, tables and windowsills with tea lights, tapered and and pillar candles.
Vases with twigs adorned by faux cobwebs makes a fun centerpiece, and baby pumpkins and gourds look great with old photographs and matching flowers.
Orange luminaries lining your front path would be a sure way to guide friends and neighbors to your door.
Nylon Spooky Spiders Lantern String Lights
Bats & Cats Lantern String Lights

Jack O' Lantern String Lights
Skeleton Lantern String Lights
Consider the application of our spooky new Halloween String Lights (pictured).  They would look boo-tiful strung along the crest of a mantle or hanging in an archway.  These designs are a unique new product worth a second look.
If you live in a neighborhood and are looking to lure in some adorable trick-or-treaters; fall colors of honeycomb decorations & paper lanterns accompanied by Halloween string lights would appear rather enticing strung above maniacally grinning pumpkins ;)
Fantastic porch Decor by Suzanne of Our Southern Nest.
If your abode is located off the beaten path, you might be interested in inviting friends and relatives for a costume party or haunted house.  Perhaps just a small, simple gathering~ just a little something to ensure that you can decorate and celebrate as well!

 For those of you looking to add a little DIY to your decorating, Cultural Intrigue's inventory offers an excellent selection of goods for fabulous projects.
I have scoured the internet looking for examples of our inventory in action, and to my pleasant surprise came across some creations that will be sure to make the most of your Hallows Eve!
Take a look at these great Paper Lantern projects from Martha Stewart and Country Living:

Take a peek at these playful pumpkin paper lanterns via
 Martha Stewart Living.
It's not too late to make an impression on all those ghosts and ghouls expected to make an appearance come Halloween~ whether they be of this earth or from some other realm! 

Even if you're planning on keeping your holiday intimate, Cultural Intrigue has the inventory to spice up your evening while you curl up in costume and watch horror movies after dark.  If you get scared you can light up your lanterns with some LED lights to keep a creepy ambiance and a watchful eye on the lookout for spooks and spirits who may be hovering close by.

Crafty crow lanterns via Country Living.  Photo by Jack Kernic.
~The History of All Hallows Eve~ A Brief Overview:
As with many modern Western holidays, Christian influence reinvented the calendar of ancient customs.  All Saints Day once marked the most significant festival of the Celtic Year, known as Samhain (pronounced Sah-ween), which was celebrated on the date corresponding with November 1st.
For the Celtic people the profound significance of the annual event recognized the end of the harvest and the beginning of winter.  During this time of closure and transition the Celts believed that the ghosts of those who had died would intermingle with the living as their journey to the after-world commenced; aided by presence of otherworldly spirits such as Faerie and other Supernatural Deities.
Despite efforts to abolish the traditions and perceptions of the ancient Celtic New Years celebration; the beliefs and rituals live on in the traditions of Halloween (formerly known as All Hallows Eve), which falls on the night before All Saints Day. 

~Post content compiled and written by Maia Bissette~

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Rustic Themes with Vintage Inspiration

~Sales Team member Maia Bissette investigates ways to make the most of your Rustic Themed Event by incorporating Vintage Inspired elements that Cultural Intrigue has to offer~

Paper Lanterns create a romantic vintage atmosphere, especially in barns and back yard settings!  As seen here during an intimate Barnyard Wedding in Tulsa featured on Ruffled.  Photo by Geneoh Photography
Photo by  Aida Krgin via Bridal Tweet.
Planning a rustic wedding (or other occasion) is a joyful challenge worth exploring.  The timeless aesthetic allows for the unification and playful dynamic of a wide variety of colors and textures.  Stunning heirloom treasures can coexist with vintage inspired glassware and neutral burlap linens.  Domestic details instill a sense of nostalgia and the beauty of a location’s history has room to shine.  For the guests the theme creates a sense of comfort where many feel at home.

Here we see our lovely Paper Paddle Fans presented with their guest book during Jessica & Alex's Homestead Vintage Style Wedding and featured on Rustic Wedding Chic.  Photos by Freshly Wed.

Cultural Intrigue offers an extensive variety of decorations that pair well in rustic styled weddings and events.  From paper lanterns, parasols and hand fans to vintage inspired glassware and ornaments, we have what you need to fill in and compliment the treasures you are building your theme around.  Whether you are planning a grand event or an intimate get together, little accents like vases and hand fans create fun and interesting atmospheres to share with your friends and family.

Shabby Chic tablescapes work for many celebrations, like this Southern Christmas featured on The Decorista.  The Turquoise Square Antique Medicine Bottle may be hard to find, but here on Cultural Intrigue you can find affordable alternatives.

This gorgeous rustic seaside wedding uses Mercury Glass Votives and Vintage Bottles for floral presentation and decor (see below for detail).  Featured on LuxeFinds. Photo by John Schnack Photography.
Photo by John Schnack Photography

Rustic locations encourage the mind to explore the history of an area.  Designers can expand on the natural beauty of a setting by incorporating vintage inspired glassware with flora, furniture, fabrics and paper decorations

The most interesting aspect of working within such a vague and whimsical idea is that it allows the details of an event to evolve organically, and really speak to the unique aspects of the people and place being celebrated.  No matter where you are planning on holding your event, the tradition and culture of the area can be captured and magnified with decorations and props.  

The variety of objects one can use to best describe the personality of an event can sometimes feel overwhelming.  A good way to approach your decor is to choose the main elements of the event that are a must, then build around them.  What is so great about the rustic, shabby-chic vintage approach is that there are so many fun factors to work with in order to communicate what personally moves you.

Americana intermixed with Asian influence is elegant, fun and ever-so vintage inspired.  Items like our bamboo Paper Parasols look lovely in photographs and also protect you and your guests from UV rays while providing a fun and affordable gift to remember you by!  As seen here in this lovely photo by Jessica Kettle Photography via Trend Setting Wedding.

These sweet little flower girls are enjoying their Paper Parasols during this laid back Rustic Wedding in California.  Photo by Michelle Pattee via Snippet & Ink.
Photo by Maia Bissette
Whether you're down on the farm, on the family estate, overlooking the ocean or in your own back yard, our inventory offers a wide selection of elegant solutions and design inspiration to guide you through developing your dream party.  With our affordable accents you can focus on your DIY projects and capture the vintage inspired rustic theme you are going for.
The more you explore Cultural Intrigue's site, the more you realize each line of product has been carefully expanded to exemplify modern trends while still honoring the timeless beauty of vintage classics.
For each favored shape you will find a variety of colors to choose from, and there is plenty of room and inventory to mix and match in order to accommodate your unique vision.  Our talented team of Sales Representatives are here to help guide you through and aid in color matches, product measurements and shipping options.

If you're looking to lavish your rustic event with vintage inspired affordable decor, look no further!  Cultural Intrigue is here to help you romanticize any location with precious nostalgia and domestic glamor.
Photo by Maia Bissette