Decoratons Summer 2019

The WHERE TO FIND IT - DECORATIONS page provides ideas on where to find interesting and hard to find items that dress up your serving table and make entertaining more fun, whether for elegant or casual occasions.  Prices, where they are provided, are subject to change without notice.
Contents change with the seasons.

You’re having a party, time to decorate.


Pier 1


Pier 1 has a very good selection of table runners and tablecloths, including checks, stripes, floral and geometric designs, many in summer colors.  The top row is all tablecloths.  Special attention to the one on the right, as it is actually designed for patio tables with umbrellas, and sold online only.  Most tablecloths come in the typical sizes, many have table runners in the same pattern.  The black check tablecloth comes in 70” round, but that is only available online.  Most have napkins in the same pattern.  The bottom two rows are table runners.  Most are cotton, but a few are cotton and linen.   All come in 72” length, and the Carnival stripe on the bottom left also comes in 108” length.  All are 13” r 14” wide.  Some also have placemats or napkins in the same pattern.

The top row shows placemats.  The Monstera Leaf on the left is 16.5” x 18” and is ethylene-vinyl acetate (basically plastic, and easily cleaned).  On the right is a set of 4 cotton placemats in spring/summer colors.  In the bottom row, on the left is a beaded turtle napkin ring.  The napkin ring in the middle and the napkins on the right are also the Monstera Leaf pattern.

Find these décor items in Pier 1 stores and online at P1 DÉCOR. for tablecloths, runners and placemats, and P1 NAP for the napkins and napkin rings.


Oriental Trading Company

Oriental Trading Company has an amazing array of party supplies.  They started out using catalogs to sell to teachers, expanded to corporate sales and now sell to everyone online. 


The flamingos on the left above are sold in a set of 2.  The metal stakes are 9.75” and 12”; the flamingos are 8” x 3” and 9” x 5.5”, making the taller flamingo just over 21” on the stand, and the shorter about 18” with the stand.  Assembly is required.  Most reviewers were reasonably happy with the quality, especially for the price, and most said the assembly process wasn’t bad.  On the left is the Coastal Seaside sailboat which is sold as a centerpiece.  It is 17.5” x 9.25” x 1.5”.  The ship is wood with cotton sales.  The Website price is $13.88 for both the flamingo set and the sailboat.  While the sailboat is certainly table top size, the flamingos could be used either on a table or the floor.  Find these décor items online at OTC DÉCOR.


World Market

World Market grew from a San Francisco businessman selling imported hand-woven wicker from one of the city’s piers in the 1950s to over 259 stores nationwide today.  They specialize in original and handmade items from around the world sold at great prices in their stores and online.


The table runners in the top row are all cotton.  The two on the left are 14” x 72” and the one on the right is 16” x 90”.  The bottom row features collections, including Green Tropical Leaf Molai, Aqua Peony and Botanical Poppy.  All these collections include table runners, tablecloths, napkins and placemats.  Find many more collections in World Market stores or online at WM TABLE.

Decorating with Lights

In this section we feature traditional and new ways that lighting can reinforce the party theme, enhance the party’s ambience, or set the whole tone of your party, making it more romantic or fun .  Candles are perennial favorites because colors can change with the seasons, or lovely neutral colors work year round, and they can be displayed in a variety of interesting ways.  Candle holders can be decorations in their own right.  Party lights have also been popular.  Now technology has brought us micro string lights, “flameless” candles, floating tea candles and submersible lighting at prices that are affordable.  And with minimal effort, you can incorporate lighting into your party decorations.
Most companies selling the new lighting forms are focusing their photography on the lights themselves, rather than showing how they can be used.  See our DECORATING WITH LIGHTS board on Pinterest® for some examples of how string lights and the various new kinds of “candles” can be used alone and in combination with traditional decorative lighting.

Create your own amazing new party lighting.

100 Candles sells only online.  This enables them to have a huge inventory covering most every type of candle imaginable.  They are located in Bell Gardens, CA (Los Angeles area).  If you want to know just how much they love the candle business, take a look at their Facebook page or the Gallery on their own site.

100 Candles has an amazing assortment of pillar candles:  round, square, short, tall, marbled, frosted, chunky, 1 wick, 3 wicks and more.  They also have a good selection of pillar candle holders.

Floating candles add their own kind of ambience as decorations.  Here you can find plain, lots of colors, flowers, frogs, fish and more.  You can also find the new floating flameless candles (on the right above) that do or don’t flicker, and in lots of colors.  Either a real or artificial flower adds a lovely finishing touch to the display.

Flameless candles are becoming better developed and available in more sizes.  Above on the left are tea candles in a number of colors (votives are available in the same colors).  On the right are transparent luminaries with colored votive candles providing the color.

On the left above is a string of pink Fairy Lights.   Fairy Lights come in lots of colors, a few string lengths and some are submersible.  On the right is a centerpiece created using blue tea lights and light bases.

On the left light bases are set in glass holders.  On the right you can see how it all fits together.  Glass candle holders are used, all with artificial flowers and basic white floating candles on the top, some with light bases in the bottom or submersible string lights woven through the flowers.

Find these candles and lights and many, many more online at 100 CANDLES.


Crafted Candles

Located in the St. Louis metropolitan area, Crafted Candles has a good assortment of candles, from regular tapers to sophisticated pillars and floating candles, with a full selection of sizes and colors.  They have an amazing variety of seasonal and holiday candles in various formats too.  Their candles are not inexpensive, but they are very good quality.  They sell online only.

Among their seventeen colors, Crafted Candles has pretty much any color votive candle you need.  They burn about 10 hours and are sold by the box of 35 (1 color per box).  They have 15 colors of pillar candles, in 2”, 3” and 4” diameters, with heights from 3” to 12”, sold individually or in sets.  They taper candles, sphere candles and more, including the beautiful collection on the right .  This is the summer version of Kapula Candles pillar candles (they have different patterns for various seasons).  What makes them special besides their beauty is that they are hand poured and hand painted, and as the candles burn, they show a lovely glow from inside that illuminates the artistry of the design.  The pillars are 3” diameter and come in 4”, 6” and 8” heights.  They are also available in straight sided candles, votives and cubes.  Candles are sold individually.

Their offering of floating candles in flower (center) and butterfly (right) patterns is amazing.  All these floaters are made with food-grade wax, so they’re even safe for use in punch bowls or on food trays.  These floating candles are sold individually and in sets of 3 mixed patterns.  They offer a selection of 45 flower floaters ($2.50 to $6.00 for individual candles and $8.00 for sets of 3.  Most individual candles are 2.5” to 3.5” diameter. Most candles under 3” burn 3-4 hours, and over 3” burn 4-6 hours. Choose from 5 individual butterfly candles and 2 sets of 3.  Sizes range from about 2” to about 7”.  The 2” butterflies burn about 4 hours, and the larger burn about 12-15 hours.  The smaller candles cost between $1.50 to $2.50 each.  The two larger candles are actually pool candles, and cost $8.00 or $10.00.  Prices are included here because they are so very competitive.  Find these and more candles online at CRAFTED CANDLES.


Save On Crafts

This family owned business began in 2005 when Rob Latham, who had been working for a well known home décor company realized the extent to which an online business could out perform even traditional big box retailers, and still provide better quality products and working environment.  He started in a small warehouse with a single office and selling only online.  By 2008 the company hit critical mass, and the beginning of high annual growth.  Profits since have been reinvested in the company, staff, three warehouses and offering a wider selection of high quality products (60% made in the USA).  The company’s Mission Statement sums this business up beautifully:  We exist to serve by providing our customers with unlimited high quality décor options, at unbeatable everyday prices with unbelievably quick shipping and amazing service.  With over 19,000 5 star reviews, you can be pretty sure they live up to that statement.

Save On Crafts offers an extensive selection of candle holders that can be used for floating candles at amazingly low prices.  They are called a dish garden bowls.  These clear glass bowls are the most familiar vehicle for floating candles; two designs are shown.  They are both available here in 8” and 10” diameters, and the one on the right is available in 6” diameter. Dish garden bowls (6” to 10”) are $3.99 to $9.99.

The  square candle holders come in three heights, shown with regular pillar candles on the left and floating candles on the right.  These holders are hand blown.  They can be purchased individually or in sets of 3.  The set shown includes 4” x 4” candles in 6” ($4.99 each) 8” ($5.99) and 12” ($ $7.99) heights (this set sells for $16.99 without the candles, about 10% savings).

Above are a two set of 3 cylinder glass candle holders, with pillar candles on the left and floating candles on the right.  The holders accommodate 3” diameter candles and the holders shown range from 7.6” to 10.5” high.  These are also hand blown.  Costs are 3.25” x 6” to 4” x 17”) for $2.99 to $11.99  Set prices are slightly less.

These are the same 3 candle holders, but set atop an octagonal table mirror.  The table mirror shown is 10” diameter.  This 4 piece set sells for $16.99, or you can have an 8” mirror for $1 less or a 12” mirror for $2 more, or you can buy each of the elements separately.   Table mirrors (round, octagonal or square) are available in sizes from 5” to 16”, at $2.99 to $9.99 each.  The mirrors really highlight whatever arrangement you have in the holders.

At these prices, you can have shimmering lighting in every party room.  Find these and many other really affordable ways to decorate with lighting online at SOC LIGHTS.