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Globe ice lanterns fit nicely into the traditions surrounding the many winter holidays, especially those which use candles to symbolize light or the return of the sun—Winter Solstice, Hanukkah, Christmas, Yule, Diwali, Yalda and Kwanzaa, to name a few. Globe ice lanterns can also make beautiful and thoughtful "ice candle" memorials.
Many people create and use ice lanterns to decorate a winter yard by placing on the porch, on a birdbath or to illuminate a pathway. However, globes can also be used to create beautiful, glowing indoor centerpieces for winter weddings, celebrations, events or to set a romantic mood. The possibilities are endless!
To make a simple indoor display with common household items, use a footed cake plate inside a large bowl. The globe ice lantern sits on the cake plate and drips into the bowl- works like a charm! Here is a PDF with more specific instructions on making ice lantern centerpieces How to guide for Centerpieces.
Here are a few indoor display ideas:
When displaying a globe ice lantern OUTDOORS, if you want them to last, it is best to place them in the shade and/or where melting ice will not create a safety hazard. If they are placed in the sun, they will slowly shrink during cold temps, but they will become sun-etched and look even more beautiful! And, when they have been well used, you can make more . . .
Globe ice lanterns can be placed on any surface that will tolerate water and cold—cement, grass, ice or snow. The issue of air flow also needs to be addressed—too much air and the candle might blow out, too little and the flame will die. Candles, faux candles, LED, or little white lights can be used to light the lanterns.
Ideas for displaying globe ice lanterns outdoors:
Weddings - Ice Lanterns are a spectacular addition to a winter wedding. Small globes lining the entrance with large globes or sculptures adding a focal point by the doors. Centerpieces on every table act as gazing balls for your guests—they evolve and change throughout the event. A large globe dresses up a food and/or dessert table. Implementing one or more of these ideas will add an element of magic that will be remembered by all.
Hostess Gifts - Going to a Holiday party? Have a globe delivered to the hostess’ door as a hostess gift. This idea is sure to surprise and delight.
Private or Corporate Functions - As with weddings, ice lanterns and luminary sculptures can put an element of elegance and beauty to any private function that celebrates life’s milestones—birthdays, retirement, anniversaries, funerals or . . .
Birthdays - As a new and special birthday surprise, a lit ice globe can be delivered to any doorstep in the Twin Cities area. An bag of extra candles, matches + a note card can be added.
Valentine’s Day - Surprise your valentine with a beautiful globe ice lantern lit with a red candle and nested in red roses - WOW!
Christmas, Winter Solstice or any Winter Holiday Party - The return of light and/or the use of candles as a symbol is the common thread that links most of the holidays during the winter months. It is easy to see, therefore, how ice lanterns can be incorporated into holiday gathering to bolster old traditions or create new ones.
Chanukah (Hanukkah) - A beautiful new tradition for celebrating this ancient festival of lights is to create a Menorah (Hanukia) with 9 globe ice lanterns - one for each of the 8 days plus a shamash. If a blue glow is desired, little blue string lights or blue LED lights can be used in lieu of standard candles.
Winter Nighttime Festivals - Ice Luminary sculptures can be made in one large spectacular group or they can be scattered throughout an event to add charm to every corner.Ice Luminary Custom Pricing
Basic Exterior Installation
Memorials - Globe ice lanterns are a wonderful way to remember and honor the departed during Christmas. It is a cherished Finnish tradition to place “ice candles” or ice lanterns on the graves of loved ones in the cemetery on Christmas Eve. This beautiful tradition can be extended to include New Year’s Eve, Valentine’s Day, an anniversary, or to commemorate the day of passing.