global lounge style party theme

I’ve been admiring this swanky party theme from the ultra-creative Joanna of Lotushaus for a while now.  She created this fun “Global Lounge” theme for Thanksgiving (yes, Thanksgiving!!), but don’t you think this look would also work beautifully for a variety of occasions? I’m thinking bridal shower, engagement party, or milestone birthday for starters…

What I love about Joanna’s designs are that they’re always so hip & contemporary – but also very “doable” – which is the perfect recipe for inspiring others! Here are some details on how her Thanksgiving “Global Lounge” came to be…

global lounge style party theme

The inspiration: A bolt of blue and brown satin ribbon that Joanna already owned is what kicked this whole thing off! She wanted to give the dinner a “hip hotel lounge” vibe incorporating these colors.

Design Elements: Global design accents such as origami, rattan, Chinese knots, classic patterns (like woven cane and circle medallions); DJ uplights were also used to jazz up the ambiance and provide mood lighting.

Joanna fashioned paper cranes (which carry a subtle resemblance to the shape of a turkey) from gift wrapping paper and used crimped silver wire to hang them from kiwi vines (available at Michaels stores and other florist/craft supplies). To keep the kiwi vines standing upright, they were inserted into floral foam placed inside of a drinking glass, which was wrapped in turquoise tissue paper. LED tea lights were dropped into the glass as well and gave the arrangements a cool, magical, “loungy” glow!

global lounge style party theme

Cane patterned fabric was used to create the napkins. (Joanna sewed the napkins herself, but you can also find similar designs in pre-printed paper or fabric napkins…no sewing skills required!)

Homemade bookmarks that read “Happy Thanksgiving!” and featured inspiring quotes made for a thoughtful touch.

global lounge style party theme

Every hip lounge needs a fabulous drink! Joanna’s husband whipped up a signature blue mocktail featuring blue raspberry lemonade – which was served to guests in swanky martini glasses. Custom monogrammed drink tags made from scrapbooking supplies were attached to the stem of each glass and doubled as place cards. {For blue cocktail ideas, try a Blue Bird Martini or a Blue Champagne Cocktail.}

global lounge style party theme

The blue-trimmed rattan placemats used at each place setting were a true score at a local discount retailer – only $1 each! Gotta love it when you stumble on great finds like that!

global lounge style party theme

For the party favors, Joanna wrapped up yummy iced gingerbread cookies in a kraft pillow box, then decorated the box with satin ombre ribbon, a custom gift tag, and a Chinese knot (details, details!)

global lounge style party theme

Fantastic party, Joanna – thanks so much for the fabulous inspiration, as always!

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Ashley SAYS:

oh my, i looooove those centerpieces!

January 19, 2009 at 8:42 am

Chris Nease SAYS:

What great details! Simple and do-able. And I love that it doesn’t stop at the dining table. The whole room is inviting!

January 19, 2009 at 9:06 am

joanna SAYS:

Hi Jennifer, Thanks for all you do! I am awarding you the Blog Luv award for your fabulous creativity! Check it out here:

January 19, 2009 at 12:58 pm

amy @ stem SAYS:

Yay for spreading some Joanna love around. Everything she does makes me want to simultaneously crawl inside her brain and into her parties and live there forever.

Awesome, J.

January 19, 2009 at 2:42 pm

jenn s. SAYS:

Thanks so much, Joanna!! I will be sure to spread the Luv around too :)

January 19, 2009 at 3:51 pm

Kandice SAYS:

I love those centerpieces. I feel some inspiration coming on!

January 19, 2009 at 5:24 pm

Sarah SAYS:

What an awesome color palate!

-Sarah from Create Studio

January 19, 2009 at 5:56 pm

sarah SAYS:

what a wonderful twist to the traditional thanksgiving decor! LOVE it!

January 20, 2009 at 5:46 am

Calirel SAYS:

Wonderful, colors, details, calligraphy, light… I love all of it !

January 21, 2009 at 8:31 am

Sandra @ Ribbons and Favors SAYS:

This feels like a scene from a 50’s movie. I expect to see Dean Martin seat himself at the table! Great theme that can be used for so many gatherings. I noticed the very cute Kraft Pillow Favor Boxes that set off the nice ribbon trim.

January 21, 2009 at 8:57 pm

Linda SAYS:

I like the rustic touch of the centerpieces and of course the cool, refreshing blue color. The modern setting reveals it global lounge style – love it! This is definitely a good idea for bridal showers. I want to include this to my list of option. I also visited where I saw lots of bridal shower ideas.

February 5, 2009 at 6:11 pm

Vanessa SAYS:

Can anyone tell me where i can get those centerpieces? whether it is online or at a store . Thank you

February 6, 2009 at 9:19 pm

designergirl007 SAYS:

I adore your site. This is such a great idea for Thanksgiving. It is all so inspiring I can’t wait to get started on my next party!

February 9, 2009 at 3:04 pm

Marti Thomas SAYS:

Any idea where to get the awesome vases?

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