(With summer beckoning, we had to pull these fun lanterns from our archives. Perfect for your next garden party. Enjoy!) Libations and lighting have never been mutually exclusive. No longer merely a garnish for sweet island drinks, the classic cocktail umbrella now creates the perfect mood for entertaining in its new incarnation: lamps. Last fall at the Renegade Craft Fair in Chicago's Wicker Park, we discovered these whimsical lamps made by Heather Wells of *bright lights little city*. Heather's creations include two collections, Lush and Milky Way, and are offered in various shapes, sizes and styles. The cocktail-centric Lush Collection delights drinkers and non-drinkers alike with Cheers! Spheres (5"), Happy Hour ( 40.5" around and our personal favorite), Nightcaps (5.5" tall), and Last Call (6" wide, 13" tall) all running from $10 to $85.
For the Milky Way Collection, Heather has woven colorful quilling paper to structure both hanging and table lamps for $75 each. At 5" wide and 12.5" tall, the lamps cast light that brings to mind mint juleps and raspberry berets, butterscotch and moonlight (all appropriately and deliciously named). On or off, they will set the mood: the cocktail umbrellas glow in the dark, making this all just too good to be true. -heather