Knowing I have a childlike fascination for hot air balloons, Kurt surprised me with a box of Chinese sky lanterns for Christmas. These are airborne paper lanterns, powered by a small candle or fuel cell. The flame heats the air inside the lantern, lowering it's density and causing it to rise upward, high into the air. Then you make a wish.
Over the weekend, we had the best time sending these off into the night's sky. (Just speculation, but we probably stirred a small panic among unknowing onlookers, since from afar, the lanterns resemble an invading fleet of flying saucers.) There is something magical about seeing a bright, flickering flame suspending so high in mid-air. What a trick! We watched them flickering miles away before they disappeared into the clouds.
Given the right location, I think these would be a really fantastic and memorable finale to an outdoor wedding or party. You can snag a few of your own here, or do like my Mr. and troll around Ebay.
Here's a look at Taiwan's famed Pingxi Lantern Festival. Wouldn't you love to be there?
So much fun.