Paper lanterns make me happy. They are usually cheap, they can make a huge impact on any setting, and I have yet to find a color scheme they couldn't match. Really. An under-rated decor miracle.
Not just in solids anymore, you can find them in an array of patterns or even modify them yourself with cut-outs or paints. Each one can be used as-is or as a started for some truly original pieces that your friends will want to copy.
Below are some beauties that may fit in to your next party or maybe just spice up your home. Either way, you'll be inspired and get a lot of bang for your buck!