Traditionally Lotus lanterns are commonly used for the Thai Loi Krathong Festival - guests are asked to ignite a flame and cast the vessel adrift with a wish for the coming year. I like this tradition. Plus, it will make my party so pretty!
The use of paper lanterns has been synonymous with festivities and celebrations in Chinese homes for a long time. Today this concept is being used all over the world to illuminate and brighten the interiors of modern homes and to make celebrations and festival an occasion to reminisce.