Outdoor parties are what the summer is all about; cool drinks, warm weather, and the company of friends and family makes for a perfect summer day. But, just because the sun is setting doesn’t mean the party has to stop! Outdoor lighting illuminates your yard and keeps the fun going while decorating and adding a bit of excitement to your home. Here are a few outdoor party lighting ideas to help you get started on brightening up your summer nights!
Solar lights are a great way to light up your yard and require almost no maintenance! During the day, the solar panels on the lamps gather energy and when the sun goes down they illuminate in the darkness. Solar lights are available in a variety of styles, such as hanging lanterns that can be placed around the garden or post lights to illuminate a walkway. They also come in an assortment of colors making it easy to find lights that go well with the theme of your home and mood you are trying to create in your yard.
If you want to bring a tropical, island feel to your yard try placing tiki torches around the garden. There are different types of tiki torches, so you can choose the one that would fit best in your yard. They come in traditional bamboo, or metal for a more modern look and you can get them any height: short to illuminate a pathway or tall to light up a larger area. Tiki torches can also be used to repel bugs and insects which will make your party more enjoyable for guests!
String lights are incredibly versatile and always add a little excitement. You can wrap them around columns, tree trunks or bushes for a soft glow, or string them along the ceiling of an awning to give the appearance of twinkling stars. If you want to get creative, you can cover the lights with cupcake wrappers, small paper cups, or paper origami to create colorful, eye catching decorations.
Lanterns are an easy, funky way to spruce up your backyard. They come in numerous shapes, sizes and colors so you can really get artistic with them and go wild! Choose from a conventional globe shape or opt for the tear drop style for a more updated look. Pick similar colors in a variety of sizes for a little extra pizzazz. There are countless ways to mix and match these fun, decorative lights!
If you want to get more in touch with your creative side, you can always create your own outdoor lighting. You can cover mason jars in colored paper or punch pattered holes in recycled tin cans, then place tea lights in them and distribute around your yard for a crafty, homey look. Fill empty wine or beer bottles with string lights to create a subtle glow on tables or around the yard. If you have a bird bath, you can add some lit tea lights for your outdoor party too.
This article is by Juliette, a guest contributor for Carolina Lanterns, a manufacturer of custom-made gas and electric lanterns that add a touch of elegance to any indoor or outdoor space.