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10 Tips for Outdoor Decorating With Lights

If you’re throwing an evening garden party and you want to make it special you can decorate your outdoor space with different style of lights. There are lots of different tricks and styles you can use for your outdoor lighting. Depending on the mood you want to set you can use candles, torches or even mason jars.

Here are 10 easy ways to create instant atmosphere that won’t break the budget.

  1. Ensure guest safety by illuminating driveways, paths, stairs, pool decks, and dark corners. Do this inexpensively by making paper bag lanterns from tea lights and brown paper lunch bags. Place few rocks inside each lantern as anchors. Also easy-to-install but more of an investment: solar path lighting, or low voltage landscape lighting kits.
  2. Place citronella candles and tiki torches around a patio or deck to deter insects but not too close to the food, as the smell can overpower flavors.
  3. Party tent lights in multi-colored, themed, and bright white strings are inexpensive and easy to find. So are strings of decorative paper Chinese lanterns. Use spot lights and solar lights, which are more of an investment, to accent landscaping and illuminate paths.
  4. Highlight garden structures using string lights or net lights affixed to trees and buses, trellises, sheds, arbors.
  5. Place candles, tea lights, votives or fabric lanterns on buffet tables and bars.
  6. Float candles in bird baths, pools or ponds. Floating solar lights are also available.
  7. Create dance floor by hanging mini-disco ball from a tree branch and pointing a spotlight at it.
  8. Use retro lava lamps and fiber-optic domes or globes for themed lighting that’s funky and fun.
  9. Fill mason jars with about five centimeters of sand, then drop in a tea light for a pretty, affordable light that will not go out with the slightest puff of wind. Place a row along the side of a path and on each stair.
  10. Adorn flea market or thrift store chandeliers holding tea lights and hang from an overhead support or canopy.

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