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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Highlight garden structures using string lights or net lights affixed to
trees and buses, trellises, sheds, arbors.
- Place candles, tea lights, votives or fabric lanterns on buffet tables and
- Float candles in bird baths, pools or ponds.
Floating solar lights are
- Create dance floor by hanging mini-disco ball from a tree branch and
pointing a spotlight at it.
- Use retro lava lamps and fiber-optic domes or globes for themed lighting
that’s funky and fun.
- 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.
- Adorn flea market or thrift store chandeliers holding tea lights and hang
from an overhead support or canopy.