Planning a party in your backyard? A soiree in the garden? Or maybe an evening relaxing on your porch. Whether it is an outdoor dinner with friends or a romantic date with your significant other, ambiance and lighting, make all the difference. As the sun sets and it gets dark, you are often forced to move inside. Why to give up on a great evening, when there are a variety of options for lighting up your backyard or garden. While some of them may require professional assistance, there are quite a few which you can put together yourself, at minimal cost. These outdoor lighting tips will give your space a beautiful new look and feel.
- Mason Jar Lanterns
Lanterns are sure to give your garden a romantic and cozy vibe. While lanterns made of paper would not last long outdoors, mason jars are a great replacement. You can buy them online and attach wire hangers to them. Use stained glass lanterns to add some color or go old-school with kerosene lanterns. Hang them up around your garden, on trees or balcony railings and get ready for date night under the stars!
- Fairy lights
Fairy lights are a pretty and inexpensive way to light up your porch. You can find a variety of them on the market, in many different colors and designs. You can loop them around bushes or tree branches along the perimeter. One more way to use fairy lights outdoors is to make balls from wires and wrap the lights around them. Suspend these on trees. This is sure to give your evening a magical feel.
- Bottle lights
Another super easy solution for outdoor lighting. All you need is some glass or beer bottles and string lights. Stuff some colorful string lights into the bottles and set them up on tables or the ground. Using colorful or painted bottles will give it an even better look.
The tried and tested solution is, of course, using candles. Tables and Buffets require lighting but may be far from electrical outlets. You can buy or make scented candles, use candle holders and prop them up as centerpieces on tables. Set up pillar candles around the perimeter and paths to light the way. Floating lamps are also a really beautiful lighting option. If you happen to have a bird bath, you can float tea candles in it for added atmosphere. For a rustic and beautiful look, candles are your best bet.
Another innovative way to use fairy lights is to create an easy DIY hula hoop chandelier. All that is required is a medium sized hula-hoop and some tape. Just loop the lights around the hula-hoop, secure with tape and suspend from the ceiling. You can substitute the hula-hoop with branches for a more natural and rustic look. A wire basket, filled with votive candles could also make a stunning outdoor chandelier. Use solar lights for a more inexpensive and environment-friendly solution.
- Lighted tables
Lighting up the tables themselves is a great lighting solution if you are expecting your party to be big. Drape the tables with transparent or translucent table clothes, preferably in yellow and white. Under the tables, you can set up LED lights for a beautiful glow all around your outdoor space.
All of these inventive outdoor lighting tips will help you enjoy your backyard and provide a sense of security. The right choice of outdoor lighting will add beauty and appeal to your home. So get ready, roll up your sleeves and spruce up your backyard!