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Kelsey Raymond
Jun 12, 2014

10 Awesome Outdoor Summer Party Lighting Ideas

Between good food, good family and friends and plenty of warm weather, having an outdoor summer party is usually a great experience.  Make it one that will be distinctive in your mind and in those of your outdoor summer party guests by getting creative with your lighting, turning your event space into something truly magical.

Outdoor Summer Party Lighting Ideas

Candles, candles and more candles—Covering your space with lit candles (each placed in a safe candle holder, of course) in a variety of sizes will make your outdoor summer party event space look both elegant and magical.  Be sure to get unscented candles or to choose some that have complementary aromas so as not to overwhelm partygoers’ noses.

Light strands—Coat your summer event space with light strands (white for an elegant, sophisticated feel, colored for a more casual and entertaining experience) and notice how the décor comes to life.

Light strands

Rope lights—These can be purchased in a variety of colors, and that allows you to customize your lighting scheme to fit your yard, party theme or personal taste.  Wrap rope lights around banisters, patio furniture, tables, trees, plants, etc.  Tip: using multiple light ropes to line the majority of a focal piece on your house or yard—for example, coating a particularly central shrub—will create an eye-grabbing piece of natural art.

Paper lanterns—Whether solo with lights in them or the long chains of smaller lanterns on Christmas light-like strands, paper lanterns are a great way to create ambiance in an outdoor event space.

Lanterns—Use any kind of lantern you can find—metal, antique, camping, you name it.  Placing lit lanterns around your summer outdoor party event space will elevate your décor, creating a fun and exciting space with a truly outdoor focus.


Night orbs—These unique granite-appearing blocks are an excellent addition to any outdoor event because of their natural feel and ambient glow.

Colored spotlights—Easy to install and varying from electric to solar-powered, spotlights with white or colored bulbs are sure to bring some added pizzazz to your outdoor summer event space.  They allow you to easily highlight focal elements, drawing attention to the food tables, décor and entertainment elements, keeping your guests engaged in the party action the whole night through.

Bonfire & tiki torches—You cannot go wrong with natural lighting, and bonfires and tiki torches both provide just that.  Tiki torches create pops of lighting around the event space and can also help prevent pesky mosquitoes and other bugs.  A bonfire doubles as lighting and an entertainment option, giving your guests the opportunity to lounge around the fire or make an outdoor summer favorite treat—s’mores.

tiki torches

House lights and lamps—Take your indoor lighting outdoors.  Use table lamps, floor lamps and any other lamps you can find to light your outdoor space, bringing a stylish element to your outdoor tables, food tables, décor and entertainment areas.

Glowing jars—Use mason jars, clear glass jars, translucent colored glasses and other see-through glass items as lighting canisters and use tea lights or votive candles to illuminate those glasses.

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