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10 Ways to Light Up Your Summer Patio Party!

10 Ways to Light Up Your Summer Patio Party

Every backyard party needs some pretty lighting. Whether, you like a string of lights in the trees, lanterns, or votives, there are plenty to choose from. I’ve rounded up some of my favorites, (starting at just around $5), after the jump!


  • Globe Lights 1 of 10
    Globe Lights
    Nothing beats sparkly globe lights strung across the trees on a summer night. These from Target, are a great deal!
    $12.99 at Target.
  • Glassbaby 2 of 10
    Glassbaby
    These gorgeous hand-blown votive holders are one-of-a-kind. The hardest part is choosing which color! Most likely they have a color to match your decor. Another great thing: a portion of each purchase of a Glassbaby goes to help Veteran's with Cancer.
    $44 at Glassbaby.
  • Silver Lantern 3 of 10
    Silver Lantern
    The perfect size for a little tea-light, this silver lantern is a great way to decorate the table for outdoor feasts and late night chats.
    $7.99 at IKEA.
  • Cafe String Lights 4 of 10
    Cafe String Lights
    These string lights have a little something different, each light is covered with an adorable little galvanized hood. String them in the trees and over your picnic table for late-night summer lighting.
    $39 at Pottery Barn.
  • Hurricane Lantern 5 of 10
    Hurricane Lantern
    Classic hurricane lanterns are always so handy to have around. Whether you line them up on the picnic table for The 4th of July, or bring them along on camping trips, they always look look cute and provide ample light!
    $7.87 at Amazon.
  • Starry Copper String Lights 6 of 10
    Starry Copper String Lights
    Add a touch of romance with these absolutely dreamy lights! Tiny LED lights are strung on thin copper and silver wires for a delicate and purely magical version of normal string lights. They can easily bend into different shapes and around different objects like tree branches and twigs.
    $35 at Restoration Hardware.
  • Beeswax Votives 7 of 10
    Beeswax Votives
    Natural beeswax candles are a great way to stay natural with lighting. These handmade ones from Etsy are really lovely.
    $9 at Etsy.
  • Candlestick Holder 8 of 10
    Candlestick Holder
    This Nordic style candle holder would look sharp on a farm table.
    $5.99 at IKEA.
  • Citronella Votives 9 of 10
    Citronella Votives
    Keep the bugs away with these citronella candles. This version comes in a nice elegant white.
    $4.80-5.60 at Pier 1.
  • Recycled Candle 10 of 10
    Recycled Candle
    This clever tin candle is made from purified waste grease from Mario Batali's restaurant! The olive and grass scent won't interfere with food as a lot of fragrant candles do.
    $19.50 at Ink & Peat.

Top Photo: Target. All other photos from respective sources. 

Chelsea Fuss is a blogger and prop stylist based in Portland who blogs daily at Frolic!

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