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How to Set Up Outdoor Lights for Celebrations on the Patio

Now that the sun is out and the weather is light and breezy, it is the best time to entertain on the patio. While there are many things to prepare when hosting a party, one key element is proper lighting. When done correctly, outdoor lights will not only help set the tone for your celebration, but will also ensure your guests can see and enjoy the whole experience. Know where and how to maximize lighting for your next patio celebration with this quick guide.

1. Light the way to the venue

Establish the mood right when your guests arrive at home. For a formal event like a wedding, arrange pathway lights from your fence all the way up to your patio. However, for a more casual get-together, hang colorful lights around the entrance for a playful display.

2. Hang outdoor lights around the patio

Next, light up your patio to set the scene for your celebration. Hang string lights in columns to create a stunning backdrop. Use light fixtures that come in interesting shapes, such as orbs. These light types double as decorative pieces.

Insider’s Tip: If you plan to set up patio umbrellas, add a few outdoor-safe string lights underneath each one to ensure sufficient lighting.

3. Set up standing lights and lanterns

Patio lights aren’t only limited to those that are hanging. So, apart from ceiling and string lights, make sure to set up a few standing lights as well. Incorporating these will help create a balanced, well-lit space.

Insider’s Tip: For a greener and more cost-efficient alternative, opt for solar lights for your outdoor celebrations.

4. Use pre-lit foliage

While wreaths, garlands, and topiaries are a great way to brighten up any space, adding lights to these can create an even more stunning display. Choose pre-lit foliage to take the guesswork out of arranging lights around your greenery.

5. Set the table with candles

Lastly, don’t forget to polish your table décor with candles. Not only will these create a warm and cozy ambience, but they will also serve as an additional light source—perfect for photos of and around the table.

Insider’s Tip: For safer celebrations, go for flameless LED candles. These set the mood minus the risk of catching fire.

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Now that you’ve taken care of the outdoor lights on and around the patio, you’re sure to have a night that you and your guests will always remember.

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