Unique Outdoor Lighting Ideas for Your Summer Party

When the sun sets, it’s time to think about lighting up your backyard party. Lighting can be both functional and fun! Without proper illumination, guests can be left in the dark, literally as well as figuratively. There’s no excuse for this party foul! Don’t let your next outdoor event be a dud. Here are some of our outdoor lighting ideas to light up your summer get-together:

Paper Bag Luminaries

  • Cut a series of holes in the bottom of the paper bag, making sure that they are evenly spaced and big enough to accommodate your light sources. If you’re using a small candle, then make sure you leave enough room for it to fit within the bag without touching any other holes.
  • Place your light sources inside these holes so that they come up through the top of the bag and shine outwards through its front surface (this is where your guests will be able to see their light). You can use anything from holiday lights to candles or even tea lights as long as they fit into those little sockets on either side of your flashlight’s batteries!
  • Once everything is secure and ready to go, place some sand or other decorative materials into each hole so that it fills up about halfway down toward where all those precious bulbs live! This adds visual interest while also keeping everything safe from water damage should there happen to be an unexpected rain shower during one of these outdoor parties.

Chinese Lanterns

Chinese lanterns can be hung from trees, placed on tables, and used as centrepieces. They’re also perfect for weddings and other special occasions because they add a touch of romance to the event. They work well indoors or out. On hot summer days, though, it’s best to use them only in covered areas so that you don’t have to worry about the wax melting on your guests’ skin! If you do choose to hang these lights outdoors on a windy day and there is no shade overhead, make sure you have plenty of water ready so that when any lanterns start falling over due to strong gusts of wind we’ll all be prepared!

When lit with candles or tea lights (not included), Chinese lanterns create a warm glow every time someone walks through an area where they’re hanging overhead. The flames inside each one cast beautiful shadows onto nearby walls which makes this lighting effect even more noticeable during nighttime events such as outdoor concerts.

Outdoor Chalkboard

You could use chalkboard paint, magnetic paint, or a chalkboard paint pen to create a fun focal point for your backyard gathering. The look is rustic/pastoral and modern at the same time. Plus, it’s interactive—your guests can play along with your party games by writing their answers on the board in chalk!

You’ll want to make sure that whatever you choose is safe for outdoor use if you’re planning on having this up year-round (for example, some paints/markers may fade over time).

String Lights

Outdoor String Lights are a fun, easy, and inexpensive way to decorate your space. You can find string lights at any home improvement or lighting store and they come in a variety of colors, shapes, and sizes. String lights can be used to create a romantic atmosphere for your backyard gathering by stringing them around the trees that you have placed in your yard or even along the edge of your deck or patio! They also make great party/fete decorations as well. If you are hosting an outdoor party this summer then why not hang some string lights from the ceiling over where people will be hanging out? It will give off a great festive vibe that everyone is sure to love!


This is one of the best outdoor landscape lighting ideas. Candles are one of the easiest and cheapest ways to add light to your party. You can use them as centrepieces or decorate them with flowers and greens. You can also combine candles with other elements, such as sand or shells, to create a unique display. A few tips for using candles:

  • Make sure you place candle holders in a safe spot so nobody trips over them!
  • Make sure the flame is out before putting out the candle so it doesn’t drip hot wax onto anything else.
  • Watch out for kids who may decide they want to play with their new toys!

String Paper Lanterns

Paper lanterns are a great way to add atmosphere to your party. They can be used in the garden or patio, hung from trees, or placed around the house. You can make them yourself or buy/purchase them ready-made.

You could even use paper lanterns as a light source for your room!

Fairy Lights in Wine Bottles

Fairy lights are inexpensive, versatile, and can be used in many ways to decorate your home. You can use them to illuminate your garden or patio, or you can string them around the frames of doors and windows. You could also wrap them around tree branches and place jars filled with flowers on top of tables.

Solar garden lights are a great way to add an enchanting touch to any outdoor event. Their vibrant glow will make any party look magical and fun!

Glow Sticks

If you’re looking for an inexpensive, easy-to-make light source that can be used in any setting, glow sticks are a great option. To make them, simply break the glow stick apart along its length and then snap it back together. You’ll need to do this carefully; if you don’t break it cleanly or snap it back together properly, it won’t light up.

To Use Them As Lighting Sources:

  • Stick them into the ground so they face outward into the room or area where people will walk by and see them. They’ll provide a soft glow in areas where there isn’t another lighting present already – perfect for garden parties!

  • They also work well when strung around trees or bushes on an outdoor patio space so that people walking underneath will be able to see their way without tripping over anything (this makes them especially useful during evening hours).

Hanging Mason Jars With Candles in Them

To make hanging mason jars, you will need:

  • Mason jars (various sizes)
  • Candles (pick one that fits in your chosen jar size)
  • Tape (for securing the candle)
  • A drill (to make holes for the tape to stick to)

To decorate the outside of your hanging mason jars, you can either paint them or use glitter glue. It’s up to you! Just remember that if you’re using glitter glue, it will take a while for it to dry and any water could ruin your jar decorations. If you want something more permanent and less time-consuming, try painting with acrylic paint instead! To hang your hanging mason jars at an event such as a party or wedding reception, simply tape them onto whatever surface is available at that venue—such as walls or ceilings—using clear packing tape! 

When the party’s over and everyone has left; make sure not just any old liquid gets dumped into those beautiful Jars full of wax because they’ll melt into goo overnight…and then where’d we put all those candles? The answer is nowhere because they’ll just get ruined by melted wax everywhere inside their containers instead! So how do we stop things from melting together overnight? Simple: Just take out each individual candle before bedtime then place them back inside when morning comes around again tomorrow morning…and voila! They’re ready for another day!

Final Words:

Now that you’ve been given some patio lighting ideas for how to light up your summer party, it should be a little easier to plan one. Just remember that the most important thing is to have fun and not stress yourself out too much over the details. Your guests will appreciate the effort no matter what you do!

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