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Whether you’re hosting an intimate family get-together or an elaborate outdoor reception, the right lighting can take your outdoor space from understated to downright dreamy in minutes. If you’re looking forward to a season of outdoor entertaining, you’ll want to stock up on these outdoor lighting options!

Standing String Lights

string lights in backyard

This light strand pole from Anthropologie ($298) is anchored by a tank that you can fill with sand or water. Image: Anthropologie

If you prefer not to leave string lights up in your backyard — or if your space doesn’t offer spots to easily hang traditional string lights — opt for a product that provides sturdy yet easily portable stands. Some options come with vessels that you fill with sand or water to weigh them down and keep them steady, while others come with stakes that are planted in the ground.

Three options from Anthropologie + Ballard Design + Amazon:

Lightweight Fire Pits

tabletop rectangular fire pit

Versatile, compact fire pits like this one from Wayfair ($109.99) can be used on tabletops, mantels, or on the ground. Image: Wayfair

A heavy-duty custom fire pit is a fabulous bucket list item, but when it comes to entertaining, it’s nice to have some lighter-weight options that can be moved around to suit your needs. These smaller fire pits are great for mood lighting and help stave off the chill without overheating your space.

Check out these options from Solo Stove + Williams Sonoma + Wayfair:

Tree Lighting

outdoor chandelier

You can achieve instant romance with outdoor chandeliers. Picture several of these LED chandeliers from Wayfair ($65.99) lighting your next outdoor gathering! Image: Wayfair

Is there anything more romantic than an old oak or magnolia decked out in lanterns and chandeliers? For special occasions, consider stocking up on lighting options that can be hung from tree branches or other outdoor structures. Opt for solar- or battery-powered options to avoid unsightly cords and potentially dangerous flames.

Three options from WayfairUrban Outfitters + Amazon:

Pathway Lighting

sphere lights lining outdoor staircase

Sphere lights of varying sizes can be used to line pathways. They can even be strategically placed in planters to help light the way for your guests after dark. Grandin Road offers a variety of sizes ($31.60-$183.20). Image: Grandin Road

Another way to infuse your outdoor space with a touch of whimsy — while helping keep your guests safe — is beautiful pathway lighting. Especially if guests will be invited to use spaces that are literally off the beaten path, temporary ground lighting is a blessing to have on hand.

Three options from Grandin Road + Ballard Designs +

Tabletop Lighting

mini mercury lanterns

Think beyond traditional tea lights. Instead, go for romantic mini lanterns like these LED mercury lanterns from ($36, set of four). Image:

To keep the party going well after sunset, you’ll want to ensure your tables are well-lit. Tea lights are a lovely choice, but if you’re looking for something longer-lasting (and flame-free), there are plenty of battery- and solar-powered options on the market, ranging from understated modern designs to more whimsical embellished designs. It’s easy to find options to suit just about any occasion.

Check out these mercury lanterns from + flameless taper candles from +  mini tea light lamps from Light in the Box:

We hope you’ve found your ‘lightbulb moment!


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