I’ve been to many indoor and outdoor parties, and I’ve always noticed how even the smallest lighting feature can make some of the most significant impacts to the look and feel of a party. This is certainly true for backyard parties as well. Some outdoor lighting ideas I’ve stumbled across for backyard parties include:
- Illuminated Logs
- Lantern Step Lighting
- Glowing Pots
- Mason Jars
- Bench Lighting
- Brick Lighting
- String Lighting
1. Illuminated Logs
This lighting option is a great idea. These are basically wooden logs that have lights inside them. The logs add a natural theme to your area, and they can also add more functionality to the space. Make the logs hollow and create cracks around them to allow the light to illuminate. Put a lamp or light inside and you’re done.
At night they give you a fairytale effect. This lighting is very durable and requires very little maintenance.
2. Lantern Step Lighting
If your backyard has steps, then this feature will transform it into an exotic space, especially if you choose your lanterns wisely. For instance, Moroccan lanterns have a great way of illuminating the area in a way that gives it an inviting and calming effect, which will make it a great relaxation spot for you and your party guests. Even if you don’t have steps in your backyard, you can still use fairytale lights in glass lanterns to make the outdoor party livelier. You can even use battery powered electric glass lanterns, which are highly convenient.
These lights can easily be suspended, which means you won’t need any professional help. They also work perfectly under trees or leaves, so you don’t have to worry about transforming your backyard to create space for the lights.
If you have some candle holders that you no longer use and are looking for a way to reuse them then try creating outdoor lighting with them. In safe areas they can be lit and placed. Make sure to have them on an elevated surface so they are not knocked over. The same goes for candles that don’t need holders.
An idea you can implement by using the holders includes painting them vibrant colors that either blend or contrasts with the other backyard colors. If you have use particularity striking colors, like neon or even glow in the dark paint, then the holders can be placed around your backyard and they could have such an visual impact that you may not need to use lit candles. This will greatly reduce the chances of an accident happening.
4. Glowing Pots
This is one of the funnist outdoor lighting ideas for a party. All you need are some glowing pots, and you are good to go. Glow in the dark pots are easy to make by just applying the appropriate glow in the dark paint to plant pots.
The pots during the day will be seen as normal pots holding your vibrant flowers, but at night, they bring a dramatic effect to the backyard. You can mix them with the regular flower pots to create a pattern to add a unique style.
5. Mason Jars
This is another idea that lets you reuse items that you already have. You can do this by yourself, and you won’t need costly items. Place some candles inside mason jars, then use hangers or some very strong strings to suspend the jars on tree branches or other surfaces like the siding of your home. This lighting looks great in open space as well as enclosed spaces like patios. You can use as many as you like and use different colored candles for more interesting results.
Similarly, you can reuse some old wine bottles that you have to create torches. This option requires more caution because it uses open flames. It should, therefore, be used in a section that you can easily control, and children cannot access.
6. Bench Lighting
If you have some benches in your backyard, then consider adding some LED lighting to them. If the bench has been placed around a fireplace, then you add a more dramatic effect by adding fairy lights near the fireplace. This works perfectly in a patio. The fireplace can be the center of attraction with the fairy lights bringing in the ambiance of a glowing fire.
7. Brick Lighting
Brick lights are a less commonly known form of outdoor lighting, however they can be attractive for many who want to incorporate lighting into their backyard and house walls.
Brick lights are often times bricks that can be placed inside a wall. They have a light on one of its sides. Some are solar powered, others need a connection to a constant source of electricity. In saying all this you may need professional help setting this up, but it shouldn’t take a lot of time or money. The many design and style options should also make it easy for you to find the perfect fit for your backyard.
8. String Lighting
This is the commonly used outdoor party lighting option, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make yours a little different and more interesting. If you have trees, you can wrap the string lights around them. String lights are simple, but they can be customized to suit different party themes.
When choosing a lighting option, you have to consider several factors, such as the space of your yard and how close the area is to a power source. If you don’t have power close by, you can choose solar-powered lighting options, but these can also work if you are trying to save electricity. Some lighting options also look better when placed in a smaller backyard. For instance, patios will look better when more powerful lighting options are used. It is, therefore, advisable to use electric power in those spaces.
Knowing the purpose of your lighting can guide you as you make your choices. Decide also whether you want the lights to add security or to be solely for decoration purposes, then choose the most suitable option. Even if you’re enhancing safety, you can still make the lights beautiful. And finally, always remember to install the lights in a way that doesn’t take up too much space to avoid inconveniencing the guests.