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hanging succulent planter with candles and lights

17 January . 2018

Creative Lighting for Outdoor Entertaining

New homes in Estrella are made for indoor and outdoor entertaining. Whether your idea of a perfect evening is hanging out with your family or inviting over a big group of friends, creative outdoor lighting will keep the fun going well after dark. Consider the following ideas as you outfit your backyard space.

Strings of Light

For lights that are easy to turn on and off, string lights are the way to go. If you’re planning to leave lights up all year long, consider the Christmas Lights Etc. guide for how to plan and hang patio lights. One of the great things about string lights is how customizable they are for different occasions. Say, for instance, you want to plan the lighting for a birthday party? These cupcake lights by the Family Chic from Camilla Fabbri blog are the perfect way to add a festive touch to your décor.  


Another temporary lighting idea for your outdoor party are these origami string lights. This idea from the Wit and Whistle blog is a time-consuming one, so we recommend pulling these lights inside between events to keep them safe from the elements.


There are so many great things you can do with mason jars for your outdoor lighting. This arrangement of hanging mason jars by All Things Heart and Home can be easily customized to your décor style by switching out the burlap for other materials. 

DIY mason jar hanging fairy lights.

 Tea Light Time

When a plug is hard to access and you don’t want to bother with extension cords, battery-powered tea lights can provide versatile options for creative outdoor lighting.

These tin can lanterns from the Grow Creative blog are an easy DIY project that the whole family can make together. And consider how fun it would be to match your cans to the constellations you can see here in Estrella!


Combine two projects in one with these wax paper lanterns from A Practical Wedding. You can try your hand at flower pressing and luminaria making with this fun outdoor lighting idea. The wax paper makes this project a little more weather resistant than your tradition paper lantern, but we still recommend bringing it indoors between uses.


Flame On

While electric lights are great, sometimes real flames really help set the mood for outdoor entertaining. Doesn’t this hanging succulent chandelier look like the perfect outdoor lighting for a new home in Arizona? Add both light and a little bit of greenery to your outdoor display in this simple, DIY arrangement from the Erin Ever After blog. 

The nice thing about these floating mason jar candles from Craft River is that they can work for everyday use or fancier events, depending on how you dress them up.
DIY floating mason jar candle centerpieces.

Put those beautiful glass wine and beer bottles to good use with these recycled wine bottle torches from the Design Sponge. You can find colored bottles that match your outdoor décor and these lanterns are uncommon enough to really stand out to your guests.