Outdoor Entertaining with String Lights

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Outdoor Entertaining and String Lights

As the days grow longer and the weather gets warmer, I can't help longing for those warm summer nights when a pitcher of sparkling lemonade, blankets in the grass, and some mood-setting string lights are all it takes to strike up a memorable outdoor get together.

It is no surprise that string lights have been used time and time again to create a romantic ambience, but did you also know that they can be used to frame and define your outdoor entertaining area as well as tie your decor together? Not to mention, they are a simple, inexpensive, and a non-permanent solution for outdoor lighting. Whether you opt for a subtle or dramatic display, there is no better way to sprinkle a little light into your outdoor celebration!

Mini globes

I love the way these mini globes look like fireflies buzzing through the trees...

Dripping string lights

... and the way these lights appear to be dripping from the trees.

DIY string light posts

If your home is anything like mine - lacking in the large tree and patio cover department - you can still beautifully incorporate string lights into your decor while adding a wee bit of garden charm, to boot. All you need are 6- to 8-foot wooden poles, flower buckets, and garden gravel. Simply place the wooden pole upright in the center of the bucket, and then fill with garden gravel. I just adore the way the flower bucket was painted to match the sky blue folding chairs! To safely attach the mini lanterns to the poles, like in the photo above, try looping a plastic fastener strip through a screw eye inserted at the top of the pole, or attaching small hooks near the top.

DIY string lights and paper cups

Another great way to show off your style and creativity, while adding the perfect finishing touch to your decor, is to create your own party lights! Cut a small "X" in the center of a paper cup, wrap with your favorite craft paper, and pull the bulbs through the centers until the sockets are all the way through. Voilà! A simple and fun project with a ton of charm! 

Paper bag string lights

Here is another playful and simple DIY string light project with colorful paper bags by Martha Stewart.

Dramatic string light display

Which string lights are your favorite for entertaining?

Images: Apartment Therapy, OnceWed, StyleMePretty, Martha Stewart, Hey Gorgeous,  Pretty Stuff

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Outdoor Entertaining with String Lights