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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!
I love the way these mini globes look like fireflies buzzing through the trees...
... and the way these lights appear to be dripping from the trees.
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.
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!
Here is another playful and simple DIY string light project with colorful paper bags by Martha Stewart.
Which string lights are your favorite for entertaining?
Images: Apartment Therapy, OnceWed, StyleMePretty, Martha Stewart, Hey Gorgeous, Pretty Stuff
Do you carry the round globe lights that are in the second picture?
While we do not have the exact globes, we do have some products that would give you a similar look!
These multicolor teardrops (www.lampsplus.com/.../multicolor-glass-10-light-teardrop-string-set__64148.html) or white lanterns (www.lampsplus.com/.../white-paper-lantern-string-party-lights__92715.html) would give you that globe-like shape you are looking for.
These string lights (www.lampsplus.com/.../solar-35-foot-long-led-blue-string-lights__t2745.html) would also look phenomenal draped in the trees with their crisp, blue tone! Almost like water droplets!
I actually love these lotus flower lights as well if you are looking for clear bulbs. (www.lampsplus.com/.../lotus-flower-10-light-string-lights__63917.html)
Good one for the cups i never come up with that idea i will start collecting cups now and make this lanterns! Thanks.
It's a smart idea, isn't it? There are so many different colors and styles you could create with string lights and cups...