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As the evenings begin to warm, it seems like the perfect time of the year to throw an intimate outdoor seaside themed party! Recently, while my husband and I were regrouping on a weekend getaway spent in a beautiful, rustic cabin, we enjoyed a gorgeous outside dinner overlooking the water. Missing being in the great outdoors and inspired by our alfresco dinner, I decided to try to recreate the vibe at home with candle lanterns and coastal-inspired decor.
The easiest way to replicate the feel of a cabin on the water is to decorate the dining area with rustic details, natural fabrics, and of course, a blue and white color palette. Throwing in a shell or two never hurt either!
Besides cute details and of course, yummy food, the most important thing to remember at an outdoor gathering is that as the day turns into evening and the evening turns into night, you'll need great outdoor lighting to keep the party going. Candle lanterns add just the right amount of comfort and are such a fun way to bring the seaside theme to the next level, without going overboard.
When looking for lanterns, you'll want to look for details like rope and leather, rust and weathered wood, netting and aged glass: things that evoke water and boats. I've gathered a few outdoor candle lanterns to get you started to turning your backyard party into a relaxing, seaside getaway.
Here are some of my favorites!
Shopping guide: 1. Rhett Rustic Iron Candle Lantern 2. Steel Lantern with Leather Handle 3. Glass and Wire Mesh Hurricane Lantern 4. Tate Wood Steel and Glass Candle Lantern
Image credit: via Pinterest.
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