‘Tis the season for outdoor entertaining. When the sun sets, iluminate your nighttime fete with hip lighting options. From stylish hues to retro-inspired lanterns, there’s an option for every outdoor entertaining style.
Z Gallerie Casablanca Lantern – $8-15, depending on size
This hip lantern is perfect for an ourdoor party, and nice enough to leave out all summer for al fresco entertaining. The lantern comes in various sizes and colors, including burnt orange (shown), black, white, indigo blue and lemon yellow. The large holds a pillar candle and the small holds a tea light. Use them in groups of 3 for a true designer feel.
Terracotta Oil Lamps – $15-19, depending on size
These oil lamps fit in perfectly among clay pots and planters on a patio for summer entertaining. With sleek lines and a clean silouette, these lamps have a modern southwestern style. Use mineral or citranella oil; the latter has the added bonus of repelling invited guests.
Blue Glass Moroccan Lantern– $12
Set the stage for a moroccan-theme garden party, as I did, with these fun lanterns. Use several on stairs leading outside, and several on the table to iluminate the night. Place one lantern on a pedestal or cake stand to create varying hights as a centerpiece.
Centennial Brass Oil Lantern – $13
This railroad-inspired oil lamp is perfect for rustic, outdoor entertaining. Use it for anything from a casual backyard BBQ to camping. Surround the lantern with mason jars filled with tea lights for added impact, though this lantern is strong enough on its own to provide sufficient lighting for a small gathering. The lantern uses oil, which will last for up to 11 hours. Keep this sturdy lantern indoors during the winter months as emergency lighting for blackouts.