In the past year, my top outdoor lighting picks have changed a little, but the number of really good posts from our writers documenting all sorts of solutions has stacked up. Among them is my top pick for this year, a How To from Laure that Sara Kate and I just copied over the weekend...
>> Outdoor Lighting Inspiration: Use Lots of Jars from Laure
Gleaming, clean glass jars are the easiest, most affordable and highest impact way to light up a table outdoors in the summer. This past weekend we also used a bunch of different shapes, the nicest of which is the small, round bellied Weck jars.
Large glass candy jars like those above from Crate and Barrel are also easy and cheap to buy. Place a pillar candle inside on a bed of sand or attractive rocks and you are golden. Here are my other top picks:
>>Casamidi Lanterns - These are the finest I know of. Designed by a couple of ex-New Yorkers (who fled to the good life), they now come in many sizes and finishes. We particularly like the oversize - 36" - standard Symi lantern (above) as well as the new Punta Maroma Lantern (below).
>> Santa Rosa Candles are recommended.
>> Ikea Rotera lanterns - These are the cheap workhorses that we've used for years. They are great and you will see them used in fancy restaurants, slipping into the decor without notice. We go for the original metal version only.
>> NotNeutral's Pinhole Lanterns - Spotted this at a number of fairs, these are particularly elegant when lit, are inspired by Mexican and Moroccan lanterns, and come in three sizes and three colors.
>> Dietz #90 D-Lite "Bright Tin Plate" Cold Blast Lantern - These can be a little tricky to maintain, but they offer the best all weather lighting in the handsomest vintage design. This is the original pre-1943 version and it will run you only $19.