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It's August and if you're like me, you are taking every last opportunity to relax and soak-up the long summer days. It's a time to enjoy outdoor dinners, fireflies, and friends before summer's warmth fades away to autumn's oranges, reds, and cooler temperatures. Take advantage of the waning summer nights—invite friends for dinner and light your outdoor dining area with any of these eco-conscious lanterns.
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1 Soji LED Modern Solar Lantern, $39 each (four for $37 each) at Save on Crafts: Modern, stylish, and sustainable describe this unique outdoor dining chandelier. The lantern is completely powered by the sun—to glow late into the night, ensure the lantern receives direct daytime sunlight. Its tone on tone design appears white during the day, but warmly illuminates at night.
2 Mason Jar Hurricane Lantern, $65 at Etsy: Titled "Bocal" by Brooklyn artist Alyssa Ettinger, this upcycled French mason jar easily slips over a votive candle to give diners an intimate setting. This warm glowing accent can be purchased for $65 at Ettinger's online Etsy store.
3 Aurora Glow Sea Glass Solar LED String Lights, $49 per string (six for $40 each) at Save on Crafts: One string of 6 Sea Glass Balls reaches 35-feet long and costs $49, with globes spaced 24" apart and are 2.5" in diameter. Each glass ball was hand blown. If you purchase 6 strings, the price drops to $40 each. The solar collector panel should be placed in full sunlight while the globes are nestled into greenery for full ambiance.
4 Soji Blue Solar Lantern, $56.99 for 3 at Green Living Everyday: This festive blue, solar-powered lantern is sold in sets of three for $56.99 (on sale from $62.97) from online retailer Green Living Everyday. For optimum glow, the Soji lantern needs to charge for at least one full day.
5 Teak Solar Lantern $62.99 on sale from Plow & Hearth: A traditional design, this tabletop lantern is made from retailer's Plow & Hearth's plantation-grown, Forest Stewardship Council-certified teak. Sitting at 12" high, this light contains four LEDs that automatically turn on at dusk.