Best Outdoor Lighting for Partying All Night Long

Best Outdoor Lighting for Partying All Night Long

Tess Wilson
Jul 14, 2015

Doesn't this party on Chris and Amber's patio look absolutely dreamy? I'm going to live vicariously through them whilst shopping for outdoor lights and trying to figure out how I can trade all our mosquitoes in for a pool...


  1. Swedish Wrought Iron Pendant Lantern, Kaufmann Mercantile, $199
  2. Copper Prism Tea Light Lantern (plus waterproof LED tea lights), Terrain, $12
  3. Battery-Operated "Paper" Lantern (white, blue, or teal), Target, $7.99
  4. Solvinden Solar-Powered LED Lamp, IKEA, $12.99
  5. Metal Tea Light Holder(plus waterproof LED tea lights), H&M, $4.95


  1. Vintage Drop Lights, Terrain, $99- note the classy black cord!
  2. Smith & Hawken Filament Bulbs, Target, $24.99- the cheapest version I found
  3. Cafe String Lights (bronze, galvanized, or white), Pottery Barn, $24.99-$71
  4. Globe Lights, Target, $14.99- I had a set that survived years on my fire escape.
  5. Clear Rope Light, Target, $9.99- I also have these and they look awesomely sculptural when placed in artfully-draped piles.


  1. Copper Lantern String Lights, Urban Outfitters, $32
  2. Twinkle String Lights (silver or gold), Crate & Barrel, $12.95-$59.95
  3. Kilometer Star Lights, IKEA, $19.99
  4. Happy Birthday Lights, Urban Outfitters, $24- bring them to every party!
  5. Umbrella Marquee Lights, Crate & Barrel, $99.95

Those umbrella lights aren't technically on a string, but just be glad I resisted the urge to include red party cup lights. What's your favorite outdoor party lighting solution?

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