Summer is a wonderful time to entertain outdoors, whether you live in Orlando, Lake Mary or Winter Park. If you plan to have a few friends over for an elegant dinner or simple backyard barbecue, here are a few exterior lighting ideas to dress up your table and patio.
Sand Candles – Dress up some votive candles by adding colored bands of sand. The result is a flickering light that is both cheerful and fun for your guests to enjoy.
Glowing Goblets – Wrap hurricane vases in layers of colored tissue paper, and then add a small votive candle for a glowing effect. You can also turn glass candle holders into stylish accessories by wrapping them in decorative fabric.
Shell Candles – Bring the seashore to your outdoor table by adding candles to deep shells like scallops, clams and quahogs. These shells work best and burn longest.
Photo Centerpiece – Celebrating a family member’s birthday or anniversary? Make the guest of honor feel extra special by creating a photo frame lantern. Form three hinged photo frames into a triangle and stand them around a votive candle in a protective glass holder.
Sand Centerpiece – Create a sand-and-shell centerpiece by attaching three slender taper candles to the bottom of a clear glass vase. Add in a few inches of sand, and carefully place a few shells on top. The glass will refract the candlelight for added ambience, and it will protect the flames from the breeze.
Flower Light Display – Candles and flowers always go well together, but together they create a tabletop decoration that’s perfect for relaxed summer entertaining. Here’s how to do it: Place a votive candle in a tall glass vase. Attach a flower outside the vase, trimming the stem to fit and tying with raffia that matches the flower. Finally, set the display in a saucer of water keep the flower fresh.
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