Decorative lanterns, vintage or new, are one of the easiest and most attractive ways to add lighting to an outdoor space. Cluster them on the dining table, group them at points around the edges of the space or line them up on a wall — the options are many and varied. You can use real wax candles or outdoor LED “candles.” The San Nicola Lantern shown here, $99, from Grandin Road, comes with three battery-operated flameless candles.
Emily Sullivan, a planner with Get Polished Events, says, “Lining your ceremony aisle with flowers and candles creates a romantic and dramatic effect that will wow your guests from the moment they join you for the big day. Lanterns are the perfect container, as they’ll shield the candles from any potential elements.” Florals are by Bella Blooms.
Cluster a trio of oversized lanterns together and fill them with greenery, candles, lights, nativity figures or special ornaments. Home decor blogger Amy Buchanan of AttaGirlSays likes to hang wreaths on the lanterns to add color and texture.
The blue wall in this dining room is aglow with candles, each of which is contained within a metal lantern. The tiered lighting adds a hint of country charm to the more transitional dining table and chairs.
A lantern chandelier boldly hangs above a wooden dining table in this French style dining room. Open shelving holds dinnerware, Champagne and other decor, while flowers and candles create a centerpiece on the table.