Skip balloons and instead pop color and shape throughout your party space with paper lanterns. Pick up two to three packs of lanterns in a variety of coordinating colors. Assemble the lanterns, use zip ties or twine to cluster them together, then hang them at different levels.
Solar lighting comes in all forms, including scones for the outdoors. The Starlite solar lantern, sold through retailers such as Hayneedle, is made of powder-coated, die-cast aluminum. The LED light resembles candlelight as it flickers through the glass.
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.
Here’s a fun project for kids and grownups alike: Upcycle empty bottles to create solar garden lighting. The Solar Bottle Lantern Kit, $12.95 from Gardener’s Supply, consists of a rubber stopper with three short LED light strings attached. Just insert the light strings into a bottle of your choice and place the stopper in the top of the bottle. A small solar panel on the top charges the battery so that when dusk falls the twinkling LED lights begin to glow. Display the weatherproof project anywhere you like, year round.
Solar Pole Lantern
If you don't want to use torches in your yard, but seek lighting with height, consider a solar-powered pole lantern. This one, by Starlite Garden and Patio Torche Co., is made of die-cast aluminum in a weathered brown color and six glass panels. The pole lantern stands up to 60 inches tall, with no wiring.