Whether it's a snug corner around a firepit, a sunny poolhouse or a Mediterranean patio, entertaining alfresco is all about creating an area that is comfortable and inviting. It doesn’t matter what style or size garden you have, you don't have to only use it in the summer months. Wave goodbye to lost lawns and forgotten terraces, the first step to achieving the look is the furniture. From there, it's all about the lighting. The best living spaces are built with layers in mind. Combining different garden lights on a few levels keeps your display looking fabulous. Festoons, fairy lights and lanterns are ideal for your trees and shrubs, candles offering beautiful table top illumination.
Festoons in the trees.
Zig zag from your pergola.
Enamel plates are the way to go.
Lovely lounging area.
Layer your lights and get glamping!
Use the pole to spread the sparkle.
DIY movie night - easier than you think!
From pontoons to private courtyards, you can add ambiance even without a power point. Line paths with festoons and team with lanterns at floor level. For use night after night, plump for outdoor battery lights with a timer function for the ultimate in low maintenance. For warmer climates then it's worth taking a peek at some solar garden lights as an even more eco-friendly option.
Stake lights are ideal for lawns.
St Austell galvanised lanterns.
From enclosed courtyards, city centre balconies to tree covered vistas, it's easier than you think to create a cosy corner or the ultimate party space. The trick is to keep it simple. Layer your lights to frame your area and introduce a warm glow. Hang festoons and Chinese lanterns high, place garden lanterns on the floor and wrap fairy lights around your trellis and trees. Textiles soften up the space instantly, a few soft blankets and cushions and your new alfresco living room is complete!
Fairy lights are ideal for shrubs and bushes.
Drape your lights on a cable.
Melbourne lawn - Australia.
Mix white with greens for a simple style.
Fill your skies! The best place to start with garden party lights is up high. Span strings of sparkling lights above your entertaining space, the colour of bulb you prefer is going to continue through the theme of your garden. Choose fairy lights for larger distances, they're light-weight and if you're working to a budget offer better value than others. To recreate the old school feel (seen below), then big bulb festoon lights are a firm favourite. Perfectly placed spanning courtyard patios, they can be teamed with fairy light strings and paper lanterns easily.
Domaine les Hirondelles, France.
Criss-cross your lights for a full canopy.
La Feria Restaurant, Harrogate.
Rooftop garden, London.
Whether it's a permanent fixture or popped up for a party, gazebos and pergolas are crying out to be lit up! Illuminating your garden structures can create an irresistible living space in seconds. We'd always opt for string lights with their durable cables and extendable lengths they're ideal for wrapping or hanging. Wooden pergolas suit symmetrical lines, gazebo lights work best when hung with a soft drape. When it comes to colours, the contrast between greenery or timber tones and white hues are a matchmade in heaven which can’t be missed.
Fairy light pergola - photo via Volvoreta Bodas.
Fabric gazebo & fairy light canopy.
Pretty in pastel! While mixing patterns and colours is a fun way to add depth, working in a similar colour is more calming and looks less busy. Our favourite colour scheme for the summer party season has to be pastels, especially Pantone’s Pink Icing and Petit Four. Think pom poms, paper lanterns and picnic blankets. The soft colours compliment each other with ease and the neutral creams balance out the delicate pinks and blues. Contrasting with the rich greenery, pastel colours really pop. They are perfectly paired with warm white garden lights to create an outdoor living room effect which is always sought after. A combination of lanterns and sparkly fairy lights on all levels are ideal for illuminating your festivities whether it's a picnic or alfresco banquet!
Photo Via Peaches & Mint.
Glass dome display jar.
Layers of loveliness.
Whether you have a courtyard, wooden decking or a garden full of greenery our inspiration guide will help you to create your own take on our pastel themed prettiness. Light your garden from above to create a twinkling canopy that’ll set the scene for your garden party. A combination of different shape and sized bulbs will create a stylish cluster that’ll stand out and shine bright. You don’t need to purchase fancy outdoor furniture, wooden crates double up as seats and tables, they’re perfect for displaying your tasty treats too! Textiles soften the space instantly. Keep it super simple with a rug and a few cushions or go all out with poufs and pom poms too, whichever route you take, comfort is key. Don't forget a few cosy throws ready for when the temperature dips. The scene is set, let the party begin!
It's picnic time!
Sprinkle with micro lights.
Pastel treat tables.
Swag them high.
Lights in all shapes and sizes.
The beauty of outdoor living is that there's no focus on the perfect table arrangement, it's all about making memories with your family and friends. Create a corner that's snug and inviting for everyone and put on a picnic party or birthday bash. Now to introduce some gorgeous garden lighting. Fairy lights are ideal for hanging in trees, wrap the trunks and drape from branches to create a canopy of sparkle. The drinks table is bound to attract a lot of attention so make sure it's dressed it for the occasion. Keep on theme with pastel decorations and tasty treats too. Candlelight will give off a subtle glow as the evening rolls in, place lanterns around the garden for an extra snug atmosphere. It wouldn't be a party without music so create a playlist of your summer favourites and let loose in your woodland dance floor!
Wooden crate furniture.
Mix festoons, fairy lights & lanterns for a layered effect.
Wonderful woodland gathering.