Toasting the night amidst twinkling lights has been something of a theme this weekend…On Friday, we had our lovely neighbours over for supper and at a meal almost entirely made from homegrown (by my Dad, I take no credit) ingredients, with the french doors flung open and the warm night creeping in. The solar-powered lights on our apple tree (err, my Dad again. The man is so useful and thoughtful it’s not true…) glowed as the darkness fell and it was pretty lovely. Not, however, as lovely as my brother’s wedding – which was held on an idyllic lakeside site, gorgeously styled and featured a long lantern-lit drive and lights strung between trees. It was perfect.
I see no reason why lighting should be restricted to summer weddings. Or to sizeable gardens: if my pocket handkerchief of a garden can take it.
Obviously, the ideal is something a little like this: pool, cool drink, great swimsuit, best party – and these bistro lights from The White Company.
Actually, I think these would work even in a tiny outdoor space, but if you are after something on a smaller scale, try solar-powered fairy lights (these for instance). Okay, so you’re not going to have hours of darkness illuminated in December, but who’s going to be hanging out in the garden all night cometh the winter?
I also have a lantern tucked into a corner of my garden (I like this one from The White Company and the simplicity of these from Nordic House) – I love seeing the flicker of a candle on warm evenings. In my dreams, I’d have this outsize Diptyque Feu de Bois on the bistro table. Nordic House have some more budget-friendly options (here).
Head to Not On The High Street for a brilliant selection of al fresco lighting options…
Hurricane garden lanterns, from £29.95; Lantern fairy lights, £24, Hanging star lanterns, £2.75
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