Outdoor Party Lights

Outdoor party lights provide a festive atmosphere or a warm glow to your evening entertaining. Incorporate a variety of patio lights from flickering solar tiki torches to floating pool lights.

outdoor party lights

Pool Party Lights

Here in Georgia we love to keep our entertaining outside - by the pool or  patio as much as possible.

And the most important feature (of course besides food and drinks) is lighting. This is where the fun comes in. There are so many ways to do this with or without electricity. Thanks to solar and battery operated lights and torches, we don't use electricity at all.

Pool party lights can consist of floating pool lights, patio umbrella lights, outdoor torches, and solar string lights.

Place different kinds of light in different areas.

solar powered party lights

We use solar string lights on the arched gated entry to our pool, flickering tiki torch solar lights around the pool perimeter, submersible LED lights for the patio table, floating lights are in the pool and string lights in surrounding bushes.

Patio Umbrella with Lights

The first place to start is where the guests will be gathered - around the table and the food.

There are lots of different types of patio umbrella lights - from umbrella spiral lights to battery powered umbrella lights for lighting up the table.

lighted patio umbrella

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Whether you want a warm romantic glow or lights bright enough for a fun card game, you can find lights to suit the occasion. 

Other lights hang from the umbrella ribs - like these hanging paper lanterns.  

Using candles, batteries or the sun there are lots of ways to light up your outdoor umbrella:

Lighted Patio Umbrellas

Floating Pool Lights

From floating solar orbs to floating LED balloons and beach balls. There are plenty of ways to light up your pool for your next pool party.

solar floating pool lights

Some tips to make your pool a night time attraction is to turn off the pool pump so that floating candles or balls don't bunch together.

Better yet use lights that have an anchor attached to them. 

You will also need lots of lights to make an impact - you can't just do 3-5.  Also the larger the better - it's not like lighting up a pond or spa - since it's a large area, the lights need to be large as well.

Here are some fun ways we have found to light up our pool:

Floating Pool Lights

Solar Powered and Battery Operated String Lights

solar led string lights

Outdoor string lights are not just for Christmas. Place them along your deck, fence, trellis, gate or arbor. We have several solar string lights that are in some tall evergreens by the pool that we keep up year round.

Thanks to battery operated string lights and solar led string lights, you can place them anywhere even if you don't have access to electricity.

To learn about decorative string lights, like dragonfly string lights and star string lights and where and how to hang them click here:

Outdoor String Lights

Solar Flickering Tiki Lights

An outdoor torch or yard torches add the right kind of outdoor party lights for you and your guests.

You can choose from many styles whether you are wanting a more tiki party atmosphere using bamboo tiki torches or a more classic look using metal tiki torches.

solar powered tiki torches

We found some flickering solar tiki lights that come on every night - no need for oil or for going around to light them.

These outdoor party lights can be used anywhere - staked in the ground, set near rock walls and steps, or attached to deck railings.

They do need to be exposed to full sun light for around 6 hours for them to be fully charged. You can charge them in full sun and then move them in the evening.

To see the different styles available click here:

Solar Tiki Torches

Solar Outdoor Party Lights

What's not to like about outdoor party lights that come on automatically every evening - without candles, without electric cords and with no batteries?

led solar garden lights

We recently purchased some solar spot lights for some trees out by the pool.

The first thing my husband said when they lit up the first night, " I think they are even brighter than our neighbor's spot lights that are electric."

Solar lights have come a long way - we use solar walk way lights, led string lights, solar rock lights, solar color changing lights ,spot lights and torch lights. Find out how easy and inexpensive they are to use for evenings out by the pool.

Outdoor Solar Lights

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Battery Powered Candles

outdoor party lights

I can't remember the last time I've used real candles outdoors. Frustrated by candles blowing out or not lighting at all, I've found battery powered candles to be a great way to light up the evening outside.

The new candles have flickering lights that look real and best of all they stay "lit" all evening. There are now some that are made for outdoor use so they are more weather resistant.

Use them to light up your patio table or set them on the steps to the pool or on a dark pathway.

Battery flameless candles make great outdoor party lights for several reasons:

1. They never blow out.

If you use new batteries - they always work and they don't go out in the middle of a party.

2. They look real.

Many of these new candles flicker just like real candles. Just ask my husband. I watched in amusement one night while he tried to blow out the new battery powered candle.

3. They smell good.

I found candles that give off a nice vanilla scent. Not too strong, just a soft pleasant smell.

4. Some are made of real wax.

Some candles are made of hard plastic, but many have an exterior of soft wax. Again giving it the appearance and feel of a real candle. I found that the ones made of real wax melt if left outside in the hot sun.

5. No flame to catch something on fire.

One party we had several years ago, a friend reached over a candle with his arm. The sweater he was wearing was made of a knit with lots of long, fine hairs - that caught on fire. Although the flame was quickly put it out with no harm done, it was a scary reminder that flames can be dangerous.

6. Use Ones with Timer

Many electric candles now offer a simple way for your lights to come on in the evening. On the bottom of the candle is a switch - if you push it one way it will turn on - push it the other way and you will set the timer.

Get your set of 5 battery operated candles made of real wax, with a vanilla scent and the convenience of a remote control at Amazon

Flameless Outdoor Water Resistant Battery Operated Candles Pack of 9 with Remote

Use a variety of outdoor party lights to light up your patio tables, steps to the pool, walkways and the pool itself to provide not only safety but ambience as well.

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