15 Ways to Light Your Party

Party Lighting might not be something that springs to mind for you when you think of decor essentials but lighting is a really big deal. Think about it, lighting sets the tone for the whole shebang… soft amber lighting feels intimate, a thousand votive candles or twinkly lights feels romantic, and using fun colors like purples or blues, well that just screams impromptu dance party! So the next time you’re pulling together the features of your fete, consider any of these clever ways to light the space.


Baking Cup String Lights from Jacks and Kate turn an ordinary strand of lights into a party! These are so cute I want to incorporate them into my everyday decor.


This chandelier of Hanging Mason Jar Lights from BootsnGus is whimsical and fun. I sort of want to hang it in my kitchen!


And since we’re talking chandeliers, consider this one seen on Style Me Pretty  hanging Chinese lanterns isn’t anything new… but clustering them together in one big focal point is tres chic!


Cardboard Christmas trees as lighting? Why not! You Are My Fave shows you how to make them, but consider that any ole’ shape will work just as well. Maybe you do something geometric, maybe you do numbers or letters… it’s rad either way.


Another clever use for old twinkle lights is this Blow Box strand from A Subtle Revelry 


Turn your old glassware into tinted votives with this tutorial from Henry Happened… use the final product to line every available party surface!


An oldie, but a goodie… just string up Christmas lights or carnival lights overhead. We hung some over the top of the dance floor when my sister Melody got married and it was gorgeous. You can see all the fun details of her wedding HERE.


Light the front pathway with these DIY Paper Lanterns from Parents Magazine


As usual, Martha Stewart takes it to the next level by creating seasonal luminarias. Feel free to theme them any way you like.


Also fun for fall are these floating Apple Candles get the tutorial for the candles HERE

Streamer Candle Holders Pink

Simple and inexpensive… just wrap streamers around vases and votives. Get the tutorial from Martha HERE


No fire necessary to light up your party in this example. Sunset Magazine simply stored lights under the linens for a gorgeous glowy affect!


Speaking of gorgeous… don’t you just swoon over this one from Ruffled Blog? Just float flowers, petals and floating candles in the closest body of water and voila!



These fabric votive candles from Fellow Fellow are so sweet they make my teeth hurt. It makes me want to throw a little girl’s birthday party just so they can be on display.


And last but certainly not least, these DIY Letter Lights from Megan Hoeppner are too cute!