Lighting lends atmosphere to backyard gatherings – Orange County Register
Summer evenings — perfect for al fresco dining and entertaining — will soon be here. And whether it’s for a family get-together for Mother’s Day or Father’s Day, a graduation blowout bash or any other celebration, the backyard can be a wonderful place to entertain guests. It’s a setting that allows for bringing people together on a more personal level without the need to keep everything super-tidy.
Gardeners Supply Company stocks many types of outdoor solar lights such as these globes that change color throughout the night. (Photo courtesy Gardeners Supply Company)
Allegra DeAngelo designed a Kaleidoscope series of garden plant supports made of colorful glass that reflect light throughout. (Photo courtesy Gardeners Supply Company)
Landscape designer Teryl Ciarlo likes battery-operated lanterns like these, which can seem to float in midair when hung from branches of a tree. (Photo courtesy of Teryl Ciarlo)
Solar-powered yard globes. (Photo courtesy of Gardeners Supply Company)
Candles and lanterns like these from West Elm can lend a soft, romantic glow to a gathering of family and friends on a warm summers evening. As always when using candles, keep fire safety in mind and dont place them near flammable materials. (Mikkel Vang, courtesy of West Elm)
Even small lit votive candles add sparkle to an outdoor entertainment setting, especially when paired with colorful pillows, throws and dishes. (Courtesy photo)
Los Angeles gardenista and designer Teryl Ciarlo fills her backyard with varied light sources, which add ambience to evening get-togethers. (Photo courtesy of Teryl Ciarlo)
Use different types of lanterns for texture, interest and subtle lighting. (Photo courtesy of Teryl Ciarlo)
One outdoor decor element that’s practical, and can be whimsical, is the lighting.
“Great surroundings really aren’t about the money. The outdoor area is about style,” said Teryl Ciarlo of Teryl Designs. “My dream garden is formal, surrounded by trees…