Don't lie. We know you've always DREAMED of owning draped outdoor lights (because so have we). Stringing them across like a canopy, hiding amongst the garden shrubs, bathing your guests in a gorgeous dinner table glow. Well if there was ever a summer good enough to make buying outdoor lights seem like a good investment, this is it. Here's our selection of gorgeous garden lights.
Many a Pinterest board is filled with string lights, wrapped around trees or across courtyard gardens, and we're loving the vintage look of these string lights. Giving off a soft glow with a sturdy, durable casing and black cabling that'll disappear in the evening, you can get them in strings of ten, or twenty. Festoon string lights, from €61, Amara
For The Table
No socket outside but want to maintain that candle-lit ambience at the table? Ikea's lamp has rechargable batteries so you won't need to run a cable out the window just to keep everyone in view. Mullbacka LED table lamp, €40, Ikea.
In The Garden
For a celebratory mood-setter, you won't find anything more cheerful that these starburst lights. Designed to be planted in the ground, let them guide the way or simply disperse amongst the bed for little sparkles of illumination. Starburst outdoor lights, €29.95, Article.
On The Wall
If you were thinking of something a little bit more permanent but don't fancy anything clunky that would draw the eye away from your lovely soiree, this Up & Down light is practical without being noticeable. And best of all, the hot-dipped galvanised steel body is completely weatherproof, making it suitable even for annual use, so no need to worry about during the Irish winter. Garden Trading Up & Down light, around €36.50, Houseology.
On The Ground
For some gorgeous, shimming shadows, we're a little in love with this bamboo lamp. Perfect for an impromptu garden chill session on cushions and picnic blanket. However, you will need to take this beauty indoors again so don't forget when you're wrapping up for the night. Standing bamboo lamp, €92, April and The Bear
This sturdy totem lamp is made of a combination of raw concrete and teak wood, providing a nice contrast to the green hues of your garden. It can also be left outdoors all year round so you can make the most of one of those Indian summer evenings in September and October. Totem wide lamp, €249, Woo .Design
Create a flickering, romantic mood as the sun sets with this oil lamp. Made of a metal frame and stainless steel structure, it holds a cotton wick and oil chamber, which can be scented if you really want to set the scene. Oil lamp, around €108, Bloomingville
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