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Light Up the Night!

April 13, 2016


QUICK, BEFORE THE MOSQUITOES come swooping in, eat outside! But as romantic as it is out there in the dark, outdoor entertaining goes a lot better when the ketchup actually lands on the burger. You can hang lights if you’re lucky enough to have an overhead place, set lights on the table or install them along the garden path—or all three.

Our slideshow features some classics to add to your backyard ambience, and a couple of contemporary additions.

—Nancy McKeon

Nancy McKeon is managing editor of MyLittleBird.com.  She  most recently wrote about cool new melamine dinnerware .

2 thoughts on “Light Up the Night!

  1. Nancy McKeon says:

    I first saw them a couple of years ago in public squares in European cities (Florence and Krakow!), but I don’t think our civic leaders would be as welcoming. I think maybe if you have a picnic in a large park you could have a flurry of these to mark the night sky. (And with all the rain we’ve been having in the Washington, D.C., area there’s not that huge a risk of setting forests on fire–I hope.) But I don’t think I’d chance it on the National Mall: the Capitol Police and the Park Service Police are not known for their collective sense of humor.

  2. Am I being stupid? Where/how would one use the sky lanterns…? I’m drooling at the thought of launching a bunch of fuchsia things but I don’t suppose you’d do it in the backyard (?)

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