Planning an evening BBQ? Or expect your BBQ to last into the wee hours of the night? Don’t forget to plan for lighting. Not only does it make conversation easier, your guests are also safer when they can see the outdoor space. Set up different lighting options to keep your guests seeing well.
You probably already have at least some exterior lighting. Check all of the light bulbs before the party to make sure the lights are bright and functioning. If you were already planning to add some lights, now is a good time to do it. Common outdoor landscape lighting includes lights affixed to the house, pathway lights and flood lights.
Strings of Lights
Strands of small lights are a good way to add general lighting to a BBQ. You can hang them almost anywhere. Most strands of lights don’t add a bright light, but they will add a solid glow in the immediate area where they are hung. You can stretch them between deck posts, between trees, along fences or anywhere else in the party area.
A little flame can add a decent amount of light to the BBQ area. Tiki torches can also help keep away the pesky mosquitoes. Set up the torches around the perimeter of the BBQ area. You don’t want them in high traffic areas where people could come into contact with the flames.
If you want to add some lighting to the tables, try lanterns. You can use lanterns with actual flames or battery-operated lanterns with light bulbs. Set up a lantern on each table. You can also add them to other areas where people might congregate. If you have a shepherd’s hook or other hook in the backyard, hang a lantern from it.
Another way to add tabletop light to your backyard BBQ is with candles. You can buy several candles inexpensively. Set up the candles away from any other decorations or flammable objects. A glass candle holder that protects the flame keeps it from going on if the wind blows and keeps some objects away from the flame.