Given that the weather is finally warming up, it’s time to wander outside and think about using the garden more. In the summer, I cannot think of a better way to catch up with friends or family by spending time outside.
Lighting your garden is a great way to keep the party outside for longer, as the dark evenings are kept away by twinkling candles in lamplights.
Lanterns have evolved greatly from a simple design of glass and metal. Now you can get LED lanterns that look like the real thing but are more practical, and tiny tea light holders that won’t cost you a penny.
Here are our best buys:
BEST BUDGET BUY
If you just want a lantern that does what it says on the tin, this is your man. Has a modern and contemporary design to suit all outdoor spaces, and also features a handle which means you can hang it giving you more options of where you place it. Has a hinged door for easy access.
EASY TO USE
These are really lovely classic lanterns which comes in a beautiful solid base and glass top. This hurricane lantern comes in a choice of two colours – inky blue (shown) or yellow. Use with standard pillar candles for the best effect.
Measures 24cm by 14cm.
Isn’t it irritating when you run out of candles? Or do you find scraping the wax off the inside a chore? If that’s you, this lantern will probably suit you down to the ground. It has a warm, white LED bulb situated in the candle which looks remarkably real. And best of all there are no batteries required, it charges from a solar panel. You’ll get 8 hours from one day’s charging.
- Large Cream Heart Lantern – £20.00
If you are looking to create a romantic atmosphere for two in your garden then this pretty heart lantern will do the job. Casting heart-shaped shadows all over your garden from the cut-out design, the outside of the lantern is finished to leave a cracked effect. Great for a gift too.
BEST TO ADD TO
At £2 quid a pop, you could buy ten of these and scatter them around the garden for a great party atmosphere. Height is 21cms.
BEST FOR A CENTRE PIECE
This is one of those pieces that makes you wonder why is it so cheap and where can I get one from? Enthral your guests with this stunning lantern as a centre-piece and if your guests ask where you got it, murmur something about a little Murano glass shop in the back streets of Venice. They’ll never know.
WORTH A SPURGE
If you have the money then this wooden lantern will definitely make a statement in or out of your home. The hand-crafted wooden lantern is made to a rustic finish and despite being huge, still manages to look elegant once candles are placed inside.
Dimensions: L36xW34xH62cm – fits 10x19cm and 10x9cm
You don’t have to trawl the antique stalls or shops to find something that looks the job. This is a gorgeous ornate candle lantern which has been designed for the home or garden.
Features a distressed blue antique French style finish with unique lattice work that even the old artisans would love. Two styles available, one wider (shown) the other taller.