Southern Lady Magazine

Summer Lighting for Outdoor Dining


As the sun slips below the horizon, the shadows of dusk try to nudge us inside, but what we really want is to linger a little longer in this blissful summer weather. Here are a few of our favorite ways to extend the evening in brilliant and stylish ways.

Joyful Setting

Lampshade frames painted white and festooned with ribbons, flowers, and Edison-style bulbs add sparkle to this gracious summer gathering.

Posh Picnic

Simple-yet-chic designs by Southern artisan extraordinaire Natalie Chanin inspired an outdoor tableau to usher in the first days of fall. The happy gathering is bound to last into the evening, so hang pierced-tin lanterns among the branches to light the area when the sun begins to fade.


Lowcountry Repast

With its inimitable sense of laidback tradition and hospitality, the enchanting Lowcountry region inspired this summertime dinner in a serene waterside setting. An industrial fishing basket makes an ideal vessel for pillar candles to light the night.

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