Outdoor lighting, a dozen cool and inexpensive ways

These oversize, drop-shaped wire lanterns would look great scattered around a deck (plus they come with metal loops so they can also be hung from trees).-
Alberino Lanterns, $9.99, zgallerie.com
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Thu, Oct 6, 2011 2:48 PM EDT

Lighting is one of the most important, yet oft-overlooked aspects of any party-especially one taking place outdoors. Not only do they serve a functional purpose, helping you and your guests navigate in the dark, but they can also add so much charm and ambiance to a patio. Here, twelve affordably priced options-from high-tech solar-powered lanterns to dainty hanging glass votives to flower-shaped floating candles-to accentuate your next backyard barbecue.