Today I am sharing a dinner I created near our beach house. I discovered some very inexpensive hanging solar lanterns and am excited to show how you can use them anywhere in your yard.
I had actually wanted to host this dinner all week but the evenings had either been overcast or windy. Finally, the weather looked good, so I ran out to the beach and set up this dinner in the sand.
The evening was perfect!
And look how awesome these hanging solar lanterns look. Did I mention they cost about $5 each? Yes, five dollars!
A few years ago I created a similar dinner on the beach when I partnered with Sonenglas. Sonenglas makes a much more expensive solar jar ($32 each), and they are larger, but I knew they were a bit pricey. I have been hunting ever since for a less expensive option and I am thrilled that I found these solar lids.
What You Need for Dinner on the Beach (Or Your Backyard)
The solar lids and hangers are sold in a set of 12, and they come in cool light and warm light. I bought the cool lights but I think I might like the warm lights better.
The jars are not included with the solar lids but you can buy a set of 12 Ball jars for about $2 – $3 each.
I had these ball jars lying around the house and knew they were perfect for my solar lids.
Next, I placed the hangers on each of the jars and put all of the lids outside to charge in the sun. I left them in the sun for about four hours and they all were charged and working perfectly by then.
The solar lids are really easy to use.
There is an on/off switch in the lid. When the switch is on and the lids are fully charged, and they will come on automatically when the lid senses it is dark. I love that they turned on automatically when the sun set.
Each lid has a long wire with fairy lights. Here they are after I charged the solar lids.
Here is a close-up of what the lights look like when the lids with the wires are placed in the jars.
I arranged the flowers that afternoon. The flowers are from the grocery store and I used some larger ball jars for the vases.
Aren’t they gorgeous? Can I just say that the beach sunset was also amazing?
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To create this table setting, I moved our plastic table out on the beach.
Next, I added two large metal stakes (U-Channel Post for Parking Signs – 7 ft, Green). They are seven feet tall and cost only $7 each. You easily pound into the sand (or grass).
I used wire to attach the poles to the legs of the table.
Next, I strung a piece of wire from one pole to the next and used tape to secure the lanterns on the wire. Without the tape, all of the lanterns would have slid to the center of the wire.
I used all of the clear ball jars on the wire and the additional blue jars on the table.
I added some sea glass from my collection to each jar. I have collected the glass for years and I love hunting for glass on the beach.
Is this not the perfect location for dinner? We even had some surfers entertaining us as we waited for the beach sunset.
This truly was magical. I love that the solar lanterns lit up as the beach sunset came our way.
As the sun started to set, we sat down for dinner.
Obviously, this dinner with the solar lanterns would be perfect for your backyard too.
Of course, shortly after we sat down I made everyone get up so I could take this next photo of my hanging solar lanterns and beach sunset!
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