Romantic Cafe’ Deck Lighting

Deck Lighting

When we had the deck built way back in April, I was determined to create a vibe that was relaxing.  A vibe that just beckoned for a glass of wine and some good conversation.  I fell madly in love with the idea of using cafe’ lights to cast a romantic glow overhead.  I love when restaurants do this and thought that it couldn’t be too hard.  So, after searching around a bit I settled on two strands of glass string lights from World Market, similar to these.

After a little nudging, we managed to get them up and I instantly loved the look.  Here we are over the summer kicking back and relaxing in the glow.  As soon as they were up, the lights created a feeling of intimate conversation.  You just wanted to be out there.  And then…a storm came through.  That mean ol’ storm knocked down one of the strands and being glass, the aftermath was quite messy.  So, reluctantly we took down the second strand and have decided we will put them up when we have company and parties.  You know, when there is a less than 50% chance of rain.  I have to say, I was a little heartbroken.  Sure, we still have some other lighting solutions to figure out, but I had thought I’d nailed it on the first go.

Now that Fall is about to settle in and the days of 95 degrees are behind us, I’d like to spend some more time out on the deck, preferably not in the dark.  Perhaps going with some strands that are not made of glass, or wrapping the handrail would do the trick?  Here are some options that I think might work for my deck or any backyard.  Let me know what you think, or of course I could just wait and bling it out at Christmas!

Deck Lighting

Perhaps durable plastic is the way to go...

Deck Lighting

These rattan lights could be fun for fall, and certainly wouldn't end up as smashed glass.

Deck Lighting

Perhaps classic rope lighting?




  1. says

    I really like how the big lights look! too bad you had to take them down. The rattan lights would also look really nice, they have lots of that style all over so you can easily find different shapes, colors and sizes in that.


  2. says

    We have a huge back yard with some beautiful trees! I too wanted to do something similar. We strung white lights on the green strand last year & of course after a storm came through & a few branches broke so we had to take the rest down. Last night we finally hung new white lights on white strands & they look perfect! I didn’t want to leave the back yard! I’ll be putting more up soon & adding a few fun colors! P.S they were $5/box at Hob Lob! Congrats on your new oasis!


  3. says

    I love your cafe lights, and I’m sad that one strand got broken. :( I think that’s why I haven’t gone that route in my yard yet. There is nothing that beats them when it comes to light and authenticity, but Target has a HUGE selection of string lights (some more durable and attractive than others), so I’m sure you could find a close second. We got this little box lights that are plastic, but they look like paper boxes. They’re really pretty draped around our gazebo at night. Oh, and we left them out all last winter — as well as during Hurricane Irene — and they survived.


  4. says

    I don’t know if you are looking for a large umbrella, but my sister got a deck umbrella and it has LED light embedded in the ribs of the umbrella. They are plastic and surprisingly cast a nice soft light at night. Bright enough to see but not harsh.


  5. says

    Oh the cafe lights are so pretty. I hate that you had to take them down. Darn storms. For replacements I think l like the rattan balls the most. Nothing’s prettier than sitting outside under twinkling lights!


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