Find some pretty cupcake liners that fit your patio's theme. I prefer the ones that are lined with aluminum because they add a reflective quality making them glow even more.
Dig into your boxes and find Christmas Light strands that have larger bulbs. I prefer the old fashioned bulbs.
Cut a X slit in the bottom of the liner using scissors or an exacto knife.
Slide liner over the bulb and the base holder. This will prevent the paper from touching the bulb.
Hang and enjoy. I also like to place a mirror opposite the lights, with a few plants on either side. The mirror will pick up the reflection of the Cupcake light strand for more impact.