summer outdoor entertaining decor

20 Affordable Decorations to Upgrade Your Outdoor Space for Summer

Add fun to your patio or porch with these great items.
By Mary Claire Lagroue
June 01, 2021
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There's no better way to make the most of balmy summer weather than gathering a group of people together for food and drinks. Deck out your outdoor space with summery decor that will set the tone for entertaining, whether it's a big neighborhood barbeque or a small family affair. From tabletop accessories to festive lighting to fun accents, these decorating ideas will inspire a new love for your home (and hosting) all summer.

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linen tablecloth with fringe
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Table Manners

In a color that won't show dirt, this durable gray linen tablecloth is made for outdoor dining. Tassels and stitched stripes give this tablecloth an extra special look.

Buy it: TEWENE Cotton Linen Tablecloth, starting at $22;

silver metal vase
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Flower Power

Sturdy but stylish galvanized metal will give your outdoor space farmhouse flair no matter the season.

Buy it: Galvanized Vase, $19.50;

wind chimes hanging outside
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For Old Chimes Sake

When the summer breeze blows, these artisan-made copper wind chimes will ring with the most lovely sound. 

Buy it: Copper Bronze 36" Wind Chimes, $30 (was $38);

Certified International Talavera Melamine 19" x 12" Rectangular Tray with Handles
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Pretty Platter

It looks like stoneware, but this rectangular serving platter is made of shatter-proof melamine.

Buy it: Certified International Talavera Melamine 19" x 12" Rectangular Tray with Handles, $22 (was $31.50);

white striped floor pillow
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Floor Plans

Make room for company with big, comfy floor pillows, fashioned from water-, fade- and UV-resistant fabric. 

Buy it: Reversible Floor Cushion DuraSeason Fabric, $50;

iron sculptural centerpiece to hold six votive candles
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Wax Poetic

Candles create a cozy ambiance outdoors, and this candle holder was designed with patio tables in mind — an umbrella pole can go through its center opening. 

Buy it: Seraphic Patio Table Tealight Candle Holder, $27 (was $30);

natural fiber tray
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Tray Chic

This rattan tray will add retro flair to your table, while serving the practical purpose of holding cocktails, a big pitcher of lemonade, or coffee cups.

Buy it: Cane Fiber Tray, $50;

leave shaped bird feeder with orange halves attached
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A Little Birdie Told Me

This handmade copper bird feeder would add an artistic touch to an outdoor space on its own, but stick citrus or dried fruit to it, and fruit-eating fowl will flock over.

Buy it: Birdie Fruit Feeder, $60;

Pillow Talk

Comfy and classic, these Pottery Barn pillows are made for outdoor seating but would spruce up an indoor space all the same. 

Buy it: Tassle Trim Indoor Outdoor Pillow, 18 x 18", $35.50;

vintage-inspired string lights
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Bright Idea

A string of vintage-inspired lights will give even the most basic outdoor setup a festive feel. 

Buy it: 2-Pack Lemontec String Lights, $24 (was $30);

wooden carved serving bowl shaped like a lemon with yellow enamel interior
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When Life Gives You Lemons

With its cheery yellow enamel interior, this lemon-shaped serving bowl makes an excellent centerpiece and vessel for salads and sides.

Buy it: Yellow Lemon Shaped Enamel Wood Serving Bowl, $40;

metal lantern with candle
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New Flame

Available in three sizes, these top-rated Target lanterns look great on the ground beside patio furniture. Use them to perk up dinner parties.  

Buy it: Metal Outdoor Lantern Natural - Smith & Hawken, $55;

Colorblock Pouf Rainbow - Project 62
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Rest Easy

Whether you need to prop up your feet or pull up an extra seat, this striped pouf is relaxation ready. 

Buy it: Colorblock Pouf Rainbow, $54;

gingham painted planter
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Pot of Gold

Gingham is a nostalgic summer print, so we can't resist this flower pot's hand-painted gingham design. 

Buy it: Ginny Gingham Pot, $24-$32;

light blue ceramic candle with five wicks
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Scent and Sensibility

Keep bugs at bay with this large, hand-poured citronella candle, complete with a summery dappled ceramic container. 

Buy it: White And Blue Ceramic 5 Wick Citronella Candle, $30;

white metal bucket
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Bucket List

This white galvanized metal bucket holds about three bottles of wine, so your guests can serve themselves all night.
Buy it: Oval White Galvanized Metal Party Bucket, $17;

navy blue woven throw blanket
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Cozy Up

Keep an outdoor throw on hand to keep your crew comfortable when temperatures drop at night.

Buy it: Threshold Woven Throw Blanket Navy, $30;

doormat shaped like watermelon slice
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One in a Melon

We can't resist food-themed decor, and this watermelon doormat will set your guests up for a sweet welcome. 

Buy it: Watermelon Slice Doormat 17" x 29", $19;

twinkle lights wrapped around tree
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Twinkle, Twinkle

These indoor-outdoor lights run on batteries, so you can string them across anything from a patio table centerpiece to shrubbery.

Buy it: Twinkle Gold String Lights, $13 - $30;

Better Homes & Gardens 5' X 7' Gray Medallion Outdoor Rug
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Floor Painting

You can add instant style to any outdoor space and recreate a true living room feeling with a classic outdoor rug.

Buy it: Better Homes & Gardens 5' X 7' Gray Medallion Outdoor Rug, $50;