Decorating Outdoor Spaces for Summer Parties

Summer’s here and that means you’ll be spending a lot more time outside. When the weather is nice, nothing beats outdoor entertaining. Here are simple ways to create a wonderful and inviting outdoor space for summer parties.

Pillows Add Color and Comfort to Outdoor Seating

Use colorful pillows and cushions made from outdoor fabric to spice up any outdoor area. You can find them at any of your favorite stores. Get creative–mix stripes and checks with fun polka dots and nautical prints. Add some animal, geometric, and botanical prints in all of your favorite colors. It’s an inexpensive way to make a dramatic change. Here are some suggestions from Amazon.


A pair of weather and UV-resistant outdoor corded rectangular throw pillows. Infused with an orange and white geometric pattern, this set of corded rectangular throw pillows will be a fun and functional extension to your outdoor patio or sunroom. $46.00 for the pair.


Nothing says summer more than cabana stripes in bold, primary colors. Get out the sunscreen! Don’t these pillows scream “beachy”? Set of 2 Indoor / Outdoor Decorative Lumbar / Rectangle Pillows – Orange & White Stripe by Resort Spa Home.  $29.99 for the pair.


Pull in additional colors with a multi-colored pillow with lots of punch with the Design Lakeside Retreat Boathouse and Buoys Embroidered Outdoor Sunbrella Pillow.


Now you can add some additional colors, like turquois with the Pillow Perfect Outdoor Cabana Stripe Wicker Seat Cushion, Turquoise, Set of 2 is $75.16.:


For some bright yellow, try adding the Majestic Home Goods Yellow Coral Pillow in size small, by Majestic Home Goods. This sunny pillow runs a little under 30.00.

If you have some old lawn furniture, spray paint it any of these colors for a cohesive, summer look. Now that you have a wide palette of colors and aren’t limited to just a few color choices, you’ll be able to find great bargains for table accessories.

Whimsical Wall Art

Look for weather-resistant materials such as galvanized metal, glass, resin or stone. They’ll all handle the outdoor elements with no problem. These living wall gardens are one of my favorite ways to decorate outdoors.


This one is from Amazon but they have many other living wall garden sculptures to choose from.

Mirrors for Interesting Views

Strategically placed mirrors add dimension and intrigue. As a bonus they create the illusion of more space. You can pick these up inexpensively at garage sales or flea markets.

Light it Up!

Candle lanterns hanging from the ceiling or placed on tables or railings provide an intimate nighttime glow and they’re easy to move wherever you want.

Another way to quickly create a magical space is with outdoor lighting. You can hang them on trees, outdoor umbrellas, outdoor railing, or anywhere you want to create some interest. These outdoor fairy lights are sold at Amazon for under 100.00. There is a huge variety of options, models, sizes and prices.


Some simple trimmings, like a hanging swing, mood lighting, a vintage find or two, are all you need to transform an ordinary outdoor space into an open-air living room – perfect for your next outdoor party.

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