11 Cheap Ways to Beautify Your Outdoor Entertaining Space

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A dreamy backyard paradise starts with two simple steps: accessorizing, and finding multiple purposes for your furniture. Outdoor spaces are typically filled with an array of patterns to create a vibrant and trendy look. A bright outdoor rug, for example, adds a vibrant and trendy feel to the space. Rugs also direct foot traffic and can be used to divide the area into dining and lounging spaces. Pile on the pillows! Rich colors, stripes, and patterns lend a tropical atmosphere, and oversized cushions can even be used for lounging. Instead of heavy furniture, grab garden stools to provide additional guest seating. Stools can double as end tables in a pinch — plus, they’re easy to stack and store.

Ban the Insects

Ban the Insects
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Unwanted guests (mosquitos and other insects) sometimes like to crash your party. Make sure this doesn’t happen to you by creating your own stylish citronella candles.

Create a Celebrity-Inspired Backyard

Create a Celebrity-Inspired Backyard
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Why not make things comfy with lots of outdoor pillows and cushions? E! Network’s Jason Kennedy and his wife included this fun design strategy in their new backyard design. They transfer the moveable pouf from inside to out for additional seating during larger gatherings. 

Farmers Market Fresh

Farmers Market Fresh
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A trip to your local farmers market may end up inspiring your next centerpiece. Try creating a fresh fruit centerpiece when entertaining outdoors. It’s a great way to add color to your tabletop.

Flea Market Sweep

Flea Market Sweep
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Visit a flea market — you’ll be surprised by the treasures and artwork you will find to add pops of color to your outdoor space. Lauren Conrad frequents her local flea market for one-of-a-kind additions for her home.

Hanging Plants

If you can’t grow a full garden, hang some beautiful plants in your outdoor space. It’s a great way to save money and adds floral appeal to your space.

Kid-Friendly Chairs

Add additional seating with colorful folding chairs. They’re perfect for creating a kids’ table with a trendy touch.

Mix and Match

Mix and match patterns to create a more vibrant and effortless look. A really easy and fun way to play with patterns? By picking out an eclectic assortment of pillows and table runners.

Mood Lighting

Always include mood lighting! For evenings on the patio, use string lights, recessed lighting, hurricane lamps, or candles. Nicole Richie uses lots of lanterns and string lights when hosting in her outdoor space.

Pop of Color

Bright colors are happy colors — use them abundantly! Try a brightly hued bistro table with fresh fruits as the centerpiece for an island-inspired look.

Stylish Bar Cart

Use stylish and functional amenities when creating your outdoor space. We love this outdoor bar cart.

Trendy and Affordable Rugs

Make your outdoor space feel as cozy as your living room by arranging furniture on an outdoor rug. Trendy and affordable rugs can found at stores like West Elm, CB2, overstock.com, One Kings Lane, and HomeGoods.