7 ways to upgrade your yard for entertaining

Having people over this weekend? Spruce up your space fast with these easy ideas

Upgrade your yard for entertaining

Photo by Thomas J. Story; written by Julie Chai

Upgrade your yard for entertaining

Style expert Caitlin Atkinson says, "The garden is your canvas--paint a warm, inviting picture on it." Here are some easy ways to do just that, and get your outdoor space in shape for weekend entertaining.

Dress the floor

Photo by Thomas J. Story; written by Julie Chai

Dress the floor

A sunny polypropylene outdoor rug adds instant warmth and defines the party space. 6- by 9-ft. Dash & Albert Diamond rug in canary and white, $298; pottedstore.com

Mix the seating

Photo by Thomas J. Story; written by Julie Chai

Mix the seating

Folding chairs in fun colors provide flexible extra seating indoors or out. Fermob bistro metal chair, $99; floragrubb.com  

Cover the fence

Photo by Thomas J. Story; written by Julie Chai

Cover the fence

Botanical and marine silhouettes—made with painted steel, strategically rusted and then sealed—add a pop of color to a not-yet-plant-covered fence. 24- by 24-in. wall art, $300; fivefeetfromthemoon.com

Put in lighting

Photo by Thomas J. Story; written by Julie Chai

Put in lighting

Clusters of lights bring warmth to the patio corners. Bubble caged glass lanterns, from $50; potterybarn.com

Bring in a mini bar

Photo by Thomas J. Story; written by Julie Chai

Bring in a mini bar

A double-decker iron table, enameled a glossy green, sets off summery drinks. Luck side table, $149; cb2.com

Set a stylish table

Photo by Thomas J. Story; written by Julie Chai

Set a stylish table

Porcelain plates in a geometric pattern echo the rug below. Chase yellow plate, $4.95; crateandbarrel.com

Illuminate the evening

Photo by Thomas J. Story; written by Julie Chai

Illuminate the evening

Perforated porcelain candleholders cast a geometric glow over the whole space. Circles tea-light holder, $8; westelm.com

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