11 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 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. Pinterest Dress the floor pottedstore.com for Dash & Albert Diamond rug in canary and white, $298 A sunny polypropylene outdoor rug adds instant warmth and defines the party space. 6- by 9-ft. Mix the seating floragrubb.com for Fermob bistro metal chair, $99 Folding chairs in fun colors provide flexible extra seating indoors or out. Cover the fence fivefeetfromthemoon.com for 24- by 24-in. wall art, $300 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. Put in lighting potterybarn.com for outdoor glass lanterns, from $10.50 Clusters of lights bring warmth to the patio corners. Bring in a mini bar cb2.com for Luck side table, $149 A double-decker iron table, enameled a glossy green, sets off summery drinks. Illuminate the evening westelm.com for porcelain tea-light holder, from $9 Perforated porcelain candleholders cast a geometric glow over the whole space. Inject some metal shopsteellife.com for Basin Mod Dish, $129 Use this 16-inch-wide dish as a shallow planter or fill it with water for a mini reflecting pool. Either way, the parrot red color makes this a standout feature. Get cozy textillery.com for Rjoe Outdoor Throw, $199 Found, finally: A soft throw that can actually be left outside, thanks to Sunbrella’s performance fibers. Serve with flair wolfum.com for Axo bowls, $85/set of 3 Serve nuts, olives, and other small bites in these solid ash 10- by 11-inch trays. They wipe clean with a sponge. Add pops of color crateandbarrel.com for Festive Small Planters, $9.95 each Fill these 7-inch pots with fragrant basil and march a row of them down an outdoor dining table or hang them with wall hooks. Dine on eye candy pottedstore.com for serving bowl, $40 and plates, $48/set of 4 Artist Lotta Jansdotter spreads her Scandi-inspired patterns over a line of outdoor-ready melamine dinnerware.