15 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 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 Folding chairs in fun colors provide flexible extra seating indoors or out. Fermob bistro metal chair, $99; floragrubb.com 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 Clusters of lights bring warmth to the patio corners. Bubble caged glass lanterns, from $50; potterybarn.com 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 Porcelain plates in a geometric pattern echo the rug below. Chase yellow plate, $4.95; crateandbarrel.com Illuminate the evening Perforated porcelain candleholders cast a geometric glow over the whole space. Circles tea-light holder, $8; westelm.com Inject some metal 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. Basin Mod Dish, $129; shopsteellife.com. Sit back in style The simple lines and fun colors make your patio feel like one at a chic hotel. Palm Cove occasional chair, $200; worldmarket.com. Set the mood The candlelight streaming out of the lacelike cutouts in this ceramic lantern casts a festive glow. Whisteria lantern, $40 for 101⁄2 inch; crateandbarrel.com. Get cozy Found, finally: A soft throw that can actually be left outside, thanks to Sunbrella’s performance fibers. Rjoe Outdoor Throw, $199; textillery.com. Serve with flair Serve nuts, olives, and other small bites in these solid ash 10- by 11-inch trays. They wipe clean with a sponge. Axo bowls, $85/set of 3; wolfum.com. Add pops of color 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. Fiesta Small Planters, $9.95 each; crateandbarrel.com. Screen off your scene Section off a portion of your yard with this woven screen. Yes, it’s completely fine to leave outdoors—an iron frame keeps it grounded. Wicker Screen—Mocha, $250; pier1.com. Dine on eye candy Artist Lotta Jansdotter spreads her Scandi-inspired patterns over a line of outdoor-ready melamine dinnerware. Serving bowl, $40; plates, $48/set of 4; pottedstore.com.