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10 Must-have backyard decorations for summer

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Dress up your backyard for summertime

Get your backyard ready for summer entertaining by adding lighting, accent pieces and other decor items. These items for your backyard are both practical and stylish.

Pop of color

Brighten up your outdoor space with bright pops of color. Orange and yellow add some sunny accents to your decor.

Dress up your backyard for summertime

Throw pillows

Add a pop of color to your outdoor furniture with water-repellent pillows in bold colors or fun prints. These striped Getaway citrus outdoor pillows are only $30 at Hayneedle.

Dress up your backyard for summertime


Dress up your outdoor table with dishes, table linens and other decor in vibrant shades. We love the Le Cadeaux 12-piece Benidorm yellow melamine dinnerware set. Service for four is priced at $160 at the Home and Patio Decor Center.

Let there be light

Dress up your patio or outdoor space for summer entertaining by adding hurricane glasses with candles, tiki torches and other lighting options.

Dress up your backyard for summertime

Outdoor lanterns

Lanterns that hold pillar candles are perfect for lighting decks, patios and other outdoor entertaining spaces. These Marrakesh burnished outdoor lanterns are available at Neiman Marcus, priced at $245 and up.

Dress up your backyard for summertime

Strings of lights

Illuminate your yard or patio for outdoor gatherings by adding strings of lights. This vintage light string is reminiscent of lights seen in Italy's piazzas. Available from Restoration Hardware for $160, this string features 24 lights and all-weather wiring.

A drop in the bucket

Buckets are versatile pieces that can enhance your decor. You can use them for everything from ice at parties to containers for plants.

Dress up your backyard for summertime

Vintage metal buckets

You can find old metal buckets at garage sales, thrift shops and consignment stores. You can also get vintage-inspired buckets like this set of Atticks buckets, $39 at Sears.

Dress up your backyard for summertime

Copper buckets

Get a large copper bucket to hold ice and beverages at a party in the summer or hold firewood in the wintertime. This extra-large 11-gallon oval bucket is just perfect. You can get it now at, priced at $131.

Fun seating

Add some extra seating in a fun way with porch swings, hanging chairs and relaxing hammocks.

Dress up your backyard for summertime

Striped hammock

This colorful hammock is perfect for relaxing or taking an afternoon nap. Escape with an island mindset in the Tayrona hammock, $98 at Anthropologie.

Dress up your backyard for summertime

Pod chair

This pod hanging chair created from macrame will make a fun addition to your backyard decor. The knotted Melati hanging chair is available in a blue or neutral motif. This cool chair is priced at $498 at Anthropologie.

Sun protection

It's important to have some places outdoors where your family and guests can cool off and get out of the sun. If you don't have a covered patio, add umbrellas, canopies and other items to provide some protection from the sun.

Dress up your backyard for summertime

Fade-resistant umbrella

Add some color and some shade to your outdoor decor with a large fade-resistant umbrella. This round outdoor umbrella comes in your choice of five colors. It stands eight-feet tall and measures nearly nine feet in diameter. Priced at just $70 at J.C. Penney, this umbrella is a big bargain.

Dress up your backyard for summertime

Backyard pool cabana

Want to splurge a little? Add a Cool-Off pop-up gazebo next to your pool. This elegant outdoor cabana is made from high-quality materials and sets up in just a few minutes. Depending on the size you want, these backyard pool cabanas are priced at $1,100 and up.

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