If you’re anything like us the thought of playing hostess at short notice send us into a slight panic. With food to prepare, guests to invite and activities to plan, your to-do list just doubled in length. However, Memorial Day weekend signals the start of summer and you deserve to relax and celebrate with friends and family sans the stress. All you need are the essentials that’ll imbue your backyard with carefree summer vibes. Look ahead for the only nine staples you need to transform your abode into a bright oasis to mark the first of many celebrations this season.