Summer officially kicks off this Friday, which means your next few months are likely to be filled with beach days, barbecues, and other outdoor activities. That also means your patio is probably getting put to good use with dinner parties al fresco, cocktails by the pool, and simply just soaking up some sunshine. And if yours isn't quite dressed for summer just yet, there's no need to stress. As per usual, plenty of outdoor decorative essentials are available for a steal right now at everyone's favorite one-stop-shopping spot, Target. In fact, many of the pieces that are guaranteed to step up your patio game are under $50.
Of course for a truly memorable summer soiree, you're going to want to brush up on your seasonal cocktail and crowd-pleasing, BBQ-friendly recipes, but even once you've mastered those you'll still need to have a warm and welcoming spot where you and your guests and eat, drink, and mingle in style. That's where Target comes in handy (not to mention dozens of other situations). From affordable outdoor furniture to the perfect accent pieces, the superstore has pretty much everything you need to create a backyard or patio that will make you proud to have people over — even if you've only got the smallest space to work with.
Inspired to get your own outdoor area together before your first bash of the season? Ahead find 10 decorative essentials that can completely transform your space — even when you're on a limited budget. From pillows that pop to a rug that pulls it all together, all these chic pieces can be yours for under $50.
You might be surprised at how transformative a good outdoor rug can be. It will immediately warm up the space, plus it's a way to bring together other decorative elements. If you prefer to accessorize with color — or like to switch things up every now and again — go with something in a neutral tone, which will go with everything. This off-white and black print is bold, but still super versatile.
Seating can be pricey, but Target thankfully has plenty of affordable options that still look anything but cheap. This rattan is the perfect patio material, but the color keeps it looking sleek.
Ottomans can be a game changer when you're short on space, since they don't take up much room and are a simple way to add in extra seating. Target stocks a ton of outdoor friendly options for under $50, including this striped one that will add a bit of color and texture to your patio.
If you don't have a true backyard, adding some plants to your patio will give it that lush green feel. That said, you'll need some planters and stands to make them look even better. This gold version brings a little extra glamour to any space.
Spruce up basic chairs, benches, or outdoor sofas with some interesting pillows, like this macrame one. It's a very affordable way to add a lot more personality.
Even in a small space, it helps to have some surface area to set a drink, a candle, or a succulent on, which is why it's handy to invest in an accent or side table.
Getting eaten alive by mosquitos isn't chic — but this citronella candle in a modern, terracotta holder sure is.
Non-breakable serveware is essential for a patio space that's great for entertaining. Melamine or enamelware is perfect, since it's super durable but also looks like the real deal. This platter is ideal for serving a batch of cocktails or placing your slaved-over dishes at a dinner party.
Entertainment isn't always decorative, but this ring toss set is stylish enough to double as both.
String lights immediately make any outdoor space feel a little more magical. And this set just so happens to look like little mason jars, which is especially sweet.