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The perfect outdoor pieces for hosting a festive summer barbecue

Now that summer is here, your outdoor space is the perfect spot to take risks with new décor. That being said, it’s easy to get overwhelmed when you start thinking about the possibilities for layering colorful rugs and accessories and experimenting with string lights and lanterns. Don’t panic! You’d be surprised at how investing in a handful of key items can transform your lackluster yard into a blissful, open-air haven.

Here are a few of our favorite outdoor pieces (via Nordstrom) that help create a flexible space where you can relax with a good book by day and host a festive barbecue by night.

 kate spade new york ‘Raise a Glass’ Acrylic Pitcher

This kate spade new york pitcher, adorned with elegant gold dots, is perfect for adding a touch of glam to your beverage service. Fill with a festive summer cocktail and serve in matching highball glasses.

Magnolia Casual Stripe Indoor/Outdoor Accent Pillow

Bold, monochrome stripes make this accent pillow ideal for adding a nautical or contemporary touch to your outdoor décor. Snag a few of these beauties and use them for extra comfort on your hammock or patio chairs.

Loloi ‘Ibiza’ Indoor/Outdoor Chevron Rug

Nothing draws the eye like a big, beautiful rug. This piece from Loloi gives the ubiquitous chevron pattern new life with a smaller print and vibrant colors. Lay it in your dining area or lounge spot to make the space feel like an outdoor room.

Acme Party Box Company Café Light Strand (48 feet)

This set of string lights will cast a romantic glow on your backyard party. Use one strand individually to provide subtle ambiance or connect up to five strands to illuminate a larger event space.

 Magnolia Casual ‘Latte’ Hammock

Once you’ve established your outdoor dining area, don’t forget to add a cozy lounging spot for soaking up the sun or napping in the shade. We love this hammock for its classic design and weather-resistant fabric.

 Classic Artisan Style Cocktail Shaker

This durable and stylish cocktail shaker will be a staple on your outdoor bar cart this summer. Put it to good use by playing ‘mixologist’ and making your guests a seasonal beverage. Honeydew-Basil Margarita, anyone?

kate spade new york ‘Raise a Glass’ Serving Bowl

Cheerful dots make another appearance on this glossy, durable bowl from kate spade new york. Not only is it sleek and stylish, it’s also chip-resistant. Fill it with a batch of your famous guacamole and wait for the compliments to flow in.

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Kate Kasbee
Kate Kasbee is a blogger and freelance copywriter living in Los Angeles. She has a background in real estate marketing and has also written about a variety of subjects including pet care, how to adopt a vegan diet, and technology. Prior to living in sunny California, Kate spent eight years in Chicago where she lived in nine different apartments in five different neighborhoods. Though she’s not quite done exploring, Kate dreams of planting her roots and owning a home with creaky floors and plenty of land for starting an organic farm.
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