$100 (& under) Wonders

It’s mid-summer and prime time for entertaining! If you’re still a little hesitant to entertain because you just haven’t put any effort into the yard this year, I pulled some of my favorite pieces that are under $100! These hot deals will give your outdoor space the polish it needs and let you keep some extra cash in your pocket to stock the cooler for a fun summer bash.

First, you’re going to want to give your friends a cozy place to sit. I’m loving the Island Bay Executive XXL Rope Hammock and Coral Coast Adirondack Chair. Spruce either one up with colorful pillows like the Orange Puzzle Outdoor Decorative Pillow or fun Firmly Planted Turf Outdoor Pillow.

Create a designated lounging or dining area by laying down the Momeni Baja Collection Baj 2 Outdoor Rug in a coordinating color and outlining your space with flowing white curtains like the Outdoor Decor Escape Grommet Curtain Panel. Having separate spaces and setting them up to encourage a relaxing environment helps get people mixing and mingling. I always make sure I place different things in each area – for example, cocktails by one table and some snacks under a pergola across the yard. This way, people move around and aren’t standing in one place all afternoon.

Currently, I think we’re okay (at least here on the West Coast) without any sort of heating at night. But once we start to transition into the end of summer, you’ll definitely want the resources to keep your guests from getting too cold. A few Piazza 19-in. Gas Tabletop Firebowls are great for small spaces, or fill a basket with fresh, white Stripy 100 Turkish Cotton Pestemal/Fouta Towels that can be grabbed at your pals’ convenience.

And finally, add in a few details that give interest to all of your base furniture pieces. I don’t think there’s a space in our home that isn’t filled with at least a tiny bit of candlelight. Grab a few Home Essentials Rattan Lanterns to do the same. Not a candle fan? Stick with string lights instead and hang some Lumabase Electric String Paper Lanterns around the deck or along your back fence. Serve snacks and drinks on an interesting tray like the Kraftware Woven Tray designed specifically for the outdoors. And don’t forget to keep everyone entertained! Put out a fun Wooden Tailgate Toss Cornhole Set to play in between conversations and snacking. We play this almost every time we hang with friends; it’s such a fun addition!

Like I said, the best part about all of these things is that they’re under $100 each. Happy (affordable) entertaining!

– Lauren Saylor, A Fabulous Fete

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