May casual

Rikki Snyder, original photo on Houzz

Throw effortless backyard parties all spring and summer long with these outdoor furniture essentials. Whether you’re tight on space or a full dinner party just sounds like too much, these furniture finds and accessories are perfect for casual get-togethers.

Two-in-One

Instantly set up your backyard for lounging and chatting with this set of two adjoined chairs and a table. Made of acacia wood, it's perfect for enjoying a beer with a friend, watching the sunset or simply diving into your respective summer reading material.

Outdoor Wood Adjoining Chairs from Houzz

Gather Round the Fire

Set up this fire pit in your backyard, and you’ll be all ready to host relaxed summer bonfires. Complete with a spark screen, log poker, log grate and weather-resistant cover, it would be a great addition to any backyard. Just think, you can enjoy s’mores from home!

Round Crossweave Firepit from Houzz

Chit-Chat Table Set

Backyard parties can be as simple as sitting in the sunshine with friends and enjoying some cool drinks — just what this outdoor lounge set was made for. Crafted out of acacia wood with comfy gray cushions, this set includes one loveseat, two chairs and a coffee table. Complete with everything you need, it’ll transform any outdoor space into a stylish hangout.

Outdoor 4-Seater Acacia Wood Chat-Set from Houzz

Lounge Away

Get a little creative with your outdoor seating with this blue striped hammock. Made of weather-resistant polyester fabric, it’s the ideal spot to spend a warm afternoon. And having a hammock is a great way to invite your guests to simply relax and enjoy your yard.

Fabric Hammock, Palm Stripe Blue from Houzz

Summer Lovin’

Enjoy the company of a friend or two on this plush outdoor loveseat. With a gray wicker frame and cushions available in 11 different colors, this couch would be a welcome addition in just about any backyard.

Monterey Outdoor Wicker Patio Furniture from Houzz

Keep it Comfy

Too often, outdoor furniture is cold and hard, but not with this pillow set! Made of water-resistant polyester and available in five different colors, this vibrant set of four pillows is perfect for adding comfort to your backyard.

Water Resistant Pillows, Green, Set from Houzz

Add Some Ambiance

Hanging string lights outside can make all the difference, elevating even the simplest of gatherings to something special. So why not invest in this string of 24 bulbs? Spanning 48 feet, you can hang them across your patio, from an umbrella or underneath your deck for some excellent ambiance.

Savannah Clear 48’ 24 Lights from Houzz

Avoid Roughing It

Your backyard can be just as comfortable as the rest of your home if you just take a few cues from inside — like laying down a rug. This blue and white patterned outdoor rug is made of durable polypropylene to withstand the elements. And it’ll have your yard feeling chic, clean and ready for guests!

Baja Indoor/Outdoor Rug, Navy from Houzz

Life Can Be a Picnic

Keep it casual with this picnic-style dining table, complete with two benches. Made of acacia wood and powder coated iron, it’s perfect for hanging out with friends and family over some afternoon refreshments.

Outdoor Wood Picnic Dining Set from Houzz

It’s Grill Time

Speaking of picnics, why not throw some hamburgers and hot dogs on the grill for easy summer dining? It doesn’t have to be complicated with this classic 18 inch charcoal grill, which can easily be rolled away after the party.

18” Kettle Charcoal Grill from Houzz