Because if you’re like us, the more time you spend outside — whether it be lounging on your sprawling patio or getting some fresh air on your high-rise balcony — the more you realize your space needs some sprucing up.
Check out our favorite picks below, and peruse all of Target’s outdoor home haul here.
Hearth & Hand With Magnolia Mesh & Wood Food Dome ($14.99; target.com)
Keep all those pesky mosquitoes off your eats this summer with this mesh food dome. We’ve got a few of these things, and trust us, they’re worth their weight in gold.
Sun Squad Reversible Cabana Striped Beach Towel ($12; target.com)
Cabana stripes will never go out of style. Whether they harken the French Riviera for you or, um, the “Beverly Hills 90210” beach club scene (yes, for us), the crisp look of a thick stripe is timeless — which is exactly why we’re obsessed with these oversized terry beach towels that come in four colorways and are reversible too. Time to stock up, people!
Room Essentials Incandescent Outdoor String Lights, 20-Count ($12; target.com)
The quickest way to cozy up your outdoor area is with a good ol’ set of bistro lights. Luckily, Target has tons of options. This set is one of the site’s most popular, and we understand why — they look great everywhere. Available in four colors (black, white, a mossy green and a mint green), each strand of lights has 20 bulbs that emit a soft glow.
Sun Squad 2-Wick Americana Citronella Blue Lagoon Candle ($12; target.com)
We’re just going to call a spade a spade: This is the chicest citronella candle we’ve ever seen. Made with essential oils, the candle burns for 40 hours and will *hopefully* keep the mosquitoes away.
Sun Squad 3-Ring Pool Watermelon ($15; target.com)
What’s the solution for those days when it’s too hot to even think? An inflatable pool, that’s what. We love the whimsical watermelon design of this one, which is the perfect size for cooling down a few kids…or maybe one big adult.
Threshold Chunky Seagrass Woven Utensil Caddy ($20; target.com)
Trust us: You’ll never, ever regret investing in a utensil caddy, especially one this cute. Ultra useful, the seagrass holder can corral all the forks, knives, spoons and napkins your guests can handle in one tidy space.
Hearth & Hand With Magnolia Indoor/Outdoor Concrete Basket Planter (starting at $12.99; target.com)
One key detail to making your outdoor space feel homey is adding planters spilling over with florals. We’re obsessed with these faux basket versions from Joanna Gaines’ Hearth & Hand with Magnolia line, because they are actually crafted from concrete, making them ultra sturdy and capable of weathering the great outdoors.
Opalhouse Outdoor Pouf ($65; target.com)
Chock-full of boho details, this pouf is a great way to add a splash of color into your outdoor living room. Use it as additional seating, a footrest or even as a makeshift side table.
Opalhouse Calla Canopy Patio Accent Chair ($375; target.com)
Showstopper alert! The perfect summer reading nook — with its very own built-in canopy — this stylish accent chair from Opalhouse is outdoor-ready, thanks to rust- and weather-resistant materials. We love the tassel details, and the fact that the ultra-sturdy steel frame is finished with the look of bamboo.
Smith & Hawken Blackened Wood Patio Potting Bench ($262.50, originally $350; target.com)
Like something you’d find in a wild English garden, this beautiful potting bench is the perfect place to corral your gardening paraphernalia — or, um, you could turn it into a bar? Or a buffet? Or both!
Hearth & Hand With Magnolia Bocce Ball Lawn Game Set ($74.99; target.com)
Lighten your outdoor area’s mood with this colorful (and fun!) bocce set from Hearth & Hand that will get your guests interacting in no time. Our favorite part is that it comes in a retro-looking carrying case for easy storage afterward.
Room Essentials 10-Inch Round Dial Thermometer ($10; target.com)
You know that point of summer when it feels like a million degrees outside? Well, now you and your guests can know exactly how hot it actually is just by glancing at this handy outdoor thermometer dial.
Christopher Knight Home Riviera Acacia Wood Patio Bar Cart ($139.99; target.com)
The fun never has to stop when you’ve got an awesome outdoor bar cart! We love this chic acacia wood option from Christopher Knight Home because it’s got two tiers for storage/extra tabletop space, not to mention a removable tray. Bonus: Those durable wheels mean you can serve up drinks on the go, from your driveway to your patio and back.
Opalhouse Round Fringed Patio Umbrella ($90; target.com)
Oozing with Palm Springs circa 1960 vibes, this bright teal umbrella is guaranteed to be a fun pop of color in your outdoor space — but really, it’s the scalloped edges and fringe detailing for us.
Smith & Hawken Metal Outdoor Lantern (starting at $55; target.com)
Mood lighting is everything. Create a romantic space outside with these gorgeous metal Smith & Hawken outdoor lanterns, which come in three sizes and can be clustered for a centerpiece or placed on the ground for some dramatic low lighting. Bonus: They even look great without a flickering candle!
Opalhouse Fringe Hammock ($80; target.com)
Summer is all about unwinding, right? Right. Which is exactly why one can never have too many outdoor lounging areas. Enter: this totally playful bohemian hammock. Whether you’re hanging it between trees in your garden or adhering it to walls on your terrace, the cocoon-like seat is going to get you fully relaxed this season.
Threshold Shawboro Adirondack Chair ($200; target.com)
This classic Adirondack chair is a must-have. Perfect for stately lawns and city balconies alike, the chair is completely eco-friendly, crafted from Polywood lumber, which is a blend of plastics from recycled milk bottles and detergent jugs. The best part, however, is how low-maintenance the chair is — weather-resistant and boasting color-stay technology, it doesn’t need to be painted, sanded or anything else to maintain its crisp and clean appearance.
Threshold Buffalo Plaid Outdoor Rug (starting at $25; target.com)
The best way to tie together your outdoor space is with an area rug, and this buffalo plaid option will get the job done. Fade- and stain-resistant, the synthetic fiber rug is sure to add a preppy look to the area, regardless of whether you opt for the navy or green.
Threshold Designed With Studio McGee Outdoor Rug (starting at $80; target.com)
Pretty much anything coming out of the Threshold and Studio McGee collab is aces in our book, and that includes this thick-striped rug that — wait for it — is reversible. Denim blue on one side and light gray on the other, you can change up your entire area’s vibe with a quick switcheroo of this chic rug.
Opalhouse Myrtle 3-Piece Metal Patio Bistro Set ($225, originally $300; target.com)
We can never say no to a sweet-as-can-be bistro set, and that includes this one from Opalhouse. Perfect for small spaces — or sprawling patios with many nooks and crannies to fill — the metal set includes two armless chairs and that cute little table.
Threshold 9-Foot Round Vacation Tropical Patio Umbrella ($90; target.com)
This umbrella will get you in vacation mode, thanks to its tropical pattern, and because it’s DuraSeason fabric, it’s sure to stand the test of time (read: no fading!). More to know: It’s got tilt functionality that allows you to continue to sit pretty in the shade, even as the sun travels throughout the day.
Opalhouse Textured Stripe Throw Pillow ($20; target.com)
If you’ve got a neutral-toned patio set going, outdoor throw pillows are a great way to bring in some accent colors. We love this one for its bright colors and all that fun texture.
Room Essentials 7-Piece SS Tool Set ($15.99; target.com)
Throwing a barbecue is going to be very difficult without the proper tools, but fear not: You don’t have to spend a boatload to get exactly what you need. For just 16 bucks, this handsome set includes a spatula with serrated edge, tongs, a fork and four meat skewers.