Outdoor tableclothGot company coming over for the holiday weekend? Here are some quick change-outs that can turn your backyard into an outdoor oasis.
1. Outdoor Tablecloths: One of the quickest ways to make your table really stand out is to dress it with an attractive outdoor tablecloth. Among our favorites: The Bardwill Indoor/Outdoor tablecloth. In our tests it was great at repelling liquids so you can wipe up a spilled Coke before it absorbs into and dirties the cloth. The soft to the touch material comes in stripes and traditional floral and tropical prints. If you're looking for a modern print, check out Hen House Linens. It carries an assortment of 100% cotton tablecloths in a variety of bright colors, geometric prints, and bold stripes.
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Outdoor chair cushions2. Outdoor Cushions: Make your guests comfortable with new patio cushions. We found JCPenney's Outdoor Oasis Double Welt Seat Cushion incredibly comfy and resistant to backyard stains like ketchup and chocolate syrup.
3. Vases: A bouquet of your most beautiful blooms, early roses, peonies, or wildflowers, will make the table festive. Chive offers a variety of unique vases at affordable prices.
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Fountain Container Kit4. Fountain: Create a focal point in your backyard with the Fountain Container Kit from Smartpond. Place the fountain into a container of your choice, add water, and voila! You have a little cascade.
5. Don't forget the Paper Towels! Keep your backyard messes under control by keeping a roll of paper towels handy. Viva was a top performer in our test - it soaks up liquids fast and holds them in so you won't be dripping ketchup on the way to the garbage can.
Still wondering what you're going to serve? Check out our Grilling Menu for Memorial Day. What are some quick ways you spruce up your outdoor space? Let me know in the comments!
-by Jamie Ueda
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