Perking up your patio’s Memorial Day setup

Monday, May 27 is Memorial Day, the unofficial beginning to summer and the time of year when many homeowners show off their panache for decorating. This holiday is synonymous with outdoor barbecues and warm weather enjoyment, so you'll need to ensure that your gathering space is fun and festive when the weekend is upon you. The patio is the perfect place to entertain.

A few outdoor design improvements

Luxury outdoor furniture

While you may already have a set of folding chairs, umbrellas and a patio table, there are a series of seating options that can serve as focal points for the space. Consider adding a group of benches with plush cushions to create another seating area for your guests. Another option is to put out a series of deck chairs from Sifas' Sakura Collection – these waterproof and thoroughly modern additions will add a contemporary flair to your patio.

Repurpose found items
One way to give your Memorial Day bash some personality is to mix and match with indoor and outdoor decorative accents to create a dynamic setting. For instance, do a bit of bargain hunting at flea markets and antique stores and look for large containers like washtubs or other large containers that can be used to hold drinks or act as chic flower planters. When you're putting together your table spread, skip those unsightly citronella candles and opt for stylish outdoor lanterns instead.

Red, white and blue

With your outdoor furnishings looking better than ever, now it's time to show off your patriotism with subtle touches of red, white and blue. While you don't want to go overboard, consider hanging colorful garland underneath your outdoor umbrellas. You can also utilize the color scheme in napkins, dishware and other party supplies, as well as patterned throw pillows and decorative centerpieces.