Published on March 28, 2018

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Spring entertaining can be stressful—think food, tablescapes, and decorations, not to mention all the logistics of planning a party. A common issue? Where all your guests are going to sit.

While we love the idea of having a full sit-down dinner every time we entertain, spring also calls for a more laidback vibe, which is why we love the idea of using throw pillows for both casual brunches and elaborate picnics. They’ll look chic on a plastic chair (and really up the “wow” factor), but they can also be used as floor pillows for an easygoing look. The options ahead work well for any type of party you’re planning, and some are even fancy enough to ditch seating entirely, no matter how formal your gathering.

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Tufted Rayas Pillow, Anthropologie, $88

Featuring bold stripes and colors, embroidered accents, and tufted ends, this pillow has a lot going on—but these touches work together to create a cohesive, boho look that works with a multitude of color patterns.

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Braided Jute Floor Cushion, CB2, $79.95

Bohemian vibes rule in this natural jute cushion, and the oversized square shape lends a relaxed feel for both an upscale picnic or a low-key lunch. It would work great on a patio, too.

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Textured Silk Fringe Pillow Covers, West Elm, $14.99 – $31

Featuring a luxe blend of silk and cotton, these two-toned options allow for a mix of colors that isn’t too overwhelming. They would look perfect on a rattan chair.

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Textured Indira Pillow, Anthropologie, $68 – $118

As much as we love Scandinavian style, we have to admit a little extra can go a long way. Stark whites with pretty textured accents give a unique touch to these pillows, which would look great when paired with a more minimalist setting.

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Dusty Pink Outdoor Pillow, CB2, $29.95

Basic? Maybe. Boring? Absolutely not. This dusty pink hue is the perfect foundation for the modern patio, and it’s also water repellent.

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Kilim Pouf, CB2, $149

Deep hues take over this pretty pouf, which uses vintage kilim for a one-of-a-kind look. It’s soft enough to lay on for hours, and will add a touch of elegance to even the most simple of schemes.

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Sabrina Indoor/Outdoor Pillow, Anthropologie, $68

Crafted with water-resistant materials, a combination of pretty blue hues, and a white backdrop, this indoor/outdoor pillow is ideal for the kind of soiree that places serious emphasis on colorful decor.

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Beige Stripes Throw Pillow, Target, $31.49

Minimalist with a twist, this throw pillow has beige stripes that add enough versatility for even the most casual of gatherings. Made from cotton and polyester, it’s a contemporary spin on classic neutrals.

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Havana Textured Bolster Pillow, Urban Outfitters, $49

Nothing says spring like soft, textured colors. The pale pinks and yellows on this pillow get a modern lift with trendy geometric woven textures, while the fringed edges add some interest.

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Montecito Outdoor Pillow Cover, Serena & Lily, $98 – $128

While this might look like an indoor pillow at first glance, it’s durable and resistant enough for the outdoors. White for entertaining outside? Stranger things have happened.

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