By Nikhita Mahtani

Published on February 22, 2018

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Is it summer yet? While the weather outside clearly doesn’t indicate it, sunny days and warmer temps are coming sooner than you think—which means that before you know it, you’ll be planning outdoor barbecues, cocktail parties, and backyard festivities galore.

Impress your guests and spruce up your living space with Ikea’s new summer selection of entertaining essentials, aimed at the outdoors. Launched just yesterday, the collection boasts a huge array of twinkly lights, colorful decor, and textured designs that make us wish it was summer already—but after buying a few of these items, you just might be fooled into thinking it is.

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String Lights, $29.99

You can never have enough string lights. This tinted LED chain will add a dramatic spin to your patio.

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LED Pendant Light, $59.99

The bright orange and blue allow for a touch of color, while the string lamp shade pattern creates fun patterns perfect for the witching hour.

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Tin, Set of 3, $4.99

The best way to store your food? In these pretty patterned containers. They can even be added to your backyard as unique candle holders or as storage for colorful flowers.

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Tablecloth, Beige Stripe, $14.99

You might think this beige tablecloth looks boring upon first glance, but look again: It boasts a multitude of pretty, summer-appropriate colors (think pink, teal, and orange), and is elegant enough for both a casual affair or a more formal dinner party.

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Pink Bowl, $2.99

Buy just one and use it as a decorative piece to store your keys, or buy a multitude to serve snacks during your next gathering. Whichever way you decide to go, you’re going to love the pastels on this two-toned bowl.

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Watering Can, $0.99

Water your plants in style with this stylish teal watering can. The unique shape and long spout make the perfect decor statement, and with it costing under a dollar, how can you go wrong?

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Ceramic Cacti, Set of 3, $14.99

While we love real plants as much as you do, we know what a pain they can be to take care of. These pretty ceramic cacti solve that problem with almost no effort, and you can even keep them inside for a touch of green on your countertops.

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Plant With Pot, $14.99

Plastic plants not doing it for you? Fine—this little succulent comes in its own chic stoneware pot. As a bonus, it’s also super easy to care for.

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Large Plant Pot, $24.99

Every plant deserves a pretty home, so cover up plain plastic pots with something nicer, like this woven basket. It’s also versatile enough to be used as a wastepaper bin.

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Cushion Cover, $6

It wouldn’t be summer without a pop of sunny yellow—get yours with this pretty velvet cushion cover.

See more Ikea:

Ikea’s New Collection Is All About Color (And We Want Everything)
8 Ingenious Ways to Hack Ikea’s Billy Bookcase
Your First Look at Ikea’s Staycation-Inspired Summer Collection

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