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The grill is sizzling, the sparklers are sparkling and the s’mores are melting…it must be the Fourth of July. Well, almost. Want this year’s BBQ to top all the years before it? Add a few simple outdoor pieces to make your space feel more like an oasis and less like just a patch of grass behind your house. Here are eight easy updates that will make your yard *the* place to be for the Fourth. 

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Lemontec Commercial Grade Outdoor String Lights

Is it even a backyard party if there aren’t string lights? And this brand has over 1,000 five-star reviews.

Buy It ($34)

la jolie muse candle

La Jolie Muse Citronella Candles

Nothing puts a damper on a backyard party quite like mosquitos. But pretty citronella candles help repel them while making your tablescape look Instagram-friendly.

Buy It ($23)

macys american heritage stool

American Heritage Billiards Zuo Wassu Rattan Illuminated Stool

Fact: We could always use a little more seating. And these illuminated rattan stools solve that problem, and they add a bit of light so that guests can actually see each other once the sun sets.

Buy It ($285)

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Anthropologie Aliyah Set of 4 Napkins

Those BBQ ribs are delicious, but they are messy. These chic napkins make eating even the juiciest burger look elegant. Plus, they’re eco-friendly, and you’ll get to enjoy them for summers to come.

Buy It ($40)

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Treasure & Bond Round Jute Pouf

Snag a few of these for your living room and carry them outside for the party. Use them as extra seating, a place to put your drink or as a footrest while huddled around the fire. Then pop them back inside after the last s’more is eaten.

Buy It ($149)

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Dash & Albert Diamond Indoor/Outdoor Rug

A rug outside? Trust us on this one. A little plush carpeting can turn a simple patio or deck into an outdoor abode. You’ll love it so much that you’ll wonder how you ever did summer without it.

Buy It ($312)

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Linum Home Textiles 'Lucky' Turkish Pestemal Towel

Have a pool? Put out a basket of these tasseled Turkish towels for guests to use after taking a dip. Bonus: They’re also cute enough to use as blankets when the sun goes down.

Buy It ($34)

Wyatt Double Champagne Cooler

Ralph Lauren Wyatt Double Champagne Cooler

The Yeti cooler is great and all, but we’re trying to throw a sophisticated adult party here. This stainless-steel bucket not only keeps your vino cold, but it also looks pretty enough to display.

Buy It ($250)

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