Looking for a way to spruce up your patio this summer? Purchase a few colorful essentials. Adding a dash of color can give your whole patio a new look. When looking for items for your patio, you can shop on a budget and still make a big difference in the appearance of your space. With any budget, regardless of whether you are splurging or shopping thrifty, you can find something to make your patio look more fun. As you shop for summer patio essentials, one of the most important tips is to have a common color scheme so vibrant colors accentuate each other, to make the whole patio look great for entertaining guests.

Summer Patio Essentials

OTTO Storage Stool

First, buy an OTTO storage stool. The items come in a wide variety of colors. I chose a bright blue because I decided to stick with blues and purples, cool colors, as I designed the new accents on my patio. My daughter enjoyed using the storage stool as a seat. We also used the item to hold our drinks on a hot day.

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Another use for the item is to hold toys. I filled the product up with all the spare toys in the playroom next to our patio, and I was happy to see so much more clear space in the room. On days when my daughter wants to play with her toys outside, it was simple to carry the storage stool to the patio. The product was strong enough to hold a bunch of toys, while it was very simple to put together and it was lightweight.
Summer Patio Essentials - OTTO Storage Stool - by Theresa Pickett - www.theresasreviews.com

Because there were so many uses for the product, I would highly recommend it. The item had appealing, fun coloring. My patio started to look like an awesome space for the kids to play as well as a great place for entertaining guests.

Takeya Iced Tea Maker

Did you know that June is National Iced Tea Month? With the weather outside going above 90 degrees, drinking a cold glass of delicious iced tea is the best way to relax. With a full set of iced tea products from Takeya, you’re set to make any style of iced tea for you and your guests to enjoy this summer. I tried out the Flash Chill iced tea maker. The result was delicious. Even my kids, who are usually very picky about what they eat and drink, loved the taste of the tea.

Summer Patio Essentials - Takeya Iced Tea Maker - by Theresa Pickett - www.theresasreviews.com

One of the coolest things about the Takeya iced tea set is that you can easily add citrus or infuse the tea with fruit. Whether you plan to make a simple sweet tea or something more sophisticated, this iced tea set is easy to use and makes excellent tea. The company sells a wide variety of tea so you can find the right flavor to go with any meal. What would a cookout be without some delicious sweet tea?

Picture It on Canvas Serving Tray in Italian Blue

To carry out snacks on a pretty serving tray, buy the Italian Blue serving tray from the company Picture It on Canvas. The product has a nice, muted blue coloring that would look nice on any patio furniture. While using the serving tray, I found that it worked well. Putting some breakfast biscuits and coffee on it helped me quickly head outside to do some writing in the morning. The tray was simple to clean as the surface was easy to wipe off as needed.

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Picture It on Canvas Coasters in Italian Blue

Decorate your patio with splashes of color with fun coasters. Purchase the canvas coasters in the Italian Blue style from Picture It on Canvas. The coasters have a pattern that is smaller than the serving tray’s pattern, but the coloring and style is the same. Trying the coasters out, I found that they worked well and looked nice.

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Tervis Entertaining Collection

One of the best, simple upgrades to a patio would be a new set of cups. Buy brand new cups to instantly impress anyone who stops by your home. Tervis offers tall and stout cups that are made of a strong, durable material. Get a set of the tall and stout cups to be prepared to serve any drink recipe.

Summer Patio Essentials - Tervis Plum Cups - www.theresasreviews.com - Photo by Tervis

I tried out two 4-packs of the tall, plum twist cups. Many years ago, I had tall, thin glass cups that looked lovely, but they all shattered within a year of owning them. With my new cups from Tervis, I could tell that the material was really sturdy. Also, to prevent the top of the cup from wearing down, the material at the top was very solid. Summer Patio Essentials - Tervis Plum Cups - www.theresasreviews.com - Photo by Tervis

As I drank my iced tea and later served my daughter some water in the cup, I noticed that there barely any condensation. With other cups, condensation can become really bothersome and messy. Since the cups reduce condensation, they were really pleasant to use. Another thing I liked about the item was that they got very clean in the dishwasher. Other cups we own always seem to gather dirty particles from going through the dishwasher, but the Tervis cups were completely spotless. I would recommend the cups as an essential that you’ll want to have as you entertain on your patio this summer.

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I received a free item, but in no way did it influence my opinion.

About The Author

Owner And Editor

Theresa has been writing since 2010 in magazines and online. Her lifestyle and parenting expertise has been featured in publications, including ShopSmart and Scholastic. She earned an M.Ed in Elementary Education from Vanderbilt as well as a BA in History from Flagler College, and she is a certified teacher.

26 Responses

  1. Sandy KS

    I love the idea of an outside storage container like that. However, I think the price is too high for my likings. It looks like a storage basket which would be great to store my grandsons clothes in that his father forgets here.

  2. Alli

    I have a couple of garden stools, but they don’t have storage like that. I’m so jealous. Love the color, too.

  3. John Lopez

    These are great stuff, I love the first one, I can use it as a storage for some things that I never used. Those stuff are awesome and I love the color.

  4. lisa

    I really like that stool that is also a storage container. And cups that don’t have much condensation would be great for my wood tables!

  5. Jeanine

    What a great list! We love being outside on the patio during the summer we can rarely be seen inside. So these are all great!

  6. Chasity Boatman

    I like the storage stool! That’s a very cool organizational tool for the outside.

  7. desirae young

    I am going to have to totally pick up that tea maker! My dad is a huge tea maker, probably makes about 2 jugs per day! Thanks for the list too!

  8. Bonnie @ wemake7

    Very nice! I love all these ideas. I’m so glad that Summer is finally here and we can enjoy it. I love hanging out outdoors. Will have to get some of these lovely items.

  9. Dawn McAlexander

    Is that your daughter sitting on the stool? She looks so cute and sophisticated sitting there. I just think that is a really cute picture!

  10. Donna Ward

    These are great items for outdoors and also to use indoors! So glad you shared – and loving the little model! So adorable!

  11. James

    I love that storage stool! I miss having a patio, but looks like you are enjoying yours, so that’s great!

  12. Jessica Simms

    This was made for my son who is VERY finicky about stuff like condensation on his glasses. My 2 year old freaks out about that stuff to and tends to complain a lot, this looks like a nice product that they would really like.

  13. Lynndee

    I love blue so needless to say, I love that stool and that tray. They are definitely pretty. I’ve been checking for trays, but haven’t been lucky yet to find one that I like.

  14. CourtneyLynne

    I’m all about having the most fabulous thins for my patio lol… Summer is my favorite time of year. You have a fantastic list here 🙂

  15. Ann Bacciaglia

    These are great things for your patio this summer. I love the Ice Tea maker. I will have to pick one up for my house.


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