Summertime is the most casual and laidback season of all. It’s also a time when you tend to socialize more often, with backyard barbecues as the most common type of get-together. We think now is the perfect opportunity to find ways to make your home more welcoming through some carefully chosen outdoor décor pieces. Below are some finds that will make you quite the thoughtful host.

A welcome mat at your front door instantly makes guests feel, well, welcome. This doormat ($19.99, pictured above) from Pottery Barn is made of coconut husk for durability, and its palm leaf design is very appropriate for summer.


Potted plants and flowers are bright and cheery indoors or out. Their cheeriness is only accentuated when paired with equally cute pots. These terra cotta pots ($5.59 each) painted with a fun dot motif are from World Market.


Outdoor pillows are a great way to add comfort to your outdoor space, and Crate and Barrel has these modern Terra June Flowers pillows ($19.95) that are weather-resistant and waterproof.


These quirky and brightly-colored seat pads ($2.99 each) from Ikea are suited for smaller metal garden chairs. They come in a variety of color choices, and can be used for indoor as well as outdoor seating.


Creating a festive vibe outdoors can be as easy as stringing up some lanterns. These square-shaped lanterns ($12.99) from come in hot summer colors such as pink, orange, blue, purple and lime green.