It's Hot AF, Stay Cool (or at Least Look Cool) with These Pieces of Outdoor Decor

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When the weather warms up, everyone's excited to spend time outside. But as soon as the temperature jumps from pleasantly sunny to sweltering, things get a little trickier (and definitely a lot stickier). Before you throw in the towel on patio parties and staycation sunbathing, check out these 15 pieces of outdoor decor that will help you keep your cool under the unbearable summer sun.

1. Sun Squad Plastic Pineapple-Shaped Beverage Dispenser in Yellow, $13

This adorable pineapple-shaped drink dispenser is perfect for a big batch of ice water or party punch poolside.

2. Tortuga Outdoor Jakarta Teak Wood Serving Tray, $75

Serve those cooling cocktails on this eco-friendly teak tray. Teak is a sustainable hardwood that can stand up to the elements (which is why it's often used for outdoor furniture), so if you like to entertain outside, it's worth the investment.

3. RugsUSA Ivory Diamond Tribal Outdoor Aperto Area Rug, starting at $55.59

If you plan to live outside this summer, shouldn't your outdoor space feel like, well, a living room? Tie the "room" together with this durable area rug. Bonus: Unlike a deck or patio, you can walk on it barefoot without burning your feet!

4. Article Aeri Lounge Chair, $349

Trust us: You're going to want to spend the entire summer in this super deep, boho-inspired outdoor lounge chair from Article.

5. Opalhouse Woven Stripe Outdoor Pouf, $49.99

Let's be honest: Target's Opalhouse line can do no wrong, and the outdoor collection is no exception. Put your feet up in style on this woven pouf while you browse the big-box brand's app deciding what to buy next.

6. Archie Swingasan Hanging Chair, $249.99

Are you really "hanging out" on your porch or patio if you're not literally hanging? OK, maybe. But you probably still need this art deco-inspired chair, anyway. (If you don't have a ceiling beam or tree from which to hang it, you can buy a stand separately.)

7. World Market Warm Woven Kalahari Indoor-Outdoor Throw Pillow, $34.99

There's no such thing as too many throw pillows. And that doesn't change when you go outside. Add a pop of color (and texture!) to your patio with these colorful indoor-outdoor pillows from World Market.

8. Christopher Knight Home Lassen Outdoor Side Table, $75.49

If you're really ready to play with pops of color, your outdoor space is a great place to start. Set your drink on this bright-red, 16-inch iron side table while you reapply sunscreen.

9. Veradek Star Decorative Screen, starting at $267.99

Need to block an ugly view or a nosy neighbor? This free-standing decorative screen has you covered, literally. Bonus: It's also a cool backdrop for all of your summer selfies.

10. Mistana Allyson Semi-Sheer Outdoor Grommet Single Curtain Panel, $39.49

Outdoor curtains are a great way to add shade and privacy to your tranquil space with very little effort. Plus, they feel kinda fancy.

11. Anthropologie Soleil Beach Umbrella, $348

Throw some shade on your fun in the sun and protect yourself from those harmful UV rays with this striped beach umbrella with fringe from Anthropologie.

12. World Market Hammered Metal Citronella Candles (set of two), $25.98

OK, candles aren't cool-cool, but you know what else isn't cool? Mosquitoes. Keep summer's most annoying bugs at bay with these super cute citronella candles from World Market. Each candle burns for 35 hours, and you get both copper and brass in the set.

13. CB2 Rolling Cooler, $269

Keep your canned cocktails and La Croix cold (and close at hand) with this rolling cooler from CB2. It's basically an outdoor bar for the rest of us.

14. Pottery Barn Marrakesh Metal Solar String Lights, $49

No outdoor space is complete without some string lights to set the mood after the sun goes down. These mixed-metal beauties from Pottery Barn feature little cactus cutouts. What's even better? They're solar powered!

15. West Elm Fluted Acrylic Glassware, $5

Last but not least: You're going to need a refreshing beverage to stay hydrated in this heat. Sip in style from these colorful vintage-inspired acrylic glasses by West Elm. They won't break if you drop one, and they're sold individually so you can mix and match colors and sizes.

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Emily Farris lives in a century-old Arts & Crafts bungalow in Kansas City, MO with her burly husband, toddler son, and two rowdy rescue mutts. She's written for Bon Appetit, Food & Wine, and The Cut. When not busy cleaning up after somebody, she's posting about drinks and decor on Instagram @theboozybungalow.

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