Here’s How to Turn Your Backyard Into a Tropical Celebration Space

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Is there anything more fun than a pool party? With good weather and good vibes all around, it's hard to be in a bad mood when you're standing on a pool deck with a tropical drink in your hand (especially after a long winter spent indoors, away from the sun).

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But even if the weather is still a little too chilly for you to dive in, that doesn't mean you can't capture those care-free, pool party vibes in your own backyard — yes, even if you don't have a pool.

To show you how to do it, we rounded up the springtime essentials from Walmart that will give your outdoor space a warm-weather aura. Just collect a few key decor items, fire up the grill, and mix some refreshing beverages, and you just might forget your summer soiree is happening in the middle of spring.

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1. onn. Medium Party Speaker with LED Lighting, $79

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Possibly the most important part of any backyard bash? Good tunes, of course. This battery-powered speaker jams for eight hours, and it can even connect to a microphone if you want to break out your favorite karaoke songs.

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2. Expert Grill Heavy Duty 24-Inch Charcoal Grill, $124

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The second most important element of your outdoor get-together: the food. Throw some burgers and dogs (or some grilled pineapple if you really want to lean into the tropical theme) on this charcoal grill and you'll keep your guests' bellies happy.

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3. BHG 20CT Globe String Lights, $12.78

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Now for the decor. Stringing up twinkly lights automatically adds a wow factor to any party setup, and will make your guests feel like they've been transported out of your backyard and into a beachside cabana.

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4. Better Homes & Gardens Outdoor 9' Ibiza Stripes Round Crank Premium Patio Umbrella, $59

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Even if it's not too hot yet, unfurling this striped umbrella will add to the beachy theme of your celebration.

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5. Better Homes & Gardens Woven Stripe Outdoor Toss Pillow, Black & White, $15.13

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Scatter some outdoor throw pillows around your seating area to make guests comfortable and to give the space a luxe look.

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6. Mainstays 6'x9' Faux Green Grass Outdoor Area Rug, $59.88

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No physical backyard? No problem. Roll out this faux grass rug on any patio or deck (or even inside!), and you can recreate the outdoor feel wherever you are.

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7. Bliss Block Star Mineral Daily Sunscreen SPF 30, 1.4 fl oz, $19.97

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Don't forget SPF! Regardless of how sunny it is, outdoor parties require sunscreen (spring is the time for sneaky sunburns). Plus, the smell will remind everyone of warmer days spent poolside to come, and add to the festive mood.

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8. Bunch O Balloons 100 Rapid-Filling Self-Sealing Water Balloons (3 Pack) by ZURU, $8.44

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What's a pool party without games? Fill up a bucket with colorful water balloons that will double as decor — until the first one gets tossed.

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