Balconies are an amazing retreat in the summertime, especially when they’re decked out in hangout-ready fashion. Believe it or not, whipping yours into tip-top, glammed-out shape doesn’t have to cost a huge chunk of change. Sprinkle in some bright outdoor rugs, lots of cute planters, and all the other under-$50 decor goodies we have for you below. Before you know it, you’ll have a relaxing, al fresco oasis right out your back door.

1. Dash & Albert Diamond Fuchia Rug ($46): Lay down a rug with some colorful flair to create a cozy zone for your feet *and* make a major statement.

2. H&M Patterned Seat Cushion ($8): Add a touch of the tropics to your outdoor oasis with a printed seat cushion. You’ll be uber comfy while you sip that post-work piña colada.

3. Flash Furniture Sky Blue Indoor-Outdoor Arm Chair ($36): Speaking of seating, it’s time to invest in an option that adds character and comfort. This sky-blue pick is an elevated take on the basic plastic option.

4. Anthropologie Confetti Glass Votive Set ($28): Bright accents go a long way in a tiny space. These confetti votives will look oh-so-pretty during the day, and then become super functional as they dimly illuminate your late-night hangs.

5. CB2 White Loom Planter Set ($15): Show off your green thumb with a few potted friends. Your balcony is a perf spot to add natural elements and provide privacy from those nosy neighbors.

6. Kess InHouse Tribal Indoor/Outdoor Throw Pillow ($33): You can never have too many throw pillows, and your balcony is no exception. Work with all-weather picks in fun prints and you’ll find yourself basking in a mini getaway.

7. Pier 1 Imports Dippy Gray & Natural Wicker Basket ($23): A weather-withstanding wicker storage basket like this number will make for a quick and tidy cleanup of throws, pillows, and more. That way, you’ll have more time to enjoy that late-night wine on your new and improved balcony.

8. Smart Solar String Light Set ($30): String lights and outdoor entertaining pretty much go hand-in-hand. Beyond looking whimsical and adorable, this colorful set is solar powered, so you won’t have to deal with pesky cords and sockets to enjoy their cool vibe.

9. Room Essentials Outdoor Metal Folding Accent Table ($20): Here’s a furniture piece that will work for the tiniest of balconies. It’s lightweight and collapsible, so it can seamlessly be stored inside.

10. Lulu & Georgia Cocktails Taste Better on the Patio Tray ($30): We couldn’t have said it better ourselves. Use this tray to hold munchies during that cocktail hour you’ve been looking forward to all day.

11. iEnjoyware Decorative Serving Tray ($15): Serve your guests in style with a vessel that’s perfect for transporting cool libations. Or, add to your accent table as a catchall for books, sunscreen, and citronella candles.

12. Palm Springs Outdoor Patio Umbrella ($47): If you have a sunny spot, stave off a dreaded sunburn with an umbrella. This one is both affordable and transportable.

13. Etsy Outdoor Blanket Throw ($25): Just because the sun goes down, doesn’t mean the fun should stop. Have an outdoor blanket handy to keep the crew cozy for all those late summer parties.

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