24 Refreshing Summer Mocktail Recipes Everyone Can Enjoy

Summer Mocktail Recipes

While many of us like to enjoy a cocktail every now and then during the summer, sometimes you need something sans alcohol (sadly, we can't live on mojitos). Enter: summer mocktail recipes. You were obsessed with spring mocktails, and it's time to upgrade them for the next hot summer day. Whether you're not a drinker or you just need a break from the booze (or expecting!), these 23 summery mocktail recipes will *not* disappoint. Keep reading to discover your new favorite warm-weather refreshment.

What is a mocktail?

A mocktail is a mixed drink that doesn't have alcohol.

Are mocktails non-alcoholic?

Yes, something is only called a mocktail if it is alcohol-free.

Why are they called mocktails?

The "mock" in "mocktails" indicates the fake nature of the drink — you can have the social benefits of drinking without consuming any of the liquor!

What do you replace alcohol with in mocktails?

Some of the swaps you can make include non-alcoholic liquor, soda water, or juice.

How to make mocktails taste like alcohol?

If you like the dry, stinging flavor of liquor, add some spicy or warming ingredients into your mocktail, like ginger.

Can I get drunk with mocktail?

No, you cannot get drunk from a mocktail unless you add alcohol in it!

What is a good non-alcoholic drink?

Some of the mocktails we love to make are featured in this list including virgin mojitos, agua frescas, and margarita mocktails.

These virgin drinks will make you forget any alcoholic cocktail!

Kin Classic

We've been super curious to try Bella Hadid's new non-alcoholic brand Kin Euphorics, and this light mocktail is the perfect place to start. It features 2oz of the brand's OG-beverage, Kin High Rhode, which is made with key ingredients of Rhodiola Rosea, 5-HTP, and GABA to boost your energy, recharge your social battery, and ease stress. To make this beautiful bev, pour Kin High Rhode over ice in a highball glass. Add lime juice and stir for 10 seconds. Add a scoop of fresh ice and top with 1.5oz of tonic water. Serve with a lime wheel and optional edible flower. (via Kin Euphorics)

Sparkling Grapefruit Mocktail

Homemade grenadine is a mixer you should always have on hand for all of your cocktail and mocktail needs. Here, it’s combined with grapefruit juice and a splash of Sprite for a non-alcoholic drink that’s comparable to a mimosa. (via Crumb Kitchen)

Blueberry Ginger Cooler

When the weather is hot, you need something with the word “cooler" in the name. This blueberry-ginger concoction does the job of keeping you chill and hydrated in the heat. To keep it colder longer, freeze blueberries to use as ice that won't dilute your drink. (via Cooking With Manali)

Lt. Dan’s Best Bloody Mary Mix Recipe (Homemade!)

Whip up this batch of Bloody Mary mix up the next time you're craving the savory drink. Just skip the alcohol and you've yourself a delicious virgin Mary drink! (via A Spicy Perspective)

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Simple Shirley Temple Recipe

Your favorite childhood drink is all grown up! Gather up your ingredients: 1oz homemade Grenadine (which requires 2 cups of pomegranate juice, 2 cups sugar and 2 tablespoons of lemon juice or 1 teaspoon orange blossom water), 6 oz Original Citrus Fresca and plenty of ice. To make the homemade Grenadine, first combine the ingredients in a sauce pan and cook over medium heat until the edges of the liquid begin to bubble and sugar is fully dissolved – stir slowly and occasionally. DO NOT BOIL. Second, remove from heat and allow to cool to room temperature before bottling. Store in the refrigerator. To finish the drink, pour zero calorie Original Citrus Fresca into a tall glass with plenty of ice. Then top with the chilled Grenadine, stir gently and garnish with orange, lemon and/or lime wedges. (via Fresca Sparkling Soda Water)

Raspberry Lemonade Virgin Mojito

Maybe it’s the obligatory mint in a mojito, but those things are so damn invigorating. Since this raspberry lemonade mojito skips the rum, you can serve it to whoever you want. But you just might want to reserve a whole pitcher for yourself. (via SoFab Food)

Honey Blackberry Mint Mocktails

When you’re on a paleo diet, you have to constantly be on the lookout for added sugar in your seemingly healthy drinks. This mocktail is sweetened with only honey and blackberries, so you can be sure it’s as wholesome as possible. (via Bowl of Delicious)

Grapefruit Kombucha Agua Fresca

It’s not every day you find a drink that’s good for you and that you want to drink on the regular. This one has fresh grapefruit juice and kombucha, along with a subtle herbal note thanks to the rosemary. (via Will Frolic for Food)

Hibiscus Iced Tea Sparkler

This fresh and flavorful drink will have you saying sayonara to your usual Starbucks order. Infuse with berries and mint to enhance the flavors even more. (via Diethood)

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Non-Alcoholic Rum Punch

To make this delicious taste of summer, round up 3 oz. Ritual Rum Alternative, 1.5 oz. orange juice, 1.5 oz. pineapple juice, 1 oz. lime juice, 1 tbsp grenadine, orange or lemon wheel for garnish, and Maraschino cherries for garnish. Pour Rum Alternative, orange juice, pineapple juice, lime juice and grenadine into a glass with ice. Stir to combine. Then garnish with citrus wheel and maraschino cherries. (via Ritual Zero Proof)

Mango Meyer Lemon Margarita Mocktails

Who needs tequila anyway? We heard it makes your clothes fall off, and you definitely don’t want that. Play it safe with these virgin mango margs that are more than worthy of your next taco Tuesday. (via An Edible Mosaic)

You really have to try these mocktail drinks.

Kiwi Mojito Mocktail

Quench your thirst the only way you know how… mojitos. Keep it PG by nixing the liquor because this recipe is so tasty, you won't even be able to tell the difference. This kiwi variation is so unique, your palate will thank you for the welcome change. (via Lincy's Cook Art)

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The Drink Abides, aka S’more martini

Bring the flavors of summer campfires to your home with this easy summer mocktail recipe. Combine 1 1/2 oz Ritual rum alternative, 1/4 oz cold brew concentrate, 3/4 oz chocolate syrup, and 1/2 oz graham cracker-infused heavy cream in a shaker with ice and shake well. Strain into a chilled coupe. Add garnish of roasted marshmallows and voila! A s'more martini is born. (via Ritual Zero Proof)

Strawberry Orange Ginger Fizz

Add some intrigue to your fizzy drinks with a slice or two of fresh ginger. It makes the drink more refreshing and balances out the sweetness ever so slightly. These would be great served at a weekend summer brunch party. (via A Calculated Whisk)

Frozen Peach Bellini Mocktail

Sparkling apple juice replaces the Champagne in this virgin Bellini. It’s blended with ripe peaches and lime juice for a frosty summer treat that everyone will adore. (via Spicy Southern Kitchen)

Refreshing Orange Mint Mocktail

This is no ordinary OJ — oh no. This is a sparkling orange mocktail permeated with hints of mint and lemon. Knowing this is waiting for you in the fridge in the morning is the best alarm clock there is. (via Pepper Delight)

Rhubarb and Citrus Mocktail

Rhubarb is the staple ingredient of summer. Harness its flavor in anything but a pie with this swanky mocktail. Garnish with edible flowers and mint for an elegant touch. (via Craving Amsterdam)

Virgin Piña Colada

Staycation, meet your resident mocktail. With all the coconut and pineapple flavor, you’ll be carefree and relaxed even without booze. (via High Heels and Grills)

Roasted Peach and Strawberry Fizz

Daiquiri lovers will obsess over this fruity pureed drink. Even kids will be begging for a sip, and this time, you can say yes! IF you want to share, that is. (via Use Your Noodle)

Tropical Mocktail

Vacation means indulging in a few fruity drinks, but that doesn’t mean they have to be full of alcohol. Enjoy every second of your trip by making a batch of these tropical mocktails to keep on hand. Drink hack: Freeze fruit in ice trays for a fun garnish. (via Jess Explains It All)

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PTO

This coconut-y beverage brings the piña colada vibes sans alcohol with ingredients like 1 1⁄2 oz Ritual Gin Alternative, 1 oz coconut cream, 1 1⁄2 oz pineapple juice, 1⁄2 oz lemon juice and fun garnishes like a pineapple wedge and frond. To make it, combine ingredients in a shaker with a little bit of crushed ice and whip-shake until the ice melts. Then pour into a Collins glass and top with ice. Add garnish. (via Ritual Zero Proof)

Very Berry Mocktail

Anything made with pink lemonade concentrate has to be full of flavor. After a full day in the summer sun, you’ll welcome this frigid berrylicious treat with open arms. It's great for parties, cookouts, and your regular Friday night hangout. (via Is This Really My Life)

Pineapple Rum Punch

Why travel to a tropical island when you can bring the vibe to your backyard? This pineapple rum punch will have you feeling like you’re on a beach no matter where you are. To make, combine 2 oz. Ritual Rum Alternative, 2 oz. pineapple juice, 1 oz. orange juice, and 1 oz. coconut water in a shaker with ice. Shake and pour over more ice. Top with sparkling water, club soda, or ginger beer. (via Ritual Rum Alternative)

Kin Cider

While traditionally an autumn beverage, this apple cider mocktail is the perfect transitional drink for the tail-end of summer. Add ice to a shaker and pour 2oz of Kin High Rhode, 2ox of apple cider, 1 barspoon of spicy maple syrup, and 5 dashes of palo santo bitters and shake the ingredients for 30 seconds. Strain through a fine mesh strainer and serve straight up. Garnish with a single chili pepper, woke up by hand to make the most of its heat. (via Kin Euphorics)

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The season for Girl Scout cookies is upon us again. Finally!

With each passing year, supporting the organization by purchasing a box (or like, 20) of cookies has gotten easier and easier. You can now purchase Girl Scouts cookies online, which just enables our sweet tooth even more.

The 2024 Girl Scout cookie season calls for a toast that would make even the most mischievous Girl Scout blush. So, why not go for a boozy sip inspired by our favorite seasonal treats? Here are 13 Girl Scout cookie cocktails that are sure to earn you a mixology badge.

The Dirty Girl Scout: Chocolate Mint Beer Float

Stout beer highlights the rich chocolate flavor in this Thin Mint-inspired beer float. It's reminiscent of the old-school diner malted milkshakes you had as a kid, except this float is all grown up – just like you. (via The Beeroness)

Thin Mint Jelly Shots

If Thin Mints got dressed up to go to a wild house party, these jelly shots are what they would look like. These three-layer beauties, which you'll definitely want to make ahead of time, will be the life of your St. Patrick's Day party. (via Tablespoon)

Boozy Samoa Latte

Here's your new go-to weekend brunch drink. This Girl Scout cookie-spiked latte is just the treat you need after a long week. It's got coffee, vodka and sugar. What more could you want? (via Real Housemoms)

Boozy Thin Mint Milkshake

This sweet, adults-only milkshake takes only four ingredients to make and is a must to share with your girls. As long as chocolate is involved in a Girl Scout cookie cocktail, we're there. (via Freutcake)

Spiked Do-Si-Do Milkshake

It's some kind of sorcery that a combo of Frangelico and Chambord tastes just like a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Whip these cookie milkshakes up for an after-dinner treat, or leave out the booze and serve 'em to the whole family. (via Serious Eats)

Naughty Girl Scout Cocktail

When a drink takes just three ingredients and five minutes to make, it might just become your go-to for a DIY happy hour. Add a sprig of mint to this Thin Mint drink to take your cocktail garnish game to the next level. (via Love Bakes Good Cakes)

Samoa Martini

This Samoa martini is straight-up dessert in a martini glass. Don't skip out on the toasted coconut and full Girl Scout cookie garnish! (via Simple Joy)

Thin Mint Girl Scout Cookie Cocktail

No Thin Mints were harmed in the making of this cocktail. In fact, no Thin Mints are in this cocktail at all — it just tastes exactly like the iconic cookie, thanks to the addition of peppermint schnapps and Kahlua. (via Chantilly)

Trefoil Old Fashioned

Looks can be deceiving, and from the looks of this Girl Scout cookie cocktail, you'd never guess it tastes like a Trefoil. This spirit-forward drink gets its cookie-esque sweetness from brown sugar and a touch of butterscotch schnapps. That's all it takes for this old fashioned to taste just like the shortbread! (via The Daily Meal)

The Samoa

This Girl Scout cookie cocktail doesn't mess around. The recipe calls for homemade caramel, but if you use a store-bought version, no one will be the wiser. (via A Hollow Leg)

Tagalong Bourbon Shakes

Let it be known: this Girl Scout cookie cocktail is addictive and easy to make. Just pour some bourbon in your chocolate peanut butter ice cream, add some Tagalongs, and blend. Ta-dah! (via Pass the Sushi)

Thin Mint Oreo Bailey’s Irish Cream Milkshake

You might not realize you're drinking something boozy when indulging in this shake, but then you'll get a nice little kick from the Bailey's. It strikes a nice balance and makes it go down nice n' easy — not that we need the encouragement. (via Sweet ReciPeas)

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This post has been updated with additional reporting by Meredith Holser.

As an avid Goodreads user, audiobooklistener, BookTok scroller, and TBR-pile-stacker, I've always got my eye on the latest literary releases. Every Tuesday, I look forward to the slew of book-centric newsletters that hit my inbox with a colorful array of new book covers to browse virtually. I'm drawn to contemporary fiction reads from female authors, tea-spilling memoirs, and witty essays on motherhood, ambition, biohacking, and productivity. But I'm also attuned to the pull of a good thriller, a consuming historical fiction read, or an emotional banger of a romance novel. So chances are, I've got a solid book recommendation for you no matter your genre of choice.

If these sound like the types of stories you're partial to, keep reading for a hyper-curated selection of new books coming in March that are generating all the buzz right now. The trending books ahead explore themes of food, feminism, friendship, anti-burnout, and more, ensuring there's just the right book for everyone.

If You Can't Take The Heat: Tales of Food, Feminism, and Fury by Geraldine DeRuiter

The pervasiveness of misogyny in the food world is no secret, but James Beard award-winning blogger Geraldine DeRuiter offers up scathing commentary about her shockingly true and often hilarious gastronomic adventures as a food writer. The result: a culinary memoir that reads like a true comfort meal.

Like Happiness by Ursula Villarreal-Moura

This striking novel unravels the intricate dynamics of a young woman's tumultuous connection with the renowned writer, M. Domínguez. Set against a vibrant backdrop of Chile in 2015, Tatum Vega's peaceful life in Chile is disrupted when a journalist calls and reconnects her to her past. Domínguez faces assault allegations, which triggers Tatum to confront the shadows of a decade of orbiting him in an undefinable relationship in New York City. Like Happiness delivers a profound reckoning with gender, celebrity, memory, Latinx identity, and power.

Anita de Monte Laughs Last by Xochitl Gonzalez

The bestselling author of Olga Dies Dreaming is back with another captivating novel that delves into the death of Anita de Monte, a talented artist whose legacy fades into obscurity after her tragic demise in 1985. Fast forward to 1998, and Raquel, a third-year art history student navigating the challenges of being a minority on College Hill, stumbles upon Anita's forgotten story. As Raquel rises in social standing through a complex romantic relationship, parallels emerge between her life and Anita's, raising questions about power, love, and art. With a propulsive narrative that moves between perspectives and time, Gonzalez explores who gets to be remembered and who is left behind in the elite realm of the art world.

Baby X by Kira Peikoff

In the gripping world of Kira Peikoff's Baby X, the future holds a chilling reality where stolen celebrity DNA becomes a commodity for the highest bidder or the most obsessive stalker. Picture Black Mirror as Peikoff skillfully navigates a near-future United States where advanced technology can create life from anyone's cells. Famed singer Trace Thorne, tired of being a target for the black market Vault, hires bio-security guard Ember Ryan to safeguard his biological essence. Ember, adept at thwarting the Vault's tricks, finds herself torn when her focus on protecting Thorne is complicated by a growing affection for him. As the plot unfolds with unexpected twists, including a pregnant woman named Quinn claiming Thorne as the father, Baby X emerges as a brilliantly plotted, terrifyingly prescient speculative thriller. This propulsive page-turner is an unpredictable rollercoaster through a future that feels eerily close to our own.

Slow Productivity: The Lost Art of Accomplishment Without Burnout by Cal Newport

In Slow Productivity, bestselling author Cal Newport invites us to create a more balanced life by rejecting busyness, working at a natural pace, and committing to do fewer things. To explore this philosophy, Newport delves into the habits of some of the world's most impactful and prolific creators like Jane Austen, Georgia O'Keeffe, and Maya Angelou to uncover how they mastered their craft and produced high-value work without burnout. If you're feeling the burn from a never-ending to-do list and the grind of hustle culture, this new book is an urgent must-read.

Can't We Be Friends: A Novel of Ella Fitzgerald and Marilyn Monroe by Denny S. Bryce and Eliza Knight

Historical fiction lovers, this one's for you. On the surface, one may wonder what the Queen of Jazz Ella Fitzgerald and iconic movie star Marilyn Monroe have in common. But this collaborative novel explores and celebrates the surprising and powerful friendship that transcended it all.

Memory Piece by Lisa Ko

In her visionary novel Memory Piece, the award-winning author of The Leavers explores the intricacies of friendship, art, and ambition, posing a profound question: What defines a meaningful life? In the early '80s, Giselle Chin, Jackie Ong, and Ellen Ng, connected by their shared alienation, envision a future of freedom and creativity. As adults, their dreams take unexpected turns—Giselle navigates the elite art world, Jackie grapples with the internet's sinister shift, and Ellen confronts gentrification in NYC. The novel unfolds from the predigital '80s to the tech subcultures of the '90s and envisions a striking portrait of the 2040s. Memory Piece is an audacious tale of evolving friendships, complicated success, and the pursuit of satisfying lives in a world radically different from what was promised.

Annie Bot by Sierra Greer

Annie Bot by Sierra Greer is a thought-provoking novel igniting conversations on intimacy, power, autonomy, and control. Imagine a world where a female robot, Annie Bot, is designed to be the perfect girlfriend for her human owner, Doug. In this captivating exploration reminiscent of Never Let Me Go and My Dark Vanessa, Greer delves into the complexities of a relationship that blurs the lines between artificial and authentic. Annie Bot is learning, evolving, and questioning what it means to be herself in a world where expectations are set by others—sounds familiar, huh? This novel is a mirror reflecting our own desires, struggles, and the pursuit of self-discovery in a world that often dictates who we should be.

The Manicurist's Daughter by Susan Lieu

This must-read memoir is a powerful exploration of the American Dream's collapse and a daughter's quest for answers following her mother's tragic death during plastic surgery. Susan, a daughter of Vietnamese refugees, takes us on a gripping journey through the highs and lows of her family's escape to California and the silence that follows her mother's untimely passing at eleven. In a courageous pursuit of truth, Susan uncovers the painful realities of her mother, herself, and the impossible beauty standards that shape their lives. More than a memoir about grief and trauma, it's a testament to fierce determination, strength in shared culture, and the quest to find one's place in the world.

Bye, Baby by Carola Lovering

If you're craving a thrilling rollercoaster of friendship and suspense, look no further than Carola Lovering's latest book. The Tell Me Lies author captures what happens when 35-year-old Billie West hears the heart-wrenching screams of her lifelong best friend Cassie Barnwell, realizing her infant daughter has gone missing. The tension skyrockets as Billie, holding a baby herself, realizes she's somehow connected to the kidnapping that has shattered Cassie's world. Lovering skillfully weaves the story between the past and present, exploring the complexities of evolving friendships, childhood trauma, and the lasting impact of women's choices on lifelong relationships. In her signature suspenseful style, Bye, Baby is a gripping narrative that'll keep you on the edge of your seat until the very last page.

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‘Tis the season — for margaritas. It’s Cinco de Mayo time, and nowhere is that more obvious than on Pinterest. People are *scouring* Pinterest for new and creative takes on refreshing margarita day recipes, and there’s plenty of inspo to be found. From spicy ‘ritas to all manner of fruit infusions, the top 10 margarita recipeson Pinterest have something for everyone. Here’s what people are saving.

Pink Lemonade Margaritas

Sometimes two rights make an… even more right. This fruity and citrusy-sweet combo of lime and pink lemonade makes for a delicious and refreshing start to the holiday. (via DrinkedIn)

Champagne Lemonade Margaritas

It’s easy to see why these bad boys have been re-pinned more than 105,000 times. They’re clearly celebratory AND delectable, made with tequila, orange liquor, Champagne, pink lemonade, lemon juice, and Himalayan sea salt. (via Marla Meredith)

Classic Margaritas

Classics are classics for a reason. That’s why we’ve been OBSESSED with good old-fashioned margaritas for as long as we can remember. (via Gimme Some Oven)

Creamsicle Margaritas

These super-fun ‘ritas utilize both tequila AND whipped vodka, making for twice the fun. Don’t be nervous about combining the two liquors into one concoction — they’re perfectly portioned out in the recipe, and the whipped vodka is what *really* gives these babies a creamsicle flavor. (via The Blond Cook)

Strawberry Mango Margaritas

Strawberry margaritas are almost as much of a staple as the classic lime margarita, but not quite. And besides, these cocktails also call for fruity mango, giving the drink an uber-sweet, slightly creamy appeal. (via Baker by Nature)

Blackberry Margaritas

Now we’re venturing into slightly more unique territory. While blackberries are a natural match for margarita recipes, this combo is *definitely* a newer one. And it’s absolutely AMAZING. (via My Incredible Recipes)

Tropical Pineapple Margarita Slushies

Tropical Pineapple Margarita Slushies

Talk about a refreshing cocktail. These blended ‘ritas will have you feeling beach vibes after just a couple of sips, boasting island-inspired flavors like pineapple, lime juice, coconut sugar, orange juice, and — of course — tequila. (via Whole and Heavenly Oven)

Skinny Coconut Margarita

This healthy margarita is so insanely yummy, it’s hard to believe it only takes five minutes to throw together. And it’s healthy to boot: Unlike many super-sweet drinks, these bevvies are made with wholesome ingredients like coconut water and coconut milk. (via With Salt and Wit)

Spicy Cucumber Margaritas

It wouldn’t be Cinco de Mayo without a little spice. Get it from your drinks with this gourmet-tasting, cucumber- and jalapeño-infused margarita recipe. (via Gimme Some Oven)

Watermelon Margarita

Last but certainly not least, this watermelon margarita is as refreshing as it is sweet and fruity. And of course, it’s delightfully boozy too. (via Domestic Superhero)

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After we've binged all the best TV shows and fall movies coming to our screens, it's time for this year's new winter movies. When it gets cold enough, all we really want to do is curl up with a mug of tea and dive into all kinds of different stories. This winter, we're getting everything from rom-coms to thrillers to magical musicals, so there really is something for every kind of movie lover. These cozy picks will turn into comfort movies before long, and with themes of family, friendship, and love (plus holidays — you really can't leave out the holidays), you'll want to watch these winter movies over and over again.

Players — Stream On Netflix

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Mack (Gina Rodriguez) is a NYC sportswriter who plans out the perfect "plays" with her friends to get the perfect hook-up every time. But when she ends up falling for a target, she has to figure out how to score a long-term relationship — even if it's not with the guy she originally expected. Tom Ellis, Joel Courtney, Damon Wayans Jr., and Liza Koshy also star.

The Sweet East — Stream On Apple TV+

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Do Revenge's Talia Ryder, The Bear's Ayo Edebiri, and Priscilla's Jacob Elordi are back in this wacky film from Utopia Pictures. The film follows high school senior Lillian (Talia), who experiences the real world for the first time when she's separated from her class on their Washington D.C. school trip. She soon meets a variety of different factions who are all living in their own alternate realities.

Eileen — Rent On Amazon Prime

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Starring Anne Hathaway and Thomasin McKenzie, this winter movie follows Eileen, who's working at a prison in 1960s New England. When a new, glamorous counselor arrives, they become fast friends before their relationship quickly turns sinister.

Candy Cane Lane — Stream On Prime Video

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When Chris (Eddie Murphy) makes a deal with elf Pepper (Jillian Bell) to win the annual neighborhood Christmas decor contest, Pepper brings the 12 Days of Christmas to life with a single spell. Now it's up to Chris, his wife Carol (Tracee Ellis Ross), and their kids to break the spell and save the holidays.

The Shepherd — Stream On Disney+

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This short film follows Freddie, a young Royal Air Force pilot (Ben Radcliffe) who must fly across the North Sea on Christmas Eve...and ends up losing his radio and power. All looks lost until a mysterious man (John Travolta) comes to help him.

Waitress — Rent On Amazon Prime

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Pie-maker and waitress Jenna (Sara Bareilles) is stuck in an unfulfilling marriage in a small town, but dreams of winning a baking contest that will allow her to escape to a nearby city. When she learns that she's pregnant, Jenna has to rely on her best friends, and a handsome new town doctor, to confront her fears head-on. Watch our red carpet premiere interviews here!

Your Christmas Or Mine 2 — Stream On Prime Video

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In the follow-up to one of last year's best Christmas movies, Your Christmas Or Mine 2 once again finds James (Asa Butterfield) and Hayley (Cora Kirk) in the middle of a *very* chaotic holiday. Their families are spending Christmas together, but after a transportation mixup, the families wind up at each other's stays...on opposite sides of the valley.

Leave The World Behind — Stream On Netflix

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The Sandford and Scott families are vacationing on Long Island when they learn about a dangerous blackout — and have to make plans to survive. Julia Roberts, Mahershala Ali, Ethan Hawke, and Myha'la star. Check out our interview with Myha'la here!

Poor Things — Buy On Amazon Prime

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You've never seen Emma Stone like this before. In Poor Things, which premiered at the Venice Film Festival, Emma plays Belle, who's brought back to life by a scientist...and then decides to join a lawyer on the adventure of a lifetime. The film also stars Willem Dafoe, Ramy Youssef, and Mark Ruffalo.

Wonka — Stream On Max

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Wonka follows the titular character as he uses his own brand of magic (and chocolate) to make the world a better place. Not only is this moving upbeat and very fun, but Timothée Chalamet's "I'm makin' chocolate 'o course" has now been immortalized on TikTok.

Cat Person — Stream On Hulu

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In this winter movie, Margot (Emilia Jones) is a college sophomore who's been flirting with an older man named Robert (Nicholas Braun) over text. But when they finally meet up in person, Margot comes to the all-too-familiar conclusion that Robert is not the same guy she's been talking to on the phone.

Drift — Stream On Roku

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Wicked's Cynthia Erivo stars as Jacqueline, a refugee who finds herself stranded on a Greek island with nothing but memories of her past. While she fights for survival, she strikes up a friendship with a tour-guide who's also looking to put down roots.

Meet Me In Rome — Stream On Roku

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Meet Me In Rome is a winter romance movie that brings together two of our favorite things: rom-coms and reality TV. Lauren Simmons, Dhruva Patel, and Christa Belle Allen will navigate love in Rome, Italy with nothing but daily scripts to guide them and I am totally here for it!

Upgraded — Stream On Prime Video

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In Upgraded, Riverdale's Camila Mendes plays Ana, who dreams of a thriving, notable future in the art world. For now, however, Ana works as an intern for the demanding Claire (Marisa Tomei). But when Ana is upgraded to first class on a work trip flight, she meets Will (Archie Renaux)...and tells him she has her boss' job. All's fair in love and art, right?

Suncoast — Stream On Hulu

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The year is 2005, and Doris (Nico Parker) is just trying to survive being a teenage girl. When her mom (Laura Linney) checks her dying brother into the same facility housing Terri Schiavo, Doris strikes up a friendship with a protestor (Woody Harrelson) dealing with his own grief. Nico Parker was a standout in The Last of Us, and she brings so much heartfelt complexity to coming-of-age drama, Suncoast.

The Tiger's Apprentice — Stream On Paramount+

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Chinese-American teen Tom Lee (Soo Hoo) is totally not expecting to find out his family is made up of The Guardians, magical protectors that fight off evil. Now, Tom has to bring the twelve Zodiac animal warriors together and master his own powers in this film that stars Bowen Yang, Leah Lewis, Kheng Hua Tan, Sherry Cola, and Greta Lee.

Argylle — Stream On Apple TV+

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Argylle is exactly what we've been looking for when it comes to a blockbuster: it promises to be funny, heartwarming, and just sarcastic enough that it's self-aware. Elly Conway is a reclusive espionage novel author who's sucked into real-world spy work when a group of baddies decides her novels are not quite fictional enough. Plus, the cast (which includes Dua Lipa, Bryce Dallas Howard, and John Cena to name a few) is phenomenal.

Finestkind — Stream On Paramount+

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Two brothers reunite as adults — and in order to survive extreme circumstances, have to make a deal with a crime gang in Boston. When a young woman (played by Jenna Ortega) gets caught in the middle, it changes everything.

Chicken Run: Dawn of the Nugget — Stream On Netflix

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If there's one thing I was not expecting for 2023, it was a Chicken Run sequel. In this film — which stars The Last of Usactor Bella Ramsey, Thandiwe Newton, and Zachary Levi — Ginger is finally at peace with her family in a bird sanctuary. But when a new evil threatens their safety, Ginger and her team have to come up with a plan to get to the mainland.

Maestro — Stream On Netflix

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Directed by and starring Bradley Cooper, Maestro follows the lifelong relationship between American conductor Leonard Bernstein (Bradley) and actress Felicia Montealegre Cohn Bernstein (Carey Mulligan). This biopic is a gripping and emotional look at art and love, and the way they intertwine.

Anyone But You — Buy On Amazon Prime

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Call all rom-com watchers! If you're an enemies-to-lovers stan, or a sucker for fake relationships, this Glen Powell and Sydney Sweeney new winter movie is a must-see. Anyone But You follows two arch-nemeses who haven't seen each other since their college graduation. But when they reunite for a destination wedding, they have to pretend to be lovers.

Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom — Stream On Max

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To defeat Black Manta once and for all, Jason Mamoa's Aquaman must team up with his brother Orm for an alliance that makes him question everything. Now, the brothers have to work together to save their family, and the world.

The Color Purple — Stream On Max

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This classic film is getting a musical adaptation this Christmas. Featuring original music from Halle Bailey, and starring Bailey, Taraji P. Henson, Fantasia Barrino, and H.E.R., The Color Purple movie revolves around Celie, who grows up in 1900s Georgia, but dreams of reuniting with her sister in Africa.

Good Grief — Stream On Netflix

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In Good Grief, Daniel Levy (who also writes and directs) stars as Marc, whose world shatters after the death of his husband Oliver (Luke Evans). Reeling from the loss, Marc takes his best friends Sophie and Thomas (played by Ruth Negga and Himesh Patel, respectively) on a trip that forces them to confront the truths they've been running from.

Lift — Stream On Netflix

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Kevin Hart's Cyrus Whitaker leads an international heist crew given one simple task: lift $500 million in gold off a passenger plane — while it's mid-flight. Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Vincent D’Onofrio, Úrsula Corberó, Billy Magnussen, Jacob Batalon, Jean Reno, and Sam Worthington round out the cast.

Mean Girls — Stream On Paramount+

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Speaking of movie musicals, Mean Girls is a winter movie that we'll see at the beginning of 2024. We can't wait to see Reneé Rapp,The Summer I Turned Pretty's Christopher Briney, and The Last Thing He Told Me's Angourie Rice. The movie follows former homeschooler Cady, who decides to infiltrate the mean girl clique during her first year at public high school.

Role Play — Stream On Prime Video

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Emma (Kaley Cuoco) loves her husband David (David Oyelowo), her kids, and her life in New Jersey's suburbs. But when she and David decide to spice things up, her biggest secret comes out: she's actually an assassin for hire.

Which Brings Me To You — Buy On Amazon Prime

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In Which Brings Me To You, a romantic winter movie, Jane (Lucy Hale) and Will (Nat Wolff) are totally burnt out on love, but when they meet each other, they can't deny their chemistry. The 24 hours following a messy hookup are filled with honest confessions and vulnerability as they try to figure out whether they have a shot at a relationship.

I.S.S. — Buy On Amazon Prime

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When WW3 breaks out on earth, American and Russian astronauts on the International Space Station receive the orders no one wanted to hear: take control of the ISS, no matter what. Starring Ariana DeBose, Chris Messina, Pilou Asbaek, John Gallagher Jr., Costa Ronin, and Masha Mashkova, this new movie had us on the edge of our seats the whole time. Check out our interview with director Gabriela Cowperthwaite!

Miller's Girl — In Theaters

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In this star-studded film, Jenna Ortega plays Cairo, a gifted writer who's assigned a tricky yet enticing project from her teacher (Martin Freeman). But as the project causes their personal lives to tangle up, Cairo and her teacher have to figure out where the boundary is between protecting what they hold closest and confronting the darkest parts of themselves. Dagmara Domińczyk, Bashir Salahuddin, and Gideon Adlon also star.

Cold Copy — In Theaters

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In Cold Copy, Bel Powley stars as Mia, a journalism student desperate to impress the news reporter (Tracee Ellis Ross) who's given her the opportunity to air a segment on television. But as time passes, Mia has to ask herself how far she's willing to bend the truth to achieve her dream. The film also stars Jacob Tremblay and Nesta Cooper.

The Chosen Season 4 — In Theaters

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Following the record-breaking theatrical release of their Christmas With The Chosen: The Messengers special, all episodes of The Chosen season 4 will be heading to theaters (starting with the first three, which you can watch now). As Jesus and His followers continue to draw the attention of the Romans and Jewish officials, emotions of all kinds are rising to the surface — and consequences are soon to follow.

Lisa Frankenstein — In Theaters

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Goth teen Lisa (Kathryn Newton) feels totally misunderstood by everyone around her. Until she reanimates a Victorian corpse (Cole Sprouse) and decides to turn him into the perfect man. This isn't your average Frankenstein story, but considering it's coming around Valentine's Day, it is giving us major Warm Bodies vibes. Check out our interview with Cole Sprouse and Kathryn Newton!

Renaissance: A Film By Beyoncé — In Theaters

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Taylor Swift's Eras Tour Concert Film isn't the only concert you'll be able to see in theaters. Relive the Renaissance Tour with RENAISSANCE: A FILM BY BEYONCÉ, too! "Be careful what you ask for, 'cause I just might comply," she says in the official Instagram announcement. We really can't wait for this one.

American Fiction — In Theaters

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Jeffrey Wright stars as novelist Monk, who's had it with how Black communities are represented, and how the entertainment industry profits off of them. He decides to write his own book under a pen name, and ends up discovering much more about himself than he anticipated.

Memory — In Select Theaters

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In Memory, Jessica Chastain and Peter Sarsgaard's Sylvia and Saul are deep in love, but they must overcome past trauma as they try to strengthen their relationship. The winter movie also stars Merritt Weaver and Elsie Fisher.

All of Us Strangers — In Theaters

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Screenwriter Adam (Andrew Scott) and his neighbor Harry's (Paul Mescal) encounter feels like fate. The closer they get to one another, the more Adam feels drawn to his childhood home where his parents appear to still be living. The only problem? They died 30 years ago.

He Went That Way — In Theaters

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Jacob Elordi takes on another new role opposite Zachary Quinto in this roadtrip movie that is way more than meets the eye. When celebrity animal handler Jim Goodwin picks up 19-year-old serial killer Bobby Falls, the duo makes their way across the country, striking up a dangerous relationship that switches between trust and manipulation. The new winter movie is based on a true story and is sure to have you on the edge of your seat.

Drive Away Dolls — In Theaters Now

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Jamie (Margaret Qualley) and Marian (Geraldine Viswanathan) are looking for a new start when they head out on a spontaneous Florida roadtrip. But things quickly go south (well, considering they're already headed south, things go even *more* south) when they run into a group of criminals. This new winter movie also stars Beanie Feldstein, Matt Damon, and Pedro Pascal.

Bleeding Love — In Select Theaters Now

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After a life-changing event, a young woman (played by Clara McGregor) goes on a roadtrip to New Mexico with her estranged father (Ewan McGregor) in the hope that they'll be able to reconnect. According to People, the story actually came from Clara herself, and I *love* that this real-life father-daughter duo were able to spend so much time together!

Bob Marley: One Love — In Theaters Now

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This biographical movie musical follows the life of reggae icon Bob Marley, from his rise to fame until he passed away in May of 1981. Kingsley Ben-Adir, Lashana Lynch, Jesse Cilio, and James Norton star, while Bob's son Ziggy is producing. We got a sneak peek at CinemaCon 2023 and the movie looks amazing.

Madame Web — In Theaters Now

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Dakota Johnson, Sydney Sweeney, Isabela Merced, Celeste O'Connor, and Emma Roberts round out this powerhouse superhero cast. Dakota stars as Cassie Webb, a paramedic who starts getting visions of the future — both her own and three young women from her past.

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Does anyone else feel like their home’s size doubles in the spring and summer? When the weather cooperates, our patio quickly becomes a second living room that adds so much livable space during these warmer months. But decorating it isn’t as simple as just finding something that looks good. I’ve had far too many outdoor furniture pieces in that space that ultimately died a slow death, succumbing to the elements and general wear and tear that my indoor furniture just doesn’t have to compete with.

If you’re looking to cozy up your outdoor space, understanding the benefits and costs of each outdoor material will save you time and money. Consider this your outdoor patio furniture guide for all things from picking a selecting a material in your budget to maintaining it throughout the seasons.

​Things To Consider When Buying Outdoor Patio Furniture

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Before you “add to cart,” take into consideration your space and how you plan to use the furniture. To ensure your investment stands the test of time, you’ll want to make a purchase that fits your lifestyle and needs. Here are some key considerations to keep in mind:

Rain and Humidity

Most outdoor patio furniture will inevitably be exposed to the elements. Even if your patio is covered, rain and humidity can still wreak havoc. For high humidity regions, you may want to choose a material that is resistant to moisture. If you live in an area with frequent rain, consider furniture with quick-drying cushions or invest in waterproof covers to shield your pieces during heavy downpours.

Sun Exposure

While basking in the sun is delightful, prolonged exposure can take a toll on your furniture. Opt for materials with UV-resistant finishes or fabrics that won't fade or degrade under the sun's rays. If your patio receives intense sunlight, consider adding umbrellas or other shade solutions to protect both you and your furniture.

Durability

Durability is a key factor in making your outdoor furniture withstand the trials of time and weather. Consider the construction of the furniture, ensuring that joints are well-made, and materials are of high quality.

Maintenance

Your outdoor furniture's longevity greatly depends on the level of maintenance you're willing to commit to. Some more aesthetic furniture may be more high-maintenance, so consider if that’s worth the trade-off. Always follow the manufacturer's guidelines for maintenance to keep your furniture in top shape.

Lifestyle

Consider your lifestyle and how you plan to use your outdoor space. If you love hosting gatherings, go for modular or sectional seating that can be easily rearranged to accommodate guests. If you have a small space, consider foldable or stackable furniture for easy storage. Families with children or pets might want to choose durable, stain-resistant fabrics and materials that can withstand a bit of roughhousing.

Budget

Last but not least, establish a budget before diving into the world of outdoor furniture. With a plethora of options available, setting a budget helps narrow down your choices and prevents overspending. Remember that quality often comes with a slightly higher price tag, but investing in durable materials can save you money in the long run by reducing the frequency of replacements.

​Different Materials to Consider for Outdoor Patio Furniture

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There are pros and cons to each type of outdoor patio furniture. Taking into consideration the above variables, along with personal style preferences, you can find the best outdoor patio furniture for you and your oasis.

Wood Patio Furniture

Wood is a common choice for outdoor patio furniture because it’s durable and beautiful, however, not all wood materials are the same. Softwoods like pine and cedar, while gorgeous, are prone to wear and tear and require a lot more care and protection. On the other hand, hardwoods like teak are resistant to pests, water, warping, and cracking. While teak is a top recommendation for stunning natural-looking outdoor patio furniture, it often comes at a price.

  • Cost: $
  • Maintenance: It’s best to oil or seal wood patio furniture once a year to maintain color and durability. Protecting it with paint is another option — however make sure you use UV-resistant paint. For best results, pull your wooden patio furniture inside during winter months. At the very least, cover it during colder months to avoid snow or ice sitting on the materials.
  • Best for: Anyone looking for a long-term investment that looks beautiful and timeless, as long as they’re willing to do minor annual maintenance.

Aluminum Patio Furniture

A more affordable option that’s still durable is aluminum. It’s easy to clean, lightweight, and resistant to rust. Powder-coating allows you to pick aluminum outdoor patio furniture in a variety of colors. If you find yourself rearranging your space or have a patio that does double duty (a kid’s race track during the day, and parent’s oasis at night), aluminum patio furniture is light like a feather and easy to move. However, if you live in a particularly windy climate, this lightweight nature may be a disadvantage. And if your patio is exposed to prolonged sunlight, aluminum retains heat and can be unpleasant to sit on without cushions.

  • Cost: $
  • Maintenance: Aluminum can easily dent or scratch, which may require you to do touch ups or repairs more frequently. To clean it, use mild soap, warm water, and a gentle cloth or sponge.
  • Best for: If you need your patio to be multifunctional or live somewhere with fluctuating weather or salt air, aluminum is a budget-friendly option that you’ll love.

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Wicker or Rattan Patio Furniture

Gaining popularity in the last ten years or so, rattan is the ultimate bohemian-style outdoor patio furniture option. Wicker actually refers to the woven pattern, rather than a material — but it’s common to find wicker furniture that is made from synthetic materials, not true rattan. Rattan itself is lightweight, but prone to cracking and fading under intense sunlight and rain. Because of its intricate woven nature, it can be difficult to fix on your own and may require a professional.

  • Cost: $
  • Maintenance: The best way to clean rattan is to fill a bowl with water and a splash of soap. Dip a soft cloth into the bubbles, not the water, and wipe any stains clean. It’s also important to cover rattan in seasons of rain or intense, direct sunlight. For lower maintenance with the same look, look for resin or all-weather wicker outdoor patio furniture options.
  • Best for: Wicker or rattan is a beautiful option for warming up a cozy, covered patios. It’s inexpensive, relatively speaking, and offers a stylish look that when paired with pillows and cushions is inviting and comfortable.

Steel Patio Furniture

Durable metals like steel, stainless steel or galvanized steel are your best option when it comes to long-term durability. They can withstand all kinds of weather without rusting, warping, or peeling. These options are stronger than aluminum, but also heavier, meaning they may not be as easy to move around — a pro for some and a con for others. You’ll find a wide range of styles from vintage to modern. However, like aluminum, steel will hold heat, making it hot to the touch when in direct sunlight.

  • Cost: $
  • Maintenance: Clean steel outdoor patio furniture with a mild soap and water, and rinse with water. Once a year, it’s a good idea to add a protective finish to protect against rust.
  • Best for: If you’re looking for a very specific aesthetic to fit your outdoor patio design, you’ll most likely find a steel option that will afford longevity without breaking the bank.

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Wrought Iron Patio Furniture

There’s a reason when you’re touring old castles or botanical gardens, you’ll see wrought iron benches or statues — it stands the test of time and elements. It’s been used for centuries to create durability and beautiful outdoor patio furniture, hammered into ornate or decorative styles. It is the heaviest option on our list, making it ideal for windy conditions, but difficult to move around. Look for waterproof wrought iron options or plan to add a protective finish. These options are expensive and require immediate attention when wear and tear is noticed, however, they will last you years and years.

  • Cost: $
  • Maintenance: Make sure to add a rust protector if it doesn’t come with one. When it’s time to clean, wash with mild soap, warm water, and a gentle cloth or sponge. Touch up dings in the finish with a protective coat as soon as you see them. If you notice rust, clean gently, sand the affected areas, and refinish.
  • Best for: If you’re looking to build a permanent outdoor patio furniture setup or add decorative touches to a garden or outdoor space, wrought iron will be worth the investment.

Plastic Patio Furniture

It’s probably no surprise that plastic is the most affordable and versatile option when it comes to selecting outdoor patio furniture. Modern plastics hold up to the elements far better than they used to, however, they are no comparison for somelike like stainless steel. On the flip side, plastic furniture is readily available in every color, shape, size, and style you could desire — and all at a low, low price. They can easily be transported, stacked, or rearranged whenever you need. Although affordable and good-looking, plastic or synthetic furniture options are not meant to last for years.

  • Cost: $
  • Maintenance: In general, many people put their plastic furniture away (or cover it) when it’s not in use to extend the furniture’s life. Just wipe down with a cloth or spray with a hose to clean these affordable options.
  • Best for: Plastic is your hero for furnishing large patios on a budget or areas like a fire pit, where furniture will be rearranged frequently.

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Tempered Glass Patio Furniture

For table tops and other flat surfaces, tempered glass is your most common option. It’s resistant to UV and temperature shifts, and very easy to clean. You most likely won’t find chairs or other seating options made of tempered glass simply because it’s uncomfortable and even slippery.

  • Cost: $
  • Maintenance: Any household or glass cleaner will work to refresh this material.
  • Best for: Look for tempered glass construction in dining or coffee tables.

Upholstery Patio Furniture

When you’re picking cushions or pillows for your outdoor patio furniture, stay away from the classic you’d use inside. Your best options are acrylic, cotton-blend, vinyl, and polyester. While they won’t be as soft and cozy as your indoor pillows, they will wick moisture, stand up to sunlight, and protect from pests.

What's the best budget-friendly material for outdoor furniture?

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Your go-to options here are resilient materials such as resin wicker or metal. Not only are they easy on the wallet, but they also stand up to the elements like champions. Plus, they're a breeze to maintain – win-win!

Can I use indoor furniture outdoors in a pinch?

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The temptation is real, but outdoor furniture is crafted with the great outdoors in mind. Opt for pieces made with weather-resistant materials to ensure they endure the elements. Your indoor furniture is just not cut out for the elements.

How do I keep my patio furniture looking fresh on a budget?

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The secret sauce? Regular TLC. A simple concoction of mild soap and water can work wonders for cleaning. And don't forget, storing cushions when not in use is the unsung hero of keeping your patio furniture looking sharp.

How can I protect my outdoor furniture during the winter months?

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Winterizing your outdoor furniture is crucial to ensure it remains in top condition. Consider investing in covers designed specifically for your furniture type. If space allows, storing your furniture indoors during the winter is the ideal solution. Remove cushions and clean the furniture thoroughly before covering or storing.

Are there eco-friendly options for outdoor furniture?

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Absolutely! Look for furniture made from sustainable materials like bamboo, recycled plastic, or FSC-certified wood. These options not only contribute to environmental conservation but also often boast durability and style.

How do I keep pesky pests away from my outdoor furniture?

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To fend off unwanted visitors like insects and birds, consider natural repellents such as citronella candles or essential oils. Additionally, regularly cleaning your furniture and keeping it free from crumbs or food remnants can deter pests.

There’s no one-size-fits-all option when it comes to selecting outdoor patio furniture. Your outdoor oasis’ longevity depends on the climate where you live, your practical needs, aesthetic desires, and the amount of maintenance you’re willing to provide. Whatever your budget, pick outdoor patio furniture that ticks all the important boxes to you whether that’s style, durability, or flexibility.

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