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3 Super Stylish, Wallet-Friendly Ways to Turn Your Backyard into a Summertime Oasis

updated Jul 14, 2021
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We don’t know about you, but we’re making this the Summer of Spending Every Possible Second Outside. Nothing sounds better than dining al fresco, lazing in the sun, and splashing in the pool. Since our outdoor spaces are going to get so much love this year, we’re going to make them feel extra special. Want to join us? We designed three outdoor styles to get your summer party started, featuring the season’s best and brightest looks from Target. And if you’re looking to create a new outdoor oasis, there’s a way to pay at your own pace.

When you’re eyeing an investment purchase for your yard or home, Affirm is a tool that helps you make payments gradually without carrying a high credit card balance. With Affirm, you can split the cost over 3, 6, or 12 months*. They offer simple payments and never charge late or hidden fees, meaning you’ll only pay what you agree to upfront. So the Summer of Spending Every Possible Second Outside can start ASAP.

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1. Chill and Grill

This isn’t a cookout — it’s dinner, outside. Set a stylish table with handsome outdoor furniture like this 4-piece set (as low as $45.41/month* with Affirm). Ditch paper plates for these earth-toned options made of melamine and bamboo, which look elevated and hold up to the great outdoors. A stylish stack of Magnolia striped disposable napkins nails the balance between beauty and convenience.

Upgrade your grill game, too: This ceramic one by BergHOFF (as low as $135.41/month* with Affirm) is like a grill-oven hybrid, with even heat circulation for fast, consistent cooking and a top vent for precise air control. A quality set of stainless steel tools will keep you grilling season after season, and a large hard-sided cooler means you don’t have to keep running to the fridge for more drinks.

Hang dreamy outdoor string lights to enjoy the evening even longer — perhaps over a relaxed game of backgammon? This elegant artisan board (as low as $49.02/month* with Affirm) is made with natural cork and wood.

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2. Cool in the Pool

If you can’t transport yourself to the beach for the afternoon, do the next best thing: A mod black-and-white inflatable pool takes the backyard standby out of toddler territory. Channel drinks-by-the-pool spirit with this Christopher Knight chaise lounge set (as low as $42.07/month* with Affirm), with a minimalist design that evokes seaside resorts. Add a side table just the right size for a bev and a beach read, and don’t forget the beach umbrella.

Next, it’s time for the finishing touches: a cabana-inspired beach towel, a perfect-for-outdoors pint glass, and a mid-mod tray that’s as sunny as a June afternoon. Add a full moon table lamp so you can splish-splash into the evening.

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3. Have a Portable Picnic Feast

If your outdoor space is scarce, pack up and head to your nearest park. We love the hue of this portable outdoor ceramic charcoal grill (as low as $45.05/month* with Affirm). Paired with a minty Igloo retro cooler, you’ll have the most colorful picnic in town. Don’t forget a cheerful insulated mug to keep your drink frosty.

An Adirondack chair (as low as $15.71/month* with Affirm) is a way chicer alternative to a camping chair, and just as easy to tote. Every picnic needs a blanket, and this citrusy one by Sun Squad is big enough for the whole crew. Add a low-stakes game and some summer jams to keep everyone entertained. The waterproof speaker by Altec will make your playlist sound great, and it’s rugged enough for any adventure.

If you’re gearing up to get outside this summer, Affirm can help — without any late or hidden fees, ever. When shopping at Target, pay for any order over $100 with Affirm, which, if approved, lets you buy now and pay over 3, 6, or 12 months.

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