06/01/2015 04:54 EDT | Updated 06/03/2015 04:59 EDT

Summer Party Primers: How To Transform Your Patio Into Party Central

Aney Mei

Summer is upon us, and that means one thing: Patio Parties! While drinks and snacks are a given, what often goes ignored is the unsung hero of every successful party: decor. From choosing the right decorations to fit your intended mood, to the specific challenges around throwing a party exposed to the elements, we asked a handful of our Style contributors for their favourite pieces of patio decor. They delivered in spades, and we're passing their wisdom on to you. Happy hosting!

  • <a href=Allure of Simplicity" />
    Subtle elegance and fruity simplicity were the key inspirations behind Aney Mei's sunday brunch themed party. Check out the great view from her patio, as well!
  • <a href=Sarah" />
    Pulling off a patio party in the big city is a tricky prospect, but Sarah Ohm has found a handful of clever ways to throw a great shindig with limited balcony space.
  • <a href=The Fashion Stir Fry" />
    Showing a true flair for decoration, Busola Coutts shows us how to theme your patio party around colour accents, and the results speak for themselves.
  • <a href=What Emily Said" />
    By embracing patterns and subtle embellishments, Emily Hayward has found a great way to upgrade the typical backyard BBQ.
  • <a href=Red Lips Blue Eyes" />
    By moving towards natural lighting and fresh flowers, Morgan Cadenhead has brought a sense of nature into her patio decor, to great results.