When buying outdoor furniture, start with a patio set. Many patio dining tables and sets are constructed with materials that hold up well in various weather conditions, like all-weather wicker or wrought iron. Many outdoor patio chairs have removable cushions, so you can safely store them away when they are not in use. Think about how big your patio area is, and how many people you want to accommodate. Your guests should be able to pull their chairs out without sliding off the patio. You can find patio sets big enough for hosting large barbeques, or small enough with as little as two chairs. A patio/outdoor table with an umbrella hole is ideal if your seating area is in a sunny spot. Patio umbrellas are available in many colors and patterns that can serve as an accent piece while giving shade to any outdoor dining area. You can choose between aluminum umbrellas, fiberglass umbrellas and wood umbrellas. Make sure you know the dimensions of the shade of your outdoor umbrella, so it will be able to fully cover your patio table. A patio umbrella usually has a crank lift system for you to adjust the height accordingly. If you have a large backyard, you can adorn it with outdoor accessories. A fountain can instantly add luxury to your outdoor or garden area, and create a soothing atmosphere. A fire pit is great to have around for gathering to keep your guests warm during chilly nights. You also may want to look into outdoor décor, like sculptures or statues, to add some nice touches.