Repurpose the picnic table (bring to deck for large dinner party) burlap tablecloth with a lighter color burlap table runner, sunflowers galore with blue tinted Ball Jars filled with votives. This says welcome summer to me!
This DIY built-in patio bench has storage space for pillows, propane tanks and other outdoor items. It even includes flower planters at both ends. Add an awning over it and it is a perfect outdoor social area.