Before it gets too far into summer party season, you may want to consider giving your backyard just a little bit more personality. You've got your patio furniture on lock, your grill is just waiting to be used, but your outdoor space can always use a little more fun, right? The easiest way to make that happen without spending a ton of money is to add a set of string lights or two. Whether you go for lights that are a little more kitschy or decorative lights that will add a touch more style to your yard, you really can't go wrong.
And not only can string lights up your chic factor, they're also totally functional (because let's be honest: Your). To help you make your yard the best it can be this summer, we've rounded up the most fun backyard string lights you can buy right now — and as a bonus, they're all under $40!
You're more fun than basic white, and these multicolored lights are perfect for a pool party.
Don't these delicate little tulip lights just make you want to throw a garden party?
You've used mason jars in a million ways, but this is by far our favorite. Perfect for your farmhouse — or wanna-be farmhouse — backyard.
Pop it like it's hot! The next best thing to a frozen dessert on a stick is a frozen dessert on a string.
If you want to bring an industrial vibe to your backyard, you need these heavy-duty drop lights.
Go for gold — or copper, rather — with these geometric metal string lights.
It's officially peak summer, and your next barbecue needs these watermelon string lights.
For when you're forever dreaming of a tropical vacation, no matter where you actually are.
These copper string lights feel like antiques, without the typical antique price-tag — love you forever, Target!
Match your string lights to your pool float, and you've got the ultimate 'grammable backyard.
These lights will turn your yard into a dreamy Tuscan escape. Now all that's missing is a bottle of vino.
These gold lantern string lights have a modern twist — and honestly, they look like they'd get the Joanna Gaines seal of approval.
Turn your yard into a desert oasis with these adorable cactus-themed string lights.
Add some iridescent (and honestly, a little mermaid-themed!) flair to your patio with these green globe lights.
These caged lantern string lights are another great option for anyone who's style leans industrial.