Learn how to find the fixings for an outdoor party using items you already have in our latest episode of "D-I-Why Not?"
Forget buying folding chairs; reinforce a bookcase with a simple trick, put a couple of cushions on it and you're done -- or add bins for attractive storage (maybe a place for guests to stash their purses?).
Dangle Christmas lights for a pretty backdrop in a corner, and bring out curtains to cozy up the space.
If you have a fire pit already, it not only provides warmth but creates a romantic focal point. (If you don't already have one, you can find attractive fire pits in many styles for as little as $100 or so.)
See how easily Jeff Meacham and Rose, the homeowner, accomplish the patio transformation: