My mom gave us a patio set last year. It's been sitting in my basement, because I didn't have anywhere to put it.
This weekend, Cameron & I worked in the hot sun to put in a patio in our backyard. We edged it with 4x4 treated lumber and filled it in with crushed limestone. The kids got right in there and helped, too. (And they enjoyed riding in the wheelbarrow and we went back and forth, hauling the sand and then the limestone.)
We didn't have a lot of money to spend, but I'm quite happy with the results.