Long summer days and outdoor entertaining go hand-in-hand. After all, we might as well celebrate the extra hours of sunlight by kicking back with a few of our favorite people while enjoying a yummy cocktail and some delicious food.
I gathered a list of some of my favorite outdoor entertaining basics available this season. Take the stress out of planning your Summer soiree and keep these items on-hand for that impromptu backyard grill out or cocktail around the fire-pit.
Gibson Studio 12 Piece Mauna Melamine Dinnerware, Golden Yellow – Amazon
Serve and entertain your family or guests with the Mauna 12 pc. Melamine dinnerware set. The break-resistant melamine is perfect for families with kids! The crackle finish gives you that designer look. – set contains four each of: 11″ dinner plate, 9″ dessert plate and 7.5″ bowl – dishwasher safe – yellow finish
Natural Macrame Table Runner – World Market
Intricately hand knotted by Indian artisans using 100% cotton, our exclusive natural macrame runner with long tassels adds bohemian flair to the table.
Pop Clear Acrylic Drink Glasses – Crate & Barrel
Cool and refreshing color serves up soda, juice, water and more in break-resistant acrylic drinkware that can be used indoors or out.
White Picnic Cooler – Crate & Barrel
Bring some nostalgic charm to outdoor concerts, firework displays or beach outings with our retro-styled white picnic cooler. Made of durable steel, the insulated cooler keeps drinks and snacks fresh and cool. Design even incorporates a bottle opener.
Vermont Iron and Wood Tray – Amazon
Durable Round Tray. Decorative serving tray is made from a unique combination of 60% wrought iron and 40% Oak wood, ensuring longer life.
Acrylic Drink Dispenser – Crate & Barrel
Large-capacity 3-gallon beverage dispenser pours on the fun at casual cocktail parties, family reunions and outdoor occasions. Clear acrylic container with Mason jar shape is topped with a cork lid and gets a lift from its metal and wood handle. Low-lying spout ensures easy and long-lasting pouring.
The Giant Wooden Yard Dice – Wayfair
Keep your guest entertained! These giant dices are perfect for players of all ages and dexterity and come in an easy carrying case so you can take them to any picnic, tailgate and backyard or pool activity. These wooden dices are hand-crafted out of soft pine wood, with the pips heat branded into the wood, so they will be marked for the life of the dice. The dices are hand-sanded with beveled edges so they are soft and easy to use without hard edges or splinters.
Backyard Patio Globe Lights – Amazon
Add amazing ambience to your outdoor entertaining area. These backyard Patio Globe light are 25 feet long with 25 clear G40 Bulbs, end to end connectable.
Triangle Sun Shade Sail – Amazon
Protect you and your guests from harmful UV sun rays with this inexpensive and stylish shade sail. Easy to install and available in 6 colors to easily match your outdoor décor.