16 Outdoor Entertaining Essentials for Warm Weather
Stock up on outdoor entertaining gear, and you'll be set all summer for backyard bashes, family barbeques, weeknight dinners on the deck, and all occasions in between. Here you'll find outdoor entertaining must-haves, including unbreakable glasses, ice buckets, melamine dishes, grilling tools, and popsicle molds.
Made of food-grade, BPA-free Tritan plastic, these highball glasses have the look of textured glassware, minus the risk of shattering, cracking, or clouding.
Buy It: Amazon Basics Tritan Hobnail Texture Highball Glasses, $22; amazon.com
It Takes Two
Deciding on a drink to serve becomes much easier when you can serve two. Each of these mason jar dispensers holds a gallon of liquid to keep your guests hydrated.
Buy It: Estilo 1-Gallon Glass Mason Jar Double Beverage Drink Dispenser On Metal Stand, $38; amazon.com
Skip bartending for the night; keep cocktail ingredients and tools on this outdoor wooden bar cart for your guests to take a shot at making their own.
Buy It: Tangkula Outdoor Acacia Wood Serving Cart, $100; amazon.com
Small but eye-catching, these melamine and bamboo bowls make the perfect vessel for pre-dinner dips and snacks.
Buy It: Opalhouse Melamine and Bamboo Mini Bowls (Pack of 2), $3; target.com
Available in six shades, from bold blue to lemon yellow, these sturdy melamine dinner plates will last through the summers. Pair them with a salad plate in a contrasting color to accentuate this dinnerware's modern look.
Buy It: Modern Melamine Dinner Plates (Set of 4), $40; westelm.com
This set of four salad-sized plates, printed with stripes and an abstract citrus pattern, will instantly add zest to the table.
Buy It: Kate Spade New York Citrus Twist Melamine Tidbit Plates (Set of 4), $30; amazon.com
Crafted from sustainable water hyacinth, rattan placemats will bring a touch of natural beauty to your tablescape.
Buy It: Round Rattan Placemats (Set of 4), $29; amazon.com
There's an App For That
Pulling together a party appetizer can be as simple as filling this five-section melamine serving platter with some combination of dips, chips, veggies, fruit, and cheese.
Buy It: Threshold Melamine 5-Section Serving Platter White, $10; target.com
Made of bamboo with rattan handles for easy carrying, this oval-shaped serving bowl would look gorgeous as part of a summer setup.
Buy It: Opalhouse Bamboo Spun Serving Bowl, $15; target.com
Keep drinks cool with this iron-forged bucket, complete with a built-in can opener for maximum convenience.
Buy It: Galvanized Metal Party Bucket & Stand, $49.50–$118.50; potterybarn.com
Citronella-lemongrass candles naturally repel mosquitos and flies, making them a warm-weather winner. Divide this set of eight candles around your gathering area, and bugs won't bug your crew.
Buy It: SCENTORINI Citronella Candles, $21; amazon.com
Set the mood with music piped through this wireless, waterproof speaker, which uses Bluetooth to connect to your phone or another device. Nearly 5,000 reviewers have given it a five-star rating on Amazon.
Buy It: MusiBaby Bluetooth Speaker, $32; amazon.com
You Go, Grill
Channel your inner pitmaster with this case of stainless steel grilling essentials — including grill tongs, a chef’s spatula, a digital temperature fork, skewers, corn holders, and a cleaning brush — which will set you up for your best barbeque ever.
Buy It: Cuisinart Deluxe Grill Set, 20-Piece, $44 (was $60); amazon.com
Keep Your Cool
Ice pops are an outdoor party pleaser, but you'll use this BPA-free silicone mold even when you aren't entertaining.
Buy It: 10-Piece Silicone Ice Pop Molds, $15; amazon.com
This Amazon bestseller boasts more than 6,000 five-star reviews. It's lightweight but sturdy, not to mention safe — it comes with a spark screen and uses zero propane.
Buy It: KINGSO Outdoor Fire Pit, $50; amazon.com
Hey, Platter Platter
Available in a dreamy seafoam-blue shade as well as classic stone white, this melamine platter has pool party written all over it.
Buy It: Cabana Melamine Rectangular Serving Platter, $24.50; potterybarn.com