Summer is in full swing, and you better believe we’re ready to celebrate. Outdoor parties are our favorite, and they’re great for keeping guests (who can occasionally get messy) out of your house too. Whether you feel like having a day party to soak up the sun, or an evening hang to enjoy those warm summer nights, you really can’t go wrong.
To help you host the best get-together, we’ve rounded up some outdoor summer party essentials that we’re loving right now. From a modern patio furniture set and one of the best cheese and tapas serving boards we’ve seen, to a bright and colorful ’90s-inspired cooler, we’ve got you covered on everything and anything you could possibly need for summer entertaining.
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A Chic Place To Lounge
First things first — you’re going to need a place for your guests to sit, and you better make sure it’s comfortable and looks good. This five-piece set will serve as the perfect resting place for when socializing while standing becomes far too strenuous (life is hard, we know). Plus, cushions are included.
The Most Coveted Seat In The Yard
Let’s be real, if you have an outdoor space that can support a hanging chair, then you better get one. Your guests will probably fight for who gets to sit in it, but there’s nothing like a little friendly competition to get a party started.
Citronella Candles That Aren’t An Eyesore
Bugs can be a major buzzkill at an outdoor summer party, so we suggest keeping them at bay with some citronella candles. These mini citronella candles are actually quite stylish and a far cry from the bug-repellant ones you’d take camping.
Clean Bug Spray That Actually Smells Good
If those citronella candles aren’t quite cutting it (or if your guests don’t want to stay huddled around a table of candles), find yourself a good bug spray. This one from Kinfield is clean and DEET-free, and it actually smells amazing, with aromas of citrus and vanilla.
Colorful Bamboo Dinnerware
When it comes to dinnerware for outdoor dining, durability is essential. But instead of using plastic, level up with plates and bowls made of bamboo. With this colorful set, you get dinner and salad plates, pasta and cereal bowls, and even cups. It’s eco-friendly, functional, and cute.
Plates That Are Au Naturel
Here’s some more dinnerware that’ll definitely pass the durability test. Unless you take a saw to these babies, chances are they’ll survive any outdoor dining mishaps.
A Bar That Can Follow You Wherever You Go
Are bar carts still cool? We say yes, and we also think they’re great for outdoor summer hosting. This one has wheels and can easily be moved around to wherever beverages are needed.
The Focal Point Of The Party
If you’re really committed to the cause, you can always get a whole outdoor bar setup. This teak wood one from DecMode opens up and allows you to have an arc-shaped tabletop that all your guests will be gathered around.
An Ice Box That Also Makes Ice
This cute little ice box is perfect for keeping on your bar, and it comes with a reversible lid that also functions as an ice cube tray that makes cool geometric-shaped ice. The box holds 132 cubes, which should last you well into the night.
A Cooler That’ll Remind You Of Your Childhood
Igloo really has us in our feels with their special edition ’90s-inspired retro coolers. They’re bright, nostalgic, and keep your drinks cold. What more could you want?
Classy Acrylic Drinkware
Now that you have your bar situation under control, it’s time to get set up with some stylish drinkware. These gorgeous fluted glasses are made from acrylic and come in both the highball and double old fashioned variety, as well as four different colors.
Glasses That Bring The Tropical Vibes
If you trust your guests to not have booze-induced butterfingers, we recommend you check out these glasses from Anthropologie. You can choose between palm tree, flamingo, and cactus designs, but we have a feeling you’re going to want all three.
The Big Kids Pool
Getting a Minnidip inflatable pool may be the best decision you make all summer. Plus, who knew inflatable pools could be so stylish? Each pool fits up to three adults — or more, if you’re up for the challenge.
How To Keep The Tunes Going
Having your speaker die because it gets dropped in a (possibly inflatable) pool would be a major party foul, so we suggest you avoid that altogether by getting a waterproof Bluetooth speaker. You won’t regret it.
An Insulator To Keep Your Drink Cold
We love warm weather, but we can’t say the same about warm beer. Thankfully, the mother of all coolers, Yeti, has blessed up with their can insulators. In addition to coming in a standard 12oz can size, they also support 16oz cans for tallboys, and 12oz slim cans for all you hard seltzer lovers.
A Way To Ensure Your Wine Is The Chillest
For properly chilled wine, a wine bottle chiller is a no-brainer. This insulated holder will keep your wine cold for up to four hours (assuming the bottle isn’t gone by then). If you really want to fool-proof the experience, you can get insulated wine tumblers too.
A Classic Summer Lawn Game
No summer party is complete without some lawn games, and by lawn games we mean cornhole. This set has everything you need: two boards with a blue gradient design, and eight bean bags — four with a kiwi print and four with a floral print.
A Game All Ages Can Play
We’re here for ALL the summer fun and games. And what’s another classic lawn game? Ladder toss.
Your Ticket To A Clean House
One of the main benefits of an outdoor party is that the inside of your house stays clean, and let’s keep it that way with a durable doormat. Made from coconut fiber that’s interlocked in a braided design, this doormat isn’t an eyesore either.
The Pizza Party Starter
Any party can become a pizza party when you have your own pizza oven. This gas-powered one reaches 950°F and can bake a pizza in just 60 seconds.
A Skillet So You Can Chef It Up
We’re all for burgers and steaks, but sometimes you need to add a little variety to your grilling routine. That’s where this outdoor skillet from Made In comes in. It allows you to cook veggies, potatoes, shrimp, and other smaller foods while still achieving that signature barbeque flavor.
Not Your Grandma’s Apron
Let’s prevent that carefully curated party outfit of yours from getting dirty, shall we?
The Perfect Hideaway
If you can’t stand the heat, well, get under a sun shade. This printed shade is perfect for kids to play under, and it’s great for pets (in addition to adults). If you need to tap out for a few minutes, we’ll know where to find you.
A Place To Kick Back And Relax
Here’s another place where you, or your guests, can take a little breather. Don’t worry, we (and this sling chair) have your back.
Placemats That’ll Liven Up Your Dinner Table
Placemats may not always be necessary, but if you want to elevate your tabletop look, they’re definitely not a bad idea. Summer 2020 was canceled, so summer 2021 warrants the extra effort.
BBQ Blends From Around The Country
There are four classic American barbeque styles — Memphis, Texas, Carolina, and Kansas City — and they all offer their own flavor profile. With this spice blend kit you’ll be able to season, sauce, and marinate from all four of these barbeque-making regions. As a bonus, the kit comes with a cookbook for plant-based barbeque recipes, so you’ll be able to feed all your guests some barbeque regardless of their dietary restrictions.
String Lights For An Optimal Ambience
Outdoor string lights really are chef’s kiss and they’ll never go out of style, so string these babies over your patio or along a fence in your backyard. These lights are dimmable, which means you’ll be able to set the mood.
The Most Convenient Cooler
We’re all about convenience, which is why we’re loving this inflatable floating cooler. Now you won’t have to get out of the pool when you need a drink refill. Work smarter, not harder, right?
Cocktail Mixers To Make Your Life Easy
Want another way to work smarter and not harder? Buy cocktail mixers. This trio from Casamigos comes with Margarita mix, grapefruit orange Paloma mix, and blackberry basil smash mix. All you need to do is add tequila (though the mixers alone make for great virgin drinks).
A Way To Bring The Heat
Like moths to a flame, a fire pit will serve as the place where all your guests will gather. We love the modern design of this one, and the nearly 5-star rating doesn’t hurt either.
A Cool And Functional Serving Dish
This is a far cry from Pete Campbell’s chip-and-dip in Mad Men, though, in all honesty, it ultimately serves the same purpose. It’s actually quite the functional serving dish.
A Nifty Swivel Cheese Board
Speaking of functionality, this compact contraption swivels open to transform into the perfect cheese and tapas board complete with bowl and cutlery holders (and even a space for crackers). The ceramic serving bowls and cheese knives are included.
Molds For Endless Refreshing Possibilities
Making your own popsicles is a fun activity and it allows you to whip up frozen treats that are usually healthier than the ones you’d buy at the grocery store (and less expensive, too). Plus, you can get creative with flavors and maybe even make some boozy popsicles.
An Essential For Any Party
Pair this popsicle piñata with those homemade popsicles, and you’ve got quite the summer theme going.
Your Backyard Movie Theater
We love the idea of hosting an outdoor movie night, and it’s incredibly easy to do when you have this portable projector screen to set up in your backyard. You don’t have to worry about it taking up too much room either, as it all folds up to fit into a compact bag that you can store or transport anywhere.
A Blanket For When The Sun Goes Down
Make your outdoor movie night as cozy as possible with a good throw blanket. Comfort is not the place to compromise.