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10 Must-have summer party accessories

Jessica Padykula is a freelance writer and editor in Toronto, Canada covering a wide range of  topics for several online lifestyle publications. She is a regular contributor for SheKnows, covering travel, style, relationships, health and...

Patio party essentials

One of the best (and most fun) aspects of summer is outdoor entertaining. Good friends, delicious food (hello, BBQ!) and cool drinks in the backyard make for the quintessential warm-weather activity. To help get your patio ready for a plethora of outdoor parties, we’ve put together a list of our top picks for the freshest, most stylish summer accessories to take your next soiree, from fun all the way to fabulous.

Summer Party Essentials

1Talking tray

Want a party accessory that talks back? Serve your burgers on this cheerful and cheeky serving tray from CB2 ($12.95) featuring the popular saying, "If you can't stand the heat get out of the kitchen." Not only are the bright colors perfect for summer, the platter becomes a conversation piece – literally – once the food is gone.

2Eye-popping plates

We're in love with these pretty plates, bursting with bright color, from Crate & Barrel ($5.95). The '70s inspired design and bold floral graphics make these the prefect addition to your next patio party. We're partial to the yellow but they also come in lime green, orange and blue.

3We'll drink to that

Serve ice-cold lemonade, juice or punch in this gorgeous recycled glass drink dispenser from West Elm ($59). Simply mix up a batch of your summer beverage of choice (Arnold Palmers, perhaps?) and guests can serve themselves from this pretty patio essential.

4Chilled beverages

Say goodbye to your old beer cooler. Keep drinks chilled in style using this roomy rattan drink cooler from Pottery Barn ($99). We love the large size (perfect for extended gatherings) and the charming design of this innovative cooler.

5Chips and dip

Elevate the humble chip by serving the much-loved party snack in this intricately hand-woven dish from Williams Sonoma ($49). Not only does it bring a touch of sophistication to your outdoor table, the chip and dip server is also moisture resistant and easy to clean.

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