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10 Must-have summer party accessories

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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.

Patio party essentials

6Serving in stripes

Brighten up everything you serve this summer with this stylish striped bowl from JC Penney ($14.99). Perfect for anything from pasta salad to potato chips, this lively bowl is also scratch-resistant and dishwasher-safe.

7Light it up

No one has to fumble in the dark with this ornate outdoor floor lamp from Target ($99.99). The simple, rustic design makes it a great addition to your outdoor entertaining decor, and the neutral color means it goes with everything.

8Pretty placemats

Impress guests and make sure your table stays stain-free with these cute floral placemats from ($11.90). We love the fresh, fun design and the fact that they're reversible for added value.

9Add extra space

Add more space for drinks or plates with one (or a few) of these bright orange tray tables from CB2 ($49.95). They can be used both outdoors and in the house but we prefer them as a lively and functional addition to the backyard.

10Beautiful bamboo

Keep napkins, condiments and other table essentials together and easily accessible with this sleek bamboo and lacquer caddy from West Elm ($29). The minimalist design makes it a stylish addition to any contemporary patio table.

Have a blast entertaining this summer!

Summer party recipe

How to make a frozen margarita

Thanks to those pre-mixed drinks pumped out of machines at Mexican restaurant chains, the frozen margarita has gained a reputation as the Slurpee of cocktails. But the real thing will have you singing along with the mariachi band in no time!

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