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