Cool outdoor dinnerware
Outdoor entertaining season is here. It's time for backyard barbecues and garden soirees. Dress up your outdoor space with colorful dishes, linens and other items for picture-perfect entertaining.
Invite your girlfriends over for an outdoor lunch and serve up salad on these pretty plates. These salad plates feature a colorful Mexican pottery design. Though they look and feel like handmade pieces from centuries gone by, they are actually made from unbreakable melamine. A set of four salad plates is just $28 at Pottery Barn.
For a garden party, serve everything from iced tea to cocktails in these acrylic cooler glasses from the Pistoulet collection. These glasses are colorful, durable and lightweight — perfect for outdoors. These 19-ounce glasses are available at Pfaltzgraff.com for $7.99 each.
Instead of paper plates, serve up your burgers in burger baskets this summer. You can find plastic burger baskets in your choice of four colors for just $1.50 each at Sur La Table. If you want those adorable gingham liners that go in them, too, they are priced at just $6 for a set of 24 parchment liners.
You don't want to bring your good silverware outside, but you don't want to eat with plastic forks either. Find a compromise with this bamboo-handled flatware — perfect for eating outdoors. This 20-piece flatware set (service for four) is on sale now for just $24.90 at Horchow.
What do you need to keep food and drinks cold at your Memorial Day or 4th of July party? An inflatable buffet, of course. Just fill this red, white and blue vinyl buffet with ice, and you're good to go. This inflatable buffet is available at Oriental Trading for just $11.
Dress up your outdoor table in citrus shades of lime green and lemon yellow. We love the Saleya tablecloth available at Organize.com for $49.99. We also adore the wild flower placemats and napkins from Crate & Barrel at an affordable $3.95 each.