10 outdoor entertaining essentials
1 Graphic ceramic entertaining set
Bold black and white graphics adorn this chic set of ceramic serveware. Designed in collaboration with PATCH NYC, these rectangular dishes provide a wonderful display for delicious appetizers and small bites. From $7 US, West Elm.
2 Red checkered tablecloth
Inspired by vintage picnic linens, red checks are the perfect base for an outdoor tabletop. Made of soft cotton oilcloth, this outdoor entertaining essential can liven up a table outside as well as in. $59 US, Pottery Barn.
3 Bar tool set
A collection of metal bar tools are essential for entertaining, especially in warmer months when fruit is in season and ice-cold cocktails are popular. This cheerful set from Italian designer Matteo Thun includes a cocktail strainer, ice tongs, stirrer, bar knife, jigger, bottle opener and ice bucket. $99 US, Williams Sonoma.
4 Hammered acrylic drinkware
Sip your drink of choice in style with this sweet set of hammered acrylic drinkware. Two sizes of tumblers and an elegant wine glass will allow hosts to offer plenty of drink options. From $14 US, West Elm.
5 Melamine tray
Serve up nibblies on this charming melamine serving tray with a playful and unique hot pink bicycle graphic. Melamine is incredibly durable and is perfect for toting treats from the kitchen to the patio without having to worry about broken plates. $22 US, Little Korboose on etsy.com.
6 Wooden napkin holder
Bring a little bit of beachside charm to your outdoor entertaining. Cute and crabby, this wooden napkin holder is perfect for a casual, hands-on meal. $19 US, Pottery Barn.
7 Stylish sound system
Music is a summer essential and with the Geneva Sound System, your party can have studio-quality sound with one simple piece. This speaker can play CD's, FM radio, iPods or any MP3 player with extraordinary clarity and depth, plus you can control the volume and song choice with the help of a handy remote control. $979.00 US, huset.com.
8 Pretty outdoor lighting
Take candlelight to the next level with these perforated metal hurricanes. Fill with flickering pillar candles for a nighttime centepiece with a silvery glow. From $19 US, West Elm.
9 Coffee table/bench
A long, lean span of galvanized heavy-gauge steel does double-duty as both a table and bench for indoor or outdoor use. This contemporary coffee table/bench is both rustproof and scratch-resistant. $249 US, cb2.com.
10 Etched-metal cooler
Cold beverages are absolutely essential to outdoor entertaining and these etched tubs, made from recycled materials, are sure to keep things cool. From $35 US, velocityartanddesign.com.