Summer is just about here, major yard projects are wrapping up, and now’s the time to gather in the garden with neighbors, friends, and family. Whether for a sit-down dinner under the pergola or a weekend cocktail party by the pool, we’ve found the season’s best, most colorful options for outdoor entertaining. So raise a glass, and let’s toast to warmer days and celebrations ahead!
1. Under Sun Melamine Dinner Plates from Anthropologie
Boring outdoor basic, no more! Melamine gets a cheerful update at Anthropologie, courtesy of artist Ashley Longshore’s summery painting style. We suggest mixing all the patterns for a truly festive tabletop.
$10 per dinner plate
2. Glass Infuser Dispenser from Cost Plus World Market
Filled with garden-fresh cucumbers, herbs, or citrus, this beverage dispenser turns regular ol’ water into refreshing flavored infusions, and the hit of the party! To step up your garden-party game even further, try infusing lemonade with herbs like rosemary or lavender, served with a dash of citrus vodka and garnished with a lemon twist.
Cost Plus World Market
3. Summer Twist Unbreakable Glasses from Napa Style
Inspired by traditional French glassware, Napa Style’s shatterproof melamine drinkware offers style (and safety) poolside. Available in several colors and shapes.
From $49 for a set of 6 (on sale)
4. Indigo Paper Placemat Pad from Layla Grace
Dress up your next barbeque in no time with a tabletop full of these paper placemats designed by Two’s Company. Each pack of 48 has a variety of four different summer-inspired prints, perfect for mixing and matching.
$23 for a pack of 48 placemats
5. Rope Party Bucket from Serena & Lily
Handwoven in crisp white rattan and featuring a watertight galvanized liner, Serena & Lily’s sharply fashionable party bucket is our pick of the summer.
Serena & Lily
6. WASARA Tree-Free Compostable Tableware from Branch
In the world of single-use party plates, plastic is no more! Elegantly designed in Japan, and manufactured from 100% tree-free, renewable materials (sugar cane fiber, bamboo, and reed pulp), WASARA’s line of compostable tableware is the new standard in high-design, casual entertaining.
7. Bamboo Tabletop Range from Terrain
Available in a range of cheery colors and useful sizes (even ice cream bowls), Terrain’s bamboo fiber tabletop range is a great, reusable eco-alternative to melamine or plastic. Our pick: the classic tumbler, reimagined in shades of coral and red.
8. Champagne Bucket from Tina Frey Designs
Tina Frey is known her beautifully modern, hand-sculpted, resin designs. Perfectly sized for a summery bottle of sparkling rosé, we particularly love her leather-handled champagne bucket, made in small batches and offered in five eye-catching colors.
Tina Frey Designs
9. Chambray Napkins by Nell & Mary
A nod to summertime fashion, Nell & Mary’s 100% cotton, chambray-printed napkins are handmade in Portland, Oregon. Sold in sets of four, the sturdy yarn-dye fabric is easy to care for and suitable for everyday use, making these the perfect, stylish option for a summer dinner party in the garden.
$48 for a set of 4
Nell & Mary