20 Summer Entertaining Essentials from Martha
The sun is shining and the breeze is warm—it's time to take the party outside! Whether that means your backyard patio, apartment balcony, or pool deck, Martha has the entertaining essentials you need to make this the best summer yet. Pick a trusted recipe fit for the grill, chill the wine, and decorate your outdoor space with fresh, seasonal blooms.
The design styles and functionality of many of Martha's summer products are inspired by her shingle-style beach "cottage" located in East Hampton, New York. Fondly called Lily Pond, this residence celebrates the joys of coastal living from the 19th century to the present. Here, Martha lives a relaxing and refreshing lifestyle that embraces the use of many beautiful colors and cheerful patterns. She enjoys entertaining outdoors with a menu influenced by the sea that highlights fresh, seasonal ingredients. Add a touch of this lifestyle to your home by clicking through for our favorite ways to entertain like Martha this summer.
Martha loves to create a whimsical atmosphere at her Lily Pond home with the use of vivid colors and happy prints. This collection of bold red, white, and blue serveware will take you from early summer through Labor Day weekend in Martha style. The lobster and crab motifs lend a coastal cool vibe reminiscent of Lily Pond and the punch of color will brighten up your table. Pair the different pieces together for one cohesive look and mix in everyday whiteware to complete the place settings.
Multi-Tasking 3-Tier Server
Keep the table clear of condiment bottles and garnishes with this galvanized iron tiered server. You can also use it to display sweet treats when the main course is over. The industrial material can standup to the outdoor elements and the utilitarian design makes it multi-purpose.
Perfectly Paired Wine
Nothing goes together quite like summertime and rosé! Make sure you always have a bottle to uncork with Martha Stewart Wine Co's summertime wine packs. Choose from worldly whites, full-bodied reds, fruity rosés, and celebratory sparklers. Get creative for your next party by freezing the wine into popsicles for a refreshing sweet treat. When spending time at Lily Pond, Martha likes to create a comforting setting for guests to relax and enjoy themselves. Follow suit by setting up a self-service bar to take the leg work out of entertaining.
Freshen up your patio table with beautiful blooms that have been selected by Martha. The flowers are responsibly sourced from around the world and shipped overnight from the farm to your door at the peak of freshness. Choose from classic hues like sunny yellow and bright pink to unique shades like delicate purple and vibrant green. If you're hosting multiple parties throughout the summer, consider signing up for Martha's monthly subscription program. You can choose a bouquet size and delivery cadence so you'll always have fresh flowers to decorate your home. The bright and bold colors of these blooms lends itself to the cheerful atmosphere that Martha likes to bring to her outdoor parties at Lily Pond.
Martha Stewart's Grilling Cook Book
From weekday family dinners to backyard feasts, Martha's newest book (her 94th!) will become your go-to guide for everything grilling. There are over 125 trusted recipes along with essential tips and techniques for those who are both brand new to the grill and experienced outdoor cooks. Flip through Martha's take on classics like pulled-pork sandwiches and bacon-and-turkey burgers and find inspired spins like Korean short ribs and mojo-marinated shrimp. You'll also find recipes for vegetables, grilled or chilled sweet treats, and outdoor-friendly cocktails. When putting together the menu for gatherings at Lily Pond, Martha places an emphasis on fresh, seasonal ingredients.
Meal Kits Designed for the Grill
Stock up on charcoal, because it's officially grilling season! Celebrate the flavors of summer with Martha's meal kit delivery service, Martha & Marley Spoon, which brings fresh ingredients and step-by-step recipe cards to your door. Each week this summer from Memorial Day to Labor Day, an adapted recipe from the new Martha Stewart's Grilling cookbook will be available as a meal kit. The special menu kicks off with a loaded hero featuring grilled steak and tomato, expands to grilled chicken, sirloin skewers, and salmon niçoise, and wraps up with salmon drizzled with an orange-herb butter. Incorporate fresh seafood and coastal flavors into your menu for a play on Martha's favorites when she entertains at Lily Pond.
The Tools of Summer
Now is the time to take inventory and replenish your collection of grilling tools. This four-piece tools set includes everything you need to make your favorite recipes on the grill. The long handles provide comfort and safety while the rosewood and stainless steel materials stand up to high temperatures. Infuse smoky flavors into a classic dish with a set of smoking pucks and marinating meats and vegetables in a container featuring a ridged bottom. Accessories like a burger press and stainless steel skewers make food prep easier so you can spend more time with family and less time cooking.
DIY Utensil Holders
If you're planning a buffet or self-serve assortment of appetizers, you'll want to have plenty of flatware on hand. Keep the table organized with these customizable utensil holders made from terracotta pots. Transform the plain surface with Martha's chalkboard paints and stencils.
Accent woven placemats with Martha's craft paints in bright summer colors. Create a border, color block stripes, or your own unique pattern. After the meal, gently wipe them clean and store until your next backyard dinner party.
DIY Paddleball Set
Keep the kids (and young-at-heart adults) entertained with an easy-to-play game of paddleball. Customize a set of blank paddles with Martha's craft paints and stencils. Pay tribute to your favorite summer treat, create a colorful ombré effect, or come up with your own unique design.
Beach Towels for Every Personality
Whether you're hosting a pool party, backyard BBQ, or picnic at the neighborhood park, festive beach towels to dry off with and lounge on are a must. These summer-ready towels from are made from plush cotton and machine washable. Choose from seasonal phrases and designs like pineapples, flamingos, and colorful geometric patterns.
When life gives you lemons, serve them up with this fresh squeezed collection of entertaining essentials. The coordinated serveware, plates, and drinkware feature a zesty citrus pattern that's perfect for your favorite lemonade recipe. When entertaining at Lily Pond, Martha likes to create a gathering space that's relaxed and low maintenance. The durable melamine plates and glasses are accident-proof, making them perfect for drinks around the pool or appetizers on the patio.
Wood Burning Fire Pit
Bring the campfire feel to your backyard with this wood burning fire pit featuring a cast stone base and faux bois design. It accommodates hardwood logs up to 21.5" and includes a wire mesh screen and 24" screen hook for safety. Gather around to roast marshmallows or keep warm on chilly nights.
DIY Cocktail Umbrellas
Create the feeling of a tropical vacation at your next pool party with these easy-to-make cocktail umbrellas. The cut outs along the border of the top layer are made using Martha's special-edition Cricut Explore Air 2. The machine is able to quickly cut intricate patterns from a variety of materials (no cutting by hand!). All you need to do is assemble and mix up a batch of your favorite summertime cocktail.
Does it get much better than popsicles on a hot summer day? Keep them kid-friendly with fresh fruit and juice, or add your favorite alcohol for a boozy twist. These reusable molds are BPA free and can be cleaned in the dishwasher.
The Ultimate Steakhouse Burger
Pat LaFrieda is a third-generation butcher who supplies only the finest quality products to restaurants around the country. His high-quality meats can also be shipped right to your door with his home delivery service. Pat and Martha have been friends for more than 20 years and their curated menu of premium meats are sure to elevate your next backyard barbeque. The steakhouse burger is one of the newest additions and is inspired by the Martha Stewart's Grilling cookbook. You'll receive four 6-oz patties and a Martha-approved recipe card.
A Sweet Party Invite
I scream, you scream, we all scream for an invitation to this party! Invite family and friends to your next gettogether with this DIY popsicle-shaped card. Personalize the colors and message to fit your party and easy cut out each shape with Martha's Cricut Explore Air 2. The machine does most of the work, so all you have to do is adhere the individual pieces together.
Compact Beach Blanket
This multi-use polyester blanket can be spread out in the grass for a picnic or used as a protective layer between you and the sand at the beach. It's water repellent and can be neatly folded up into its carrying bag when not in use. When you get home, simply clean it in the washing machine on the gentle cycle.
Galvanized Bar Cart
A stylish and functional bar cart is the quintessence must-have for any at-home entertainer. Generally you'll find carts in gold or silver finishes, which feels too formal for a casual backyard barbeque. This galvanized steel cart solves that problem! The wood shelves lend a natural element to an otherwise industrial piece. Wheel it around your outdoor space to easily serve cocktails and appetizers.