Summer is all about enjoying the outdoors. To help with your under-the-sun-or-stars soirees we rounded up the best party essentials. Just don’t forget to safeguard yourself from mosquitos and the sun.
The Wooden Palate Walnut Bowl
Consider this your all-in-one serving essential: a hand-carved oblong bowl that allows you to accommodate all types of appetizers, sides, and standalone fruit.
R. Murphy Cheese Knives
Guests can really get into slicing and dicing with the knives in this superior set. It includes four varieties: hard cheese, soft cheese, semi-soft cheese, plus a cheese plane for super-thin slicing.
$70 for set of 4, kaufmann-mercantile.com
Yamazaki Home Tosca 3-Tier Stand
A tiered stand will serve double duty at your summer serving table. (One: by freeing up space and, two: by serving the season's bounty of berries, stone fruit, and garden vegetables.)
Creative Co-Op Fern Cheese Board
When snacking al fresco, why not embrace the elements? Case in point: this stoneware cheeseboard is painted with a fern leaf.
Serena and Lily Bedford Tray
A hostess’ must-have accessory? A serving tray. For toting cocktails or a tasty amuse-bouche, this stylish one merges texture, warmth, and a simple silhouette in its caned design.
Manu Brass Salad Cutlery
Serving a bowl of mixed summer greens? You’ll want this luxe pair of brass serving utensils.
Fun in the Sun
Serena & Lily Eastport Umbrella
You know what’s not fun? Melting in the sun. Keep guest cool under this glamourous pagoda-style umbrella.
SunnyLife Catalina Croquet
Games are always a good idea to have on (and not just for the little ones!). We love the pretty pastels in this wooden croquet set.
Parker Clay Azmera Blanket
Whether it’s to sprawl out for an impromptu picnic or wrap around you when the sun is setting, a summer blanket—like this cheery piece, hand-spun with soft organic cotton—is a must. $88, parkerclay.com
Como Audio Amico Portable M
This portable, battery-powered and lightweight smart speaker—in handsome and weather resistant teak—is perfect for enjoying tunes to the deck, backyard or even the beach.
Cost Plus World Market Gray Wood Adirondack Chair
There’s nothing like hanging out on Adirondack Chairs — especially in front of a firepit roasting marshmallows.
Cabo Woven Runner in White
Roll out summertime texture and durability to the table with this natural woven runner. Then, simply roll it up when the party’s done.
Rebecca Atwood Shibori Napkins in Gray-Lilac
A touch of linen on the table? Always tasteful. These napkins take one of our favorite summer aesthetics—Japanese shibori—as inspiration for a painterly pattern in hazy summer shades.
Cutipol Goa 5-Piece White Gold Place Setting
Gilded flatware makes any table setting more elegant. This gorgeous luxe set adds a hint of shine to the table with gold metal and sleek white resin.
A Heirloom Hardwood Maple Cake Stand (Thick Base)
Your lovingly made desserts and hors d'oeuvres all deserve to be put on a pedestal. This stand has a certain rustic sophistication with its summery wooden base.
Crate and Barrel aprice Blue Medallion Melamine Dinner Plate
Lightweight, shatterproof, and scratch-resistant—it’s all you could want in a set of dinnerware, especially when dining al fresco. So opt for these decorative plates rimmed in a summery clay color.
$8.95 each, crateandbarrel.com
Cb2 Top Shelf Bar Tool Set with Stand
Rolling out the bar cart? Get ready to mix up some serious cocktails. This gilded kit holds all of the must-have tools and comes in a sculptural display.
YIELD Double-Wall Glasses in Clear
Savor every sip in double-walled drinkware. The genius to them? There’s an insulating layer of glass to keep your cocktail cold and your hand free from condensation.
$50 for set of 2, yielddesign.co
Jonathan Adler Berlin Petite Serving Bowls
Mint leaves, citrus slices, and drink garnishes of all kinds—they deserve to presented in this set of metal bowls that are equally display-worthy.
Simon Pearce Ludlow Carafe
Who’s ready for another pour? Enter this stately piece from Simon Pearce who is a proven master of mixing old-world glassblowing techniques with modern design.
Tina Frey Ice Bucket
There are two must-haves to keep things cool at the party: large, slow-to-melt ice cubes and an ice bucket. This one is crafted from sculpted resin with leather handles.