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These 11 Father's Day Entertaining Essentials Will Ensure Dad's Celebration Is a Success

Tell Dad you love him by planning the summer fête of his dreams.
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Father's Day, which takes place on the third Sunday in June, is a full 24 hours dedicated to honoring Dad. Though it's a time commonly spent grilling and playing all of his favorite games, the holiday's main goal is to celebrate the top-notch men in your life, whether it's your grandfather, husband, or dear Dad himself. While there are plenty of great presents to gift your guy on his special day, one of the best ways to show him how much you care is by bringing all of his loved ones together for a celebration. "Every father is different and celebrating with them should be a reflection of that," offers Jove Meyer, owner and creative director of Jove Meyer Events. "Be sure to incorporate your father's style and personality via their favorite foods, drinks, music, and décor."

Since Father's Day falls around the start of summer, we recommend planning an outdoor fête. With the warm-weather season as a backdrop and all of Dad's beloved family and friends there to partake, there's no way your gathering won't be a success. With that being said, there are a few entertaining essentials you should have handy ahead of Father's Day to ensure the event goes off without a hitch. If you're planning a cookout, for example, you'll need a set of grill tools, like this Lamson 4-Piece Tailgater Grill Tool Set ($99.95, williams-sonoma.com), to whip up steaks, burgers, and anything else on your menu. To set the event apart from any other summer barbecue, put together a tablescape that perfectly encapsulates Dad's taste.

The Best Father's Day Entertaining Essentials

While you can certainly make the event your own, here, we've compiled a list of some must-have Father's Day entertaining essentials to get you started.

Dinner plate set
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Kanto Stoneware Dinner Plate Sets

$60 for 4, westelm.com

Available in four different colors—cardamom, arctic blue, ice white, and black—these dinner plates have a commanding presence that will give your tablescape a defined look. With unique variations in coloring and speckling on every plate, this set of dinnerware is totally one of a kind (just like Dad!). 

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Mason Oversized Napkin, Set of 4

$48 for 4, potterybarn.com

Anthony Navarro, creative director of Liven It Up Events, recommends pairing these stunning charcoal dinner napkins with a wooden plate or charger. Woven from 100 percent linen, this set of four has a luxe, textured feel that will certainly let your guy know he's worthy of the best. 

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Estelle Colored Rocks Glass, Set of 6

$205 for 6, westelm.com

Inspired by heirloom glassware, each cup in this set is hand blown by glass artisans to achieve the stunning, iridescent design. Whether you fill them with a refreshing glass of lemonade or Dad's favorite cocktail, they'll surely make a worthwhile addition to your tablescape. 

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Yeti Tundra 45 Hard Cooler

$325, yeti.com

This cooler is multi-purpose: It's a present for Dad and a great place to keep beverages cool during your outdoor soirée. The premium storage container has three-inches of top tier insulation that will chill its contents even on the most sweltering of days—and it's available in four different colors (we think the new alpine yellow hue is perfect for summer).

Table runner

Mason Fringe Table Runner

$99, potterybarn.com

Avoid food spills on your outdoor patio furniture by laying a runner down on your table—before you dive into your Father's Day feast, that is. This option, featured in 10 different earthy tones, is handcrafted by skilled artisan weavers and has a rustic vibe that is perfectly juxtaposed by a playful fringe border. 

Sodalite cube candlestick
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Joanna Buchanan Cube Candlestick Sodalite

$128, joannabuchanan.com

If you're planning an evening event, Joanna Buchanan, home accessory designer and entertaining expert, recommends adding a taper candle to one of her unique holders. "The shapes are strong and masculine and they feel totally right for a Father's Day tablescape," she says. This cube, blue-gray iteration is made of sodalite, a beautiful mineral commonly used as ornamental gemstone. 

Bocce ball set
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Pottery Barn Outdoor Bocce, White/Black

$249, potterybarn.com

Even if you're eating indoors, Navarro recommends heading outside in the afternoon for some yard games, like bocce ball. This tournament-grade set features solid, one-piece construction balls in a beautiful mahogany storage box. Dad will let the good times roll alongside his loved ones during this exciting, two- to four-player game. 

Barbeque tool set
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Lamson 4-Piece Tailgater Grill Tool Set

$99.95, williams-sonoma.com

Is Dad a grill master? Then now is a great time to restock your home's entertaining arsenal with a new set of grill tools. It'll act as a present for your pop and make it easier for whoever is manning the food station to flip burgers, sear steaks, and more. This set includes a wood-handled fork, knife, tongs, and turner handcrafted from tempered stainless steel. The tools are conveniently packed in a canvas storage bag, which makes it easier to keep them together.

Wooden cornhole set
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Pottery Barn Wood Cornhole

$139, potterybarnteen.com

Another game Navarro recommends playing on Father's Day is cornhole—a staple activity at outdoor events. This stylish set boasts hand-painted boards with black-and-white bean bags; they make some friendly competition between loved ones look chic. It's a great way to spend quality time with Dad while you're waiting for the food to be ready. 

Bar tools
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Williams Sonoma Encore Bar Tools Set and Cocktail Shaker

$139.95, williams-sonoma.com

Does Dad love a good Manhattan after a long day? Add this bar tools set to your entertaining arsenal so you can surprise him with his favorite drink at your Father's Day event. It comes with a double wall cocktail shaker, strainer, bottle opener, ice tongs, stirring spoon, double-sided jigger, and stand, so you'll be prepared no matter what drink he's in the mood for.

Crab cocktail napkin
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Joanna Buchanan Crab Cocktail Napkins

$88 for 4, joannabuchanan.com

You'll use these summery cocktail napkins well after Father's Day, but they also make a great addition to the June event. With a bold embroidered crab and fun tassels, these handmade linen serviettes will let Dad know just how much attention to detail went into planning his celebration.