Seven Must-Have Items to Host an Incredible End-of-Summer Party

Outdoor dishes for a party like silverware, plates, and containers.

Labor Day weekend is a great time to celebrate the unofficial end of summer, and if throwing a party gives you an excuse to upgrade your serveware, we'd call that a win-win! We've scoured the internet to find unique essentials that will help you close out summer in style.

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Gold Glassware Set

It's not a proper end-of-summer party without some seasonal cocktails (or mocktails). We recommend serving drinks in these vintage-inspired flutes, which will add a touch of glamour to your celebration. Since each piece is made from hand-blown, hand-painted glass, it's best to wash them by hand to preserve their gorgeous gold hue. Though they're ideal for summer, these glasses also seamlessly transition into fall and winter. ($45 for four, usually $56; anthropologie.com)

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Rattan Outdoor Lantern

There's no need to head indoors when the sun sets thanks to these stylish rattan lanterns. Easy to pair with the rest of your décor, the lanterns come in two different sizes; try grouping them together for a cozy centerpiece, or surround your patio with them to emit a soft glow. The candle comes fixed inside the woven pear-shaped body, and since it's battery operated, you'll always have light when and where you need it. (from $24; target.com)

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Anthropologie Table Runner

This frayed, multi-textured table runner works well for any party you're hosting this season. Try foregoing a centerpiece and instead complement it with simple décor to keep the table from looking too busy. The flute glasses above, for example, would accent the gold thread in the runner beautifully. Finish your tablescape with white or light blue dishware for a unique (but still sophisticated) setting. ($118; anthropologie.com)

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Utensil Caddy

One of the best ways to celebrate a three-day weekend is by hosting a barbecue, and we think this farmhouse-inspired caddy would make an excellent addition to the serving table. As stylish as it is functional, it's a simple way to organize utensils for guests to grab as they go through the food line. When you're not hosting an outdoor gathering, place it on the kitchen counter or dining table for easy access to cutlery. ($30; pier1.com)

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Wooden Serving Bowl

If you love a natural look, this gorgeous live-edge serving bowl is a must. Each bowl is hand-made out of mango wood, which means no two are exactly the same. Whether you use it as a fruit bowl, to serve salad, or as a base for a decorative display, there are so many ways to incorporate this piece over and over again, no matter what you're celebrating. Other customers agree, according to the dozens of near-perfect reviews. ($40; pier1.com)

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Marble Tier Stand

A chic complement to the wood bowl above, this marble tiered stand presents desserts or finger foods for guests to take as they please. We like that it's certified as a Fair Trade product and made from sustainable acacia wood. If you're in love with this look, make sure to get the paper towel holder from the same collection. ($80; potterybarn.com)

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Dorinda Serving Platter

This unique serving platter doesn't just elevate food; it's a work of art. What gives it an extra-shiny finish is capiz (shells found in coastal waters with a shiny interior, usually used to make jewelry), and the tribal-inspired print adds just the right amount of color. When you're not using it to serve hors d'oeuvres, you'll want to put it on display among other décor for all to admire. ($78; anthropologie.com)

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