14 Essential Tableware Items for Summer Hosting

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The Spruce / Illustration by Amy Sheehan / Photo by Anthropologie

Summer is here and it's time to get party ready! Stock up on all of the tableware you'll need to entertain by browsing out top 14 picks below. Whether you're in need of some new go to plates or have been struggling to find seasonal wine glasses that speak to you, we're here to help.

180D Red Cherries/Blue Background Reusable Melamine Plates

cherry plates


Cherries just scream "summertime" and this peppy four-pack of plates is perfect for your next outdoor gathering. Kids and adults alike will love the fun motif, and you'll appreciate that these plates are ultra durable—even the clumsiest of guests won't be able to break 'em!

Mark and Graham Hand-Woven Cane Stemless Wine Glass Set

cane wine glasses

Mark and Graham

Sure, you likely already have plenty of wine glasses tucked away in your cupboard, but you need a special set just for summer, too, right? These are festive but also non-cheesy and are majorly Instagram worthy. What more could you ask for?

Crate and Barrel Kikoi Indigo Stripe Cotton Placemat

striped placemat

Crate & Barrel

Whether you're dining indoors or out, you know that great placemats can really make a tablescape shine. These are excellent for summer but could be used year round if you wish; stripes are versatile like this! Plus, the blue and white color scheme is a great starting point—it'll work wonderfully with your traditional eggshell dishware but you can also add pops of red come July Fourth.

Williams Sonoma Meyer Lemon Pitcher

lemon pitcher

Williams Sonoma

Summertime is all about whipping up sangria, lemonade, and other fun seasonal drinks to enjoy outside on the patio. Make serving a group way easier by purchasing a large pitcher (bonus points if it has a summery design). This one fits the bill perfectly.

Enliven Stores Strawberry Beaded Coasters Set of 6

beaded coasters


Cute coasters are a must when you're hosting friends in the living room. You can truly never own too many, so why not grab a few seasonal sets to switch things up throughout the year? These beaded beauties couldn't be more eye catching.

Rifle Paper Co. Round Serving Tray

serving tray


A large serving tray is great for all of those potlucks you plan to have this season. This one will look delightful piled high with desserts.

Libbey County Fair Glass Drinking Jars, Set of 12

mason jars


You can never have enough basic drinking glasses. Mason jars pay a nod to summer but can be used any time. Bust them out at your next backyard BBQ, and they're sure to be a hit.

Way to Celebrate! Patriotic Prismatic Stars Paper Plates 12 Count

paper plates


Sometimes, you just want to host a simple get together in the park with minimal cleanup, and that's where paper plates like these come in. Planning something for the Fourth? These sparkly plates are a fave.

Meri Meri Large Gingham Napkins

paper napkins

Meri Meri

Don't forget to buy napkins! There are truly so many adorable designs to choose from, and these gingham cuties that remind us of picnic blankets are definitely winners.

Luminarc Arty French Glass Dinnerware

Luminarc's Arty Dinnerware


If you're looking to update your everyday dinnerware for summer, we can't get enough of this fabulous pink and orange set that will surely bring a smile to your face as you set the table each evening.

Catons Wharf Caramel Woven Rattan Placemats Set of 4

rattan placemats


Looking to add Coastal Grandmother flair to your home this season? These round rattan placemats are just the thing for you and are available in two different colorways.

Picnic at Ascot Convertible 6-Piece Charcuterie Set

charcuterie set


Entertaining a large group? A charcuterie board is always an excellent way to ensure everyone can graze and enjoy appetizers before dinner is ready. Make yours stand out with this handy set that easily tucks away for storage.

Aaron Probyn Fluted Acrylic Ice Bucket With Tongs, Clear

ice bucket

West Elm

An ice bucket is always essential for those hot summer parties. Who says yours can't look extra chic? This acrylic number is timeless and sophisticated.

Cynthia Rowley 6pk 18x18 Indoor Outdoor Tortuga Floral Napkins

cloth napkins

TJ Maxx

Napkins that are stylish but also super easy to pop into the wash? Done and done. These colorful beauties will easily camouflauge stains, too.

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