15 Outdoor Entertaining Essentials For Warmer Weather

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    Outdoor Entertaining Season is Coming!

    Patio in the summertime
    Itsxmikey/ Twenty20

    Spring is officially here, and that warm weather and those longer days are on their way. Around this time of year we start to think about sweeping off the patio, pulling the weeds and getting our gardens in shape for guests. It's time to give the grill a good scrub and start making plans for a Memorial Day barbecue or backyard graduation party.

    If your yard or deck could use a little refresh, you're not alone. We're craving some new accessories and essentials to make our outdoor...MORE spaces party-ready. From outdoor rugs to lanterns, strings of lights, lawn games and glasses your guests won't break—we've got you covered.

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    Strands of Outdoor Lights

    edison string lights
    Home Depot

    Strands of lights that can criss-cross your patio or garden will instantly add a magical, dream-like element to your outdoor set up. (Plus, they will look great on Insta!)

    Hampton Bay dipped Edison bulb string light, $15, Home Depot

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    An Outdoor Rug

    outdoor rug

    An outdoor rug is the first step to making your patio decor or garden party set up feel special. We like a neutral woven rug like this one because it allows you to add splashes of color and pattern in your pillows, throws, tablescape and more.

    Threshold outdoor rug, from $60, Target.com

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    Tabletop or Hanging Lanterns for Candles

    West Elm

    Adorn your outdoor table scape with these West Elm lanterns that come in three sizes. Their weight and design will resist light breezes and the look will add a touch of modern elegance.

    West Elm faceted lanterns, from $49, West Elm

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    An Outdoor Speaker


    No outdoor party is complete without the perfect soundtrack! Take your favorite tunes anywhere with a Bluetooth-enabled speaker with high-quality sound and good looks to boot.

    ARCHEER Bamboo Wood Home Speaker with Subwoofer, $80, Amazon.com

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    Stylish Plastic Drinkware

    Mark and Graham

    Eliminate the risk of broken glass and the regrettable "party foul" by arming your guests with durable-yet-stylish acrylic stemless wine glasses. You can even have these ones etched with your monogram! 

    Set of 4 acrylic stemless wine glasses, $59, Mark and Graham

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    Colorful Outdoor Throw Pillows

    Pottery Barn

    When it comes to decorating your outdoor space, we find that it's helpful to bring the same aesthetic of your indoors into play. If you lean more classic and clean, try stripes for a bit of color. Bohemians-at-heart should look for colorful ikat prints. 

    Striped indoor/outdoor pillows, $40, Pottery Barn

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    A Croquet Set

    LL Bean

    No outdoor entertaining situation is complete without lawn games. Get your guests in the spirit of the day with a little croquet—this set from LL Bean is as classic as they come.

    Maine Coast croquet set, $279, LL Bean

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    A Classic Barbecue Grill

    Ace Hardware

    You can't beat a classic. There's a reason your grandfather made his burgers on a Weber and you should too—it's the original.

    Weber 22-inch charcoal grill, $199, Ace Hardware

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    A Bistro Table for Small Spaces


    If your outdoor space is limited, consider a quiet, cute little spot where you can enjoy a cup of tea with a close friend. Terrain's bistro tables are part Parisian classic and part garden party perfect. 

    Painted metal bistro table, $168, and chairs, $79 each, Terrain 

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    A Beverage Dispenser for Lemonade or Sangria


    Having drinks made in bulk (and in advance) is a great way to keep stress to a minimum when you're hosting an outdoor party. This good-looking set of mason jar beverage dispensers would be perfect for lemonade, spa water, sangria and punch.

    Estillo double 1-gallon mason jar beverage dispenser, $30, Amazon

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    A Linen Tablecloth


    This striped tablecloth will make any outdoor gathering feel like a chic picnic in the French countryside. Spice it up with colorful flower bouquets.

    Striped linen tablecloth, $128, Terrain


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    A Hammock for Lazy Afternoons

    The Landscape Design

    For an afternoon barbeque or outdoor birthday party, you won't be seated around the table all day. Give your guests (and you) the perfect place to relax with a classic hammock.

    LL Bean Backyard DuraCord hammock, $189, LL Bean

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    A Patio Umbrella with Built-in Lighting

    Home Depot

    Put a little glow on your outdoor dinner party. This market umbrella comes with solar-powered LED lights in the spines under the shade so you can keep the conversation going and the wine flowing late into the night.

    Solar Offset Patio Umbrella, $299, Home Depot


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    Faux Candles that are Wind-Proof

    battery operated votive candle

    The look of candles without the fuss! We love these battery-powered faux candles that give off a soft glow. They're perfect for outdoor dining as they won't get blown out by the wind or drip wax on your outdoor furniture. Leave them scattered across your patio or place them in lanterns.

    Threshold 3x4 pillar candle, $9, Target

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    The Perfect Dining Table

    West Elm

    Whether you surround it with bench seating or chairs (or both), you really can't go wrong with West Elm's 'Jardine' table. It's classic look can adapt to any outdoor setting. It doesn't come cheap, but this is one investment piece we'd highly recommend.

    'Jardine' expandable dining table, $1199, West Elm