Outdoor Entertaining Accessories

Before you throw that backyard bash this summer, make sure to stock up on these fun and functional outdoor entertaining accessories.

By: Briana Mowrey

Photo By: Courtesy of Society Social

Photo By: Courtesy of Fermob

Chairs to Spare

Extra seating is a party essential. These cute folding chairs help accommodate everyone while adding color to the space. And when the blowout is over, just collapse and store until your next event. Image by Courtney Apple, courtesy of Society Social. Styling by Styled Creative

All-Purpose Stool

Sure, you could buy a table, a seat, an ottoman and a plant stand for your party, but why would you when one durable stool can do the job of all four? Design by Brian Patrick Flynn

Cocktail Cart

Don't tote heavy trays of drinks all over the yard! This bar cart has wheels, so serving is a snap. (You can also park it in a central location if you prefer guests help themselves.) Image by Courtney Apple, courtesy of Society Social. Styling by Styled Creative.

Cool Pool Caddy

If partygoers will be swimming, another smart use for a bar cart is a makeshift pool caddy. Fill the cart with sunscreen, bottled water, goggles and towels, then place it next to the pool for easy access. Image courtesy of Fermob

Folding Tray Table

A tray table used indoors for TV dinners becomes a stationary bar for outdoor parties. How's that for multitasking? Design by John Gidding

Indispensable Dispenser

Glass drink dispensers are a lifesaver for busy hosts and hostesses. Mix a batch of iced tea, lemonade or punch before the party, let guests serve themselves and mingle the night away. Jars as glasses strike the perfect casual chic note. Design by Kim Stoegbauer. Photography by Laura Winslow Photography

Multitasking Mason Jars

In addition to being adorable vessels for summery drinks, Mason jars can also be used to hold utensils, straws or votive candles, as shown here. Design by Layla Palmer

Romantic Lanterns

Keep your soiree swinging after sundown, and go for a glow. These hanging outdoor lanterns add light, as well as a romantic ambiance. Image courtesy of Laurie Bell

Mood-Setting String Lights

Don't want to spring for outdoor-specific lanterns? String lights can provide plenty of party flair. Drape them against a fence, curl them around a balcony or hang them under table umbrellas and in trees. Image courtesy of Oxford Garden

Buckets for Beverages

What's cooler than a cooler? A galvanized metal bucket, of course. Fill one with ice and bottles of your favorite brews or sodas. Another party perk? It's easy to see when supplies are dwindling, so you can stay on top of restocking duties. Image by Courtney Apple, courtesy of Society Social. Styling by Styled Creative

Soft Cushions, Shade and Speakers

All-weather umbrellas and soft cushions offer a chance to lounge in the shade or bask in the sun. And the portable speaker dock keeps the tunes going. You can even let guests attach their own MP3 player or smartphone for a chance to DJ. Image courtesy of Laurie Bell

Weather-Resistant Curtains

Weather-resistant curtains block bright light and help define the space around a porch. They also help shield your party guests from the prying eyes of neighbors — bonus! Design by Brian Patrick Flynn

Tough Tables and Chairs

If you like entertaining at a moment's notice, you may want furniture you can leave outside, but be sure to choose pieces that can withstand the elements. This purple table and chair set looks delicate, but don't let looks fool you. It's been given a high-protection treatment for outdoor use and has an anti-UV powder coating to ensure it lasts longer than a summer fling. Image courtesy of Fermob

Games Galore

Everyone loves lawn games and backyard diversions! Challenge family and friends to classics like badminton, croquet, volleyball, bocce and lawn bowling. You'll have fun and work up an appetite for party food in no time. Image courtesy of Pottery Barn

Wet and Wild Supplies

If it's a scorcher, tell guests to bring their bathing suits and cool down with a garden hose, sprinkler, water balloons or squirt guns. (Just don't forget to have plenty of towels on hand, too.) Image courtesy of Fermob