10 Backyard Must-Haves for All Your Summer Parties

Whether you're planning a pool party, a backyard BBQ or an outdoor movie night this summer, we've got you covered. Here are our 10 fave outdoor must-haves for you and your family.

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July 07, 2018

Game On

If you've never played croquet before, what are you waiting for? This colorful set is the perfect choice to get you started this summer. For those of you who have a larger yard, set up your own croquet field, channel your inner Alice in Wonderland, and invite all your pals to play before you kick off your next get-together. BUY IT: Amazon, $44.95

'Round and 'Round We Go

Prediction: Once you try a round towel, you'll never want to go back to a boring, ole rectangular one again. This stylish large towel is a must-have for backyard picnics, to create a space for the kiddos to spread out and play, or even as a great option for laying out by the pool. After your backyard party, you can pack it up and leave it in the car for your next trip to the beach. BUY IT: Ban.do, $68

Get Juicy

Skip the drink dispenser at your next party and use a fresh watermelon instead! With this easy kit you can turn any watermelon into a lemonade, cocktail or mocktail dispenser for your guests. You can also cube up the leftover watermelon to make some yummy watermelon and feta skewers to serve to your crew. BUY IT: Sur la Table, $19.95

Light the Way

These sexy mid-mod wooden lanterns would look fab at an evening or nighttime outdoor soiree. Try using several in varying sizes as a centerpiece on your dining table, or spread them throughout your outdoor space as mood lighting. If you're anxious about using real candles in the lanterns, flameless candles with LED flames are a safe, long-lasting option. BUY IT: West Elm, $20 - $90

Twinkly, Sparkly? Yes, Pls

As far as we're concerned, there's no backyard out there that won't look instantly way more magical with some stylish string lights like these. We love the vintage Edison-style bulbs, and they can be hung almost anywhere: between trees, around your firepit, on a gazebo, or over a dining pergola. We love them so darn much, we would recommend hanging them in ALL those spots. BUY IT: CB2, $39.95

Wet, Hot American Summer

If you love entertaining alfresco but want to beat the heat, this misting fan is right up your alley. Just attach the fan directly to a garden hose, and adjust the height depending on where you'd like to place it. If you have a larger group, try several fans to make sure everyone stays cool as a cucumber. BUY IT: Frontgate, $199

Popsicle Pool Float

If you're lucky enough to have a pool, starting a collection of fun outdoor floats is a great way to kick off the start of summer. This colorful popsicle pool float is sure to be a favorite of both kiddos and adults alike. Fill up your pool with a few of these babies, then serve some homemade popsicles at your party to keep up the theme. BUY IT: Hayneedle, $17.18

Bring Your Own Popcorn

If you have the space, creating your own outdoor movie theater is a super fun summer task to add to your to-do list. This 92" portable movie screen is big enough for a crowd, but also easy to set-up and take down. Pair it with a mini projector, outdoor speakers and some yummy movie snacks, and your guests might not ever want to go back to a movie theater again. BUY IT: Amazon, $114.83


If your backyard is crying out for some plant love, use these planters to create your own DIY plant wall. Make things easy for yourself and fill the planters with low-maintenance succulents, or plant them with colorful flowers to bring some vibrancy into your backyard space. BUY IT: Pottery Barn, $29.50

Warm + Cozy Nights

If summer nights in your area can be chilly, a fab, portable fire pit is another must-have you should add to your summer list, pronto. Create an outdoor gathering spot by surrounding it with Adirondack chairs, outfitted with cozy pillows and throws. Bring out s'mores supplies and your guests will be happy hanging out by the fire for hours. BUY IT: Hayneedle, $251.98

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