20 Fab Finds to Get Your Patio Ready to Party

Company’s coming! These savvy shoppables will help you party like a pro — alfresco.

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May 21, 2018

Photo By: Sarah Busby; Styling by H. Camille Smith

Photo By: Sarah Busby

Photo By: Sarah Busby; Styling by H. Camille Smith

Set the Scene

Ensure your party guests want to sit a spell with these Chinese Chippendale-style beauties that give any backyard setting a sophisticated bistro feel. Durably constructed from galvanized steel with a powdercoated finish, the all-weather-ready chairs are available in three shades from timeless black or white to playful hot pink. BUY IT: Grandin Road, $249-$299

Fresh From the Tap

Up your beverage game with this reusable kit that turns a fresh watermelon into a colorful keg. The kit includes a 2-in-1 scoop and coring tool, complete instrucions and even a recipe. Fill the dispenser with your favorite cocktail, mocktail, punch or lemonade and let your guests help themselves. BUY IT: Sur la Table, $19.95

Cast Some Shade

Help your guests keep their cool — even on the hottest of days — with this overarching umbrella that's large enough to shade the entire table without a central pole taking up valuable real estate. Featuring proprietary German engineering, the umbrella's canopy can angle and rotate (up to 360 degrees) to ensure maximum sun protection. BUY IT: Frontgate, $1,499

Add a Tropical Twist

Take your tabletop from everyday to vacay with this custom-printed runner. At a generous 90" long, the trendy palm-patterned fabric will add a tropical twist to dining tables that seat up to eight while the easy-care fabric is machine washable and designed to never fade. BUY IT: Deny Designs, $59

Belly Up to the Bar

Durable, resin wicker construction and a streamlined shape make this bar cart as timeless as the perfectly mixed martini. Pivoting casters ensure you can move the party around the patio while the top and bottom shelves offer up storage space for glassware, mixers and, of course, your favorite spirits. BUY IT: Pier 1, $279.95

Party-Proof Your Plates

With a totally on-trend handmade look and beachy blue color palette, this serveware certainly looks fancy enough for an elegant soiree — and it is. But (surprise!) from the platter to the dessert bowl, every item in this set is made from durable, dishwasher-safe melamine. So you and your guests can enjoy the festivities without worrying about damaging the dishes. BUY IT: Amazon, $41.48 for a set of 4

Cue the Ambiance

Give your backyard a charming bistro feel with strands of light that'll cast a soft glow over the gathering and keep your party going well into the night. This heavy-duty set has UL wet-location-approval and can accomodate up to 1440 watts so you can connect together up to five strands for a canopy effect. BUY IT: Home Depot, $49.98

Gather 'Round a Game

Every party could use a little ice breaker. Get guests mixing and mingling or keep the fun going with a lawn game, like these fun jumbo dice that are handmade by a Minnesota woodworker who creates the numbered sides with a hot iron brand. BUY IT: Uncommon Goods, $50

Sip Without Worry

Serve your signature summer cocktail, chilled wine or iced tea in this acrylic stemware that looks like pricey glassware. Available in coral (shown here), turquoise, lavender and green, these shatter-proof all-stars make summer sippin' easy. BUY IT: Pier 1 Imports, $6.95 and up

Forget Plastic Utensils

Made from certified organic bamboo, these eco-friendly utensils will take your alfresco tablesetting up a notch. Best of all, not only are they sturdier than flimsy plastic utensils, they're also biodegradable and compostable for the Mother Nature stamp of approval. BUY IT: Amazon, $12

Add Some Flowers

Based on a hand-painted watercolor by artist April Cornell and hand-screened onto 100-percent cotton, this tablecloth is beautifully in bloom with a riot of pink peonies. BUY IT: April Cornell, $79 and up

Space-Saving Server

Maximize your serving space by loading up this farmhouse-style favorite with savories or sweets so guests can help themselves. Made from three 12" galvanized iron plates, this rustic server has a small footprint but is big on rustic charm. BUY IT: Crate & Barrel, $49.95

Crank Up the Tunes

Everyone knows that music is key to setting a party's mood. Also key: A speaker that looks as good as it sounds. This model pairs high-tech, crystal-clear sound with retro good looks in a portable bluetooth speaker that's hand-crafted in the U.S. BUY IT: Amazon, $58.87

Have Fun With Your Food

Durable, shatter-resistant materials and a playful design make these dishes your outdoor entertaining go-to. Non-toxic, BPA-free melamine ensures they’re kid-friendly while the fun phrase is perfect to use as an accent on a snack table or fill the dishes with colorful treats for an eye-catching, edible centerpiece. BUY IT: Amazon, $19.97

Grill Like a Great

Fire up the grill and treat your guests to perfectly cooked kabobs with these handy baskets that ensure even cooking while eliminating the need for a skewer, making them safer for kids. BUY IT: Uncommon Goods, $16.99 for 4

Bring the Indoors, Out

Whether you're bringing out your morning toast and coffee or cocktails and appetizers for a crowd, a serving tray makes transporting drinks and food outdoors a cinch. This textured tray is crafted from bangkuang, a sustainable Asian water hyacinth, that's braided together, complete with handles. BUY IT: Crate & Barrel, $39.95

An Extra Surface in a Snap

Provide additional space for serving snacks or sips in a pinch with this stylish all-weather table that folds flat for easy storage between get-togethers. Availabe in six colors so they're sure to coordinate with your decor. BUY IT: Grandin Road, $109

Serve Up a Big Batch

Inspired by vintage "Blendo" barware from the '50s and '60s, this modern take features the original’s signature watery color treatment, glass construction (the color gradation is part of the glass) and gold accents while the dispenser’s large 2-gallon size makes it easy to stylishly serve up pre-mixed cocktails or ice-cold lemonade to a thirsty crowd. BUY IT: Amazon, $47.56

Add Some Softness Underfoot

Outdoor rugs bring a layer of indoor comfort to your alfresco spaces but they haven't always been the most fashionable. Enter these beauties that look like trendy global-inspired textiles but, featuring durable olefin construction in a flat-weave profile, they're super low-maintenance — just rinse off with a garden hose and allow to dry. BUY IT: Grandin Road, $69 and up

Light Up the Night

Don't let the setting of the sun signal an end to your fun. Relax into the evening with lanterns that take your get-together from day to night. The amber-colored LED gives off the warm glow of candlelight without dealing with messy wax. And the best part? The lantern is solar powered so no need to have an outlet close by. BUY IT: Amazon, $18.73

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