28 Must-Have Products for Outdoor Entertaining This Summer

From coolers for your drinks to fun games, these are all of the products you'll need for the best outdoor parties ever.

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June 09, 2023

The easy, relaxing days of summer aren’t so easy and relaxing when you’re planning a summer get-together. Of course, you want your guests to feel like things were effortless on your part, and you also want to ensure that they have the best time while they’re filling up on hot dogs and burgers long into the night. Enter the must-haves of summer entertaining. Now, you probably have all of the basics, like melamine dinner plates and citronella candles. But there are other products you can purchase that will take things up a notch. The first are things that will help make preparing for your event super simple: from perfectly blended grill spices to ice mats that keep your shrimp cocktail or guacamole cold, these will make your party require little to no planning ahead. Then, there are the fun add-ons once your guests arrive. From a splash mat to drink stakes that allow your guests to keep their beer close while they’re playing a round of cornhole, this will keep your friends and family asking, “When’s the next one?” before the party even ends.

To Prep

Make party prep easy with things like collapsible marinating trays to make sure your proteins are flavorful, a kit that makes quick work of smashing burgers on the grill and an outdoor fan to keep guests cool on the hottest of days.

$129.99 $104.99

Summer parties come with summer heat, which is why this outdoor fan from Lasko is a must-have for your patio or deck. It's made to work outside, is UV- and weather-resistant and has four speeds.

$199

This stainless steel prep table has wheels with locking casters that allow you to bring food in and out of the house and then prep right outside by your grill. It has a trash bag holder, a storage shelf and a paper towel holder, too.

To Party

When the party starts, guests will love smart touches like a condiment holder for burger toppings — and will be extra excited about things like an inflatable above-ground pool and fun party games like cornhole.

$99.99

Fire pits are a must-have for any summer get-together, but if you're looking to step up the party atmosphere even more, add this tabletop option to your patio, too. It has a two-foot range, is easy to light and works with pellets or wood. It's a perfect option for those who want to stay on the patio but still get the cozy ambiance.

$29.99

The must-have summer game of 2023 is definitely Twister Splash, which is exactly what it sounds like — Twister with the added fun of a splash mat. It's great for kids (or adults who have imbibed in a few punch servings!) and will make a memorable addition to an outdoor party.

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