Pretty Parties: Summer Entertaining Essentials

Now that the holiday weekend has come and gone, marking the unofficial start to summer, I’m all about summer parties! Entertaining a crowd with a grill full of yummy food, crisp cocktails, and s’mores roasted over a campfire is basically my favorite thing to do. Take it to the beach, meet up at the park, or invite everyone over to hang around the backyard. Either way, summer parties are all about sun and fun. To get you started, here are my picks for summer entertaining essentials!

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  • Bucket Grill 1 of 10
    Bucket Grill
    Grilling is an All-American summer tradition. The bright blue color of this little bucket grill is really fun and the petite size makes it perfect for parties on the go.
    Snatch it up at West Elm, $29.99.
  • Campfire Set 2 of 10
    Campfire Set
    Every host or hostess needs the ultimate campfire set for roasting hot dogs and marshmallows at a moment's notice. It's perfect for the campground, too!
    Get it at Target, $49.99.
  • Drink Dispenser 3 of 10
    Drink Dispenser
    A drink dispenser is perfect for keeping water, lemonade or cocktails chilled and ready to go. I love the stripes on this one!
    Available at World Market, $29.99.
  • Nautical Serving Trays 4 of 10
    Nautical Serving Trays
    A collection of pretty platters in fun nautical or summery patterns are the only way to serve up the goods as they come off the grill. I love the modern fish illustrations of these.
    Get yours at West Elm, $9.99 $24.99.
  • Tiered Picnic Basket 5 of 10
    Tiered Picnic Basket
    Perfect for holding condiments, napkins and more, a galvanized tiered picnic basket is a summer party mainstay.
    Find it at Terrain, $36.00.
  • Outdoor Lighting 6 of 10
    Outdoor Lighting
    No backyard bash is complete without a little mood lighting! I love these vintage-inspired string lights in cool watery colors.
    Find these at World Market, $16.99
  • Lobster Bibs 7 of 10
    Lobster Bibs
    Is there anything more classic summer than a good ol' fashioned seafood boil? Help guests stay tidy with these adorable lobster bibs!
    Available from Crate & Barrel, $2.99 for set of four.
  • Frosty Mugs 8 of 10
    Frosty Mugs
    Hot temperatures call for frosty mugs to help keep beverages nice and chilly! Made from shatter-resistant plastic, these ones are especially perfect for outdoor gatherings.
    Get them at Pottery Barn, $49.50 for set of four.
  • Fun BBQ Plates 9 of 10
    Fun BBQ Plates
    Oversized with handles, these awesome plates are perfect for serving up sloppy burgers and potato salad!
    Nab them up at Pottery Barn, $49.50 for set of four.
  • Fire Pit 10 of 10
    Fire Pit
    Of course, no party is complete without the requisite campfire to wind down the evening. Pretty fire pit absolutely required.
    Find this one at World Market, $199.99.

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