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. Whether you take your party to the beach, meet up at the park, or invite everyone over to hang around the backyard, summer parties are all about sun and fun. To get you started, here are my picks for 7 summertime party essentials!
1. 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.
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Related: 17 tips for hosting a summer picnic
2. 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!
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3. 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!
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4. Nautical Serving Trays
A collection of pretty platters in fun nautical or summery patterns is the only way to serve up the goods as they come off the grill. I love the modern fish illustrations on these.
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5. Tiered Picnic Basket
Perfect for holding condiments, napkins and more, a galvanized tiered picnic basket is a summer party mainstay.
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6. Outdoor Lighting
No backyard bash is complete without a little mood lighting! I love these vintage-inspired string lights in cool, watery colors.
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Related: 12 tips to get your home ready for summer
7. Lobster Bibs
Is there anything more classic summer than a good ol' fashioned seafood boil? Help guests stay tidy with these adorable lobster bibs!
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- By Cyd Converse
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