Ah, yes, finally the longer (and warmer) days are officially here. If there's one thing we love more than hot, humid summer nights, it's dining out among them. Who doesn't love an impromptu dinner party with friends sipping on crisp white wine as you watch the rosè-infused sunset fill the sky? It's definitely our idea of bliss. If this sounds like you too, then it's time to prep your outdoor entertaining arsenal.
When it comes to elevated basics and chic outdoor (and indoor) essentials with an affordable price tag, there's one place we always turn: CB2. So to get you summer dinner party–ready, we curated a shopping list that has everything you need to host a next-level evening. We guarantee your next soirée will be the holy grail of #entertaininggoals. Shopping cart at the ready.
We're sure you'll have plenty of snacks and treats for your friends to nibble, so present them on a stylish summer-themed server. We love the longboard shape.
Nothing beats summer nights with wine and cheese. These marble platters are super cute and easy to clean too. Bonus.
Add a hint of color with this soft pink plate. It's great for individual servings or used as a platter for olives and crudités on the table.
Want to serve up something truly special? Make sure it can be seen clearly in this stunning glass dish. We can imagine chocolate-dipped strawberries in here or something decadent that deserves such a prized visual display.
CB2 has some of the best plates on offer. Stylish and cheap—a perfect combination.
We love a minimal palette, and this pastel blue plate slots perfectly in among our white, black, and charcoal gray shades. It's the perfect pop of color for summer.
Add a hint of metallic with these hip silver glasses. They're great for any liquid, from alcoholic to non.
Can you believe these are plastic? The faceted design is super cool and a great option for those of us entertaining with kids.
If the idea of using glass outdoors makes you nervous, opt for these chic stemless wine glasses made from high-quality shatterproof plastic. We promise they're nice to drink out of too.
Nothing beats seeing your wine in a beautiful glass decanter on the table. Oh, wait, serving it from a decanter definitely beats that. It's the ultimate hostess accessory.
The minimal design of this pitcher has subtle Scandinavian vibes, and we're in love.
Summer calls for infused water and this epic dispenser is the perfect place to put it on display. Just imagine how pretty that cucumber, lemon, and mint water will look in this?
Keep your wine crisp in this stunning natural acacia ice bucket. This one deserves to be on display.
Line up the nuts, olives, and nibbles on this cool server.
A place for crackers and dip never looked so good.
Serve up dessert in this cute mini bowls or use them for other snacks on the table.
Summer is all about salads, and this is how they should be served.
Make sure you have two bowls for salad so there's enough to go around. We love the textural combination of the wood with the concrete.
Salad servers don't have to be simple. Case in point this treck horn set.
Salt and pepper shakers are a tabletop essential, so make sure they look the part. These gold-brushed beauties are the perfect complement to your dinner setting.
Nothing beats the natural hue of indigo. These striped napkins add a chic Cali-cool touch.
Since your fridge will be fairly full housing all the delicious food you've prepared, be sure to keep a beverage tub handy filled with ice for all the drinks. This one is super stylish and will stay cool in the heat.
Outdoor furniture, such as wire chairs or stools, can be uncomfortable, so ramp up the coziness with some throw pillows.
This lumbar style is great for adding extra padding to an outdoor lounge or dining chairs.
Account for unexpected guests with some spare floor seating. These jute cushions combine style and comfort.
Even with the longer days, eventually night will fall and that's when these handy rattan lanterns come into play. They're so stylish and omit a warm glow into the evening.
String lights are perfect for outdoor dining. We love the fairytale look they bring to any exterior setting.
What's your outdoor party essential? Are we missing anything? Let us know below.