Take the Party Outside With These Entertaining Essentials

Updated 10/23/17
EyeSwoon

Summer is synonymous with a few of our favorite things—namely the beach, ice cream, and outdoor entertaining. When it comes to the latter, there's plenty of upside to taking the party outside; not only does it provide you with tons of extra space, but it also comes with some key built-in decór (the beauty of nature or a city skyline, depending on where you live). Though hosting your soireé outside can be much easier than cramming your guests into your studio apartment, there are a few essentials that will ensure your party is perfect.

Whether it's a rooftop gathering or a picnic in the backyard, shop the best accessories for entertaining outdoors.  

Serena & Lily Riviera Bar $795
Shop

When it's hot, there's no better way to chill out than with an ice-cold beverage. Invest in a nifty bar (this one has a built-in ice bucket under the wooden flaps) to display the rosé—and keep it perfectly cool. 

Govino Dishwasher Safe Wine and Cocktail Glasses $23
Shop

Don't let broken glass put a damper on your rooftop gathering. Govino's shatterproof cocktail and wine glasses are as elegant as the real thing, and they're dishwasher safe, so you can use them over and over again.

Fresh American Braided Natural Indoor/Outdoor Pouf $238
Shop

Poufs are magical. Use this natural indoor/outdoor version as extra seating or top it with a tray to display flowers or snacks for partygoers as they mingle.

Crate and Barrel Refreshment Drink Dispenser $120
Shop

Water is always an essential at a party, but especially one under the sun. Entice your guests to stay hydrated (and save yourself from running around) by providing fruit-infused water from a self-serve beverage dispenser. 

Dash & Albert Diamond Indoor/Outdoor Rug $43
Shop

This bright area rug will instantly transform your outdoor area into an inviting space so chic it will rival your real living room. The carpet is indoor/outdoor, so you can make use of it inside when temperatures drop.

Safavieh Paradise Harmony White Ceramic Garden Stool $115
Shop

From a footrest to a tabletop, a garden stool is the most practical outdoor decor item there is, and they're super chic.

Serena & Lily Harbour Island Floor Pillow $179
Shop

Keep your guests grounded (literally) with these inviting floor pillows, which provide a comfortable seating option for an informal gathering in the yard or on the concrete floor of your rooftop. 

Joss & Main Portland Fire Pit $99
Shop

You'll instantly impress your guests with this portable fire pit—it's one way to invite everyone to gather together (and maybe even sing a song?) when the sun goes down.

Serena & Lily White Resin Party Bucket $395
Shop

This party bucket will help you play host. Put the beer and wine over ice, and let your guests serve themselves. Did we mention it's really pretty?

Williams-Sonoma Silicone Ice Sphere Molds, Set of 2 $13
Shop

No need to hire a bartender. These ice sphere molds are the coolest (pun intended) and easiest way to add a fun touch to any beverage.

Frontgate Kinsley Hurricanes $149
Shop

If you don't do anything else, let a few of these gorgeous outdoor hurricanes shine as the centerpiece for your party. They'll add instant ambiance to any space.

Serena & Lily Sag Harbor Rattan Trays (Set of 2) $695
Shop

Allow these trays to serve your partygoers so you don't have to. A beautiful wicker version brings a natural, yet elegant feel to an outdoor gathering.

What is your favorite accessory for outdoor entertaining? 

Related Stories