10 Essential Products You Need for Summer Entertaining

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Summer isn't over just yet, we promise! There are still several warm weather weekends ahead, and you'll want to toast to the season with loved ones a few more before the air starts crisp.

We asked entertaining experts about their go-to products for hosting, and trust us, you won't want to miss out on these gems. Read on for some of their—and our—favorite goodies for summer hangs.

West Elm Portable Rolling Patio Cooler


West Elm

"When it comes to summer, the best place to be is outside, and one of my favorite outdoor items for entertaining is this cooler. It is on wheels, stores drinks with a double-sided opening, has a can opener attached, and comes in so many fun colors, making it both functional and fun." —Jove Meyer, founder and principal of Jove Meyer Events in Brooklyn, NY

Crate and Barrel Liv Acrylic Drink Glass

acrylic glasses

Crate & Barrel

Cute, reusable cups are good for the environment and will look chic on your patio tabletop. We love these classic acrylic glasses that are classic, yet not too precious, thanks to their durable material. And for less than $3 a pop each, they're ultra-affordable, too.

Voluspa Citronella Orange Blossom 3-Wick Candle

citronella candle


"Being a great host means ensuring your guests are ultimately comfortable indoors and out. I love these citronella candles from Voluspa because they're beautiful and smell amazing." —Sarabeth Quattlebaum, founder of Sarabeth Events in Grapevine, TX

Crate & Barrel Petal Fiber Flower-Shaped Placemat

Petal Fiber Flower-Shaped Placemat

Crate & Barrel

"No matter the occasion, a beautiful placemat and charger plate will instantly elevate any table design. I particularly love the fun detailing on these handwoven placemats. Textured placemats like these will add depth and dimension to your tablescape." —Tracy Taylor Ward, owner and creative director of Tracy Taylor Ward Design in New York City

Splash Case for the Party


Splash Mixers

"These are zero-proof cocktails in a variety of classic flavors that everyone will love—drinkers and nondrinkers alike. The bottles are so chic and are perfect for either casual or upscale gatherings. Guests can enjoy them as they are, or you can add in your liquor of choice for an easy and delicious cocktail!" —Jove Meyer

H&M Washed Linen Tablecloth

washed linen tablecloth


"The right linens can easily elevate any tablescape, especially this light and airy tablecloth. This timeless piece can be used year-round, but are particularly perfect for a warm weather environment. Pro-tip: Linen in general creases easily, so before hosting with linen tablecloths or runners, make sure to steam them (and press if possible) and lay them out a few hours before your event to let the fabric settle." —Tracy Taylor Ward

"What's a summer event without the ultimate summer playlist? Entertain your guests with the sound and bass that's second best to actually being at the concert. Our team always relies on our Sonos system when live music isn't available." —Sarabeth Quattlebaum

Hampton Bay 24-Light Indoor/Outdoor 48 ft. String Light

Hampton Bay 24-Light Indoor/Outdoor 48 ft. String Light


No summer gathering is complete without string lights. Make backyard gatherings feel a bit more romantic and elevated by hanging up a strand or two. You'll be surprised at just how much ambiance they can add.

Pottery Barn Cane Recycled Glass Pitcher

Pottery Barn Cane Recycled Glass Pitcher

Pottery Barn

"Every party needs a pitcher, and this one will bring a coastal element to your next celebration with its natural raffia detailing that screams summer. Whether your guests are sipping on cocktails or just need an ice cold beverage to help them beat the heat, this pitcher is sure to be a crowd pleaser." —Tracy Taylor Ward

Williams Sonoma Veracruz Melamine Serving Platter

Williams Sonoma Veracruz Melamine Serving Platter

Williams Sonoma

A serving tray is an essential for any host. Whether you're using it to house slices of watermelon, baked goods, or s'mores making supplies, this one will come in handy all summer long. Best of all, it's cute enough to use indoors when cooler days arrive, too.