Original Illustration by Stephanie DeAngelis
We're all about the last-minute gatherings at the moment, and Urban Outfitters’ epic home sale is enough to have us already inviting over all the neighbors. One-stop shopping is a dream realized when it comes to turnkey hosting. To make things off-the-charts simple for your next summer soirée, we’ve assembled a rundown of the usual entertainment suspects along with some imaginative flourishes to kick things into full swing.
Sunshine and good times practically beg for an impromptu block party. To execute an effortless undertaking in style, you’ll need a bevy of festive provisions. As luck would have it, everything we could possibly recommend is currently an additional 25% off. The discounts end Tuesday, so get in on the action while it lasts. There’s nothing like a ticking clock to inspire.
This easy, portable grill is the perfect tailgating companion for taking it to the streets.
Patio string lights are always the belle of the ball. Buy a few varieties, and be generous with your distribution.
Nothing says your patio or mine? like splurging on elevated and artful deck décor. Cultivate your outdoor space with handsome new additions.
String up multiple dyed tapestries to create multiple lounge areas within your pad or add a splash of easy color.
Everything sounds better on vinyl. A portable turntable is a must.
Although the red balloon is the international symbol for party over here, we're thinking shark marks the spot is apropos for summer shindigs. Send up a rendezvous point flare via a kite.
Fresh vinyl is our favorite go-to affordable hostess gift. Pick up a record for your generous entertainer en route to the fiesta.
Simple punch bowl recipes for bulk batch cocktails make last-minute summer entertaining too easy. Eliminate the stress and hassle of bartending your own gathering, and whip up mixed drinks en masse ahead of time.
Every partygoer appreciates festive shot glasses. These stackable tiki totem editions double as tabletop décor.
Keep your bar snack spread illuminated in style by popping strong lights underneath a colored glass cloche.
A petit strobe light never hurt anybody. Turn it on when you want to level up the vibe.
The everlasting charm of candid party polaroids will forever outlast, outwit, and outplay an iPhone Instagram shot. Go analog. If you're throwing a dinner party, leave a camera, and a few rolls of film on each table for guests to self-document the good times.
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