After slogging through a long winter, you’ve earned a summer of maximizing every minute in the warm sunshine or under a starry sky. Look to the great outdoors for your perfect party spot — whether you want to watch fireworks; dine in your yard, at the beach or in the park; or even camp out in the woods. Here are finds both practical and portable to bring the party wherever you go.
Handle drippy watermelon slices and ketchup-squirting burgers with this roll of 12 striped cotton napkins. Simply tear off the napkins and toss them after your party — or wash and reuse them up to six times.
What’s a party without some tunes? It’s just 4 inches in diameter, but this bright yellow Bluetooth speaker brings music to the masses with its 33-foot range. Just recharge it with a USB cable and it’ll be ready for the next party.
As friends arrive for your picnic, it’ll be a cinch to spot you in a grassy green meadow or sandy beach if you take along this red outdoor pillow. The playful polka dot pattern will instantly brighten the party scene.
Mason jars feel right for outdoor parties. This charming, BPA-free acrylic mason jar sipper is spill proof, thanks to the cherry red top and reusable straw. Fill it with your favorite beverage and start sipping.
Most portable chairs have you sitting like you’re in a lowrider, but this one props you up 30 inches high, so you feel like you’re in a real chair. Fold it up and take it to the game, an outdoor concert or your favorite hill to watch the sun set.
A bright pop of red makes this parasol style patio umbrella a pretty way to create some shade while picnicking or reading at the beach. Crafted from oiled cotton and wood, it’s a fashionable choice for summer.
Take this compact wood and charcoal-burning grill along and you’ll be able enjoy a real meal on the go. Grill a steak on the chrome-coated cooking grid or place a griddle on top to make some morning pancakes.
No need to lug a drawer full of utensils on your next trip. This five-in-one stainless barbecue tool is a champ at multitasking: It’s a spatula, a fork, tongs and a tweezer, and it makes it easy to release a piece of fish or meat from the fork.
When you’re picnicking away from the convenience of your patio, you’ll want a lightweight foldable table to keep food away from the ants. This American hardwood table has a pale, beachy finish, and it’s easy to take along.
That hot midday summer sun can melt away the party fun, so bring along your own shade. This striped fabric canopy casts 50 square feet of shade and is easy to tote along, since it weighs just 20 pounds.
Pull out a chair for an unexpected guest or two with this set of four sturdy wood folding chairs. If you’re looking for a pop of color, tie on a cushion or spray paint these affordable chairs the color of your choice.
The printed numbers on this set of three tin metal buckets give them an antique chic appeal. While they’re not food- or water-safe, these country buckets are perfect for icing down drinks or holding pool towels and toys.
Set out an array of condiments for just-off-the-grill burgers. Let the kids write the names of the sauces and condiments on the chalkboard labels, and suddenly a simple barbecue feels like a special night.
Break out the marshmallows! This 28-inch round stainless fire bowl makes it safe to start a fire, thanks to its enamel cooking grate and spark screen. After the s’mores are gone, it’s easy to stow it away.
A sophisticated outdoor dining experience is almost assured with this classic woven willow picnic basket. It’s stocked with service for four, including handblown wineglasses, a wine chiller, cutting board, plates and a tartan picnic blanket.
Cross “Pick up ice” off your party prep list for good. Just plug this ice maker in and add water, and it will crank out a dozen ice cubes in 10 minutes. Keep drinks cool with 2 pounds of ice every hour (35 pounds in 24 hours).
Unleash your inner mixologist by using this teak tray and stand as a bar. The 20-inch by 14-inch tray has room enough for glassware, ice and bottles. After the party, fold it up and store it for the next time.
Just slide this hardwood folding stool over your arm, and you’ll have a seat anywhere. The nylon and wood construction makes it a reliable perch at summer picnics, concert tailgates or beach outings or just in the yard.
The vibrant blueberry color of this waterproof cotton patio umbrella makes it a standout. The 7-foot pole is made of oak hardwood, so you won’t worry about summer breezes bringing down your party shade.
From the beach to the backyard, this seaside blue Crosley radio lets you listen to your favorite station. And that’s not all: Play your iPod through the speakers or use the alarm clock feature, so you don’t miss a thing on your vacation itinerary.
Beer lovers, rejoice: You can take your own pub pretty much anywhere, thanks to this portable suds dispenser that holds two mini kegs. Chill mugs on the glass shelf, then use the draught-style handle for a professional pour.
If you love to entertain, you can never have too many seats. This steel folding chair channels the design of an old school gymnasium chair, but it’s updated in a modern polished white finish. Pull up a chair!
Bring a big batch of chili or creamed corn to the family potluck, thanks to this 6-quart pot that’s perfect for transport. It’s made of commercial-grade carbon steel and coated with a nonstick finish for easy cleanup.
A set of matching baskets all in a row creates a sense of order, even if you’re tailgating. This trio of braided grass trays makes it easy to display dishes, bottles and second helpings of corn on the cob.
It may be petite — just 20 inches square — but this folding teak table is mighty strong, thanks to reinforcements under the slats. And you can rest easy knowing this sturdy table will last through years of outdoor entertaining.
Plan the perfect outing for two with this smart willow picnic basket. It’s outfitted with everything a couple needs for a romantic date at the park, including wineglasses, porcelain plates, a corkscrew and matching napkins.