Fabulous Finds: 10 Fun Entertaining Essentials for Summer Parties

From refreshing cocktails on the deck to firing up hamburgers on the grill, there’s no place like home when it comes to Summer entertaining. To help add a (tropical) punch to your Summer party plans, today’s edition of “Fabulous Finds” features 10 fun entertaining essentials for Summer parties.

On those warm, balmy evenings, there’s no better time to gather with friends and family in your backyard garden or outdoor patio for a festive dinner party.

10 Fun Entertaining Essentials for Summer Parties

From easy entertaining essentials (like acrylic beverage pitchers and galvanized metal tiered stands) to must-have pieces (like a large firepit) that turn the heat up on your Summer party, here are 10 fabulous finds that will make your Summer party a hit this season.

1. Enamel Wood Snack Bowls: Handcrafted by piecing together two sections of wood, each of these colorful bowls has an artisanal look and feel. An enameled rim adds a colorful and playful finish. They’re ideal for serving everything from bar snacks and appetizers to cookies and popcorn.

2. Melamine Snack Bowls: This all-melamine collection lets you dine outdoors all summer long. In a mix of bright colors with a medallion pattern, these festive snack bowl bears the beautiful appearance of hand-painted and -glazed Italian country ceramics, but is completely unbreakable.

3. Acrylic Beverage Pitcher: With its classic shape and glass-like appearance, this unbreakable drink pitcher also makes an attractive flower vase.

4. Serving Platter: With eye-catching patterns and colors, it’s fun to mix and match this cheerful serving platter with other tableware. This exotic-looking platter is crafted using a combination of sponge and hand painting techniques.

5. Chip & Dip Platter: Made of stoneware with a glazed finish, this sectioned platter has a rustic, aged feel. To achieve its beautiful vintage look, the platter was gently distressed.

6. Galvanized Metal Tray: With their traditional riveted construction and utilitarian origin, this handcrafted galvanized steel tray is perfect for entertaining outdoors.

7. Set of Chalkboard Cheese Markers: Jot down cheese selections on these handsome wood markers designed by Carter McGuyer. Signpost-shaped markers stick into cheeses and have a rectangle of chalkboard for labeling with our soapstone chalk (sold separately).

8. Galvanized Metal Tiered Stand: Recognized for its rustic character as much as its function, galvanized iron has visible crystallites on the surface that create a distinctive aesthetic appeal. Perfect for casual entertainment indoors or out, this tiered stand presents your favorite beverages, condiments and tabletop accessories with style.

9. Brass Tealight Centerpiece: A sculptural scaffold of beautiful brass elevates candlelight in a modern, linear centerpiece. Holding five clear glass chimneys aloft, the design works with all kinds of decorative schemes. Straight-line design is a natural for the dining table as well as a shelf, console table or fireplace mantel.

10. Large Firepit: Architectural firepit adds a modern edge to the traditional iron firepit, suspending a round bowl from an open, square frame, all with a smart black, heat-resistant finish. Mesh lid keeps sparks contained, and bowl’s interior is hammered to minimize the look of log dents over time. Plus, a removable grate and stand make for easy cleaning.

How do you plan on entertaining at home this Summer? What entertaining essentials do you use for parties?

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