Summer is almost here! We can barely contain our excitement. It's time to break out the rosé, bring out the grill, and generally kick back and chill for the next three months (if only). One of the first things we get excited about this time of year is setting a gorgeous table, complete with lightweight linens, pretty trays and glassware. Have a killer backyard you want to take advantage of, but need help with the setup? No problem!
First, think about the vibe you want to set in your outdoor space. This may be a good opportunity to try out a style that you admire but may not be your go-to. Is the rest of your decor more on the minimal side but you're digging the laid-back boho vibe at that cool Tulum hotel you went to this past winter? Add some of it to your outdoor look, whether it's the dinner table or the lounge area.
Because you're schlepping things from the kitchen to outdoors, you'll want some things that are durable, which means break-proof materials like melamine and acrylic are a must. It's also helpful to have a couple large trays on hand to transport both food and beverages to guests without too much back and forth. While disposable items can help minimize cleanup, it's good to invest in durable pieces that you'll use all summer long (why waste if you can avoid it?). Whether it's a laid back BBQ with your besties or a more formal wine and cheese party, you'll need a few extras to dress up the table.
Here are 12 summertime backyard must-have items you should grab ASAP!
Juliska Splatter Spin Melamine Dessert Plate
Art enthusiasts will love these abstract expressionist-inspired plates, which are made of a hardy melamine material that won't scratch or crack.
SHOP NOW: Nordstrom, $16
Napa Tritan Glassware Collection
These elegant, shatterproof glasses give a modern twist on traditional (more clunky) outdoor glassware.
SHOP NOW: World Market, $23.94-$29.94
Tour Wine Carafe
Your guests won't believe that instead of crystal, this sleek, weighty carafe is actually made of scratch and break-resistant Tritan.
SHOP NOW: Crate & Barrel, $99.95
Printed on a durable linen-cotton blend, this cheerful Italian seaside-inspired pattern will brighten up your outdoor table.
SHOP NOW: Anthropologie, $118
This caned tray looks delicate, but is sturdy enough to cart all the glassware, linens, and snacks you need for the party.
SHOP NOW: Serena & Lily, $148
These versatile, hand carved dishes can be used for serving everything from sliced bread and crackers to savory bites like olives, cheeses, or nuts.
SHOP NOW: Terrain, $78-178
Give your summer shindig a nautical twist (and keep surfaces water-stain free) with these natural cotton-rope coasters.
SHOP NOW: World Market, $9.99 for four
Marble Ceramic To-Go Bowls
These muted stoneware bowls are perfect for serving chips, side dishes and fruit. The matching lids makes easy for easy clean up and leftover storage.
SHOP NOW: Urban Outfitters, $39 for set of 3
Celebration Wine Bowl
Stock your chilled drinks in this generous footed bowl which can be personalized with a monogram (choose from 4 different styles!).
SHOP NOW: Mark & Graham, $149