12 Outdoor Dining Accessories You NEED for Summer

Set your table in style for the first al fresco gathering of the season

Updated 06/01/18

Hinterhaus Productions

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!

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Juliska Splatter Spin Melamine Dessert Plate

Nordstrom

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

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Rainbow Melamine Wine Goblets

Terrain

These pastel, break-proof beauties are perfect for summery floral cocktails (and are dishwasher safe!).

SHOP NOW: Terrain, $38 for a set of five

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Napa Tritan Glassware Collection

World Market

These elegant, shatterproof glasses give a modern twist on traditional (more clunky) outdoor glassware.

SHOP NOW: World Market, $23.94-$29.94

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Tour Wine Carafe

Crate & Barrel

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

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Puglia Tablecloth

Anthropologie

Printed on a durable linen-cotton blend, this cheerful Italian seaside-inspired pattern will brighten up your outdoor table.

SHOP NOW: Anthropologie, $118

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MyDrap Dinner Napkin

Shindigz

These napkins feel like real linen, but they're actually disposable! They come on a perforated roll for easy access, and can be washed and re-used up to six times.

SHOP NOW: Shindigz, $25.49 for 12

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Bedford Tray

Serena & Lily

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

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Baguette Boards

Terrain

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

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Rope Coasters

World Market

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

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Marble Ceramic To-Go Bowls

Urban Outfitters

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

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Honeycomb Buffet with Melamine

Amanda Lindroth

This handwoven dome (which includes a melamine plate for easy serving) both keeps bugs out of food and is a pretty decorative accent for the table.

SHOP NOW: Amanda Lindroth, $100-$150

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Celebration Wine Bowl

Mark & Graham

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

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