The outdoor entertaining season is upon us. That means long, lazy afternoons spent hanging out in your yard, on the beach or in your favorite park. It also means sipping on something cold, finding some shade, eating uncomplicated meals and generally taking a break from the world a little more often. Here, we’ve gathered some of our favorite items to help you enjoy the outdoors as much as possible....
The outdoor entertaining season is upon us. That means long, lazy afternoons spent hanging out in your yard, on the beach or in your favorite park. It also means sipping on something cold, finding some shade, eating uncomplicated meals and generally taking a break from the world a little more often. Here, we’ve gathered some of our favorite items to help you enjoy the outdoors as much as possible.
Pagoda Wood Umbrella
Add backyard shade and style at the same time with a 9-foot Pagoda Wood Umbrella. The colorfast umbrella features a water-repellent canopy, pulley design for easy opening, and its own storage tote. Available in multiple colors and patterns. From $199.95 at pier1.com and Pier One stores.
Keep your glasses and bottle upright on even the roughest terrain with Tovolo’s SteadySticks. Available for both bottles and glasses, the stainless steel lawn stakes are food safe and dishwasher safe. From $12 at multiple retailers, including amazon.com. Visit tovolo.com for more information.
Party City giant beach ball
Why settle for a regular beach ball when you can have a giant ball of fun instead? This 4-foot rainbow beach ball brings your beach party to a whole new level. $14.99 at partycity.com
Bear ice shaver
This adorable bear ice shaver, available in three colors, has been an icon in Japan since 1976. Just fill with water, freeze and the manual snow cone shaver moves its eyes from side to side as it delivers freshly shaved ice. $78 at store.moma.org
Fouta beach towels
Give your guests a lux place to lounge with fouta beach towels from Crane and Canopy. The 100 percent cotton towels are quick drying and feature smooth cotton on one side and looped terry on the other. Both bath towels and bath sheets have loops for hanging. Available in multiple colors. Bath towels and bath sheets, $22 to $34 at craneandcanopy.com
Bottle String Light
Turn any wine bottle into a lantern with this USB-chargeable Bottle String Light. The 37.5-inch string of 10 LED lights charges in any USB port. About $20 at suck.uk.com
Sommar 2017 Chaise
Have seat, will travel. This Sommar 2017 Chaise, available in yellow and green, folds to fit in its travel bag, and is made from hand-washable polyester. $19.99 at ikea.com and at Ikea stores
Hawaiian Thatch Umbrella Cover
No cash for a Hawaiian vacation? Turn your backyard into a tropical paradise with this Hawaiian Thatch Umbrella Cover. The plastic cover is 9 feet in diameter and drapes to fit most umbrellas. Plus it’s trimmable, reusable, and folds neatly away at the end of the season. $34.99 at partycity.com
Stay out past your bedtime with these cheerful Threshold lights on your patio. The pretty outdoor lights are shaped like lanterns and feature decorative metal cages. Each electrically powered set is 9.5 feet long and has 10 bulbs. $12.99 at target.com
Bear Skin Picnic Blanket
Here’s one bear you’ll be happy to invite to your next picnic. The polyester Bear Skin Picnic Blanket has a waterproof backing underneath its cheerful red-and-white gingham top, and at almost 65 inches long, it’s big enough for everyone. $50 at suck.uk.com
Popsicle Kitchen Towel Set
Spills happen, even outside. Clean them up with this popsicle-themed two-piece kitchen towel set from JCPenney Home. The 100 percent cotton towels are absorbent and machine-washable. $20 at jcpenney.com and select JCPenney stores
Whether your tastes lean more to salad or sorbet, this durable enamelware bowl has you covered. Made of tough but pretty porcelain-coated steel, the dishwasher-safe bowl is part of Rejuvenation’s enamelware line, which is as suited for camping as it is to casual home dining. $10 each at rejuvenation.com
Woven Brights Coasters
Bring a touch of playful color to your outdoor table with a set of four Woven Brights Coasters. The 5.5-inch diameter raffia and rattan coasters are hand-crocheted in Indonesia and come in four cheerful colors. $12 at westelm.com
Sweet Spot Ice Cream Maker
Make your own ice creams, sorbets and even margaritas with Chef’n’s Sweet Spot Ice Cream Maker. Just pour your mixture onto the frozen surface, and watch it begin to freeze almost instantly. It’s available in pink or teal, and comes with a recipe book and two tools. $49.99 at chefn.com
Nomad Glass Set
No need to do a balancing act when carrying all your guests’ drinks. This Nomad Glass Set comes with its own handy wooden carrier. The set, designed in Poland by Monika Lubkowska-Jonas, includes caddy, six glasses, and coasters. $85 at store.moma.org
It’s just not summer until you’re lounging in a hammock. This bright green Risö hammock has its own pocket hanging hooks, and the Gårö stand moves with you since it’s got a wheel on one side. Hammock with stand, $89.99; hammock and stand also sold separately. Both available at ikea.com