summer outdoor entertaining supplies


Here’s my picks for this Summer’s Home Entertaining Essentials.  They’re perfect for stylish entertaining this season!  I’ve curated an incredible group of entertaining supplies that you’ll want to snatch up to use all Summer long.

I went shopping with you in mind and gathered some really cool entertaining ideas to help make your Summer a little more fabulous. So get your “shopping shoes” on, grab your wallet and let’s head to the mall!


summer's home entertaining essentials


Certified International Beach Time 2-Piece Platter Set & Set of 6 Square Plates

summer's home entertaining essentials

Keep the spirit of summer alive all year round with this set of 2 Beach Time Platters from Certified International. The set includes two platters, one oval and the other square.

  • Melamine
  • Dishwasher safe
  • Oval platter measures 18″ L x 13.5″ W
  • Square platter measures 14″ L x 14″ W 
  • Square plate measures 9″ x 9″  (set of 6)


Everyday White® by Fitz and Floyd® Flamingo Salad Platessummer entertaining essentials

The lively Everyday White by Fitz and Floyd Tropical Collection brings bold island style to your tablescape. These beautiful porcelain pieces feature tropical-inspired accents, creating an easy, breezy vibe for your outdoor entertaining.  They’re fun and sophisticated!

  • Bold tropical accents
  • Porcelain
  • Freezer, microwave, and oven safe up to 250°F
  • Measures 9″ diameter
  • Imported


Certified International Hydrangea Garden Melamine 12-Piece Dinnerware Set

Revitalize your table setting in the elegant hues of the Hydrangea Garden 12-Piece Dinner Set fromhome entertaining supplies Certified International.

Depicting an airy botanical and butterfly motif, this nature inspired melamine set creates a lovely air of sophistication, especially when used outdoors.

  • The hydrangeas and butterflies are featured on every item of the set
  • Includes: 4 Each – 11″ dinner plates / 9″ salad plates & 22 oz. bowls
  • Melamine
  • Dishwasher safe
  • Imported


French Bull® Bindi Round Platter

Like a fine mosaic, the Bindi Round Platter from French Bull creates a magical touch to any table setting. Justhome entertaining essentials look at all the colors you can use for your outdoor entertaining color palette!  It’s perfect for worry-free Summer entertaining, all season long!  

  • High-grade, glazed melamine
  • Scratch and shatter resistant; Non-absorbent
  • BPA-free
  • Dishwasher safe, hand wash recommended
  • Do not use in the microwave
  • Measures 15.5″ diameter
  • 90-day manufacturer’s warranty




summer's home entertaining essentials


The Beach House Melamine Dinnerware Collection will bring a touch of summertime fun to any indoor or outdoor table setting. Each piece is crafted of shatter-resistant melamine, and features a bold and colorful design inspired by beach living.

  • Features a bold and colorful design inspired by beach living
  • Shatter-resistant melamine
  • Dishwasher safe
  • Tray measures 19″ L x 11.63″ W
  • Salad bowl measures 6.13″ diameter x 2.88″ H
  • Serving bowl measures 10″ diameter x 4.38″ H


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Add a chic touch to Summer’s outdoor entertaining essentials with these simply sophisticated woven pieces I found from Riverbend Home.   It’s their Garden Terrace Seagrass Collection.

As you can see, this set has an amazing array of pieces that mix and match.  The deep tray can be made into a drink server, hold chips and dip or just be a  tray, with or without it’s cover.  How’s that for versatility?

It’s important to see collections grouped together to help with inspiration when building and creating any new “Seasonal Entertaining Capsule”.

Think of it this way. When you purchase items that work together to form a cohesive “entertaining style, theme or color palette”, isn’t it just like building a wardrobe color capsule?  I can’t help but see the similarities in the two creation processes. I bet you can too!

I’m still trying to decide what pieces I want to get for myself!  They really are fabulous, aren’t they?  Just click on the link above to shop for these gorgeous entertaining pieces.


outdoor tabletop lighting

Slatted Wood Lanterns

Place a candle or LED of your choice inside the lantern to illuminate your space in a soft and serene glow. Use them to create a wonderful ambiance as they flicker while providing ample light for your outdoor entertaining.  They’re the perfect way to enhance your Summer outdoor entertaining spaces.

  • Dimensions: 10″W x 10″D x 11″H
  • Dimensions: 8″W x 8″D x 9″H                         


Nautical Candle Lantern

This candle lamp is a beautiful way to bring coastal living to your outdoor entertaining space. With glass window panes, chain details, and a metal handle for easy hanging this lantern is both sturdy and chic. 

The lovely lighthouse shape adds a ton of casual elegance to any living space, indoors or out.   It uses candles or LED lights inside that will cast a flickering glow to create a magical setting for your Summer entertaining.  

  • Dimensions:   5″W x 5″D x 13.25″H 
  • Available in a variety of styles and colors


Tropical Themed Mini Trio of Lanterns

How adorable are these cute, yet truly functional lanterns?  They come in vibrant punches of color that will help carry the color scheme through your entire entertaining space.

The large surface inside can support pillar candles or LED lighting, whichever you prefer.  A trio of these tropical lanterns look fabulous clustered together as an accent lighting display. 


thermal food carrier

Food Pro Expandable Thermal Carrier

This is it, I found the ultimate tool for hot and cold food transport. It has a large main compartment and an expandable top compartment that are designed to accommodate most 9″ x 13″ baking dishes.

Both compartments feature SuperFoam® insulation with Therma-Flect® radiant barrier to keep food hot or cold for hours.  It’s also got an Ultra Safe® leak proof, easy clean lining with Microban® to help protect against bacteria that causes odors and stains.

Included with the carrier is a dish holder/trivet that allows you to take hot food straight out of the oven and place it inside the carrier. Make sure to use oven mitts when taking your dish out of the oven and placing on the trivet before placing inside the carrier.

The exterior has a large zippered pocket that can carry accessories like cutlery or BBQ tongs. The lid has two handles and a snap closure.

Dimensions:  16.50″ x 10.50″ x 4.75″


stylish entertaining at home outdoor dinner party


And now it’s time to share my bounty from one of my favorite shops, Pottery Barn.  When it comes to stylish entertaining, they’ve always got a fabulous selection of items from which to choose.   I could live inside a Pottery Barn store!  No, seriously.

Let’s start with this fab set of enameled serving pieces.


summer's outdoor entertaining essentials


At once classic and contemporary, this indoor/outdoor collection offers a fresh take on traditional enamelware.

The timeless forms are crafted of weather-resistant metal and finished in black and white for a bold, graphic feel. Perfect for summer parties, the designs lends a festive, coordinated look when combined with other pieces in the collection.

  • Collection includes: Serving Tray, Footed Bowl, Ice Cream Coolers, Flatware Caddy, Cake Stand, Tiered Stand and Ice Cream Tub with Scoop
  • Hand crafted from iron with a powder coating and painted border
  • Lead free


I’m seriously entertaining the thought of grabbing a few of the ice cream coolers.  I can see me using them a hundred different ways, and none of them involve ice cream!


table top grill from pottery barn

BergHOFF Portable Tabletop Grill

This is simply the most stylish way to do casual tabletop grilling that I have found!  It’s not only a great cooking tool, but it also is designed to add real style to your table top cooking experience.  And it comes in both black and white too!

  • Features adjustable airflow, a lid that doubles as base and carry strap
  • 1 year manufacturer warranty
  • Overall: 15.75″ dia, 11″ h
  • Interior: 15.75″ dia, 8″ h
  • Carry Strap: 24″
  • Weight: 16.75 lbs
  • CARE AND MAINTENANCE:  Wipe body with a soft, dry cloth. Wash grate by hand.



Next we’ll be looking at a few individual pieces that I think would be fabulous additions to this Summer’s Home Entertaining Essentials.  I think you’re going to love them!

Waves Handcrafted Round Lacquer Serving Tray

Inspired by traditional Japanese silk block prints, this tray lends a polished look to outdoorsummer entertaining essentials entertaining.

Perfect for serving drinks and snacks poolside, the handcrafted design features a sleek lacquered finish and handle cut-outs for easy carrying. 

  • Handcrafted from MDF with a painted finish
  • Interior of tray features a decal finish
  • Phthalate, BPA, lead and latex free
  • Imported
  • DIMENSIONS:  Overall: 18″ dia, 2″ H
  • CARE AND MAINTENANCE: Wipe with a soft, damp cloth




What a great choice for this Summer’s Home Entertaining Essentials – and galvanized metal is all the rage again this Summer.  With it’s stylish rustic-industrial charm, it’s extremely functional and perfect for casual outdoor entertaining.  And look what I’ve found for you this season!

Galvanized Metal Wagon Party Bucket

galvanized metal wagon beverage cart

Isn’t it perfect for casual entertaining indoors or out?  And talk about stylish outdoor entertaining, in a serious way too!  

It keeps your beverages cold and at the ready with its smart styling and functional design.  Filled with food and drink, this compact cart becomes its own traveling party.

Remove the galvanized bucket and tray from the metal frame for easy cleaning and ultimate portability.  The cart is detailed with stylish touches like a wagon-pull handle and stylized wheels that add character.

  • 26″ wide x 16.5″ deep x 33″ high
  • Crafted of galvanized iron
  • Features an attached bottle opener
  • For use indoors or out
  • Internet only
  • Galvanized steel is not safe for acidic foods or liquids
  • Dust with a soft, dry cloth 



bamboo flatware for summer entertaining

The natural bamboo handles of this flatware are crafted entirely by hand, and you can tell the difference. With their organic look and feel, the place settings and servers bring a fresh, casual look to the table. 

While I found less expensive sets at several other retailers, I felt that they didn’t meet my quality standards for my Summer’s Home Entertaining Essentials.   I believe in good quality at a good price!

  • Crafted of 18/10 stainless steel
  • Features a natural bamboo handle
  • Due to handle being made of natural bamboo, each piece will vary in tone and other natural feature
  • Hand wash only
  • DIMENSIONS:  Dinner Fork: 1″ wide x 8.25″ long
  • Salad Fork: 1″ wide x 7.25″ long
  • Soup Spoon: 1.5″ wide x 8.25″ long
  • Dessert Spoon: 1.5″ wide x 7″ long
  • Knife: 0.75″ wide x 9.25″ long


Oversized Turtle Shaped Handcrafted Metal Cooler

This is how you make a splash at your next party – with a whimsical turtle cooler holding your drinks!  Cast by hand of sturdy aluminum with an antique finish, it makes the perfect companion for beach parties and outdoor gatherings.summer's home entertaining essentials

I adore creating a lovely Summer entertaining motif for my guests, and this turtle certainly is a party conversation starter!  I just love it, don’t you?  

  • Hand cast of aluminum with an antique finish
  • Imported
  • DIMENSIONS: Overall: 21.25″ w x 25.75″ d x 10.25″ h  /  Interior: 8.5″ w x 12.75″ d
  • Weight: 9 lbs
  • Hand wash



Del Sol Outdoor Oilcloth Cotton Tablecloth

Now, what do we put on our tabletop? With its intricate patterns, bright colors and fun shapes, Pottery Barn’s Del Sol Collection resembles authentic hand-painted earthenware.

summer home entertaining supplies

Festive, versatile and weather-resistant, this tablecloth dresses up your Summer outdoor table or buffet.  It’s finished with a special coating that takes on spills, sun and family fun in stride.

  • Made of 100% cotton with an oilcloth and acrylic coating
  • Standard 100 by OEKO-TEX® certified
  • Machine wash
  • Dimensions: 70″ w x 108″ l
  • Machine wash in warm water, gentle cycle
  • Do not bleach
  • Tumble dry on low heat; warm iron as needed
  • Do not dry clean


Now that you’ve seen all my picks for Summer’s Home Entertaining Essentials, let me ask you a critical question.  Do you have your Summer outdoor living space ready to party?

Here’s a fabulous article to help, with a FREE printable Outdoor Furniture Care & Maintenance Guide too!

YES, that’s me sitting on our deck at 4500 ft. above-sea-level.  It’s quite a view, huh?



Do you entertain friends and family all Summer long?  Or is your space more “zen-like”, and a peaceful retreat throughout the season?   Preparing your outdoor space for Summer is the first step to getting ready for the season!

prepare your outdoor living space for summer

Whichever ways you utilize your outdoor space, you’ll want it to be set up for a whole season of Summer fun!  I’m going to give you lots of tips and great information for creating a living space that’s set up for success. 

I’ve also created an Outdoor Furniture Care & Maintenance Guide PDF to help you get ready for the new season ahead.

It’s got a full section dedicated to taking special care of your teak wood furniture too!  It needs a little more TLC, especially when you’re dealing with bird droppings or scratches.

CLICK HERE TO READ THE POST: Preparing Your Outdoor Space For Summer



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