Great Patio Furniture and Other Summer Entertaining Essentials

Memorial Day is on Monday (I'm sure I don't have to remind anyone that it's Friday and you're about to get a long weekend, but whatever!) and you know what that means: the unofficial start of summer is officially here. To maximize your outdoor entertaining opportunities, get stocked up on some essentials this weekend, so you can enjoy them all summer long! I'm loving the idea of a comfy outdoor couch (perfect for reading a book on) with some extra seating like these awesome cobalt and black chairs and striped poufs for the kids to lounge around on. 

No one wants skin cancer, so a big umbrella to provide some shade is essential; at night, these gold lanterns would be perfect to pull out, and if you live in a buggy area, toss some citronella candles in there! For some entertainment, I'm loving these bag toss boards from CB2, which are a total upgrade from the average plywood set, and they fold up easily so you can take the party with you. 

Entertaining outdoors doesn't have to result in cocktails served in solo cups- these margarita glasses are acrylic, and no one will be the wiser until they try to clink glasses during a toast! Crate and Barrel and CB2 both have great selections of acrylic "glassware" right now. These rope napkin rings from Design Darling add the perfect nautical touch, and the Turkish towel would make a cozy blanket once the sun goes down. I know the average outdoor table often has a glass top, but I'm crazy about this concrete version: just think, you'll never have an OCD moment about sweating cup rings on the glass top again!


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