With summer setting the tone for a more laid-back day-to-day life, celebrate by hosting a casual get-together with friends. Whether it’s out on the patio or by the pool, we’ve got the best FINDS for your summer entertaining needs! We have been out and about discovering all sorts of stylish patio decor, elegant table accoutrements and fun outdoor hosting sundries from some of our favorite Birmingham shops. Here’s what we’re loving this June!
FOR YOUR TABLESCAPE
European food topper
It’s important to keep bugs at bay, not only from your skin, but also from your food! Control who gets to take a bite of that delicious watermelon or that homemade coconut cake with a glass European topper and stand. It’s an elegant way to display your latest culinary creation. This one is made from an old barrel for the stand and vintage wine bottle for the top. Find it for $178 at Pandy Agnew Interiors.
Chalkboard cheese board
This chalkboard cheese board allows hosts to put out a variety of charcuterie items, clearly labeled, that will allay the fears of even the pickiest eaters. Its unique chalkboard surface stands out from the rest and is easily moved from the kitchen to the backyard. Find it for $38 at Chickadee.
Add a bohemian vibe to your summer parties this season with these adorable coasters. Perfect for inside or outside, your guests’ drinks will sit happily atop Table Matters’ woven coasters, available in blue, red and pink. They are just the thing to add color, comfort and versatility to any party. Find them at Table Matters for $24 per pack of four.
These vibrantly colored paper straws are just right for any summer party. Grab the blue and red straws to add some patriotic decor to a Fourth of July party, or place color-coded straws in kids’ drinks to bring some fun to their cups and ensure they know which drink belongs to them. These straws are both adorable and useful! Find them at Lamb’s Ears for $8.95 per pack.
If you’re throwing a crawfish boil this summer, these themed trays are durable and festive. Made from plastic and easily wiped clean, the shellfish-themed trays are the perfect presentation dish for warm, spicy crawfish. In many different styles, these trays are also great for carrying drinks to guests, adding some color to your table or transporting burgers from the grill to the table. They will add ease and convenience to your summer parties while looking good. Find them for $26 each at The Dandé Lion.
The table is full of burgers fresh off the grill and the best produce from Pepper Place Farmers Market, but there’s no space for drinks. This funky hanging bar holds up to 11 bottles and is perfect for full tables of fresh food and lots of smiling faces. The more the merrier! Find this one at Cotton + Quill for $275.
Fatboy blankets are a must-have for keeping your outdoor space both stylish and functional this summer. These bad boys are waterproof and perfect as beach blankets, for wiping off sandy feet or just for decoration on the patio. They can even be connected to take up more surface area. Find them at Paige Albright Orientals for $179 each.
Speakers & light
Create the perfect atmosphere for backyard entertaining with Alabama Outdoors’ variety of speakers. The Goal Zero RockOut2 speaker carries your music throughout the entire yard. The Boom Swimmer speaker even lets you bring that music into the water with you, and your phone will stay safe and dry due to its Bluetooth capabilities. No need to worry about the party ending at sunset, as the Multipurpose Goal Zero Light-A-Life 350 casts a soft glow on the party while you lounge with guests and relax to your favorite tunes. Find the Goal Zero RockOut2 speaker and Boom Swimmer speaker for $59.99 each and the Goal Zero Light-A-Life 350 for $39.99 at Alabama Outdoors.
These Aegean, crosshatch, tall egg pots will give your backyard the perfect pop of color. Fill them with your favorite flowers or a tall, leafy plant to add a touch of lush greenery to your patio. These beautiful pots are available in different colors and sizes. Find them at Andy’s Creekside Nursery for $24.99 each. Other designs and sizes are available.
Add a unique twist to your outdoor decor this summer by swapping classic, bright flowers for a group of succulents. From tiny barrel cacti to small pots exploding with green leaves, this subtle desert plant will add the perfect charm to your backyard. Find them, starting at $6.99, at Hanna’s Garden Shop.
Summer nights are best spent outside, and lanterns are a festive way to light up the night. Turn on this adorable beehive lantern, get the grill fired up and take this party to the patio! Find it for $80 from Sugarboo & Co.
Rustic hand-carved candleholders
It’s too hot to get the fireplace going, but candles are a perfect way to set a cozy mood outdoors at night. These rustic, hand-carved candleholders are perfect for any home, and any outdoor wear and tear just adds to the weathered appeal. Find the candleholders for $59 each and the candles for $14 each at At Home Furnishings.
Forged iron candleholders
These forged iron, standing candleholders will add elegance to any backyard soirée. Line them along a walking path to cast a candlelit glow for your guests, or place them around your backyard furniture for a touch of illuminated sophistication. Find the small ones for $188.95 and the large ones for $218.95 at The Blue Willow.
A LITTLE FUN
Ice shot-glass molds
Just when you thought that it couldn’t get better than ice cold beer, it does! Now you can serve frigid shot glasses made of ice with this handy pack of four molds. Keep ice cream cold and whiskey refreshing as the Southern sun continues to heat up. Find these at Dirty Hippie for $12.
Picnic cooler and organizer
How about a picnic in the park this summer? This orange Diamond Collection picnic cooler adds just the right amount of flair, while keeping your goodies nice and cold. With three separate compartments, organizing for your picnic will be a breeze, and its soft, fabric exterior means no more bulky, heavy coolers to carry across the park. Find this one at Bromberg’s for $75.
While the Alabama humidity can upset your workout schedule, it’s time to give your brain the chance to exercise instead. A jumbo checkerboard is a great way to spend some family time together and beat the heat with some brain games. Find this set at Seibels for $18.95.
Humorous tea towel
Summer is the time for joy and relaxation, so why not have tea towels that follow suit? These humorous towels will add some lightness to your decor, keeping your party guests in stitches. They also make a great gift for your fun-loving friend or hostess. Find them for $12.99 at Fun Stuff.
Get out in the Magic City, grab some of these fabulous FINDS and throw a party for the ages or a simple, intimate soiree! Here’s to summer!