The arrival of another Memphis summer means backyard BBQs, outdoor parties, evenings spent by the water and potlucks galore. Entertaining your guests can sometimes pose as a challenge, but we’ve got some items from all over the Bluff City that will make your life a little bit easier. So, here’s to more pool parties and less time shopping for all the essentials. Here are our July FINDS!
There’s nothing sweeter than summertime and a delicious watermelon! Spruce up your usual dining room or picnic table with a pack of fruity placements. These will add the perfect pop of color to your tablescape. Find this set, for $18, at Social.
One of the best things about summer cookouts and pool parties? You get to use plastic dishes. Whether you’re into the newest lemon trend, swoon over hints of baby blue or crave ice cream for dinner, you can grab these to make your life easy peasy lemon-squeezy. Find the napkins for $5.50, the plastic plates for $9.50, and the ice cream napkins for $9 at Menage Fine Stationery & Gifts.
Platters and boards
Have a cabinet full of platters but aren’t sure how to use them? Grab the book Platters and Boards for tons of delicious, easy spreads that all of your guests will love. While you’re at it, grab a board and some accessories to go with it! This Inspired Generations serving set includes a large cloud serving bowl and two smaller sauce, dip or cracker bowls, along with two serving spoons, for $95. And the Platters and Boards cocktail table book is available for $24.95 at Dazzle.
Take this to your patio, to the lake or even to a park around town — it has everything you need for dinner, lunch and a glass of wine. Easy to pack up and even easier to use, this will be your go-to accessory for warm weather. Find this picnic basket and the utensils for $134 at Babcock Gifts.
The Q Squared Collection pottery is extremely durable, meaning it’s perfect for those outdoor patio nights. Available in a classic white shade, this set is sure to match any other serving pieces in your home. Find this pottery, with prices ranging from $4 to $50, at Southern Avenue Company.
Protecting your coffee and side tables just got a whole lot more stylish. These round, marbled coasters add some texture and color to any tabletop you put them on! Find the agate coasters, for $8 each, at Lisa Mallory Interior Design.
POUR SOME MORE
Ditch the normal plastic pitcher and replace it with this cute (and affordable) drink container! Perfect for your lemonades, sweet teas and even mixed drinks, its simple yet modern design makes it a welcome addition to any table. Find this for $22 at The Pink Nest.
Whether you prefer a craft brew or a crisp glass of white wine, it’s got to be served cold. Regardless of the intense warm weather and humidity, these HOST wine and beer freezing cups will ensure that you will have that much-needed cool refreshment on a hot summer day. Find these, for $12.99 to $19, at First Fruit Collection.
Yes way, rosé
Nothing says summer quite like a sweet glass of rosé, right? Sip it by the pool, on your porch or even while watching your favorite Netflix show and taking in the air conditioning on the couch with this bottle from Buster’s Liquors. It’s as delicious as it is beautiful! Find it for $17.99 at Buster’s Liquors and Wines.
Choose your style, choose your finish, choose your drink choice! Whether you’re into a tumbler or a stemless cup, one thing’s for sure: Your drink will be cold, and you’ll feel stylish with these Corkcicle pieces. Find them, for $23 to $28, at Falling Into Place.
Let’s face it, you’ve got to have your pool floats ready to be Instagram-worthy. These giant inflatable floats are not only cute, but they’re so roomy as well! Find them, for $3o to $50, at Mrs. Post Stationery.
For those nights after a long day of swimming or chilling on the boat, break out this poker set for a fun game that can keep the adults entertained. Find it for $64 at spruce.
SPICE IT UP
Rendezvous barbecue sauce
Bring the Memphis taste to your own home! This vinegar-based mix of tomato and mustard brings a distinct and delicious flavor to any grilled meat or vegetable. You can find this sauce for $8.50 at Rendezvous. If ordering online, there is a four bottle minimum, and the price includes shipping.
Spice up your party fare with these delicious sauces. From parsley butter to cocktail sauce, these sumptuous flavors will add a rich, buttery touch to your steaks right off the grill. SB Tip: Take your po’ boy to the next level with a bit of this exquisite remoulade! Find the horseradish, cocktail and remoulade sauces for $8 each, and the parsley butter, Maker’s Mark peppercorn sauce and garlic butter for $7 each at Humphrey’s Prime Cut Shoppe.
Wow your guests this summer with an impeccably seasoned meal. Even though Huey’s is known for its burgers, their seasoning can be used to spice up steaks, chicken, fish and vegetables. Find this seasoning for $4.25 at Huey’s.
Sweet and simple
No matter the occasion, adding florals to your table makes all the difference. Each of these arrangements is customized to your liking and price range, making your house truly feel like home. Find them at varying prices at Garden District.
Bright and colorful
Every patio needs some flower power! Or place this arrangement atop your kitchen table for an added pop of color. Find this blue vase, for $62, at Millstone Market & Nursery. Flowers available for an additional cost.
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FROM SB SHOP
These “drink more champagne” cocktail napkins add a whimsical flair to any table. Give them as a gift to the champagne lovers in your life or to anyone who loves to entertain. Find this set of four cocktail napkins, made by Lettermade Designs, for $48 at SB Shop.
Now, get out there and enjoy this warm weather!
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