It’s July, which means the sun is bright and the schedules are light. What better way to celebrate this month than getting outdoors with the people you love? There are countless opportunities to convene outside and make the most of these beautiful summer days. Now is the time to grab some gals and head to the pool, get the grill going or gather around an evening campfire. To make sure you’re fully prepared for all festivities, we’ve scoured Memphis to find our 17 favorite outdoor entertaining FINDS.
Mud Pie ceramics
Make sure your outdoor party has the most stylish serving plates with these hip Mud Pie ceramic dishes. They’re ideal for setting out hamburger toppings or having a variety of dips at the table. Find them, starting at $10, at More Than Words.
Picnic Plus basket
Does anything scream summer more than a picnic? For when you’re looking to grab some friends, the fam or your sweetheart and head outside for a meal, you need the picnic basket of all picnic baskets. This Picnic Plus basket has everything you could want — dishes, silverware, salt and pepper, glassware, a cooler and a fashionable lining. Find it for $156 at Two Doors Down.
Goverre wine cups
Ever wanted to take wine to the pool but didn’t have the proper container? Trade in drab go-cups for these cute and durable Goverre wine cups. In an array of colors, these durable wine containers are excellent for a pool day. You’ll look stylish while sipping and lounging. Find them for $24 each at Dazzle.
A summertime barbecue needs a durable and adorable serving tray. Q-Squared white melamine is the answer to your outdoor party serving needs! These serving platters, plates and bowls are not only tough but are also sleek and chic. Find them, ranging from $10 to $83, at Social.
Outdoor entertaining isn’t much of a party without grilling. This ridged griller will grill meats, especially flaky fish, evenly and with gorgeous grill marks on the grill, stove or oven — making a delicious and beautiful summer meal for your guests! Find it for $39 at Babcock Gifts.
Rosé all day
Rosé is the drink of summer, and now it’s even more accessible. You can enjoy your favorite refreshing summer wine in a 500ml can. This easy-drinking rosé will be a favorite for all of your party guests. Or enjoy it poolside as it is simple to transport in a small cooler — easy peasy! Find the Margerum Riviera Rosé for $11.99 each at Buster’s Liquors and Wines.
Let’s get real — sometimes paper plates don’t cut it. When the baked beans and hamburgers start to weigh on the dishes, messes are sure to ensue. Avoid the mess with Sophistiplates. These heavy-duty paper plates come in tons of colors and patterns, so they’ll not only keep your summer soirées clean, but also colorful and chic. Find them, starting at $7 for a pack of 10, at Le Jardin.
SIZZLIN’ SUMMER FASHION
Totes crazy for tote bags
Summer is the perfect time to accessorize, and with all the fabulous fashion in Memphis, al fresco looks abound. Add a chic touch to a sundress or summer jumpsuit with this straw tote or clutch. Colorful, versatile and totally on trend, these straw purses are sure to be your go-to accessory of the summer. Find the clutch for $95 and the tote for $195 at Oak Hall.
Look and feel your best in this classic Debbie Katz tunic. This colorful tunic works perfectly as a cover-up at the pool or paired with some white jeans for a stylish, summer on-the-go look. Find it for $52 at A Fitting Place.
Kicks for kids
When you want to protect little feet but you also want them to stay cool and cute in the blazing heat, where do you turn? We suggest these outdoor Keen kids’ shoes to keep those tiny feet sweet and safe. Ideal for running around in the sprinkler or spending a day at the park, these shoes will be a kid’s summer go-to. Find them for $39 at Cotton Tails.
This collection of Rosa vases paired with Victorian candle pots has us dreaming about entertaining in our outdoor space! The bright vases paired with the earthy pots create a summer ambience to slow down and savor. Find the Rosa vases, starting at $15, and the Victorian candle pots, starting at $10, at Garden District.
Elevate your outdoor decor with these bold pillows. With several different pattern options, these colorful pillows add excitement and chic style to your outdoor living space. Find them for $315 at Lisa Mallory Interior Design.
It’s inevitable — bare feet will be everywhere this summer. Treat your bare feet to some stylish comfort by throwing a charming outdoor rug under them. These 8-by-11-foot rugs are just the ticket to complete your porch or patio stylings. Find them for $295 each at Kiser’s Floor Fashions.
STUNNING OUTDOOR FURNITURE
Party-perfect table & chairs
If you regularly entertain at your home, then investing in a stylish and durable outdoor furniture set is a must! Anchor your patio or porch with this fabulous table and chair set built in Palladio Crafted’s shop of sustainably sourced teak. Find the table for $2,995 and a set of 8 chairs for $3,995 at Palladio Home & Garden.
This rattan sofa with its vintage charm is guaranteed to be a hit. Lounge around after work or take an afternoon nap outside. Plus, its festive stripes will add a pop of color and vibrance to any backyard. Find it for $999 at The Find Memphis.
FROM THE SHOP
Keep it cool
Clayton & Crume’s leather koozies have been bestsellers in the SB Shop since day one. Use it at your next summer BBQ to keep your drink cool, but don’t be surprised when everyone wants to know where they can find one! Find them for $45 each in the SB Shop.
Simple and empowering tees
A simple and comfortable tee is a summer style staple, and one that spreads an empowering message is even better. Our exclusive collection of ‘be kind do good’ and ‘roar’ embroidered t-shirts is filled with lightweight classics that pair with anything while spreading a positive message – sure to be the hit of your next summer BBQ! Find these tees for $38 each at SB Shop.
Now, grab some friends and get your summer on!
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