As the temperatures get warmer, the great outdoors beckon — it’s summertime! So, invite your friends and loved ones, forgo the formality of your dining room, and head straight to the backyard for some al fresco dining and partying. And don’t stress planning your summer soirée, because we have 19 outdoor entertaining FINDS to keep you at the top of your hosting game.
SET THE STAGE
Join the club
The Caramelized Supper Club subscription has everything you need to style your outdoor party, including place settings for four guests, décor tutorials and seasonal recipes complete with grocery lists, wine pairings and a nonperishable food item or two. Get an annual subscription with six deliveries every other month for $275, the bi-annual subscription with three deliveries every two months for $150, a month-to-month option for $48 and a limited-time offer to try one delivery for $58 at CaramelizedBlog.com.
Kick up your feet
Not only are these Adirondack-style lawn chairs summery, festive and fun, but they are also made from recycled plastic bottles. Now that’s an investment you can feel good about! Find them for $648 each at Chestnut Hall Fine Furniture & Interiors.
Bring the indoors outside
These eccentric pillows transition effortlessly from the living room to the patio. Find them, starting at $146 each, at Lisa Mallory Interior Design.
The floral, the merrier
Give your table an elegant flare by dressing it with this Victorian engraved container filled with gorgeous florals. Find the container alone for $149, and throw in the Kalanchoe plants for an additional $66 at Le Fleur.
Light up the night
Fourteenth Colony manufactures custom outdoor lighting fixtures right here in Memphis. Their gorgeous steel structures can weather any storm and provide a stylish outdoor accent piece for your next party! Find this stunner for $3,500 at Graham’s Lighting.
Keep the bugs away
Fend off mosquitoes with these repellent sticks and candles to ensure you and your guests remain itch-free! Find the mosquito sticks for $16 each and the candles for $11.99 each at Millstone Market & Nursery.
A little mood lighting
No need to pack up the party when the sun goes down. Pull out these gorgeous candles to add illuminated ambiance! Find them for $45 each at The Stovall Collection.
The crown jewels
These gorgeous crown votives are both rustic and elegant, the ideal combination for an outdoor summer soirée tablescape! Find the small votive for $25 and the large votive for $45 at Garden District.
LOOK THE PART
You don’t have to sacrifice comfort or style when you’re entertaining out back, thanks to this effortless summer outfit. Find the Quay sunglasses for $45, the drawstring Splendid shorts for $98, the flowy Free People kimono for $168, the cozy gray t-shirt for $40 and the Dolce Vita Paloma sandals for $124 at Sachi.
Stand out from the crowd in these vibrant and whimsical tassel earrings! When hosting and serving foods and drinks, statement earrings are a great way to add style that won’t end up brushing up against barbecue sauce. They come in a variety of colors so you can match them to your favorite hosting sundress. Find a pair for $24.99 at Sugar Plum Consignments.
Run the show and be effortlessly fabulous in this look from Joseph that is equal parts practical and fashionable. Find this Ulla Johnson sundress for $495, the Pedro Garcia sneakers for $460, the colorful necklace for $508.99, the beaded cuff for $409.99 and the tassel earrings for $238.99 at Joseph.
SERVE IT UP
Practical work of art
Spencer Peterman crafts these gorgeous wooden bowls that are perfect for bright summer salads or freshly picked berries. Find them, starting at $153 each, at Social.
Tangled up in blue
This bright melamine bowl and tray serving set from the Beatriz Ball Havana Collection will motivate you to whip up all your favorite dip recipes. Find the bowl for $13 and the tray for $36 at Babcock Gifts.
Clouds in my coffee
Transport your Saturday cup of joe to the great outdoors with these hip enamelware mugs! Brunching on the patio has never been easier. Find them for $15 each at City & State.
Yes way, rosé
Miraval Rosé from Cotes de Provence is crisp, fruity and just begging to be savored al fresco on warm summer evenings. Find a bottle for $27.99 at Buster’s Liquor and Wines.
Worry-proof whiskey glasses
Bring these Govino whiskey glasses outside without any hesitation, because they are shatter-proof and backyard-friendly! Find a set of four for $19.95 at RSVP Stationers.
Memphis coaster love
Once the cold drinks have been poured and the condensation gathers as conversation ensues, pass out these coasters to your guests and show off your Memphis pride while protecting your outdoor furniture. Find them for $24 for a set of four at Falling Into Place.
The ultimate BBQ toy
Whether you’re looking to grill or smoke your meat, fish or veggies, there is no better tool for a backyard barbecue than the Big Green Egg. Find it for $799 at Ken Rash’s.
Ribs on ribs on ribs
Though we are fortunate enough to have Charles Vergos’ Rendezvous right in our back yard, they can ship this two-slab box of ribs anywhere in the United States to give non-locals a taste of Memphis. It can also be picked up locally, and it comes frozen, so all you have to do is re-heat it. The box comes with Rendezvous’ world-famous barbecue sauce, seasoning, popcorn and preparation tips. Rendezvous also prepares hot food in bulk to pick up for parties. SB Tip: Their sausage & cheese appetizer platter is a popular favorite! Pick it up from Charlie Vergos’ Rendezvous downtown for $56, or go online and send your loved ones a taste of Memphis for $99 at Rendezvous’ online shop.
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