Everything You Need to Dine Outside This Summer

The long, lazy nights of summer call for unfussy dinners gathered among friends, family, or just yourself and the stars and nothing brings a picnic or patio table to life quite like vividly colored dinnerware, shatter-proof glasses and delicate string lights that dangle from above. Whether it’s a cookout, picnic, or just a night dining al fresco, I’ve rounded up the prettiest crop of outdoor dining essentials for the summer season.

Like little works of art (that can take a beating).

Perfect for organizing utensils, napkins and the likes.

Food Tent at Crate & Barrel, $5.95

Keep away those pesky flies with a mesh food tent.

Cheers to never worrying about shattered glass on your pool deck.

Tassels and pom poms are the decor detail of the summer! Add them to your outdoor table via placements (or a table runner!).

Pretty and functional: Add at ouch of brass to your balcony while shooing away the mosquitos.

A little worldly flair keeps a peppy table sophisticated and interesting.

Cotton napkins greatly outweigh the benefits of paper napkins. Just throw them in the wash after dining, and you’re all set for the next go around.

A customized platter like this one from Swoozies would be an excellent hostess gift.

If you want a touch of nostalgia added to your summer BBQ, consider a retro-looking watermelon set like this one from Draper James.

Who needs a pitcher when you have a watermelon with a keg tap?

Serve up an extra helping of summer fun with this playful set.

Don’t like small talk? Let these cheeky melamine plates do all the chatting.

Every meal is made that much better when it’s enjoyed under market lights.

Everything you need to fire up that grill and be ready for any meal.

Unbreakable plates in the style of the moment.

Whip up that potato salad and serve it in style.

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