Although we’re mostly summering in place this year, we’re doing it with style. This is the time to go all-out with your summer decor — it’ll make every weekend this season feel like a holiday. Since you’ll need to stock up on all the essentials, we put together a list of our favorite supplies, accessories, and decorations to get you and your family set to throw the at-home summertime bash you’ve always wanted.
From funky grill accessories to elegant string lights, here are our favorite outdoor summer essentials.
1-Intex Kiddie Pool
Nothing beats having a pool in your backyard, but the next best thing is an inflatable kiddie pool. While ages 6 and up can safely splash around in here, it can also cozily fit two adults.
Even on the smallest of backyards or rooftops, this outdoor summer essential’s tricolor design is synonymous with the season, while offering a refreshing oasis from the hot, hot heat.
2-Libbey Cactus Margarita Glasses (Set of Four)
This set of four glasses are ready to party. Holding an ample 16 ounces, they’re perfect for serving margaritas, sangria, smoothies, or frozen slushies.
3-TIKI Brand Herringbone White Glass Tabletop Torch
If you don’t have the right type of terrain in your outdoor area to stake in an outdoor torch, don’t fret — all you need is a stable surface for safely placing these table torches.
These glass herringbone-textured torches (also available in navy) transcend any type of seasonal categorization, so you can use them outdoors for up to 5 hours whenever the mood strikes.
4-Anker Soundcore Flare 2 Bluetooth Speaker
This Bluetooth speaker from Anker is one of our favorite editor-tested waterproof speakers because it packs strong, clear sound quality and user-friendly functionality into a wireless and portable package.
Playing poolside DJ with this outdoor summer essential couldn’t be easier. Just simply connect to it from your smartphone wirelessly with Bluetooth — you can even control its LED lights with the speaker’s own mobile app.
5-Kizen Instant Read Meat Thermometer
Since you’ll be doing plenty of grilling this summer, one of the most important tools you’ll need is an efficient meat thermometer.
This one has a large, clear display and reads the temperature in just 3 seconds. We like that they even include temperature references on the device itself so that you never have to second-guess yourself. Plus, it’s waterproof, so you can thoroughly clean it when you’re done.
6-Heritage Black Ceramic Pizza Stone
Made from ceramic, this reviewer-favorite pizza stone can be used in the oven, but for summer parties, it can go right on a gas or charcoal grill.
If you love adding fresh seasonal toppings to your pizza — like sweet corn or baby cherry tomatoes — this is a summer party essential for serious pizza lovers. Plus, it even comes with its own pizza cutter.
7-Newhouse Lighting Solar-Powered Bamboo Torches (Set of Eight)
If low-maintenance outdoor summer essentials are your jam, these weather-safe flickering pathway lights let you enjoy outdoor torch ambiance, without having to keep an eye on the flame.
Available in a set of two, four, or eight, these genius solar-powered lights charge up during the day without any battery power required. Stake them into the ground by your pool or around your party perimeter and enjoy the light show once the sun goes down.
8-180 Degrees Busy Bees Melamine 9-Inch Plates (Set of Four)
Dress up your outdoor dining table with this dinnerware set that’s primed for picnic season. Though these buzzy plates are designed to look like paper, they’re actually made of durable, dishwasher-safe melamine.
9-Marshmallow Roasting Sticks (Set of Eight)
Instead of hunting for the perfect s’mores sticks, get strategic with this set of eight telescoping skewers!
These handy, color-coded outdoor summer essentials extend to 32 inches long, so everyone can sit at a safer distance while toasting their marshmallow treats.
10-Hudson Heavy Duty Waxed Canvas Work Apron
This durable waxed canvas work apron from Hudson is an absolute summer party essential for any family that loves to grill. No need for a second set of hands with this many kangaroo-style storage pockets.
Plus, it’s unisex and can expand to accommodate different sizes, making this apron super versatile.