Throw an Alfresco Bash
Just add friends for great summer picnics and parties.
Give drinks a summer kick by using these fun
Paper Straws ($3 for 50; KikkerlandShop.com). They’re way more green than their plastic counterparts.
Instant cheese party
The top of the Picnic Time Brie Cheese Board Set ($26; Amazon.com) swivels open to reveal three serving tools for soft and hard cheeses.
Better than glass
Add a major dose of sparkle to your summer quenchers with this shatter-proof, BPA-free acrylic Glitter Goblet ($28 for 4; FrenchBull.com).
What a dish
This colorful, hard-to-break, and reusable Jonathan Adler KaleidoscopeDinner Plate ($12; JonathanAdler.com) is perfect for casual meals or picnics.
A cold one
Throw some ice and drinks into the handy El Deano Insulated Scout Tote ($20; BungalowCo.com) and you’ve got a lightweight cooler for your backyard or hitting the road.
Make barbecuing a breeze with the compact Weber Charcoal Go-Anywhere Grill ($45; Amazon.com). It has a sleek porcelain-enameled lid and base with a steel cooking grate, plus glass-reinforced-nylon handles for easy carrying.
These leak-free melamine Multidot Storage Containers ($32 for a set of 3; FrenchBull.com) are great for storing dips, fruit, chips, and other snacks.
Make plain water look and taste great by adding berries and fragrant herbs (like basil) to a glass pitcher of ice water, suggests Jill Donenfeld, founder of The Dish’s Dish, an at-home chef service in New York City and Los Angeles.
To serve dips, use clever edible containers: a cleaned-out green pepper, for instance, or a bowl made of bread, says Katie Brown, host of the Katie Brown Workshop on PBS. Cleanup is a cinch—just eat the containers!