10 Best Items You Need For Summer Get-Togethers
Your summer 2023 prep list
Summer mode: ON
Picture this: August is wrapping up, and you’re pinning your Polaroids on the wall featuring the many epic laughs you had this summer, simply by inviting friends to gather together. Let us help you make it easy.
If you fall into the camp of thinking the idea of having people over sounds nice, but actually making it happen seems like a lot of work: Think again. We’re here to empower you with what you need, from items to tools, so that hosting does not, in fact, need to be intensive or expensive. Make this summer one where you look forward to having the crew over for the extra hours of sunlight. Our top ideas for how to host this summer 2023, below.
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10 items to make inviting friends over easier this summer
They’re simple and may not seem profound (debatable)—until you switch out your standard ones for seasonal colors and moods. Not that your tablescape needs to be set to completion, but a few touches of summer here and there transform an ambience. Try these:
Pro Tip: We love tapers! Use a low base for summer so they don’t go flying if the wind picks up.
2. Bud vases
We love this shop for all your bud vase needs: Carrot's Den. Plus, ceramic is easier than glass so you don’t have to worry about cleaning them out.
How to “arrange” bud vases:
- Pick up flowers at Trader Joe’s
- Trim them to the right length
- Scatter buds into vases
No fuss = no worries about knowing how to arrange intricately.
3. Large serving bowls
Summer calls for all of the crisp salads garnished with happy summer fruit. Or lose the salad, and give us all the chopped watermelon. Have you seen how to cut perfect watermelon sticks? Thanks Kalejunkie.
Pro Tip: Use the lids as cutting boards. Talk about multi-tasking.
4. Cloth napkins
The instant a host whips out pretty cloth napkins, there’s an element of "Wow, they’ve got it together." Who knew that’s all it takes… this could be you. Our favorites:
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5. Water pitcher
With all that running around, swimming, in and out of the pool, or just soaking up the sun in good company, we know the importance of staying hydrated. Made all that much easier when water is within reach in a pretty pitcher. Use less plastic water bottles this way, and set an aesthetic scene with a quality design.
So summer can be even more stress-free, sans shattering.
6. Take-out Menus
Who says you have to cook to be a good host? Invite your friends over and pass around the menus. All the people really need is a place to gather. If prepping food isn’t your thing, leave it to the hands of a local spot everyone loves.
7. Outside chalk & water toys
To keep the little ones creating all day long (or into the extra daylight hours)! Chalk is washable, bright, and just begging for the kids to spend a little more time outside in the summer air. The longer you’re enjoying your time with friends, the longer your kids get to romp around and embrace every moment of youth. Here’s how you can fuel their fun and spark more giggles.
Two of our favs:
PS: Check out School's Out for Summer: Top Activities for Kids for more ideas here.
8. Acrylic plates
They’re tough, kid-resistant, versatile for indoor or outdoor settings, and available in bright summer-ready colors. Bbq hot dogs or salads featuring fresh summer fruit taste better on these.
We love these: Melamine durable plate set
9. Beverage dispenser
Warm summer nights call for all the cool, crisp drinks. Which require a pretty dispenser to be served out of, of course! Whether it’s lemonade, water, margaritas, sangria, or iced tea, serve them up in batches with one of these.
Pro Tip: Arrange fruit in the base of the dispenser. So simple, and a chic touch of seasonal style.
10. Go-to playlist
It’s not about having the perfectly curated playlist but an environment that everyone can relax in. Mix your own or take our suggestions below for these crowd-pleasing soundtracks.
How else are you going to remember all these summer moments come August… than with a Polaroid camera? You’re welcome in advance.
And with that (queue viral TikTok voiceover: “The 2022 season comes to an end. Good night”... but make it start of summer 2023) you have all that you need to feel more than prepped and ready to invite your people over. Remember, you don’t need to blow them away. But having a few of these (or all!) from our easy summer hosting list will definitely give you the back-up you need.
Cozy Book Club
Cozy up with brunch, books, and besties for this Book Club Brunch. It’s sure to be a bestseller with your guests.
Girls Just Want to Have Caviar and Martinis
The Caviar Co. inspired caviar, martinis, gal pals, games, great music… the perfect girls night in.
Coastal Caviar Clambake
The Caviar Co. quintessential summer evening filled with seafood, hydrangeas and the glow of the firepit.
Dragons Love Tacos
A birthday party chock full of tacos, dragons, and adorable tributes to the NY Bestselling picture book, “Dragons Love Tacos,” by Adam Rubin and Daniel Salmieri.
Yom Kippur Break Fast
End Yom Kippur by breaking your meaningful fast with friends and family, all-white + understated decorations, and a bountiful menu whether you’re a bagel or dumplings home.
We'll make sure you stock up on way more than marshmallows. Keep this casual as an everyday backyard BBQ or, turn it into cocktail hour.
Inspired by warm cider, crackling fireplaces, the crisp autumn air, and eating in candlelight. Plan this late night party to warm up the season with seasonal apps and spiced drinks.
Rosh Hashanah Dinner
Shana Tova! Host family and friends to celebrate Rosh Hashanah with sweet fall flavors and decor. A mix of classic and contemporary dishes and drinks your guests will rave about all year long.
Unicorns Are Real
Welcome to the party where every kiddo feels extra-special and dreams come true!
Take your guess, boy or girl? You’ll find out soon at the sweetest gender reveal featuring Art of Sucre's Gender Reveal Glitter Bombs. Nosh on delicious pastries or a light lunch while mingling with friends and family all while celebrating your little loved one to-be.
Famous Couples Soirée
Grab your better half (or your bestie) and pair up as an iconic duo for this chic and moody Halloween party!
Miami Bachelorette Party
Pack your bags ladies.... because it’s time to celebrate the future Mrs. in perfect Miami style! The vibes and vices are high, literally, for this Miami Vice-themed affair. This weekend is all about bright colors, good times, and your bridal bffs. Cheers to a weekend you won’t forget!
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