Memorial Day kicks off a season filled with alfresco dinners (and cocktail hours), picnics, barbecues, patio parties, and probably even a birthday or two. What’s a host to do? Stock up now on the essentials needed for summer entertaining. From fanciful cocktail sets to bar carts, here are some of our favorite must-haves for parties big and small.
Add a splash of retro style with this charming pitcher-and-glass set, which whimsically serves up cocktails for six.
Skewer cocktail garnishes with plenty of flair using the eight picks in this serving set, which also comes with a silver-plated-brass nut bowl and a silver-plated-brass stopper (both in the shape of a top hat, naturally).
Whether you call it “Millennial Pink” or “melon”, this lovely glassware set upgrades everything from lemonades to shandies. Or, a very, very, generous gin and tonic for a lazy Saturday.
Taking your at-home happy hour from the living room to the patio is far easier with a bar cart — and an authentic vintage design has far more character than a modern one. This impeccable bar cart folds down for easy storage, and the removable tray can be used to transport cocktails during smaller gatherings.
An ice bucket doesn’t always have to be merely functional — it can also make a statement. This bamboo-handled bucket by Italian designer Aldo Tura, is one of those pieces that never fails to inspire compliments.
Like ice buckets, a bottle opener can be functional and fabulous at the same time. This fun (yet exquisitely crafted) design beautifully catches the light whenever in use, thanks to the mother-of-pearl and silver construction.
For the host who doesn’t take themselves too seriously, this very whimsical vintage set makes the perfect addition to casual parties.
A sleek silhouette and a touch of silver make anything served in this vintage bowl feel a bit more special — even if it’s a humble batch of chips.
Graceful details add a little extra interest to martinis in this vintage set. Plus, the shorter silhouette is a bit easier to drink from and transport without spilling, compared to taller martini glasses.
A cheese or charcuterie board is a welcome sight at any gathering, especially when the serving board itself is as stylish as this one. The unique surface is made by fusing the end grains of wood in a square block pattern.