Life is not a garden party. But for the next two months, your weekends will be full of ’em. Read on for a summer-friendly spread of inspiring party tricks and recipes.
Artist Michael Angove’s lifelike, computer-etched, illustrated serving ware will have brunch guests begging for more before they even take their first bites. Available at gretelhome.com, $32-$43.
A bustling new Southern food counter grows in downtown NYC. We got Bobwhite Lunch & Supper Counter chef Keedick Coulter to serve up the ultimate summer picnic recipe.
Get the scoop here.
Tribal-inspired prints and oversize dimensions (40 by 70 inches) make for stunning beach blankets (or bonfire wraps) come surf time. Available at pendleton-usa.com, $48 each.
The cool-looking contraption comes with reusable cups and cranks out up to four icy treats in less than 30 seconds. Available at williams-sonoma.com, $70.
Top Chef contestant Grayson Schmitz may have a potty mouth but, boy, can she cook. Her watermelon salad is seasonal party perfection.
Get the recipe here.
It’s only fitting that L.A.-based print-obsessed designer Trina Turk serves up buckets worthy of a retro beach bash.
Available at trinaturk.com, $58.
Scoop chilly mixes like blackberry sweet tea (swirled with jam) and Georgia-picked watermelon mint — jazzed up with a pinch of sea salt. Available at deandeluca.com, $60 for four.
Wind-spinner centerpieces are a cheap (and whimsical) way to decorate an outdoor shindig. (Bonus: They make great parting gifts.) Available at crateandbarrel.com, $3 for twelve.
More cold soup for us, please. Slurp up the foolproof recipe (there are four steps; you can do it) from one of the swellest San Francisco restaurants.
Get the recipe here.
Nix the bitter and get sweet pours every time, thanks to a filtered steeping process that doesn’t rely on heat. Available at poketo.com, $27.
Picnic at Ascot’s slide-apart tray houses storage for a matching stainless steel spreader, olive fork, and serving spoon.
Available at heliotropehome.com, $58.
These pop art-esque dials pack heaps of utility. Track core temperatures on poultry, lamb, and pork, or gauge steak doneness from rare to well. Available at gracioushome.com, $35 for four.
A designy knife and corkscrew get the party started. The airtight, wine-preserving seal keep it going for nights to come.
Available at shophorne.com, $50.
Clearly Kombucha’s founders show us how to sauce up their sparkling (booze-free) beverages just in time for beach season.
Get into the mix here.
Ann Landers-worthy seating arrangements get you only so far. Plot a course for a killer party with engineered tablecloths and napkins.
Available at mariannevanooij.com, $45-$149.
There’s a reason keg hounds don’t get White Party invites. Step up your beer presentation with a stylish drink trough. Available at worldmarket.com, $14-$20.
Say bye-bye to scorched and splinter-filled skewers. Simple, stainless steel teeth work the kinks out of cooking over an open flame.
Available at fusionbrands.com, $11.
Revisit your salad days with Stella Rossa chef Jeff Mahin’s easy-to-follow, out-of-the-ordinary summer recipe using a Japanese lettuce that tastes like a milder, slightly mustardy arugula and bright, ripe strawberries.
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