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Best Outdoor-Entertaining Essentials Summer 2022

15 Outdoor-Entertaining Essentials to Stock Up on For Your Next Summer Soirée

Best Outdoor-Entertaining Essentials Summer 2022
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It's officially summertime — which means that the urge to channel our inner Martha Stewart via backyard barbecues, garden parties, and summer soirées is very real. We can't quite pinpoint what it is about the season that makes us want to whip up an icebox cake and splurge on practically any lemon-adorned dish set, but it's an impulse that we can't wait to embrace this summer.

As any veteran host or hostess will tell you, outdoor entertaining is serious business. Besides sorting out the invite list and event menu, you have to take into consideration all the essential items you'll need to ensure that your summer gathering goes off without a hitch. From ample outdoor seating and stylish lighting to dinnerware sets, coolers, serving platters, canopy coverings, backyard entertainment, and more, it can be overwhelming to find hosting essentials that are equal parts functional, fun, and (perhaps most importantly) affordable.

Fortunately, some of our favorite retailers are meeting the moment with their dedicated sections for outdoor-furniture and hosting essentials. They have everything you need to give your backyard or patio space a stylish, guest-friendly retouch just in time for your next big outdoor gathering (we're looking at you, Fourth of July weekend!).

Below, browse our picks for the best outdoor-entertaining essentials to stock up on ahead of your next summer soirée.

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