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65 Summer Entertaining Ideas

From Sangria Ice Pops to Built-In BBQ Tables

— August 19, 2014 — Art & Design
Although the last few days of August are flying by, there's still enough warm weather to take advantage of summer entertaining this month.

These recipes, tableware and furniture pieces will help to make the process of throwing a get-together not only easy, but also enjoyable for all. Whether you're setting up an intimate party in your backyard or spreading out a blanket for a picnic in the park, these summer essentials will keep you cool, comfortable and refreshed. Rather than serving the versions of ice cream sandwiches, popsicles, sorbets or drinks that everybody knows, these recipes add a twist so that there's something new to look forward to from a classic recipe that may have even once been a childhood favorite.
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Italian Wine Slushies
Italian Wine Slushies
This Wine and Beer-Infused Ice Granita is a Great Dessert for the Summer
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Outdoor Food Warming Trays
Outdoor Food Warming Trays
This Clever Contraption Keeps Your Meal the Perfect Temperature
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Bitter Beet Lemonade
Bitter Beet Lemonade
This Summertime Lemonade Recipe Adds Beets for a Fun New Flavor
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Stacked Sorbet Cakes
Stacked Sorbet Cakes
This Raspberry Mango Ice Cream Cake is a Refreshing Dessert Item
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Homemade Vegan Ice Cream
Homemade Vegan Ice Cream
This Frozen Chocolate Treat is Extremely Easy to Make
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DIY Frozen Desserts
DIY Frozen Desserts
The Ice Cream Cake Recipe by Sibylle of Funky Time is Gorgeous
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Spicy Watermelon Sangrias
Spicy Watermelon Sangrias
This Sriracha Cocktail Reinterprets Fruity Sangria Recipes
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Citrus Guava Sodas
Citrus Guava Sodas
This Homemade Coconut Guava Agua Fresca Drink is Refreshingly Sweet
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Alcoholic Summer Desserts
Alcoholic Summer Desserts
Enjoy a Slice of Frozen Mojito Pie Before the Last Days of Summer
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Flower-Flavored Sorbets
Flower-Flavored Sorbets
This DIY Sorbet Recipe is Infused with Strawberries and Roses
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Cantaloupe Cake Bites
Cantaloupe Cake Bites
These Scrumptious Fruit Cakes Look and Taste Like Real Cantaloupe
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Frozen PB&J Bars
Frozen PB&J Bars
This Peanut Butter and Jelly Ice Cream Sandwich Recipe Chills a Classic
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Fruit-Infused Ice Cubes
Fruit-Infused Ice Cubes
These Cherry and Berry Ice Cubes Have Floating Fruit for Extra Sweetness
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Fermented Fruit Sodas
Fermented Fruit Sodas
This Strawberry Rhubarb Soda Can be Made in the Comfort of Your Own Home
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Summer-Ready Campfire Treats
Summer-Ready Campfire Treats
Very Culinary's Tropical S’mores Recipe is a Fresh Take on a Classic
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Salty Avocado Shakes
Salty Avocado Shakes
This Sea Salt and Avocado Smoothie is Refreshing and Healthy
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Sangria Ice Pops
Sangria Ice Pops
These White Sangria Popsicles are Inspired by a South American Recipe
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Spiced Chocolate-Covered Bananas
Spiced Chocolate-Covered Bananas
This Recipe for Mexican Chocolate Frozen Bananas Incudes Cinnamon
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Frothy Beer Cocktails
Frothy Beer Cocktails
The Hopping Berry Mixes Fruit Notes with the Refreshing Taste of Ale
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Spacey Party Plates
Spacey Party Plates
These Space Dinner Plates Are Perfect for Out of This World Entertaining
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Boozy Slushy Drinks
Boozy Slushy Drinks
These Phrosties are Exclusively Available to the Company's Instagram Followers
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Cookie Campfire Confectioneries
Cookie Campfire Confectioneries
These S'moreos Cleverly Replace Graham Crackers with Oreos
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Ice Cream Burgers
Ice Cream Burgers
Rosannna Pansino's Latest Recipe is for Cheeseburger Ice Cream Sandwiches
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Camping Coffee Brewers
Camping Coffee Brewers
The Jetboil Flash Java Kit is a Great Camping Accessory to Have
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Seasonal Citrus Fruit Drinks
Seasonal Citrus Fruit Drinks
The A Beautiful Mess Lemon Drop Jello Shots Are Summer-Themed
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Grassy Picnic Tables
Grassy Picnic Tables
This Grass Picnic Table Brings the Picnic Right to You
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Brilliantly Suspended Punch Bowls
Brilliantly Suspended Punch Bowls
The Happy Days Punch Bowl is Perfect for Summer Refreshments
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Miniature Ice Cream Pies
Miniature Ice Cream Pies
These Blueberry Pie Ice Cream Sandwiches Offer Bite-Sized Indulgence
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Pivoting Dish Trays
Pivoting Dish Trays
The Orbit Server Will Make Enjoying Multiple Appetizers Much Easier
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Dinner Plate Tablets
Dinner Plate Tablets
The iPad 'Dinner Plates' App is a Creative Way to Serve Your Food
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BBQ Grill Seating
BBQ Grill Seating
The 'Vw+Bs' Bench 10 Mixes Old School Materials with Contemporary Styling
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Vibrant Cocktail Counters
Vibrant Cocktail Counters
The Cool Bar is Perfect for Backyard Barbecues
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Floral Ice Cubes
Floral Ice Cubes
These Summertime Ice Cubes are Filled with Delicate Edible Flowers
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Fruit-Encased Salads
Fruit-Encased Salads
The Smitten Kitchen Avocado Cups are Made of Green Produce
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Sturdy Weather-Proof Furnishings
Sturdy Weather-Proof Furnishings
The 'Bye Bye Wind' Table Keeps Your Dishware in One Place
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Whimiscal Floral Tableware
Whimiscal Floral Tableware
This Garden-Inspired Interior Collection is Vivid and Pretty
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Party Animal Plates
Party Animal Plates
Wild Dining's Party Plates Are Perfect for Partiers Who Like to Go Apes
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Tropical Ice Trays
Tropical Ice Trays
Using Fruit Juice Instead of Water Would Make These Pineapple Ice Cubes Cooler
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Tapas Wine Lids
Tapas Wine Lids
The Wine Glass Appetizer Plates Let You Walk, Wine & Dine at the Same Time
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Champagne Ice Cream
Champagne Ice Cream
Magnum Marc De Champagne is a Celebratory Ice Cream Treat
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Scenic Dinner Plates
Scenic Dinner Plates
Veronique Maire's Dinner Dishes Integrate Mountains, Volcanoes and Lakes
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Princess Patio Pieces
Princess Patio Pieces
Bysteel's Domito Gazebo Beautifies Lustre-Lacking Lawns
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Citrus Cocktail Popsicles
Citrus Cocktail Popsicles
These Citrus Basil Mojito Pops are the Perfect Way to Cool Off
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Area Rug Outdoor Blankets
Area Rug Outdoor Blankets
The Fatboy Picnic Lounge Serves Up Sophistication for al Fresco Eating
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Built-In Stove Dining Tables
Built-In Stove Dining Tables
ENYO by Aaron Wansch Turns Cooking into a Social Event
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Creamy Donut Sandwiches
Creamy Donut Sandwiches
This Churro Ice Cream Sandwich is the Perfect Fried Treat
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Fruity Ice Pops
Fruity Ice Pops
Fresh Fruit Popsicles are a Healthy Way to Stay Cool this Summer
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Decorative Camping Collections
Decorative Camping Collections
Poppytalk for Target's Glamping Line Features Feminine Flourishes
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Portable Picnic Tables
Portable Picnic Tables
The Tailgate Wooden Picnic Table Can be Folded into a Suitcase
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DJ-ing Dinner Plates
DJ-ing Dinner Plates
The SmartPlate Makes Music, Inspired by a Symphony of Savory Ingredients
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Hybrid Stove Tables
Hybrid Stove Tables
The ENYO Table Allows Users to Cook Right Where They Eat
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Carry-On Kitchens
Carry-On Kitchens
The CookIn Table Offers Up Some Crafty Cuisine
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Flower-Filled Furniture
Flower-Filled Furniture
Bysteel's Patio Furniture Has Blossoming Floral Centers
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Landscaped Lumber Panels
Landscaped Lumber Panels
Serving Boards Display the Organic Textures of the Whole Horizon
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Picnic Table Desks
Picnic Table Desks
BuzziPicNic by Alain Gilles is a Modern Communal Workspace
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Easy DIY Icy Treats
Easy DIY Icy Treats
These Frozen Yogurt Pops are Simple, Straightforward and Delicious
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Edible Take-Out Boxes
Edible Take-Out Boxes
Konstantia Manthou Created this Edible Container for No-Waste Meals to Go
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Tortoise Serving Dishes
Tortoise Serving Dishes
The Turtle Chip and Dip Server is Perfect for a Beach Barbecue
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Collapsable Picnic Table Benches
Collapsable Picnic Table Benches
This Transforming Outdoor Table Features Two Products in One
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Barbecuing Picnic Tables
Barbecuing Picnic Tables
The Omega Outdoor Cooking Table Makes Alfresco Food Prep More Social
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Multi-Functional Grill Tops
Multi-Functional Grill Tops
Cook & Enjoy a Meal in One Place With the Garden Dining Table
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Peelable Dinner Plates
Peelable Dinner Plates
The Plate-Oh! Concept Offers 10 Uses and No Need to Wash Dishes
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Toasty Campfire Treats
Toasty Campfire Treats
These Homemade Smashing S'mores Provide Bitesize Marshmallow Goodness
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Cooler-Embedded Counters
Cooler-Embedded Counters
The Beer Gutter Picnic Table is a Summer Time Must-Have
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Built-In BBQ Tables
Built-In BBQ Tables
The JAG Grill Offers a Socialable Outdoor Dining Experience
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