From Spherical Backyard Cookers to Liquor-Filled Fruits

 - Jul 3, 2012
Planning a backyard soiree can be a hassle, but these summer party essentials make entertaining a breeze. Inviting guests into your home can be nerve-racking at first, but things can go off without a hitch when the host or hostess has the right tools.

If you have a spacious deck or poolside patio, adorn it in fun paper lanterns, mason jar candles and colorful decorations to get this party started. Even if your backyard is a bit more simple, consider laying out blankets and creating a DIY bonfire for a rustic chic camping theme. Any good gathering starts with the food. Summer time treats like watermelon, popsicles, burgers and s'mores will have guests salivating for more. There is also nothing wrong with making this party a potluck -- variety is the spice of life, after all.

Keep your drinks cool and your guests talking with these summer party essentials.