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80 Summer Party Essentials

From Spherical Backyard Cookers to Liquor-Filled Fruits

— July 3, 2012 — Lifestyle
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.
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Weather-Resistant Lighters
Weather-Resistant Lighters
The REI Stormproof Matches are Made to Rough it Out
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79
Arborial Lamp Fixtures
Arborial Lamp Fixtures
The Pit Out Tree Lights by e27 Brings Elegance to the Outdoors
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78
Solar-Powered Concerts
Solar-Powered Concerts
Sun Boxes by Craig Colorusso is a Sound Installation Powered by the Sun
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77
One-Click Margarine Slicers
One-Click Margarine Slicers
The RSA Butter Cutter Will Give You the Perfect Amount Each Time
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76
Swedish-Inspired Lawn Games
Swedish-Inspired Lawn Games
'V:King' is Old-Fashioned Fun for the Entire Family
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75
Campfire Treat Kits
Campfire Treat Kits
The S'More to Love 'S'More Maker' Allows Users to Cook Snacks Sans Flames
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74
Dutiful Barbeque Clamps
Dutiful Barbeque Clamps
The Vegetable Grill Clips Let You Enjoy Healthy Side Dishes
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73
Candle Seal Coasters
Candle Seal Coasters
The Melty Pot Stand Leaves the Mark of a Delicious Meal
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72
Shoe Sole-Inspired Coasters
Shoe Sole-Inspired Coasters
Vans 'Waffle Sole' Coaster Puts Your Shoe Sole on the Table
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71
Trickery Toaster Coasters
Trickery Toaster Coasters
Patricia Graves' “Toast It” Add Some Satire to Brunch
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70
Portable Cocktail Makers
Portable Cocktail Makers
Coleman's New Rechargeable Blender Makes for Easy Drinking
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69
Heat-Resistant BBQ Gloves
Heat-Resistant BBQ Gloves
Get Ready to Grill With the Pit Mitt
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68
Summery Sauce Carriers
Summery Sauce Carriers
The Mini Picnic Table Condiment Set is Perfect for Summer Parties
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67
Vintage Dessert Pops
Vintage Dessert Pops
The Cupcakes and Cashmere Root Beer Float Popsicles are Nostalgic
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66
Margarita-Flavored Beers
Margarita-Flavored Beers
Bud Light Releases the Lime-A-Rita
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65
Booze-Counting Openers
Booze-Counting Openers
The Beer Tracker Bottle Opener Lets You Know When to Slow Down
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64
Sausage-Grilling Rods
Sausage-Grilling Rods
The Hot Dog Roasting Sticks are a Cookout Must-Have
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63
Readable Booze Holders
Readable Booze Holders
The DIY Chalkboard Wine Glasses are Classy and Fun
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62
Creepy-Eyed Condiments
Creepy-Eyed Condiments
The Blink Ketchup and Mustard Squeeze Bottles
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61
Fruit-Juicing Vessels
Fruit-Juicing Vessels
Takeya Flash Chill Lemonade Maker Makes Tasty Beverages in One Go
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60
Instant Lemonade Balls
Instant Lemonade Balls
The Brit & Co. Blog Shows How to Make Refreshing Citrus Drinks
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59
Handy Hardware Booze Holders
Handy Hardware Booze Holders
The Giant Socket Drink Holder Keeps Your Beverages Chilled
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58
Healthy Summer Drink Jars
Healthy Summer Drink Jars
The Prodyne Fruit Infusion Pitcher is Splendid
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57
Oversized Poolside Games
Oversized Poolside Games
Giant Ring Toss is a Larger-Than-Life Take on Aquatic Fun
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56
Devious Summer Snacks
Devious Summer Snacks
Deep Fried Deviled Eggs are a Tasty Addition to the Picnic Basket
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55
Culture-Sustaining Hammocks
Culture-Sustaining Hammocks
Yellow Leaf Provides Alternatives to Child Labor and Toxic Farming
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54
Four-Pack Alcohol Carriers
Four-Pack Alcohol Carriers
The Convenient Handy Cans Can Holder for Booze Hounds
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53
Fruit-Cooling Gadgets
Fruit-Cooling Gadgets
The Portable Watermelon Cooler Lets You Take Your Melon on the Go
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52
Fencing-Like Grill Utensils
Fencing-Like Grill Utensils
The Heat Shield Barbecue Tools Protect Knuckles from Burns
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51
Temperature-Controlling Ale Containers
Temperature-Controlling Ale Containers
The Ice Core Beer Pitcher Keeps Brews Cold for Hours
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50
Sleek Illuminating Seats
Sleek Illuminating Seats
The Terrace Chair Offers a New Style of Patio Furniture
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49
Puppy Pool Pads
Puppy Pool Pads
Keep Your Canine Afloat With This Pet Floatie
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48
Cupcake Pinatas
Cupcake Pinatas
This Party Favor is Clever Take on the Birthday Party Favorite
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47
Instant Cocoa Cubes
Instant Cocoa Cubes
Hot Chocolate Sticks are Handy and Delicious
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46
Spherical Backyard Cookers
Spherical Backyard Cookers
The Eva Solo Grill Globe is Unexpectedly Chic
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45
Futuristic Eco Kegs
Futuristic Eco Kegs
The Kegstand
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44
Weather-Inspired Jello Shooters
Weather-Inspired Jello Shooters
These Sunny Day Jelly Shot Parfaits are the Perfect Summer Treat
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43
Collapsible Barbecues
Collapsible Barbecues
Paul Jr. Designs' Coleman RoadTrip Grill is Perfect for Summer Adventures
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42
Portable Party Carts
Portable Party Carts
Keep Guests Entertained Everywhere With the Alpina Grills Mobile Beer Bar
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41
Cardboard Campfire Lighting
Cardboard Campfire Lighting
Let the Urban Camper Project by Chieh-Ting Huang Light Up Your Life
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40
Scrumptious Slider Cakes
Scrumptious Slider Cakes
The Hamburger Cupcakes and Cookie Fries are Deliciously Tricky
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39
Ice Box Booze-Coolers
Ice Box Booze-Coolers
On-Ice Beer Dispenser Makes Sure Warm Alcohol Never Happens
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38
Flip-Flop Cup Holders
Flip-Flop Cup Holders
Multifunctional Sandals That Are Perfect for the Beach
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37
Mini Toasted Treats
Mini Toasted Treats
The Chocolate Smores Cupcake Offers the Best of Both Desserts
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36
Ant-Free Picnic Platters
Ant-Free Picnic Platters
The FERN Contemporary Dishes Platform is for Meal-Sharing Amongst People
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35
Tipsy Tilted Shooters
Tipsy Tilted Shooters
Martini Glass Jello Shots are a Grownup's Answer to the Old College Standby
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34
Liquor-Filled Fruits
Liquor-Filled Fruits
The Watermelon Keg Mixes and Pours All at Once
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33
Outdoor Suitcase Surfaces
Outdoor Suitcase Surfaces
The Wooden Picnic Table Converts into a Compact Carrier
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32
Caulking Branded Condiments
Caulking Branded Condiments
Montage Saus Packaging Looks More Like Epoxy Applicators
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31
Playground Picnic Tables
Playground Picnic Tables
Marleen Jansen's See-Saw Table Will Send You Flying
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30
Tantalizing Melon Medleys
Tantalizing Melon Medleys
This Watermelon Salad Recipe Incorporates an Unusual Fruit Base
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29
Flower-Filled Furniture
Flower-Filled Furniture
Bysteel's Patio Furniture Has Blossoming Floral Centers
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28
Swiveling Stereo-Sporting Seats
Swiveling Stereo-Sporting Seats
The Revolve Camping Chair Puts a Twist on Traditional Loungers
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27
Diverse Disk-Like BBQS
Diverse Disk-Like BBQS
The Blacktop 360 Grill-Fryer is a Four-in-One Wonder
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26
One-Handed Bottle Openers
One-Handed Bottle Openers
The 'Kebo' Makes Popping Caps Easy
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25
Drunken Campfire Confections
Drunken Campfire Confections
These Smoretini Shooters are a Boozy Take on the Old Favorite
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24
Multi-Functional Summer Loungers
Multi-Functional Summer Loungers
'Float' by Shiner is the Perfect Outdoor Recliner
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23
Fire Pit Barbecues
Fire Pit Barbecues
The Wodtke Gryll-L is Features a Sophisticated Design
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22
Green Garden Lights
Green Garden Lights
The Solar Soji Lanterns are an Eco Way to Light Up Your Outdoor Space
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21
Pop-Up Fireplaces
Pop-Up Fireplaces
Portable Bonfire Enclosed in a Table
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20
Candy-Coated Bar Drinks
Candy-Coated Bar Drinks
The Blow Pop Martini is a Super Sweet Treat
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19
Floating Liquid Glasses
Floating Liquid Glasses
The Float Tea Cup by Molo Design Plays Tricks on the Eyes
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18
Fruit Imitating Popsicles
Fruit Imitating Popsicles
Beat the Summer Heat with These Cute and Kitschy Watermelon Ice Pops
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Jarred Juice Lids
Jarred Juice Lids
The Cuppow Mason Jar Sippin' Lids are Country-Inspired
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Slick Picnic Baskets
Slick Picnic Baskets
The Smeg Portable Freezer Makes Alfresco Eating Cool
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15
Spongey Stone Drink Mats
Spongey Stone Drink Mats
The Kalki'd Water Absorbent Concrete Coaster is a Natural Marvel
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14
Severely Contorted Tumblers
Severely Contorted Tumblers
Tipsy Glasses by Loris & Livia Make You Feel Five Drinks Ahead
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13
Bottled Candelabras
Bottled Candelabras
The Mason Jar Chandelier Preserves Light
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12
Outdoor Cooking Organizers
Outdoor Cooking Organizers
My Camp Kitchen Keeps Food Tidy in the Wilderness
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11
Indoor Firework Lamps
Indoor Firework Lamps
The Laserpod Shoots Colorful LED Lazers at The Ceiling
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10
Upcycled Bonfire Pits
Upcycled Bonfire Pits
The Fire Ring Sets Aflame with Ease & Holds Your Drinks Conveniently
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9
Curvy Foldable Loungers
Curvy Foldable Loungers
The Confused Direction Koi Deck Chair is Easily Portable
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8
Hinged Sun-Loving Seats
Hinged Sun-Loving Seats
Solar Chaise Lounge Passively Stores Renewable Energy
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7
Homemade Hillbilly Drink Stands
Homemade Hillbilly Drink Stands
Hobo Tin Can Beer Holders are the Laissez-Faire Way to Decorate
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6
Dessert-Inspired Drinking
Dessert-Inspired Drinking
These Strawberry Cheesecake Jello Shots are Delectable
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5
Rustic Jar Lighting
Rustic Jar Lighting
Luke Lamp Co. Creates Light Fixtures That are Full of Character
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4
Beer Cup-Creating Tools
Beer Cup-Creating Tools
The Kinkajou Bottle Cutter Turns Any Empty Brew Into a New Mug or Vase
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3
Cooler-Embedded Counters
Cooler-Embedded Counters
The Beer Gutter Picnic Table is a Summer Time Must-Have
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2
Upcycled Bottle Glasses
Upcycled Bottle Glasses
Bottlehood Recycles Wine, Beer and Liquor Bottles into Glass Cups
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1
DIY Glowing Containers
DIY Glowing Containers
The 'From Panka with Love' Blog Shows How to Make Glow-in-the-Dark Jars
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