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11 Summer Backyard Dinner Necessities
Summer is approaching and it's time to start taking it outside. Stock up on these colorful and fun items to make your dinners al fresco easy relaxing.
The grill is sizzling and the water is splashing out of the pool. The heat waves are flowing and you’re soaking up those UV rays. Woohoo! It’s summer time and we’re ready to party. If you’re an entertainer at heart, you know that bubbly feeling when you get a new lemonade pitcher or a new... Keep Scrolling
Written by Madison Nauta


The grill is sizzling and the water is splashing out of the pool. The heat waves are flowing and you’re soaking up those UV rays. Woohoo! It’s summer time and we’re ready to party. If you’re an entertainer at heart, you know that bubbly feeling when you get a new lemonade pitcher or a new serving tray for your upcoming get-together. So, get in your shopping mood and check out these 11 pieces that are summer bbq necessities!

(At Cottages & Bungalows, we love to curate and share our favorite finds from across the web with you. Some of the products you’ll see on this page are affiliate links, which means we’ll earn a small commission at no extra cost to you!)

galvanized cooler bucket on a metal stand and wood top

We love that this beverage tub\cooler has lots of uses. It’s portable, touts an attached bottle opener and the tub is removable if tabletop service is better for you. And when not it use it’s got a great surface for a tabletop.

galvanized oval serving tray set for summer bbq 's

You’ve got to have great platters that can handle the great outdoors and still look great. These fit the bill and look gorgeous inside the house as well!

cottage patio loves seat with cream linen cushions and teak frame

Made of durable and weather resistance eucalyptus wood and touting cushy cream linen seats and back pillows, this outdoor love seat is cozy, classic and can be the star of your outdoor gathering area.

kate spade pitcher set with white lemon design on the pitcher and smokey aqua colored footed glasses

Get the party started with this pretty pitcher set from Kate Spade. We love the unique color and shape of glasses which make them perfect for anything from magaritas to smoothies or lemonade– even ice cream!

Related Reading: Boozy Porch Punch Recipes

folding bench for outdoor bbq

A folding bench? Game changer! This classic style folding bench doubles your seating power for an outdoor bbq and it doesn’t have to take up too much space when not in use.

mesh food cover with seashell trim

We’ve all got to keep the bugs away when we serve food outside; covers like these are summer bbq necessities. So don’t ruin your table presentation with aluminum foil tents or paper plate lids. This mesh food cover boasts a beautiful seashell trim.

cane back outdoor rocker on a front cottage style porch which are summer bbq necessities for seating

Summer backyard gatherings should be relaxing! Set the scene wth proper summer bbq ambiance with these great cane back rockers.

giant outdoor jenga with carrying case and scoreboard. Lawn games are summer bbq necessities

Best part of outdoor gatherings other than the food? The games! This giant version of the game Jenga is a crowdpleaser that guests of all ages can enjoy.

summer bbq necessities: patio umbrella with scalloped fringe trim. The pattern is white with small irregular black dots.

Patio umbrellas are no longer the utilitarian items they once were. Now they can be style stars! We love this sweet patterned umbrella with fringe trim.

blue and white circular provence inspired melamine dinner set for outdoor use are summer bbq necessities

Chip resistant melamine plates are summer bbq necessities. This lovely blue and white floral pattern set is has an Italian touch.

Food trays are summer bbq necessities. This clear plastic appetizer tray with 4 compartments each with a seperate lid. The circluar tray cotains a bottom compartment where ice can be placed.

Outdoor serving tools should be high performers. This clear plastic appetizer server has a bottom level which can be filled with ice to keep food items cool. Each compartment also has a lid!

Looking for more outdoor decor ideas? Check out these outdoor furnishings to update your patio. 

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