10 Outdoor Grilling and Party Essentials So You Crush Your Hosting Duties


Warm weather equals the perfect time to take the party outside. Show your guests you’re on top of your grilling and party-hosting game by loading up on the niftiest gear, outdoor tabletop picks, and ingredient essentials. See you in the backyard.

1. Wherever Grill With Smoker Upgrade Kit

Regular portable grills are so JV. Upgrade your game to varsity status with a smartly designed combo charcoal and electric grill that also converts into a smoker. Score!

($134.95; crateandbarrel.com)

2. 5-in-1 Barbecue Multi-Tool

A Swiss Army Knife for grilling? Yep, it exists. This ingenious invention has a spatula, basting brush, barbecue fork, plus a corkscrew and bottle opener—so even if you never light the charcoal, you’ll always be ready to open a cold drink for your guests.

($29.95; surlatable.com)

3. Fruit Drink Float Set

OK, you probably don’t need floats for your cocktails, but these playful pineapples and watermelons give new meaning to “fruit drinks.” Everybody in the pool.

($13; westelm.com)

4. Summer Grilling Spices Gift Set

Instead of doing the usual mesquite this and chipotle that, make your cookout a little more interesting with travel-inspired spice blends that call to mind destinations like Da Lat (Vietnamese Lam Dong cocoa nibs, coffee, and star anise) and the Aegean Islands (Cyprus salt, lemon, thyme, and mastic).

($35; mouth.com)

5. Weber’s Greatest Hits Cookbook

You’ve gotta trust the folks who actually made the grill to come up with 125 recipes that even open-flame novices can master. This might seem #basic at first glance, but we promise, this book has some of the best grilling recipes out there.

($15.89; amazon.com)

6. Make Your Own BBQ Sauce Kit

Why go store-bought with your sauce when you can DIY? Choose from tomato-, mustard-, or vinegar-based sauces, then act nonchalant when you tell friends you made them yourself.

($39.95; uncommongoods.com)

7. Melamine Dinner Plates

Even if you’re serving burgers and dogs, your get-together will feel like a garden party with a set of vibrant (and durable) floral plates. They may be more expensive than paper, but you’ll want to use these pretty things again and again and again.

($10; anthropologie.com)

8. Marfa Lanterns

Bugs are the ultimate party crashers, but citronella candles usually aren’t cute. Put them in these desert-inspired ceramic holders to add a touch of discreet style to your setting.

($45-$58; jaysonhome.com)

9. Glass Hive Drink Dispenser

The secret to every killer party: punch. Make a batched cocktail (less work for you) and let guests serve themselves from an antique-looking dispenser.

($48; shopterrain.com)

10. Vintage Red Cooler

When it’s hot out, nothing is worse than a warm drink. Keep your beer and mixers cold in a throwback cooler that looks as cool as it keeps your beverages.

($60; williams-sonoma.com)

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