The experts reveal their go-to goods for all types of backyard gatherings.

By Emily Hsieh
Updated June 19, 2018
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Mother and Child in Backyard
Credit: Thayer Allyson Gowdy

Whether you're prepping for a Fourth of July bash or have lots of outdoor dinner parties marked on your calendar, these five outdoor entertaining must-haves will make sure it's memorable. From the lightweight beach chair you can move anywhere you need an extra perch, to headlamps for the kids, to the coolest inflatable lounger you've ever seen, these picks can make the party.

Sonos One

Outdoor Speakers

“Don’t bother playing DJ. Outsource the playlist to the younger crowd and it’ll turn into an all-ages dance party.” —Christiane Lemieux, founder of the Inside, a customized furnishings company

To buy: Sonos One, $149;

Three Trees Headlamp


“Set out a basketful for kids to play headlamp tag after dark.” —Dan Braun, founder and CEO of Camp Navarro in Northern California

To buy: Three Trees Headlamp, $12;

MYSINGSÖ Beach Chair

Folding Beach Chairs

“Ikea’s Mysingsö is my all-time favorite for bright, lightweight, and inexpensive seating.” —Elizabeth Demos, a Savannah, Georgia–based designer and prop stylist

To buy: $25,

Graniteware Breakfast Plates

Speckled Enamelware

“This stuff telegraphs summer. Plus, it’s durable and all you need for a pretty outdoor table.” —Lemieux

To buy: Graniteware breakfast plates, $85 for 4;

Chillbo Inflatable Loungers

Outdoor Beanbags

“Inflatable loungers by Chillbo work equally well on grass and in water.” —Braun

To buy: $55 each;