Weave retro lights through stakes in the lawn, placed about three feet apart, so the perimeter of the party area is clearly defined.
To buy: $34, shopterrain.com.
Torches are instant magic. Light them just before guests arrive and it looks like you’ve been decorating for weeks.
To buy: Unfortunately, this product is no longer available. For a similar torch, visit goingfixtures.com.
The entire drinks menu includes: Prosecco, Coronas, and bottled water in a nice-looking tub of ice.
To buy: $18, wine.com.
Tuck little baskets of insect-repellent towelettes around the party so people can spot them when needed. They’re super-effective and less messy than bug spray.To buy: $18 for 32, amazon.com.
Bocce or badminton, or even card games on a picnic blanket, are great party starters, especially with guests who haven’t met before.
To buy: Unfortunately, this item is no longer available. For a similar set, visit bambuzo.com.
Use real dishes outside. They'll feel luxurious even if you’re just eating burgers. These plain white plates come in a neat cardboard box, which means easy storage all summer and in the off-season.To buy: $59, potterybarn.com.