6 Items to Make Outdoor Entertaining Easier

Planning a summer party can be fun, but tackling the challenges that an outdoor event might pose is another story. Fend off heat, bugs, and boredom with these six products.


Collapsible Beverage Bin


When you’re hosting an outdoor event, offer up a selection of frosty beverages. Fill this silicone bucket with ice to keep them cool all party long. Then when the event ends, fold the bucket flat for easy storage.

To buy: $40; uncommongoods.com.

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Mimosa-Colored String Lights


Add ambiance above the pool or porch deck and give guests light to see by as the sun sets with the help of these string lights. The amber colored glass will add an extra festive touch to your space.

To buy: $17; worldmarket.com.

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La Fresh Mosquito Repellant Wipes


Keep mosquito bites at bay by handing out these Deet- and chemical-free insect repellent wipes. The peppermint oil formula will deter the insects and prevent any itchy party “favors.”

To buy: $21 for 48 individually wrapped packs; amazon.com.

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Aqua Chill Bowl With Servers


Serving a salad at your weekend potluck? Keep it chilled with the help of this handy bowl. Freeze the bottom disc and reattach it before heading to the party and your food will stay cool for hours. Best of all, the lid corrals a set of salad servers for doling out your signature dish.

To buy: $20; crateandbarrel.com.

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Float On Drink Floaties


The problem at pool parties tends to be keeping track of your drink—especially as you take a dip in the water. Keep your cup, can, or bottle at hand with the help of these adorable drink floaties.

To buy: $12 for two; bando.com.

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Giant Jumbling Tower Game


Give your guests some oversize entertainment with the help of this giant tower game. Set it up on a flat patch of lawn and watch the excitement of the gamers ensue. It will likely become a spectator sport.

To buy: $80; urbanoutfitters.com.

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