Summer Party Gear
Pick your plates according to your party: crab fest? lobster bake? Each of the four marine-life–themed melamine designs is sold separately, so you can net just the style you want.
To buy: $10 each, tuvaluhome.com.
No-Mess Beverage Jar
Avoid the spills of a regular pitcher: A spouted jar is a neat way to serve beverages. Hang an erasable chalkboard label around it so thirsty guests know what’s coming.
To buy: $48 for jar; $5 for mini-chalkboard; surlatable.com.
Covered Condiment Holder
The number-one annoyance at an outdoor party: bugs. Keep them out of your condiments with a clever chrome-plated caddy. It has two flip-top covers that protect six pint containers with easy snap-on lids.
To buy: $85.50, instawares.com.
Outdoor Floor Cushions
A clever choice for party seating that easily stows away: striped floor cushions made of braided cotton and jute. Comes in iron (goji berry is no longer available).
To buy: $40, westelm.com.