5 Must-Have Items for the Ultimate Outdoor Summer Party
Summer is here, which means it’s time to ring up the neighbors and invite them over for the ultimate outdoor barbecue. But before you can do that, you’ll need to have a backyard worthy of the shindig you want to throw.
If your yard is looking a little barren at the moment, don’t sweat it. With the must-have party items below, your backyard will transform into the ultimate entertaining space. Before you know it, you’ll be hosting a backyard bash the neighbors will be talking about for ages.
First and foremost comes the food. Food is the cornerstone of any outdoor summer party, so if you don’t have a grill worth showing up for, your parties will never be as big as you want them to be. As the saying goes: If you grill it, they will come.
This grill from Char-Broil will serve you well. It has three burners to heat up all the burgers, brats, and hotdogs your guests can gobble down, plus an additional burner for heating up sauces and side dishes. Man this grill with tongs in one hand and a beer in the other, and you’ll be the king of the party. Buy one here.
2. Volleyball set
Sitting and socializing is fun, but eventually your guests are going to want to move around. What better way to encourage physical activity than by starting up a game of volleyball? Volleyball is the perfect game for backyard parties. It has easy-to-follow rules, low stakes, and it can be enjoyed by players of all ages.
This volleyball set from Park & Sun is the ideal choice. It’s made of heavy-duty materials, so it can take a beating — unlike the many nets marketed for badminton in addition to volleyball. It even comes with a nylon equipment bag, so you can bring it wherever the party is. Buy the set here.
3. Poolside basketball hoop
Volleyball is fun, but what if you have a pool in your backyard? In that case, you’ll want a poolside basketball hoop, like this one from Poolmaster. While your guests cool down in the pool, they can shoot some hoops on this high quality piece of sporting equipment. It’s short, making it great for kids as well as adults, plus it has a rugged backboard that can stand up to the wear-and-tear as your party guests shoot three-pointers and land slam dunks. Buy one here.
Even if your guests are relaxing in the shade, a hot summer day demands a cold drink. That’s where this sturdy stainless steel cooler comes in. This 20-gallon beast can hold plenty beer, pop, water, or any other refreshments you want to provide for your guests. It has a shelf for storing extras, plus a bottle cap opener attached to its side, so you never have to worry about someone wandering off with it. And best of all, it will keep your beverages cold from the start of the party to well after your final guests have gone home. Buy one here.
5. Fire pit
Some backyard barbecues end when the sun sets, but that’s a waste of a perfectly good night. With this UniFlame fire pit, you can keep the party going long after you put the kids to bed. Thanks to its hex shape and lattice steel design, it’s the best looking fire pit around. It holds enough wood for a long-lasting fire, and it comes with a mesh cover to keep things contained. So throw on some logs, pull up some chairs, and enjoy a nightcap around a flickering fire. Buy one here.