Serving Essentials for Your Summer Shindig

By  May 15, 2014

There is something extraordinary about hosting a party during the summer. Maybe it’s the longer days, the warmer nights, or the fact that everyone is noticeably more carefree and relaxed now that winter has melted away. Whatever the reason, these are the times when memories are made, so make sure every detail stands out. Even the accessories and tools you use for food and drink, from the trays to the tableware to the towels, should say something about summer. Here are eight essentials that’ll do just that.


If plates are hot, serve them with colorful tea towels that protect your hands and add to the décor too.

Kompotti tea-towel set, available at Marimekko for $49 »


This glass drink dispenser can sit on the patio near the barbecue, filled with delicious summer punch or lemonade.

Glass drink dispenser, available at C. Wonder for $60 »


Stock up on bright serving bowls for all your sides—they add color to the tablescape.

Honeycomb serving bowl, available at Williams-Sonoma for $69.95 »


For your get-together’s grand finale, present dessert on tiered trays. Bite-size sweets are the perfect way to wrap up a summer soirée.

Threshold two-tier server, available at Target for $14.99 »


As host of the celebration, it’s rad to look fab, even in the kitchen. This apron will keep you clean and cute when serving guests.

Triangle apron, available at for $45 »


Serve your summer sippers in adult-appropriate sippy cups—mason jars with striped straws.

Juice Stop by Glass Set, available at for $49.99 »


Appetizer trays are a must when hosting a party. This set features multiple-size porcelain plates in bold patterns.

Carnaby square nesting trays, available at Jonathan Adler for $88.99 »


Margaritas in the sun go hand in hand with summertime get-togethers. This festive salt plate and stoneware juicer make it easy for guests to help themselves.

Sun Palette barware, available at Anthropologie for $16 to $20 »