A place to sit, stay warm and splash in the water are essential for a backyard bash.
You don’t need to drive to the woods to enjoy the recent summer-like weather. Stay close to home — whether it’s in the backyard or on a rooftop — and employ these awesome items to create a perfect gathering space.
Yardbird Round Firetable ($999 at yardbird.com). Firepits are awesome — smoking out your neighbors is not. This new firepit (from a new company that also makes outdoor furniture from ocean plastic) runs on propane or natural gas, with a rust-free aluminum table surrounding the flames and a pretty pool of glass beads.
Melissa & Doug Sunny Patch Splash Patrol Sprinkler Toy ($20 at amazon.com). It’s official: This is the most adorable sprinkler system ever created. It’s also easy to set up and is durable, for family fun all summer long.
Pottery Barn White Diamond Solar String Lights ($57 at potterybarn.com). Setting up outdoor lights can turn into a lesson in complex geometry if you can’t find an outlet. These chic glass string lights are solar powered, so you can avoid that hassle and keep your backyard softly lit all evening.
Sunjoy Soda 3 Piece Dining Set ($225 at wayfair.com). Soak up every minute you can outside with this bistro table that’s perfect for morning coffee or an end-of-the-day cocktail. Both modern and classic, the cast-iron set is rust- and UV-resistant and can tuck onto a small deck or into the corner of the yard.