Stylish and affordable plates, glasses, linens, and lighting for outdoor parties
Even if you're not a frequent entertainer, there's just something about warm weather that makes you want to dust off the patio furniture, break out the colorful table linens, and host an outdoor gathering. It helps that summer entertaining—whether a fancy garden party or a casual barbecue—is as easy and breezy as a sunny day: no vacuuming and straightening up, no polishing silver, no need to decorate beyond perhaps a simple lantern hung from a tree. But that doesn't mean entertaining without style. When we surveyed the offerings this season, we found a lot of variety and a lot to love. From ultramodern steel torches (generations evolved from their bamboo tiki forbearers) to retro floral plates in unbreakable melamine to understated flatware made from sustainable bamboo, whatever your taste, there's something for you. And, even better, many of the items are extremely affordable: Quite a few came in at less than $10 a piece.
The information in this article was current at 06 Dec 2011