Outdoor entertaining guide
Outdoor furniture sets
A successful spring or summer soiree means feeding hungry friends, providing shelter from sun or storms, offering the proper libations, and discouraging those uninvited guests: pesky insects. — Shannon McCarthy
Bing | Outdoor furniture sets
Make your outdoors great with seating and dining arrangements both comfy – and more importantly – durable and weather-resistant. Choose from small round patio dining table and chair sets to luxe sofa, loveseat and coffee table suites that look sophisticated enough for the living room.
Bing | Outdoor cushions
Wicker, wood and wrought iron wouldn’t be nearly as nice for relaxing without well-placed padding. Backyard seating skews soft with cushions and pillows that can last through the years. Weather-resistant fabrics and treatments defy mold, mildew and sun damage, so their festively decorated designs look just as fresh next spring.
Bing | Outdoor/indoor rugs
Lay the foundation for your outdoor living room with something spectacular underfoot. Prefer elegant to rustic? Patio and deck-ready carpets aren’t all made of sea grass or jute. We love the newest ornately decorated rugs that can be easily switched in and out of doors depending on the season.
Bing | Melamine serveware
Alfresco dining calls for break-proof dishes, and while paper plates are the norm for backyard repasts, they’re neither eco- nor budget-conscious. Buy a set of sturdy serveware made of melamine and you’ll get years of service, plus the choice of awesomely colorful designs that paper can’t provide.
Bing | Acrylic drinkware
Quench your gathering's collective thirst with shatterproof glasses in styles ranging from casual barbecue-cool beer steins to graceful “these-gotta-be-glass” wine stems. Tumblers in myriad tints are also on offer, as are a full selection of highball glasses, champagne flutes and martini glasses for cocktail parties held under the stars.
Bing | Patio umbrellas
These essential sun shields do their job in earthy neutrals, big bold brights or totally loud patterns that can probably be seen from space. Look for poles with push-button tilting for ease and versatility, and seek out strong rib construction in the canopy to resist that enemy of all patio umbrellas: wind.
Bing | Adirondack chairs
Outdoor parties call for lots of seating, and while collapsible camp chairs and chaise lounges are helpful, there’s nothing more backyard classic than an Adirondack chair. Well-made ones are pricey, but they just get better with age (meaning: good investments), and even one or two scattered about will lend a relaxed-retro air anywhere.
Bing | Fire pits
A hot, and relatively new, trend in outdoor décor, the fire pit is the ultimate mood maker from early spring twilights to chilly fall midnights. Some models are like a basic backyard campfire: just rustic metal rounds piled with firewood. Others are super-sleek, made with glass enclosures and flickering with clean-burning fuel.
Bing | Barbecue grills
Add extra sizzle to the season with just the right cooking equipment for a backyard feast. Choose your fuel: Charcoal, gas and infrared grills (the newest kind of 'cue) come in modest ultra-portable sizes (some indoor-outdoor), all the way up to massive built-ins that become part of your patio.
Barbecue pans and cookware
Bing | Barbecue pans and cookware
The thrill of the grill isn't complete without specialized accessories. Ingeniously designed metal mesh and perforated cast-iron pans allow you to cook over open flame similar to how you would on the stove, vastly expanding your repertoire and raising your barbecue cred from newbie to grillmaster status.