Hope you all had a wonderful Father’s Day weekend! I’m over on the World Market blog with this little mermaid talking about a cute idea to incorporate this hardware organizer into our obscenely chocolatey Father’s Day s’mores bash. (I am floored that she didn’t have any cavities at the latest dentist visit.)

More good news? Since yesterday was the first official day of summer, stores are having major outdoor entertaining sales. It’s my favorite time to snag a deal on outdoor-friendly, kidproof plates and dishes that I use all year. Tip: melamine salad plates are the perfect size for small peoples’ meals and snacks, and they come in such bright, fun colors – let them pick their favorite pattern for fewer meal-time struggles (maybe). There are still so many opportunities to celebrate outdoors – the 4th, of course, block parties, pool parties, the million summer birthdays, cocktails with the girls, clambakes, impromptu barbecues, Labor Day, help-finish-all-the-summer-beers parties? – you can definitely put these to good use.  Check out these modern outdoor entertaining pieces that scream summer, all on sale.


Top Picks: Modern Outdoor Entertaining



beverage dispenser: Threshold Seeded Plastic Beverage Dispenser with Wood Top – The seaglass color is to die for and the wood top makes it look much more expensive than it is – it would be so pretty for cucumber or lemon water or showing off the newest sangria recipe you pinned.

glasses: Artland Double Old-Fashioned Glasses – These come in so many colors, plus unique ones seldom seen in barware like this slate blue, citrine, sage and plum. Great reviews for being heavy, durable and great for year-round use. Note – they are glass, so maybe save them for adults only!

platter: Beach Buddies Tray, Seagull – Being from New England I don’t find seagulls remotely charming, the greedy, squawky ones in “Finding Nemo” were spot on. But turn him into a hipster with thick glasses and high tops? Game over.

drinks tray: Galvanized Drinks Tray – Simple and graphic tray with a vintage spin. The red accent and tray design are so versatile, you could also use this for holiday party drinks.

bottle: Summer Drink Bottle Glass – These little milk bottles are festively adorable for anything from juice to cocktails. At less than $2 each, they’d make amazing party favors. I’d break ’em out for everyday use since my preschooler is obsessed with “doing ‘Cheers’!”

I put together even more colorful, happy finds in a boutique because who doesn’t love summer parties! Did I miss any that are on your list? Back to school cocktail party for parents, maybe?








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