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11 Essentials for Dining Outdoors All Summer Long | Homes …

Eating dinner outside on a long, warm evening is one of the great pleasures of summer. But without the right tools, from outdoor seating to durable plates and glasses, dining al fresco can cause a bit of a headache. Make sure you’ve got the essentials for effortless outdoor meals, and you’ll be toasting to those summer nights for as long as the season lasts.

Related: Your Guide to Grills and More for Great Outdoor Cooking


A Place at the Table

Having a nice outdoor dining table opens up a range of possibilities. Suddenly, inviting people over for barbecues sounds easy and eating dinner in the backyard every night becomes routine. Make that dream a reality this summer with this solid acacia wood dining set, complete with six cushioned chairs and a table. The table can be shortened or extended with a hidden butterfly leaf, so you’ll be ready for extra dinner guests.

7-Piece Dining Table and Chair Set from Houzz

Durable Dinnerware

No need to fret over bringing your nice dinnerware outside — simply bring this durable set of turquoise plates to the backyard instead. Made of melamine but with the crackled and glazed look of ceramic, this set of 12 plates is meant to hold up to outdoor use. And with a beautiful Mediterranean aqua finish, these plates will put you and your guests into a summer mood.

Crackle Glaze Dinner Plate, Set of 12, Turquoise from Houzz

Stemless and Stress-Free

Avoid the risk of broken wine glasses at your outdoor dinner by using these stemless, plastic wine tumblers. With an ultra-clear finish, this set of six plastic glasses looks like glass, but will provide you with some piece of mind. And the stemless style is perfect for keeping things simple and laid back.

Plastic BPA Free Stemless Drinkware, Set of 6 from Houzz

Get Grilling

Grilling is the perfect way to cook in the summer, both to keep your home cool and because all of the mess of cooking stays outside. This four-burner propane gas grill will make it easy to cook almost all of your meals outside this summer. Complete with a side burner and a side shelf for prep work, as well as a heavy duty stainless steel lid, this grill packs maximum function into its compact size.

4-Burner Propane Gas Grill from Houzz

Wrap it in Cedar

If cooking fish or delicate vegetables on the grill makes you nervous, opt instead to use these cedar and alder wood wraps. Simply soak these wraps in water beforehand, and they’ll gently steam your food and infuse them with a smoky wood flavor. This set includes 20 wraps and kitchen twine for tying them.

Grilling Wraps, Set of 20 from Houzz

Food on Sticks

Nothing says summer more than eating food straight off the barbecue from a stick. Easily make kebabs on your own grill with this set of six skewers and a holding rack. Made of stainless steel, this rack has multiple insertion points, so you can move the skewers independently or as a whole. When you’re done grilling, this rack can go in the dishwasher and even be folded up for convenient storage.

Stainless Steel Skewers, Set of 6 from Houzz

Pizza Night at Home

Impress your family and friends by making your own professional-grade pizza in this wood-fired oven. With heating capacity up to 900 degrees, this oven makes excellent pizza crust, bread, meat and more, and comes with two pizza peels. Resting on a stainless steel cart with caster wheels, this oven can also be conveniently moved around your backyard.

Wood-Fired Pizza Oven from Houzz

Serve Family-Style

Beautifully display a generous serving of salad, pasta or roasted potatoes in this blue serving bowl and let your guests help themselves. With a wave-like Japanese design and grooved texture, this bowl will give your outdoor table a touch of understated elegance. Made of ceramic, this bowl is microwave and dishwasher safe.

Aranami Blue Serving Bowl from Houzz

Take it on a Tray

If picnicking is more your style, set out food and drinks on this solid teak wood serving tray and nosh the evening away. Naturally resistant to mold and mildew, this teak tray is perfect for outdoor use and will provide a flat surface to rest glasses and plates on. And with handles on either side, this tray will make it easy to carry your refreshments outside.

Serving Tray, Solid Teak Wood from Houzz

Stay Hydrated

When you’re reclining outside over a nice meal, the last thing anyone wants to do is go back inside to get a cup of water. Make sure you have plenty of water readily available by filling up this classic glass pitcher ahead of time. Toss in a few lemon or cucumber slices and you’ll have a beautiful and functional addition to your table.

Michelangelo Pitcher from Houzz

Keep the Bugs at Bay

One of the biggest nuisances of eating outdoors can be the swarm of bugs to contend with. Arm yourself with this set of two 12 ounce citronella candles and place them around your yard to ward off mosquitos. Each candle is held within a terracotta crock, to add a welcoming touch to your yard and provide easy transport.

Blue Citronella Candle Colored Crock, Set of 2 from Houzz

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