A memorable outdoor gathering demands a few imaginative touches.
Invest in fun party seating.
Elegant outdoor furniture is all well and good, but when it comes to partying under the sun, it's always a good idea to have some lightweight (lighthearted) guest seating waiting in the wings. The Connubia Hero Chair, above, moves from indoors to outdoors in a flash, stacks neatly when not in use, and comes in a range of bright colors that make an eye-catching addition to deck or patio. Seletti's Studio Job Folding Chair, available in a choice of 5 different irreverent illustrations, will be a conversation starter at any outdoor soiree; and the lightweight Bongo Lamp Stool and Kartell Stone Stool are both cool and compact, and double as occasional tables, to boot.
Show off your style with modern party games.
Why settle for ho-hum outdoor games when you can make a seriously stylish—and seriously fun—statement with modern games and game tables? Spring for a Fredericks & Mae Bocce Game Set, above, pretty enough to put on display even when not in use, but ready and waiting for an afternoon of friendly competition. Ditto Fredericks & Mae's Modern Dartboard, a dead ringer for a piece of abstract art, both indoors and outside. RS Barcelona's You and Me Ping Pong Table,is designed for those who take their fun and games seriously, but its double life as elegant outdoor dining table is well worth the investment.
Be inventive with party favors.
What better way to throw an unforgettable summer party than by sending your guests home with a lasting memento? Get inventive with party favors by opting for little luxuries—like the W&P Design Carry-On Cocktail Kit, sure to make an intoxicating impression with your frequent flying guests. Which party-goer could resist a gift set of 12 cloth cocktail napkins in a variety of striking prints by Thomaspaul, a practical present with style to burn? And a yearly reminder of your summer soiree awaits in the Wildflower Seed Paper Cannon from Fredericks & Mae, designed to be popped open in yard or flower bed, only to yield annual springtime blooms.