Outdoor Patio Entertaining

16 Must-Have Accessories for Entertaining on Your Porch this Summer

You'll never want to leave.
By Lia Picard
May 12, 2021
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We've all become more outdoorsy in the past year. For some of us, though, "outdoorsy" means sipping a refreshing cocktail on a patio—at home. "I think the pandemic encouraged people to also fix up their outdoor spaces. Even if it's just a little apartment terrace," says Stacy Borocz, co-founder of EtúHome. The owner of the brand which specializes in high-end kitchen and dining accessories is no stranger to outdoor entertaining, and is glad people are finally catching on. "It's exciting. It just feels healthier doesn't it?" Borocz says.

When it comes to outdoor entertaining, it's important to have the right accessories for your space since that typically determines what kind of food you'll serve. For example, if you're sitting in a lounge-like setting (think couches and club chairs), serving off of a charcuterie board is ideal. Meanwhile, an outdoor dining set allows you to be more formal. "You get to do a lot with floral arrangements or something fun and fresh from your garden," says Borocz.

Whatever your outdoor entertaining situation looks like, don't feel like you can't add a little glam. "I think entertaining outdoors can be beautiful and romantic. Why not use crystal glasses? Why not use beautiful champagne glasses? I personally use a lot of found silver," she says. Even linens and cloth napkins add a nice touch.

The one accessory Borocz swears that every al fresco entertainer should have? A serving tray to stylishly carry those drinks, food, and glassware. "That's my number one go-to, is something that is a tray so it has a lip so things don't fall off when you carry them outside," says Borocz.

Here are 16 accessories to up your outdoor entertaining game.

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If you're only hosting a couple of friends, or, heck, just want to make yourself a snack, this mini charcuterie board is the answer. There are a variety of colors to choose from, and it happens to be sustainably-made from reclaimed pinewood and finished with a plant-based wax.

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