At your next get-together, have guests play a quick round of guess the shiny oval object. Winner gets the first beer.
Anaise | Buy
Let them eat cake…or any dessert they like. Any food will look decidedly more royal when served on King’s Road Redux plates, which feature fancy golden crowns and details.
Rosanna | Buy
Flour sack tea towels are pretty much the gold standard in dish drying. This one from Oh Little Rabbit is hand-drawn and hand-printed.
Oh Little Rabbit | Buy
You’re not really a morning person, preferring to keep conversation to a minimum at the breakfast table. With this set of ceramic mugs, you can send your significant other short messages with chalk.
ThreadSence | Buy
(Set of 4)
An eco-friendly alternative to traditional paper, these reusable cotton cocktail napkins will add sophisticated style to your next wine tasting. The bonus? They’re less likely to blow away if the party moves outdoors.
Ruche | Buy
What’s better than a frosty pop on a hot summer day? Making your own and serving them on a fancy porcelain stick glazed in orange or pink taffy.
Pigeon Toe | Buy
Welcome your new neighbors with this chic serving tray from Swedish design company Camp Cirrus. Just add brownies and a cheerful hello.
The Vitrine | Buy
Make a foxy first impression. Greet guests with this sly fox knocker for a whimsical alternative to your ordinary, run-of-the-mill doorbell.
Anthropologie | Buy
Modeled after children’s spinning tops, Porky Hefer’s wooden pendants will playfully brighten a lighting challenged space. In eco-friendly style, they accommodate only energy-efficient LED or CFL bulbs.
West Elm | Buy
For a charming update in the bedroom, just add birds of the vibrant green variety. Snuggle up under this cozy bird duvet while actual birds sing outside your window in the wee hours of the morning.
Urban Outfitters | Buy
Not just for your garden, gnomes bring a little kitsch to your outdoor table. This porcelain shaker set is perfect for salt and pepper with a dash of whimsy.
House 8810 | Buy
Outdoor dining doesn’t require paper plates and plastic cutlery. Set the table in soft sky blue. Just add coffee and your favorite breakfast for an absolutely serene spring morning.
Crate and Barrel | Buy
Opt for cloth instead of paper napkins for your next warm weather gathering. Gingham adds instant picnic style to your outdoor table. Mix it up with red and blue for a patriotic twist.
Pottery Barn | Buy
(Set of 6)
Kick off your first annual summertime bocce ball tourney with this authentic set made in Italy, where they know a thing or two about bocce. Or, just encourage some friendly competition at your next backyard barbeque.
The Wildflower Seed & Tool Company | Buy
Be prepared for summer block parties with this set of nature-inspired and nature- friendly outdoor dinnerware. The best part? No broken dishes when an impromptu football game sends a stray ball in your direction.
All Modern | Buy
Whether you’re dining in the backyard or on a full-fledged picnic, you’ll need some tunes. This radio is powered by the sun, making it perfect for outdoor festivities of all sorts.
Brook Farm General Store | Buy
For generous servings of leafy spinach or romaine, ordinary salad servers just won’t do. Use these mango wood paddles to scoop up refreshing salad greens with panache. Bonus points are awarded if you’ve grown your own ingredients.
Anthropologie | Buy
If you’re in need of some outdoor inspiration, look no further. From cocktails to canapés, Denise Gee’s guide is filled with photographs and recipes for planning your next porch party. Now, will you be serving Tipsy Tea or June Bug Mocktails?
Chronicle Books | Buy
When that afternoon garden party inevitably continues past sunset, these recycled glass lanterns turn dining at night into a festive evening gathering.
West Elm | Buy
($20 for Set of 3)
Add style to the quintessential summer outing with the Yellowstone Picnic Basket. Fully equipped with the basics, just add food, invite a few friends and head outdoors.
Target | Buy
Green up your patio, or bring the outside in with this shag rug. Either way, you’ll enjoy this cozy alternative to actual grass, minus the maintenance.
Grandinroad | Buy
Stray paperclips, keys and all sorts of odds and ends will gather nicely in this cast iron butterfly dish. With an almost Rorschach quality to it, it also makes an interesting piece of décor all on its own.
Jayson Home | Buy
With Earth Day coming up, give some thought to planting your own garden. Mark your veggies with this lovely set of hand hammered vintage silverware. Earth Day Bonus: A portion of Wooden Hive’s annual sales are donated to the Honey Bee Conservancy.
Wooden Hive | Buy
A cake stand adds instant fancy to any party or gathering. Jadeite is the perfect spring green to elevate sandwiches, cheese, or anything else you’re serving. Of course, you can also use it for serving cake.
Fishs Eddy | Buy
If you could design your own museum, what would you include? In nearly 1,000 pages, Phaidon created an imaginary art museum suitable for your coffee table. The Art Museum houses imagined galleries and rooms with everything from Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa to the Tomb of Tutankhamen – making it perfect for that spot which currently only houses the remote control.
Phaidon | Buy
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