There’s no wrong way to host a barbecue. In fact, they’re pretty much fool-proof — as long as you have good friends, good-enough food and a stocked cooler, you’re set. That said, if you’re looking for a little upgrade this year, we’ve got you covered with these summery little-extras and something-specials.
A little napkin upgrade goes a long way. Ikea’s chic shibori-stripe pack does the trick for pennies.
$1.99 for 30, ikea.com
Whether you fill it with water, margaritas or peonies, this hand-painted terracotta pitcher is a summer entertaining staple.
A rug is the fastest, sneakiest, cheapest way to transform your outdoor space. For a catalog-worthy patio, take a tip from the pros and layer a few outdoor-friendly rugs together.
With all due respect to folding chairs, poufs are the gold-standard for fuss-free, last-minute seating. This one from DwellStudio is crafted with durable outdoor fabric.
Cool-blue glass votives make magic with basic tea light candles.
$48 for 3, serenaandlily.com
The next best thing to having notorious sass-pants Oscar Wilde as your dinner guest? Having a set of coasters featuring his witty quotes. “I don’t want to go to heaven. None of my friends are there,” said one very wise man.
Picnic baskets look great — but they take up a ton of space in the off-season, and what have they done for your beers lately? Kate Spade’s insulted cooler bag keeps things super cool.