Let’s be real: What do you really need for outdoor summer fun? Not muchâ€”a lawn and some sun, and you’re nearly there. But in case you’re in the mood to class it up, here are ten good-looking summertime diversions.
Above: This playful Bocce set by Brooklyn-based Fredericks & Mae is made of wood, cotton, paper, and silver and is painted by hand; $320.
Above: Don’t lose these. The Leblon Beach Bat Set by Frescobol Carioca is made in Brazil of up to 13 mixed woods per paddle, finished with surfboard resin and a choice of six neoprene grip colors; $297.97.
Above: Currently on sale for $149.95 (down from $198) at Terrain, these J. Franklin Field Day Horseshoes arrive in a flat wooden carrying case with leather handle for easy (and attractive) storage.
Above: A Belgian Dart Set from Best Made Company is handmade in the US; $122.
Above: The Official-Size Cornhole Game is made of plywood with collapsible legs for easy transport; $90.99 on Amazon.
Above: We love this all-wood version of ladder golf from L.L. Bean, but the stylish set is out of stock. A good alternative is this Ladder Golf Set from Amazon; $69.95. Photographs by Meredith Perdue.
Above: These solid pine 3.5-inch Yard Dice are cut and branded by hand in Minnesota. They come in a jute carrying bag with instructions for ten lawn games; $68 at Terrain.
Above L: This Tan Leather Lemon Ball Baseball is handmade in New Jersey with black waxed linen laces, based on original baseball designs from the 1800s; $38. R: The Handsome Dan Leather Football is made with brown rawhide leather, natural rawhide laces, and red nylon string; $130, both from The Lodge.
Above: Our favorite frisbees are the myriad vintage ones available in secondhand stores and on Etsy, like this Hi-C 1975 Junior World Frisbee Contest Disc from PoorLittleRobin; $12.
Above: Blogger mom See Jane Blog designed this bag toss game for her kids. Cost? Free.
For more diversions for what’s left of summer, see:
- Croquet: The Ultimate Lawn Game.
- DIY: Wild Lawn.
- Bye, Bye Birdie.
- Recipe Roundup: The Perfect Picnic Menu.
N.B.: This post is an update. It originally ran on June 10, 2013 as part of our American Beauty week.