Let's be real: What do you really need for outdoor summer fun? Not much—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.