ISSUE 73  |  The Garden Path

Entertaining Essentials for Summer Gatherings

May 20, 2013 6:00 PM

BY Gardenista Team

If you’re like us, you’ve been counting the days until you can prep your patio and entertain outdoors. Cue the grill: The days of barbecues and al fresco meals are upon us. To make sure your outdoor space is ready for Memorial Day and the season to follow, we’ve partnered with Home Depot to gather these essentials. We can hear the clinking of glasses now.

Above: One’s best friend during the summer: a quality grill. While most models can blacken a steak or char vegetables, few combine both quality and affordability. Home Depot offers an array of grills in various prices, each one versatile and durable. Here the Brinkmann 4-Burner Grill features stainless steel burners for heat retention and ample space for prepping and cooking.

Above: Keep anything from baked beans to seasonal cobblers warm while set outside. The rustic Nordic Ware 6.5 Quart Dutch Oven will come in handy for a variety of dishes, summer and beyond. Made of durable aluminum (lighter than cast iron); $90.86.

Above: Post sunset, light up your patio or deck (and keep bugs at bay) with candles. These simple Citronella Tealight Candles can be used with a compatible sized lantern or holder; $19.95 for a box of 125.

Above: Ice bucket, drinks holder, discarded lobster tails target: This metal Oval Beverage Bin is a carryall that helps bring order to the outdoors; $19.

Above: A versatile rug will bring out the comfort of the indoors; visit your local Home Depot for a selection.

Above: Perhaps the most used pieces of furniture during the summer: an outdoor table and chairs. A comfortable set will entice you to have everything outdoors, from morning coffee to dinner, all season long. The Hamptons Bay Andrews 7-Piece Dining Set is made of heavy steel framing with a powder coated finish for outdoor longevity and durability; $479 for the set.

Above: You’ll be trekking on your outdoor space all summer long. Add a weather-proofing wood stain to enhance its look and longevity.

Above: An outdoor serving cart on wheels makes for an instant party (if used as a bar cart) or the perfect serving table. The Home Styles Create-A-Cart is made of solid hard wood and offers extra cabinet storage; $365.99.

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