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10 Easy Pieces: Gardenista Editors’ Outdoor Dining Essentials

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10 Easy Pieces: Gardenista Editors’ Outdoor Dining Essentials

April 16, 2018

With warm weather approaching, our thoughts turn to alfresco dining. Here’s a roundup of the essentials that our editors keep on hand to make outdoor dining and entertaining easy.

Indestructible Glasses

Above: Janet’s nomination for indestructible drinkware is Play Clear Acrylic Barware, available in two sizes; $4.50 to $4.95 per glass at CB2.

Linen Tablecloth

Francesca likes the Natural Linen Table Cloth with black stripes, which is available in several sizes, starting at 55 by 80 inches; \$73.8\1 from Alabatis via Etsy.
Above: Francesca likes the Natural Linen Table Cloth with black stripes, which is available in several sizes, starting at 55 by 80 inches; $73.81 from Alabatis via Etsy.

Bistro-Style Flatware

 Julie stocks up on bistro-style flatware; the \20-piece Gingko Le Prix Flatware is available in several colors; \$40.39 at Amazon.
Above: Julie stocks up on bistro-style flatware; the 20-piece Gingko Le Prix Flatware is available in several colors; $40.39 at Amazon.

Bistro-Style Wine Glasses

 For sipping wine outdoors, we like the classic French bistro-style Clear Tumbler Wine Glasses from Picardie; a set of six is \$\14.48 at Amazon.
Above: For sipping wine outdoors, we like the classic French bistro-style Clear Tumbler Wine Glasses from Picardie; a set of six is $14.48 at Amazon.

Hardwood Bowls

 Christine&#8\2\17;s favorite bowls for serving summer salads are Colonial Hardwood Bowls made of walnut; \$35 to \$\16\1, depending on size, at the Vermont Bowl Co.
Above: Christine’s favorite bowls for serving summer salads are Colonial Hardwood Bowls made of walnut; $35 to $161, depending on size, at the Vermont Bowl Co.

Glass Carafes

 The Wide Mouth Juice Jar from German company Weck can be used as a refrigerator-to-table container for homemade iced tea, coffee, or juice. A set of two 7.\25-inch jars is \$\14 at Terrain (rubber rings and metal clamps included).
Above: The Wide Mouth Juice Jar from German company Weck can be used as a refrigerator-to-table container for homemade iced tea, coffee, or juice. A set of two 7.25-inch jars is $14 at Terrain (rubber rings and metal clamps included).

Wooden Trays

 Janet is devoted to the Stockholm Serving Tray from Ikea; made of clear lacquered ash veneer, it measures \20 inches in diameter; \$34.99.
Above: Janet is devoted to the Stockholm Serving Tray from Ikea; made of clear lacquered ash veneer, it measures 20 inches in diameter; $34.99.

Hurricane Lanterns

Michelle protects candle flames from wind with clear glass Glasig Lanterns from Ikea; \$9.99 each.
Above: Michelle protects candle flames from wind with clear glass Glasig Lanterns from Ikea; $9.99 each.

Water Pitchers

We&#8\2\17;re partial to the Emile Henry Pitcher for water service. Handcrafted from local clay in Burgundy, the pitcher is available in several colors, including Flour (shown); \$50 at Emile Henry.
Above: We’re partial to the Emile Henry Pitcher for water service. Handcrafted from local clay in Burgundy, the pitcher is available in several colors, including Flour (shown); $50 at Emile Henry.

String Lights

 For garden lighting, Julie uses LED Commercial Grade Outdoor Light Strands. A 48-foot-long strand of weatherproof lights is \$4\1.99 from Amazon.
Above: For garden lighting, Julie uses LED Commercial Grade Outdoor Light Strands. A 48-foot-long strand of weatherproof lights is $41.99 from Amazon.
See more ideas to create a serene outdoor space for dining, entertaining, and lounging in our curated Hardscape 101 design guides to Decks & Patios and Outdoor Kitchens. Get inspired by some of our favorite spaces:

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