The return of summer has us very excited to get outside with friends, family, and some ice-cold drinks. What makes long days and warm nights even more enjoyable is having the right gear for the season to help you stay comfortable, cool, and entertained. If your porch, deck, or backyard can use a little pizzazz, check out this outdoor entertaining upgrade guide featuring patio furniture we love and other fun-in-the-sun accessories that will help you live your best life this year.
Looking for some barbecue-specific upgrades? Don’t worry—we’ve got you covered with our guide to the grilling accessories you need this summer.
Upgrade Your Outdoor Entertaining with Patio Furniture
Dine (or lounge!) al fresco in style on any of these patio furniture sets.
Opt for the contemporary look of this 7-piece rattan and acacia wood patio table and chairs set (46% off at $679.99) or go rustic with an acacia wood-slat design like the one featured on this 5-piece patio furniture set that comes with a round table and four chairs (37% off at $569.99). Both table options come with a slot for an umbrella for easy shade-making.
For a more relaxed vibe, check out the World’s Finest Outdoor Rocker. It comes in three colors—white, black, and natural—and is handcrafted from premium-quality, weatherproof Robinia wood in Europe. Right now, this beautiful rocking chair is 28% off at $499.99.
Looking for something more cushy? No problem. Take five on one of these lounge sets. This 3-piece outdoor conversation sectional has the classic rattan wicker L-shaped design patio dreams are made of and offers both somewhere to rest your drink and your feet, thanks to a tempered-glass tabletop and high-density foam cushions. Save 44% and get it for $309.99.
To get a little more space, upgrade to this 4-piece outdoor sofa and club chairs set that boasts a similar look with solid wooden legs and offers a storage area in the coffee table plus a fourth seating option (26% off at $549.99).
For entertaining large groups, stock up on some retro chairs that will give you big childhood vibes. These lightweight folding metal chairs with colorful webbing are sure to transport you and your guests back in time (BYO gimlet or Tom Collins). A set of 6 vintage-inspired lawn chairs can be yours for $199.99.
If a siesta’s what you’re after, you’ll find a helping hand in one of these portable lounge chair sets. Take your reclining off the ground with a set of 2 zero gravity lounge chairs. These sleek gray loungers fold up when not in use and include both a side storage tray for keeping snacks close and a cushion for keeping your head and neck comfy. Save 48% and grab them for $139.99. Get more of a resort feel with this set of folding rattan patio chaises that come with bright turquoise cushions for $429.99.
Upgrade Your Outdoor Entertaining with Safety Gear
One of the best ways to stay comfortable is to keep things safe.
Step 1? Slather on that SPF. Keep the ocean safe, too, with the all-natural, fragrance-free, water-resistant Olita Organic Mineral Sunscreen Lotion (35% off at $16.01) or the hypoallergenic Earth Baby sunscreen that’s packed with German chamomile, shea butter, and mango and gentle enough for the most sensitive young skin (39% off at $14.01). Both have broad-spectrum SPF 30 ratings. And don’t forget those lips! Get this Supergoop! Lip Screen—a 100% invisible, non-sticky gloss to add SPF 40 protection to any lip color (or bare lips). It’s just $22.
Step 2? Keep bugs at bay. Help out the whole gang by placing these LED Mosquito Repellent Lights around the patio. They come in blue or purple and are designed with a fan to attract, trap, and kill insects within a 45-square-meter range (24% off at $52.95). For something a little more rugged, this waterproof bug zapper lantern will do. Choose from yellow, gray, or green and get a 3-in-1 device that’s also perfect for camping for 60% off at just $19.99. If you’re more interested in protecting yourself (no judgment here), slip on one of these white or black Super Shield Mosquito Repellent Electronic Watch Bands. From jogging to hiking to sippin’ some lemonade on the porch, you’ll be able to enjoy any activity without mosquitoes bugging you for up to 130 hours (57% off at $16.99)!
Wish you’d heard about those mosquito repellers sooner? Snap up the BITE HELPER® Itch Neutralizer to get bug bite relief fast. This CES Innovation Awards Honoree uses the power of heat and vibration to soothe itchy skin and it’s on sale for 43% off at $22.46.
Upgrade Your Outdoor Entertaining with Shade
Sad but true: Too much fun in the sun can be hazardous. Cool off in a shady spot to keep the party going longer.
Channel your inner Elaine and get yourself some shade. Try this 10-foot hanging patio umbrella with solar-powered LEDs built-in. It offers 360 degrees of rotation and a large area of coverage with a base that stays out of the way (18% off at $259.99). Need something for the table? Take a look at this tilting 9-foot patio umbrella that also has with solar lights (47% off at $89.99). What it does not have, however, is an umbrella base, but you can grab one for $59.99 and save 53%.
If you’d prefer something a little more “set it and forget it,” opt for a canopy, like this 10′ x 10′ Patio Gazebo Tent. The solid steel frame is durable, rust-proof, and sturdy, plus the whole thing is easy to set up. Get it for $259.99.
Upgrade Your Outdoor Entertaining with Fans
Some people just need to have air circulating to stay cool. If that’s you, check out these fans and personal air coolers.
Worry about yourself with this personal rechargeable neck fan (yup, that’s a thing). It’s got dual heads, 360-degree flexible rotation, and three speeds to get the job done (50% off at $29.99). Alternatively, you can cool down with an adorable mini handheld air conditioner for just $19.99 (49% off).
Share the breeze with the fam, and maybe one of them will bring you your next drink. You’ve got options. Like this smart leafless fan with 8-hour timer. It’s sleek as heck, energy-efficient, and safe, thanks to its oscillating bladeless design (26% off at $182.95). Need a bigger cooldown? Get a bigger personal air conditioner. The EvaChill EV-500 Personal Air Conditioner is eco-friendly, portable, and can drop the air temp by up to 59 degrees in just 10 minutes. Pick one up with a cooling cartridge for 22% off at $99.
Upgrade Your Outdoor Entertaining with Ice Cold Beverages
As the saying goes: cold drinks, warm hearts. Or something like that.
If you need somewhere to stash at least 28 frosty cans of beer (and who doesn’t?), go for the gold with this Yeti Tundra cooler. It’s rated 4.8 stars on Amazon with over 2k reviews and features Yeti’s well-loved FatWall and PermaFrost insulation design for unmatched ice retention. At $299.99, it’s an investment, but it just may be the last cooler you’ll ever need.
For something easier to tote around, this soft cooler is 100% water-resistant and leakproof, making it perfect for any journey beyond your backyard. The interior features an antimicrobial liner that resists mold and mildew, and it fits up to 36 cans of your fave bev. Get it for 45% off at $109.99.
If you’re more interested in looks than anything else, check out this Rattan Outdoor Cooler Cart. With spaces for drinks, prep, storage, and more, the trolley’s function will match its form. Available now for $349.99.
Upgrade Your Outdoor Entertaining with Games
Kids don’t want to just sit there in the yard—and neither do adults. Here are some fun ways to get your game on.
Call it what you want—bags, cornhole, baggo—the classic tailgate entertainment is perfect for picnics, barbecues, and any other outdoor gathering. And this regulation-size bean bag toss set hooks you up with everything you need to bring the fun home or anywhere you want: portable boards, beanbags, and a carrying case (23% off at $99.99).
More fun for the whole family can be found in this jumbo “4 to Score” game set that will bring back memories from the days when sugar-coated cereal that came with toys was a completely suitable breakfast (25% off at $179.99).
Get hooked on a simple, highly addictive game that’s easy to learn and difficult to master. Tiki Toss is an Amazon’s Choice product with 4.7 stars that you can score here for $23 with code TIKITOSS7. Takes just five minutes to set up, indoors or out, and offers way more than five minutes of entertainment.
Upgrade Your Outdoor Entertaining with Music
What’s a picnic, party, or cookout without some sweet tunes? Ripe for creating awkward silences is what. Avoid all that with one of these sweet outdoor-safe speakers.
Lean into those #summervibes with this Tiki Torch Bluetooth LED Speaker. You’ll get rich stereo sound from this mood-setting candle-like flickering light for up to 6 hours per charge. Set it on a table or attach it to the included 4-foot pole for the full effect (59% off at $39.99).
For something more traditional, trust TREBLAB’s rugged HD77 Ultra-Premium Bluetooth Speaker. It’s an Amazon’s Choice product with 4.6 stars and over 5k reviews that offers up to 20 hours of crisp 360-degree HD sound with DualBass technology. Protection from light rain and accidental splashes makes it a great outdoor companion (9% off at $71.99).
Not enough H2O protection? Say no more! The Floatilla II Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker has your back. Enjoy pool parties without worry and get up to six hours of music from this floatable speaker and FM radio. You can even connect two Floatilla speakers for a complete stereo experience (59% off at $39.99).
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