The pace of summer is a slow one, which leaves plenty of extra room in our schedules to get together with family and friends.  Grills fire up.  Outdoor cooks are born.  And backyards find themselves filled with lawn chairs, laughter and finely tuned family recipes.  To make the most of my time outside with those I love, I like to add a little something every year to up my summer hostess game.  And while it certainly isn’t “the stuff” that makes for the best of times, a few well-chosen items gathered over time have the potential to become your dependable backyard hostess essentials.  To help out, I’ve put together a list of my top 5 summer party favorites sure to turn your backyard get togethers into your lifetime summer memories.   

ASD’s Top 5 Backyard Hostess Essentials

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Click the pictures or links to learn more about these top 5 backyard picks!1. Globe String Lights– What backyard party or quiet night on the patio wouldn’t benefit from a little sparkle?  These classic globe lights come in 25 foot strands and are perfect for stringing across patios, decks, backyard fences, and from trees to name a few.

2. Large Wooden Tray with Handles– Whether it is transporting your secret ingredients from the kitchen to the grill, serving a favorite appetizer or that large pitcher of iced tea, a large serving tray is an absolute necessity for backyard entertaining.

3. Croquet Set– Croquet is one of those classic leisure games that never goes out of style.  Set up the game beforehand, so that it is ready to when your guests arrive.  This will encourage your guests to play.  I always know that things are going well when guests have a little something to nibble on, something refreshing to sip, and something to do while our burgers or dogs finish up on the grill.

4. Apron & Grill Set–  Manning (or womanning) the grill for a backyard party is a bit like being the captain of a ship.  The success of this get-together lies on your shoulders.  As a result you need the look and the right tools to pull it all off without a hitch.  This pinstripe apron is for both men and women.  And these professional grade stainless steel grill utensils with wooden handles are just what you need to pull your delicacies off the grill at just the right time

5.  Yard Dice–  Your guests know all about corn hole or badminton, but what about yard dice?  Surprise your guests!  These oversized dice can be used to play either Yahtzee or Farkle.  Reusable laminated score sheets for both games only add to the fun!


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