9 Ideas for Outdoor Entertaining


Warmer days are on the way, which means it’s almost time to dine outdoors. To celebrate summer’s arrival, we’re putting together our must-have list for outdoor entertaining. See what members of our merchandising team, who specialize in entertaining, are most looking forward to when it comes to taking the party outside.

Summer Cocktails


It’s margarita season again and I think they look so beautiful when served up in a bright, colorful glass and pitcher. — Katie F.

refreshment beverage dispenser

I’m looking forward to making a fresh berry sangria and serving our guests using our beverage dispenser. — Bonnie C.


I love the Moscow Mule. The super refreshing combo of ginger beer, fresh squeezed lime and vodka in our copper Moscow Mule Mug is perfect for summer evenings outside. Make your own at home with this recipe from Camille Styles.  — Lindsey B.

Easy Outdoor Entertaining


Easy self-serve beverages are a must. When we have people over, we pull out one of our beverage tubs and fill it up with beer and wine bottles. We also put out a beverage dispenser with water, lemon slices and stackable cups on a tray nearby so everyone can help themselves. — Lindsey B.


Making dinner on the grill means fewer dishes to do. Plus, fresh corn is back in season, and this year we’ll be putting our corn platter to use for easy grill-to-table serving. — Katie F.

lunea melamine indigo dinnerware
stacking plastic wine glasses

Melamine dishes and acrylic plastic cups make for worry-free outdoor dining for all ages. I love to mix and match plates, serving pieces and bowls in solid colors. And acrylic wine and beer glasses are a must for the patio or poolside. — Lindsey B.

Alfresco Dining

decker galvanized charger
black rim enamelware bowl

I’m excited to use the beautiful fluted galvanized pieces in the Decker collection and the Black Rim Enamel collection. They feel perfect for a refined picnic. — Bonnie C.


I’m so looking forward to family dinners on the porch again. I stock up on trays to make it easy to get food to and from the kitchen. — Katie F.


When I think of summer, I think of outdoor concerts and picnics. A picnic tote, tablecloth, picnic blanket and Table in a Bag help create the ultimate spread. — Kristen C.

For more outdoor entertaining ideas and inspiration, check out The Outdoor Dining and Entertaining Pinterest board by Crate and Barrel.


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