Guys, we’re getting there: It’s almost the time of year for blazing sunshine, ice cream that inevitably melts all over your outfit, and enough outdoor parties to keep you busy until October. If you’ve got a backyard, a rooftop, or pretty much any open space where people can gather, you’re basically expected to do some outdoor hosting yourself.
Once you commit to throwing a party, it can be tough to know where to start. You’ve got the date, you’ve got the guest list, but what about the gear? You’re in luck—our friends at Wirecutter are sharing their favorite products to up your outdoor hosting game. They’ve tested hundreds of party essentials to choose the most useful, practical, and sturdy items out there, so you can plan your event with ease.
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Get ready to pump up the jams with the convenient and versatile UE Roll 2 speaker. Wirecutter calls it “an irresistible combination of sound quality, ruggedness, water resistance, portability, cool features, and a reasonable price.” No matter how big your space is, this thing can deliver smooth, quality sound to fill the room.
Red wine at a party is great… until someone spills it all over your tablecloth (or brand-new pants). Wine Away instantly eliminates wine stains, even if they’ve dried out from the day before. Wirecutter calls it “magical,” so we’re sold (even if it won’t do much damage on mustard or coffee stains).
Having a fire pit boosts your party’s atmosphere and gives everyone a natural place to gather and hang out. The Landmann City Lights Memphis is large enough for a substantial fire and has a screen and safety ring so no one burns themselves by accident. When it comes to sturdiness and safety, Wirecutter confirms it’s the best.
The Live Infinitely Inflatable Air Lounger is no joke. It can fit three people sitting down, and it’s relatively simple to unpack and inflate. It even floats on water, making it a great accessory for a summer pool party. Wirecutter found it stayed inflated longer than other models, so you won’t have to refill it constantly. Not to mention it’s comfy enough you could easily sneak in a nap.