ISSUE 26  |  Block Party

10 Favorites: Summer Block Party Essentials

June 30, 2014 3:00 PM

BY Izabella Simmons

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We’ve rounded up the essentials that will help you get ready for the Fourth of July and all the summer festivities to come.  


Above: We love burlap tablecloths indoors and out in summer.  A Rectangular Burlap Tablecloth, 72 inches by 40 inches, is $23.99 via Burlap Fabric. You can also make your own by buying burlap yardage, hemming not essential. Photo via Afloral.


Above: A winning alternative to paper and plastic: Compostable Wooden High-Edge Plates; $20 for 20 from Food 52’s online store, Provisions.


Above: A set of Classic Compostable Wooden Assorted 24-Piece Birchware consists of eight forks, eight knives, and eight spoons; $5.25 from Birchware. Photo via the Knot. 


Above: Mydrap cotton napkins are sold by the roll and come in different sizes, colors, and patterns. They’re biodegradable, compostable, and recyclable–and can be washed and reused. The Blue Vichy luncheon napkin in a blue gingham pattern is $30 for a roll of 20 from Mydrap. 

Above: Eight-ounce Ball Mason Jars are $12.60 for a dozen from Uline. Pair them with reusable Stainless Steel Straws: $7.70 for a four-pack via Amazon. Looking for wine glasses for a crowd? See 10 Easy Pieces: Entertaining Essentials.


Above: The Cork-Lid Beverage Dispenser is made of hand-blown glass and has a stainless steel spout; $79.95 from Williams-Sonoma. See 10 Easy Pieces: 10 Summer Drink Dispensers for more options.


Above: Prehaps the ultimate cooler? The 3.5 gallon Galvanized Oval Tub by Dover Parkersburg is $10.99 from Main St. Supply. The tub is featured in the Remodelista 100, our collection of essential everyday objects presented in the Remodelista book.


Above: Looking for versatile table legs? Hide-A-Horse Folding Sawhorses are easy to fold and transport, and are made in the US; $89.95 for a two-pack from Amazon. For a tabletop, consider asking your local hardware store to cut a sheet of plywood in the size you need.


Above: The Terje Foldable Chair is made from solid beech; $17.99 from Ikea. 


Above: Add twinkly, golden lights, and let the party begin.  Party Globe Light Strings come with small globes (21 feet long with 20 lights) and large globes (11 feet long with 10 lights); they’re currently on sale for $35 each from Restoration Hardware. Go to 10 Easy Pieces: Cafe-Style Outdoor String Lights for more ideas. 

Looking for more tabletop essentials? Have a look at our posts on Stainless Steel Flatware and Basic White Dinnerware.  And for creative party planning advice, see Gardenista’s How to Crowd Source a Garden: Throw a Party.