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Guest Groups: Build a Better Barbecue

Spring has sprung and we are firing up the barbies sooner than normal this season. Here are some favorite items which can make your garden party an affair to remember. — Stephanie from Lick My Spoon

West Elm

Outdoor Metal Drink Bucket – $29

Keep those beers icy cold and available . I love the rope handles.


Marimekko Oona Melamine Salad Plate – $4.50

I love the vibrant clusters of fruit and flowers on such plates. They are great for simple outdoor entertaining once you want to keep it classy but casual. Added bonus: They are dishwasher safe.

Cost Plus World Market

Small Melon Lanterns – $9.99

Hang a bunch of those pretty lanterns to add a romantic glow outdoors — very Arabian nights.

Williams-Sonoma Home

Moderate Molcajete, 8″ | Williams Sonoma – $49.95

Serve up your guac in style with this traditional, volcanic stone Molcajete. Throw in a couple of margaritas and you have got yourself a theme party.

Cost Plus World Market

Copper Fire Pit – $324.99

How do you immediately update your outdoor area from average to amazing? Insert a fire pit.


Fiona Outdoor Pillow – $29.95

Cheer up your patio furniture at a second with colorful blossoms of mums and daisies in a fun, graphic print.

Cost Plus World Market

Aqua Floor Tile Indoor-Outdoor Rug – $139.99

An interesting all-weather rug may add a final feel to your outdoor setup. I am enjoying this Moroccan-inspired layout.


Tart Server – $18

Sudden pops of colour rule, particularly when they come with pie.


Steel Grill Roaster – $49.95

This metal grill roaster makes it simple to become a barbecue master. This is very good, particularly for veggies and more fragile foods that generally fall through the grill.

Cost Plus World Market

Terracotta Backyard Grill – $24.99

Form and function meet in this attractively designed terracotta backyard grill.


Weber Smokey Mountain Cooker Smoker – $299.95

Would you say perfectly smoked, sexy, baby back ribs? Yes, I think so.

Pier 1 Imports

Watermelon Serving Bowl – $34.95

This watermelon serving bowl is just cute. Pile up the fruit salad icy, vodka-soaked watermelon.

West Elm

Claudia Pearson Dog Plate, Rectangle – $16

Hot dogs served on a hot dog plate. Need I say more?


Rice Dk Pasta Spoon – $6.50

Fun patterns and summer picnics go together.

Contemporary Beverage Dispensers – $69.95

The built-in ice chamber within this beverage dispenser is a brilliant way to keep sangria well chilled, without diluting it with melted icehockey.

Cost Plus World Market

Metal Banana Leaf Trays – $7.99

These metal banana leaf trays are high on my wish list for summer entertaining commodities. Hello, tropic chic.

Bed Bath & Beyond

Barbecue Grill Stone Pizza Place – $34.99

Great idea of the day: Throw an outdoor pizza party.


Reconditioned Blender With Soft Grip Container – $329

Banish all memories of struggling with your old blender with this Vitamix. You will instantly become a frozen beverage queen with this monster of a machine at your fingertips. Check out the reconditioned versions to get a break on the cost — they work flawlessly and are still backed by a five-year full warranty.


Home Black Solar Metal Lantern Large

Go high tech with this solar-powered lantern. It automatically lights up at night.

Bed Bath & Beyond

Fox Run Disposable Lobster Bibs – $1.99

Get messy with a lobster boil this summer — bibs included.

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