Outdoor Dinner Party Essentials

Outdoor Dinner Party Essentials

I’m back for another Trendy Kitchen post! This week’s topic is outdoor dinner party essentials. As you know, I live in a very small apartment in SF with no backyard. We don’t even have a shared outdoor space suitable for an outdoor dinner party! I can only dream about throwing dinner parties, so here is a list of items I would like to have if I were to throw an outdoor dinner party.

Outdoor firepit?! OK maybe I went a little overboard with that one, but wouldn’t it be so much fun to have at your party? S’mores, anyone?

When I think about throwing an outdoor dinner party, I divide the set-up planning into three categories: atmosphere, place setting, and serveware. The atmosphere can be easily changed with nice lighting and decor. For your place settings, you want to think about durable outdoor materials. Lastly, for the serveware, you can create a buffet-style party or grab a few fun items for your appetizer table.

Oh, and just so you know, a lot of these items are on sale right now since we are heading into the end of summer!

What are some of your favorite outdoor dinner party items? Snap a pic and share using the hashtag #trendykitchen!


Whether it is simple votive candle holders, a centerpiece item, or string lights, lighting will add a nice atmosphere to your outdoor summer dinner party. Here are a few of my favorite picks of the summer for outdoor lighting.

a. Edison-Style String Lights

b. Maru Round White Paper Lantern

c. Buckner Fire Pit

d. Votive Candleholder

e. Birdcage Tealight Candle Holder

Place Setting

If you have the space, it is nice to have a set of outdoor plates and cups, mostly to avoid damaging/breaking your everyday dinnerware. Most outdoor dinnerware is made of durable materials fit for dining outdoors. I chose a few trendy items that are BPA-free and perfect for dining outside!

f. Blue Highball Glasses

g. Chilewich Gunmetal Pressed Dahlia Placemat

h. Seaside Driftwood Dinner Plate


Sometimes it is nice to let the guests serve themselves, which makes a buffet server that keeps warm very handy. You can set the places ahead of time, or stack the plates and silverware at the buffet table and let the guests take them to the table themselves. I also love cheese, and think it is a fun idea to set up a cheese board at the appetizer/snack table with some fruit and crackers. I am also in love with this mason jar dispenser, because I love making infused water with fruits – yum!

i. Cuisinart Classic Entertaining Collection 3 Qt. Round Buffet Server

j. Folding Cheese Board Tool Set

k. Willow Flatware Caddy

l. Mason Jar Beverage Dispenser

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  1. Hotly Spiced says:

    It must be frustrating not having an outdoor area. We have a verandah where we can eat outside and it works very well at night time but during the day I’m not so keen on it because it doesn’t get any sunshine. I would love to be able to sit outside in the sun xx

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