Wether you’re throwing a Labor Day pool party with the kids, or an after-dark dinner party, there’s something on this list for you. From kitschy hotdog melamine plates to a sexy fire pit, Motherly has you covered for all your summer shindigs. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite products to make you the chicest mama on the block this summer.


Ball jars are a classic summer staple. These jars are as versatile as it gets; you can use them to drink out of, store spare change in, or to jar your pickles or preserves. These blue ones are a fun twist on the classic, and a beautiful, inexpensive way to display fresh flowers from your garden (or the corner bodega).

Nothing can ruin a outdoor party faster than mosquitos. Keep bugs at bay with these all-natural Citronella Incense Sticks; a great, subtle alternative to tiki torches.

This beautiful lacquer and rattan tray from Serena and Lily has a great, summery feel and is useful for serving and clearing the table. It’s also perfect for breakfast in bed when you’re not entertaining.

Everyone loves anoutdoor fire pit.Put chairs around it for drinks with friends or s’mores with kids. Bring out some blankets and continue to enjoy it well into the fall. This simple, elegant cast iron model from Terrain is sure to be the center of any gathering.

These marshmallow roasting forks come in fun colorsand will make sure little hands don’t get burnt.

Scattered cutouts cast a beautiful starry light from these zinc lanterns.The handles make them easy to move around to use indoors or outdoors, creating the perfect ambiance for your after dark fête.

Either in the lanterns or on their own, these flamelesscandles from Luminara aren’t your average LED candle. They are encased in real wax with a surprisingly realistic flame, you may actually fool yourself. They are safe and leave no messy wax to clean up. Buy one or many (they come in various sizes) to put on your table or anywhere you want to add a little glow.

Bright Lab Lights are fully customizable ball lights that you can order to fit any color schemeyou’re aiming for. When the party is over, they make beautiful decor for a child’s room, playroom or anywhere you want a little whimsy. The website is full of fun, unexpected ways to use and arrange them.

Bambu makes a whole collection of chic single use tableware.Opt for these biodegradable bamboo plates and cutlery and skip the headache of doing the dishes. More time to enjoy the party!

There are few things as important as cold beverages for a successful summer party. This steel beer tub can be personalized with your name, year and city. It’s perfect for that informal summer backyard BBQ or as a gift for the host!

This fruit infusion pitcherlets you make subtly flavored water easily using anything you want. Throw in some peach and basil or some mint and berries and you have a beautiful delicious addition to any table. Add some seltzer for a healthy alternative to sodas. This one Includes a removable, freezable ice tube that keeps it cold for those long summer lunches.

Let your guests personalize their wine glasses with these metallic pens. A great alternative to wine charms (and much more chic) you can move around the party without misplacing your glass. You can even use them to write a message on the brim of the plate, to label a serving tray or even write a gift message on a wine bottle you’re bringing to the host. When the clock strikes midnight they wash right off.

There may not be another grill out there with as devoted a following as the Big Green Egg. And once your try it, or taste the food that comes out of it, it’s easy to see why. “The Egg” is a smoker, grill, and pizza oven all in one. It will ensure that any menu you chose for your party will turn out perfectly.

Thesekitschy melamine BBQ plates look just like the paper plates we all grew up with, with all the BBQ favorites already on them! They are light, fun, and reusable, making them perfect for any outdoor bbq or picnic.

This super cute and simple croquet set is sure to add hours of entertainment for the little ones. It isn’t big and plastic so it won’t interfere with the ambiance.

Use this sailboat serve bowlon the kiddie table or poolside as a fun way to serve chips, fruit or crudité.

No summer party is complete without a backgammon set. This attractive beechwood set will hold up to sand, grass, or the occasional spill better than leather and felt. It has notches to keep the wood pieces in place. All that plus the beautiful beachy color combo makes this the perfect summer set.

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British mom Courtney Barker is sharing the story of how her son, 7-month-old Arthur contracted COVID-19 in the hopes of preventing other families from going through what hers is. Thankfully, little Arthur is now feeling better, but last week he was rushed to the hospital.

His mama recalled the experience in a now-viral Facebook post that is attracting worldwide attention.

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