10 Summertime Backyard BBQ Essentials

Just because the end of summer is growing closer by the day doesn’t mean that grilling season is over. Whether you’re having a chill weeknight meal outside with your family or social distancing with a few (masked) friends this weekend, we’ve pulled together a few essentials that are high on design and fun!

>>> Bocce Heat Wave by Sunnylife <<< $40
We love this modern take on the classic game of Bocce ball! Take the game set to the beach, the park or the backyard for some entertaining competition.

>>> Bottle Opener X by ANTOU <<< $40
Anodized aluminum, leather and geometry all combine forces in the design of this bottle opener that will come in handy for popping the tops off of craft beers and sodas alike.

>>> Concrete Tealight Candle by Ohio Workshop <<< $20
Weighty and taller than you might think, these colorful red concrete candle holders look great scattered around your outdoor space or grouped together once the sun goes down.

>>> 12-piece Blue Confetti Dinnerware Set by ZAK! designs <<< $49.99
It’s time to celebrate the special days and the ordinary ones with this 1950s inspired dinnerware set that’s durable and eco-friendly, made with 40% post-industrial recycled melamine.

colored chalk

>>> Moon Chalk by Nikolas Bentel <<< $34
Pull out a piece or three of this colorful reimagined chalk and join the kids for some creative time spent on the driveway, the sidewalk or the outside walls!

>>> Rainbow Mugs by Vignelli Associates <<< $60
Who said mugs are only good for hot beverages? Not us! These light and flexible melamine resin mugs were originally designed in 1975 and are ready to hold whatever beverage you’d like.


>>> Seva Serving Set by TIIPOI <<< $225
This trio of wooden bowls, along with a fourth piece that acts as either a tray or platter, sits in wait of your favorite trio of snacks or dips! It’s multifunctional and sustainable thanks to Sheesam Indian hardwood.

sunscreen stick

>>> SPF 30 Sunscreen Stick by Salt & Stone <<< $18
Don’t forget the sunscreen! This all-natural, organic formula goes on smooth and sinks right into your skin, leaving no white residue. It’s water resistant for 80 minutes as well as reef safe.

table grill

>>> Table Grill by Eva Solo <<< $299
Portable and practical, this porcelain grill is perfect for tapas or small get-togethers. Carry it along to wherever the party’s happening, or enjoy it in your own backyard.

light speaker

>>> Uma Mini Light and Speaker by Pablo Designs <<< $299
A warm LED glow and high fidelity sound join forces for a one-of-a-kind experience that you’ll love entertaining with. Its sleek design is great for social gatherings or one-person lounging.

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Kelly Beall is Director of Branded Content at Design Milk. The Pittsburgh-based writer and designer has had a deep love of art and design for as long as she can remember, from Fashion Plates to MoMA and far beyond. When not searching out the visual arts, she's likely sharing her favorite finds with others. Kelly can also be found tracking down new music, teaching herself to play the ukulele, or on the couch with her three pets – Bebe, Rainey, and Remy. Find her @designcrush on social.