Long days and warm evenings make summer the perfect time to entertain outdoors. To make those occasions special, pick up these five great home essentials.


ice bucket

1. Ice Buckets

Pick up some interesting containers to serve bottled and canned beverages. You’ll want to find large enough tubs to hold ice and an assortment of drinks.

Don’t stick with standard ice buckets—look for something different to spruce up your space! If you’re going for a fun, colorful vibe, check out the toy aisle or children’s department for bright plastic buckets.

Looking for something a little more subdued? Keep your eye out for vintage or retro-inspired big metal tubs. They look great with nearly every party style.


acacia serving tray

2. Serving Trays

The Rossie Home™ Acacia Wood Service Tray is perfect for summer. Durable acacia wood with a beautiful natural finish makes this tray a lovely way to pass hors d’oeuvres or bring out lemonade.

The wood service tray also makes carrying food and drinks between the kitchen and your guests a breeze. When you aren’t entertaining, use it to display a vase of seasonal flowers or bring a meal to the porch.

Versatile and attractive, this tray is a home essential all year long.



candle holders

 3.Citronella Candles

What’s the only thing everyone dislikes about summer? Mosquitos! Pick up some citronella candles to keep the little bloodsuckers at bay. They’re safer than bug spray and can be part of your outdoor décor.

Look for citronella candles in containers that go with your outdoor space. You’ll find everything from rustic metal buckets to large printed containers and even elegant, understated designs.


 string lights

4.String Lights

Nothing says summer quite as much as the soft glow of string lights. Choose from little fairy lights or larger bulbs depending on how much light you want.

Strings lights create a warm, inviting atmosphere. You can find large strings or small, plain or in fun, quirky shapes. They look just as nice on a porch or indoors as they do in an open space. Have fun with this glowing accessory!


water pitcher

5. A Perfect Pitcher

Whether you’re drinking lemonade or sangria, a glass pitcher is a must-have summer accessory. Cool drinks on a hot day just taste better when poured from a cool pitcher.

There are endless pitcher shapes and designs. Choose one that matches your style and enjoy the little luxury of dressing up your drinks. Use your acacia wood tray to transport pitchers and glasses indoors or out.