Tech It Outside: Gear for Outdoor Entertaining

It's spring, the sun is out, and you're getting the urge to throw an outdoor party. We feel you. We gathered up this list of outdoor accessories devoted to the art of entertaining outdoors, whether it be for a small BBQ or a larger gathering...

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Thermacell Mosquito-Repellent Lantern
Price: $31.99
It's hard to convince guests to move the party outside if the mosquitos are fierce. Keep them at bay with this Thermacell Lantern. DEET-free, zap-sound free, and it works using just a single butane cartridge, which then heats up the repellant to keep the buggers away.

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Solar Mason jar lighting from Etsy
Price: $32.50
Nothing sets the mood for an outdoor party like some romantic hanging lights. These solar powered mason jar lights from Etsy are well-made and durable. String them from your trees and give your outdoor space a touch of the warm and whimsical.

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Flux Chair
Price: $199.00
Seating is also a necessity for any party. We like these cleverly designed Flux chairs that fold flat when not in use. The chairs are surprisingly sturdy and are made of a polypropylene that will withstand the elements. Fabulous design does come at a price, though, at $199/chair.

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Space Lighting Rock Lights
Price: $209.00
These waterproof LED outdoor lights are beautiful, glowing orbs of versatility. Float a couple in the pool, or sit one down by your common area for a relaxing light. They even make some that double as wine buckets.

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Acoustic Research Bluetooth Speaker
Price: $79.99
Every good party needs great music. Connect your smartphone or tablet to this portable bluetooth speaker that is cleverly disguised as a lantern. Stream Pandora or play that party mix you've been putting together on Spotify. No wires and no fuss.

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Campfire Outdoor Case for iPad
Price: $59.99
Need a place for that tablet to sit while streaming all those great tunes? Try this cushy campfire case for your iPad. Use the sleeping-bag-esque billows to wrap the iPad away from the elements or as a prop for your digital display. That's clever design with a purpose.

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iGrill Bluetooth Thermometer
Price: $79.99
Don't let good conversation and the inability to multitask prevent a perfectly cooked burger from making it to your guests. This iGrill thermometer features wireless Bluetooth connectivity so you can monitor your food on your iOS device via a mobile app. Set your temp or timer and it'll alert you when things are done.

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Pit Mitt
Price: $19.95
You're likely to find me sporting one of these mitts when its grilling time. It fits like a glove and allows you to keep your dexterity, unlike silicon oven mits. It offers great protection from the heat and lets you move things on and off the grill quickly. Essential.

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Open Air Cinema
Price: Starts at $2,199.00
If you're going to go all out and want to host movie night with a big screen everybody can see, these "everything in a box" outdoor projection screen systems simplify putting together a backyard home theater. Pricey for sure, but the package includes everything you need: 9' inflatable movie screen, projector, outdoor speakers, audio mixer, cables, and even your choice of a DVD player or Playstation 3.

(Top Image: Jason Gessner. All other images: as linked.)

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