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No one likes sudden panic of realizing you're less than prepared to entertain. Didn't it seem like that event was just weeks away?! We're avoiding that stress by getting a jumpstart on entertaining essentials for your 4th of July celebrations; when you know your home is well-stocked, all you need to worry about it whether or not the drinks are running low.
Tables and Seating
The first thing you'll want to do is make sure you have enough comfortable spots to gather; if you're a little short on space, that means getting things that can be easily folded and tucked away. This folding glass patio table ($45) would be perfect for a small get together or to hold some appetizers, and these classic lawn chairs ($95) are lightweight and easily portable. For those looking to make more of a solid investment, the 1960's vintage patio set pictured above ($395) manages to pair a lot of sleek style with such an affordable price point. And if you take your July 4th celebrations really seriously, this fun set of red white and blue Eames-style chairs pack a wonderfully patriotic punch ($50 each).
Cooking and Serving
What's a party without food? Grills don't have to take up a ton of space: this silver gas model ($250) gives you a nice cook surface with two sides to store food and supplies. When you're ready to move beyond just hot dogs and burgers, this nonstick grill topper ($15) lets you experiment with more delicate food that would otherwise fall through the slots. Once the food's ready, serve it in style: a portable serving cart ($150) lets you bring refreshment to your guests regardless of where the night takes them. Paired with a cool vintage serving tray ($32), fun plastic cups and plates ($60), you've got yourself a style celebration.