Summer is officially here and barbecue season is in full swing. From pretty paper lanterns to grill-friendly gear, we’ve rounded up all the trimmings for a warm weather celebration. With a palette of red, white and blue these cute accessories will do double-duty for summer’s patriotic holidays, as well.
Here are eleven backyard accessories to get the party started:
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Paper Party Lanterns
Your hubby won’t need to run any wires to these handy battery-operated lanterns, which are available in six festive hues.
Blue and Red Battery Paper Lanterns, $6.95 each, Pier 1
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Sip In Style
You don't have to be a kid to enjoy the fun of these dotty straws -- everything from summer cocktails to sugary sodas will go down easily.
Polka Dot Paper Straws Red White, $8, Kikkerland.com
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Stick 'Em Up
Who can resist the fun of this? A condiment gun that lets you "shoot" your hot dogs and hamburgers with ketchup and mustard.
Condiment Gun Dispenser, $16, BroadwayPanhandler.com
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Put your drink down with coastal style with these nautical-chic coasters. Sadly, the Dark and Stormies are not included.
Nautical Coasters (set of 12). $14, CWonder.com
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A Whale's Tale
Party guests are sure to have a whale of a good time serving salads and sides with these clever tongs.
Whale Tongs, $25, MoMAStore.org
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Your dessert table will set sail with these nautically themed cupcake liners and toppers.
All Aboard! Cupcake Set (24 liners and 24 toppers), $14, BlueRibbonGeneralStore.com
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Cool Cool Water
This elegant glass and cork vessel provides a chic way to keep your guests hydrated at your next backyard fete. Glass Beverage Dispenser, $50, CB2.com
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Pick up these red, white and blue melamine plates by Brooklyn illustrator Claudia Pearson now before they get snatched up for Fourth of July parties.
Claudia Pearson Summer Plates, $1.95 each, West Elm
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Mark Your Meat
Eliminate any barbecue buffet confusion with these handy picks designate your meat’s level of doneness from rare to well-done.
Meat Markers (set of 160), $4, CrateandBarrel.com
Photo: Fred Flare
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Play the Name Game
Put an end to the usual “whose glass is that?” confusion with these cheeky dry-erase wine charms.
Wine Glass Name Tags (set of 6), $9, FredFlare.com
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BBQ Salt and Pepper Shakers
You can avoid the heat of the barbecue while seasoning your grilled goodies with this pair of long-reaching BBQ salt and pepper shakers. $20, UncommonGoods
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