Everything you need for the perfect summer bash

Written by Tres Dean · June 22, 2022
People swimming in the pool and mingling at a summer beach party
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Party HARDER than Andrew W.K. — the summer social essentials to get a party going

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As a wise man once said, “When it’s time to party we will always party hard.” And with summer upon us, the time has come to party hard. In the coming months, it’s fair to assume you’re either going to be hosting or attending some sort of summer bash, be it an all-out rager or a classy soirée with friends on the patio. Need help prepping? We’ve got you covered. 

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Yeti cooler

Red Yeti cooler
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If an outdoor bar isn’t your style, a Yeti cooler is going to be essential. It’s been the name in the game for ages now and there’s a reason. 

Marshall Emberton portable Bluetooth speaker sitting on pile of luggage

You’re gonna need tunes, and you’re gonna need something to play them with. Why settle for some $20 Bluetooth speaker made of neon plastic? Pick up one of these Marshall speakers for better sound and a better-looking setup. This company has been supplying your favorite rockstars with kickass amps for decades now. Its home speakers live up to the same standard of quality.

GoSports classic cornhole set with bean bags and travel case

It’s not a summer bash if there isn’t a cornhole game going. These days the move is definitely to paint a custom set, but if you’re short on time (or just not artistically inclined) this is the perfect way to get a game going in quick order.

Nerf Super Soaker

Whether or not you feel like this is a benefit to a summer bash will largely depend on which end of it you find yourself on. Make sure it’s the right one.

Outdoor pizza oven

Do you want to be known as the friend who brought pre-packaged potato salad to the party? No, you want to be known as the friend with the real actual pizza oven set up in their backyard who cooks up pies for their guests whenever they come over. Get that reputation going. The best part? Legally speaking the government can’t stop you from making more pizza for yourself after the party is over. 

DecMode brown outdoor bar set

Serve your guests in style from this outdoor bar setup. Walmart has it marked down over 50% off and it’s an investment that will pay out for years to come. 

Three lit candles on a table next to succulent

It feels safe to say you’re going to be spending some time outside with friends at some point this summer. Keep the bugs at bay with citronella candles — and ones that aren’t a gaudy neon-orange eyesore. Threshold makes a killer Citronella candle in a classy container that’ll look like it’s off the rack from West Elm rather than the local hardware store.

“Hot Ones” Season 17 10-pack

If you want to give your guests a party they’ll never forget, invite them over for a chill night on the patio and then spring the Hot Ones challenge on them, forcing them to answer an increasingly personal series of questions while downing some of the hottest wings in the game.

Global Cocktails cocktail mixers kit

Make sure that outdoor bar is stocked with plenty of options. With this cocktail mixers kit, you won’t have to tell any of your friends you don’t have the makings for their drink of choice on hand. 

Yukon fire pit

It doesn’t matter if it’s summer or winter, spring, or fall. The best way to end a party is around a fire with friends.

AuKing mini projector with remote

With a 1080p resolution, this little projector packs a big punch. If you’re looking to put together an outdoor movie night (or just keep a commemorative photo slideshow running for whatever, if anything, you’re celebrating) it’ll get the job done.

Abdtech portable outdoor movie screen

As much as you may like the idea of running a movie on the side of your house or apartment building, this portable screen is probably the better option. Show your friends your favorite movie in style.

Le'raze can-shaped drinking glasses

There’s a good chance your friends will all have different drinks of choice. Rather than a hodgepodge array of different glasses, stock your bar with something versatile. These will work for beer, mixed drinks, and even soda. Plus they look cool, which never hurts.

FineDine glass beverage dispenser

Whether it’s a mixed punch or just water, it’ll behoove you to have a dispenser around rather than sending your guests to and from the fridge over and over again. It’ll save them the trouble and save you having to clean up any dirt they track in the house.

Fla-Vor-Ice assorted popsicles

You don’t have to overcomplicate this. Have these ready at the end of the night and you’ve thrown a perfect summer party.

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Tres Dean is a writer and author from Richmond, Virginia currently located in Los Angeles. He loves movies, menswear, Bruce Springsteen, and any combination of those three things.

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