Hosting Hacks for Throwing an Effortless Summer Bash
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School is out, the sun is shining, and it’s time to start preparing for the inevitable summer hosting that’s likely filling up your schedule. While enjoying an afternoon al fresco with friends and family sounds leisurely, being the host(ess) isn’t always a walk in the park. Whether you’re gathering guests for a backyard barbecue, patio party or any other type of outdoor event this summer, having the right gear can make all the difference.
Lucky for you, eBay is your one-stop shop for getting all the essentials you need to pull off an epic summer bash. From an impressive charcuterie board setup to beverage station must-haves, we’ve rounded up products from eBay that will make summer hosting as easy as pie. And while you’re at it, make sure to stock up on everything you need for your home this summer with up to 50% off picks for your living spaces at eBay!
Casafield Bamboo Cheese Cutting Board Knife Gift Set
Nothing pleases a crowd like a well-stocked charcuterie and cheese board. Guests can graze on their favorite picks, leaving time for you to focus on your other hosting duties. This set by Casafield is big enough to hold all the essentials — and it’s made from durable, all-natural bamboo! Pile your favorite meats, cheeses and more into the center of the board, and stock the deep outer rim with all of your accoutrements like crackers, nuts and dried fruits. The best part? It features a convenient slide-out drawer with four stainless steel utensils for easy serving.
Three Tier Collapsible Appetizer Serving Tray
Running low on table space for the various snacks and apps you’re preparing? A tiered serving tray is a great way to reclaim some of that space and leave room for your charcuterie board or beverage station. This version features three serving bowls with the top bowl separated into three sections for small items like olives, nuts or candies. The bowls even twist down and nest inside each other to maximize space while storing, too!
Price: $19.97 at eBay
Silicone Square Ice Tray Molds
Nothing will secure your place in the hosting hall of fame like a signature drink that fits the theme of your event or party. Whether it’s as simple as an infused water or as elaborate as a personalized cocktail, your guests will be so impressed with your thoughtful creativity. Want to take it a step further? Use ice trays like these silicone ones to freeze fruit, herbs or edible flowers into your ice. Pro tip: Boiling your water before freezing will ensure the final result is crystal-clear ice.
Price: $6.50-$8.36 at eBay
Robert Allen Galvanized Metal Tub With Handles
Making sure chilled beverages are just a reach away will keep your guests happy, and keep you from running back and forth to the fridge. A galvanized metal tub filled with ice and stocked full with waters, sodas, beers and other drinks is the perfect self-service option for keeping everyone hydrated. Make sure you pick a tub with handles on it like this version so you can easily transport it back inside after your event is over.
Price: $25.48 at eBay
Bravario Unbreakable Stemless Plastic Wine Glasses
Don’t worry — if you’re hosting outside, you don’t need to break out your fine wine glasses and champagne flutes. (But you don’t need to settle for the dreaded red plastic cups, either!) Plastic stemless wine glasses are a great way to sip in style without worrying about breakage. These Bravario glasses are quite literally shatterproof, and they look a whole lot like the real thing.
Price: $23.99 at eBay
Member’s Mark 18-Piece Melamine Dinnerware Set
Just like your stylish plastic wine glasses, a good melamine dinnerware set is practically made for outdoor entertaining. These chip- and shatter-free plates are lightweight and durable, and the bold, colorful design makes them perfect for serving your guests.
Price: $49.99 at eBay
Solar Powered 30 LED String Lights
If your party lingers into the evening, having the right lighting to keep the festivities going is essential. String lights offer the perfect subtle glow and can help to create a dreamy, fairytale atmosphere for your event. These solar-powered lights are a great electricity-free option, and they’re waterproof to withstand the elements.
Price: $19.99 at eBay
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