Take It Outside

From lawn concerts to cocktails on the beach, we're in prime season for al fresco living.

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We searched the Internet and found these finds that will make your next outdoor soirée just a bit more chic.

1) Simply Chill

Think of your picnic blanket as a stylish area rug. Sitting (or lounging) on something that feels and looks good, is just, well, nicer. Case in point: This outdoor picnic blanket from West Elm will make you feel like you're in Tulum (even if you might be in Delaware). Playa throw, $34.99

New Homes in Frederick County

New Homes in Frederick County

There's a reason there's been a lot of buzz around Frederick, Maryland—it's affordable and it's a great place to live. (Um, that's why we build homes there!). This summer there are six concert series going on in Frederick County alone. Roll out the blanket, unpack the picnic basket and just chill.

2) Table Time

Why balance your plate on your lap? Keep your next evening soirée a bit more civilized with this low, to-go, outdoor dining table from Crate & Barrel. We really like it because it folds down and comes with its own canvas carry bag. Table in a Bag, $49.95

3) A Prettier Plate

Paper plates are such a sad snooze. Sure, you can use the Chinet stuff from the supermarket, but we promise, your food will taste better on these gorgeous melamine plates. French Bull's pop art-inspired madras print looks so right for summer. French Bull Multiplaid Collection, $10–$44

4) A Finer Wine

Carry your favorite vintage in this over-the-shoulder insulated wine tote, which includes two glasses, napkins and a corkscrew. Makes a great gift, too. Sunset Wine Tote, $36.99

5) Picnic Panache

You'll look like the hostess who “just thinks of everything” with this adorable—and insulated—picnic pack. It comes with acrylic wine glasses, melamine plates, cutlery, a cutting board, a cheese knife and corkscrew. Picnic Time Malibu Picnic Pack, $89.95

6) Game On

Games are a great way to connect with friends. (Few of us play enough of them these days, don't you agree?) The designers behind the brand Fredericks & Mae definitely up the style game with their kites, beach tennis, bocce ball sets and travel backgammon. One caveat: Their cool products are for those who want to seriously splurge (or just admire their designs online). Beach Tennis, $140

RYAN HOMES QUESTION: What are some of your favorite items when you dine and play outside?