Summer wouldn't be summer without a trip to the ice cream shop, but instant gratification has nothing on the feeling you'll get after using a few of your prized presents to create cool treats at home.
1. Whipped Cream Siphon
Cherries would love to lounge in homemade whipped cream from this gadget. Add this handy siphon to your list, and you'll be able to top desserts with perfectly shaped rosettes of whipped cream. Siphon, by iSi, from Sur La Table.
2. Milk Shake Maker
Sick of smoothies? Make a mean milk shake instead. Milk Shake maker, by Oster, from Williams-Sonoma.
3. Ice Cream Maker
Flip the switch for ice cream, fro-yo, or sorbet. Ice cream maker, by Cuisinart Classic, from Amazon.com.
4. Ice Cream Attachment for Mixer
Try this on for size: an ice cream-making attachment that fits on the stand mixer that you already have. Ice cream maker attachment and 5-quart "Artisan" Martha Stewart Blue Collection stand mixer, by KitchenAid, from Macy's.
5. Ice Cream Scoop
The defrosting fluid in the handle of this old-school utensil makes it easier than ever to serve up pretty scoops. Scoop, by Zeroll, from Williams-Sonoma.
Because there's nothing worse than a lukewarm drink on a steamy day, these double-layered insulated glasses guarantee you icy sips. Glasses all by Bodum, from Bed Bath &
These heart-shape spoons are perfect for sharing. "Big Love" ice cream spoons, by Miriam Mirri for Alessi, from MyRegistry.com.
An alfresco bash doesn't require much more than mouth-watering food, good friends, and clear skies -- assuming, of course, you've been gifted with these undeniably sunny staples.
1. Melamine Bowls
Packing the potato salad? Try punchy melamine bowls instead of standard plastic containers. Bowl set with lids, by Martha Stewart Collection, from Macy's.
Show off your sunny disposition with a bright tablecloth. Tablecloth in sunflower, by Fiesta, from JCPenney.
A colorful napkin adds pizzazz. Napkins, Winter Water Factory.
4. Drink Dispenser
This drink dispenser lets guests serve themselves. Drink dispenser, Pottery Barn.
Talk about easy to tote -- this grill fits perfectly in the front seat. Grill, Crate & Barrel.
Keep ice frozen for days in this spacious steel cooler. Coleman 54-quart cooler, from Target.
7. Grill Tools
These grill tools take barbecue to a new level of sophistication. Tool set, by All-Clad, from Sur La Table.
8. Melamine Dishes
These durable melamine dishes have the chicness of china. "Twist" salad and dinner plates, by West Elm.
9. Bamboo Flatware
Plastic is so last year. Opt for eco-friendly bamboo flatware. Bamboo flatware, from Crate & Barrel.
Tempered-glass tumblers are virtually shatterproof -- so they're perfect for indoors and out. 17-ounce "Siena" glass tumblers, Williams-Sonoma.
Raising the Bar
Summer is the most laid-back season of all -- at least it will be when you're relaxing with a freshly made cocktail. Consider these festive finds to be required registering.
Make like James Bond and add a sleek and stylish cocktail shaker to your wish list. "Challis" martini shaker, by Vera Wang for Wedgwood from Amazon.com.
Consider this sublime vessel the Bentley of water pitchers. "Excess" water jug, by Saint-Louis, from Hermes.
3. Soda Siphon
This cost-effective, pressure-regulated soda siphon turns tap water into bubble-filled seltzer -- a required ingredient for light, refreshing cocktails. Siphon, Williams Sonoma.
4. Pitcher and Stirrer
Bring out your inner mixologist using this beaker-inspired pitcher and cocktail stirrer. Beaker pitcher and stainless-steel cocktail stirrer, both from CB2.
Whip up smooth, irresistibly refreshing drinks in the time it takes to push a button. Custom Metallic Series five-speed blender, by KitchenAid, from JCPenney.
6. Bar Tools
Exactly how much is a jigger, anyway? Wonder no more with this classic set of bar tools. Barware set, Oneida.
An elegant silver tray keeps hands free to raise a glass -- and looks sophisticated on your table. "K&T" square tray, by Christofle, from Bloomingdale's.
8. Double Old-Fashioned Glasses
Channel the 1950s with these classic glasses. "David" double old-fashioned, by Marc Jacobs for Waterford.
9. Martini Glass
We'll take our martini dirty, thank you. Martini glass and shaker, by Vintage Marquis by Waterford, from Amazon.com.
10. Highball Glass
These crystal highball glasses are elegant and versatile. "Harmonie" highball, by Baccarat, from Bloomingdale's.
11. Martini Glass
Serve martinis in a graceful, refined glass. "Mami" martini glass, by Alessi, from Bed Bath & Beyond.
12. Champagne Glass
Sip your bubbly from a glass that towers above all the rest. "Joie" glass, by Monique Lhuillier for Royal Doulton, from Bloomingdale's.
An uncomplicated tumbler can serve up just about anything. "Essence" tumbler, by Iittala, from Bloomingdale's.
This update on a classic highball also works for casual nights outdoors. "Hampshire" highball, by Calvin Klein Home from Macy's.
15. Ice Bucket
A modern glass bucket looks pretty and keeps the ice cool. "Williams" ice bucket, Williams-Sonoma.
16. Ice Tongs
Good tongs don't require bells and whistles to get the job done. Ice tongs, by Alessi, from The Conran Shop.
It's time to toss out your garden-variety tableware and ask for a more stylish crop. This tablescape brings citrus hues and colorful blooms to the forefront -- with nary a wooden bowl in sight.
1. Nesting Bowls
The inventive design of these vibrant, mouth-blown-glass nesting bowls really stacks up. "Caterpillar" bowls, by Nouvel Studio, from MoMA Design Store.
2. Yellow-Rimmed Plate
Stripes look chic mixed with an eye-catching pattern. "David Canary" dinner plate, by Marc Jacobs Waterford, from Macy's.
3. Pansy Plate
A plate full of pansies adds a touch of cheery color to your table. "Pensees" coupe salad plate, Bernardaud, 800-884-7775.
4. Yellow Tumbler
Mouth-blown glasses in a can't-miss canary. "Colors" tumblers, TableArt.
Write off wood and opt for a delicately detailed glass bowl. "Isabella" fruit bowl, by Juliska, from Bloomingdale's.
Spruce up your table with some sunny, citrusy linens. "Florence" napkins, by Alexandre Turpault, from French Brand.
Sleek flatware goes from the salad course to the main event. "Malmo" flatware, by Kate Spade for Lenox, from Michael C. Fina.
8. Salt and Pepper Shakers
Artful hand-blown shakers add whimsy to the table. Salt and pepper set, by Glass Act, from Barneys.
9. Salad Servers
Simplicity is served. "Lolo" salad servers in stainless steel and resin, by Teroforma, from Lekker.