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Take It Outside: Summer's Must-Have Outdoor Registry Items

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Once your kitchen and linen closet are well stocked, you can focus your wish list on summer-weather must-haves. Browse our registry ideas, and start thinking about heading outdoors. After all, not every great moment of married life happens inside four walls.

At a Picnic

Sunny afternoons in the park. Evening fireworks shows. There will be plenty of occasions to take your feast to go, and good picnicware can truly make the meal. Whatever you do, don't forget the corkscrew! 


First things first: Build your basket around a good wood cutting board, like this cherry number with a leather strap from Michele Varian. For basket padding, napkins, and odd jobs, pack a cheerful set of Cherries dish towels plus Gingham napkins. These Fog Linen Work kitchen cloths in navy- and red-and-white checks are a quintessential picnic pick. 


Enamelware tumblers by Crow Canyon Home bring unbreakable vintage charm, while Conty black flatware by Capdeco and Faience Fleurs Isolees melamine dinner plates look as nice on the breakfast table as they do outdoors.


Commune with nature and then hydrate with this teakwood-painted stainless steel water bottle by S'well, and when you're good with H20, bring out the wine. The L'Atelier Du Vin Oeno corkscrew wine opener with a walnut-handled lever is compact and so well made, you may never need another.


The Details: Michele Varian leather strap cutting board, $155,; Cherries dish towels, $18 each,; Fog Linen Work kitchen cloths, $15 each,; Crow Canyon Home enamelware tumbers $10 each,; Capdeco Conty black flatware, $165 for a 5-piece set,; Faience Fleurs Isolees melamine dinner plates, $12 each,; S'well teakwood water bottle, $45 for a 25-oz. bottle,; L'Atelier Du Vin Oeno corkscrew wine opener, $130,

In the Yard

Among the most delightful aspects of settling into a new home together is hanging out in your own backyard. Get equipped for months of Saturdays: a little work, a little play, a little nap . . . Sound nice? We think so. 


Perk up a porch, pathway, or poolside with a footed low urn planter, potted with 'Golden Gate' peperomia. Meanwhile, keep your flower beds and planters in shape with some elbow grease and stylish tools, like this garden trowel and fork. And don't be afraid to share your gorgeous landscape: The best way to attract feathered friends is to offer meal service. The Egg bird feeder from J Schatz, in goldenrod yellow, is an appealing choice. 


For the ultimate backyard snooze, all you need is a book (to block out that pesky sunlight) and the Barbados camping hammock from Byer of Maine. Keep a couple of cozy Nisswa Stripe wool throws as well, handy to fend off a chill or to spread out for an impromptu picnic. 


And when you're fully energized, get out and play. Easy to set up and pack away again, the Backyard croquet set is a game for all ages. 


The Details: Footed low urn planter, $80,; trowel in blue and green and fork in coral and blue, $26 each,; J Schatz Egg bird feeder in goldenrod yellow, $165,; Byer of Maine Barbados camping hammock, $90,; Nisswa Stripe wool throws, $140 each,; Backyard croquet set, $248,

By the Water

Gear up for seaside lounging. Classic chairs, totes, and towels that are made to last will have you hitting the beach in fine form now—and for many happy family vacations to come. 


A teak sling chair will outlast—and out-style—a dozen aluminum loungers. And while you're lounging, switch up your routine, by spreading out in crisp, nautical fashion with Martha Stewart Collection Biscayne Stripe Cool beach towels. Finally, organize all your waterfront goods in a large HomeStories canvas tote, which is sure to handle anything you can throw in it. Just don't forget the badminton set for a quick game. 


The Details: Sling chair, $395,; Martha Stewart Collection Biscayne Stripe Cool beach towels, $40 each,; HomeStories large canvas bag, $65, shop.home; badminton set, $35,

On the Patio

Come summertime, you'll want to ditch the stove and hit the grill. With some essential outdoor tableware, tools, and décor, you'll be dining—and entertaining—alfresco just about every night of the week. 


Rule #1: Keep guests (and the griller!) happy. Set out chips and apps on casual but still party-worthy servingware, like the Vera Color serving bowl and platter, to ensure no tummies are grumbling. Meanwhile, whoever is manning the grill deserves some solid tools. This hammered-steel-rivet 3-piece barbecue tool set makes all that flipping and serving a snap. 


Table necessities are just as important, so stock up. Even nowhere near the shore, Pescado salad plates with a fish motif paired with indigo stripe rush place mats create a relaxed beach-vacation vibe, while Otomi embroidered napkins bring a little backyard wildlife to the table. With the good looks of glass but made of BPA-free plastic, the Picnic pitcher and wineglasses by Terrain are also smart picks. 


And who says you can't have a little fun? Nothing gets every one to the table faster than a dinner bell, so hang one near your patio for a touch of old-school chic. Use a Town and Country ice pail by Waterford to up the elegance of any outdoor soirée (whether you fill it with water, Champagne, or your favorite ale), and as soon as the sun goes down, get festive with these party globe lights. 


The Details: Vera Color serving bowl and platter, $50 each,; hammered steel rivet 3-piece barbecue tool set, $103,; Pescado salad plates, $7 each,; indigo stripe rush placemats, $15 each,; Otomi embroidered napkins, $32 for 4,; Terrain Picnic pitcher and wineglasses, $48 and $8 each,; dinner bell, $60,; Waterford Town and Country ice pail, $150,; party globe light string, $35,