Wed. Feb 1st, 2023

The start of summer is a perfect time for getting together with family and friends. Celebrate Father’s Day this year by welcoming loved ones to your home. Enjoy the warmer weather, cold drinks and noshes, and outdoor fun, utilizing the following suggestions for the best backyard gear for entertaining.

Channel the Hawaiian Spirt

Firstly, get the man of the hour, your dad, outfitted with proper backyard attire. He’ll look the part in Duluth Trading Co’s Best Made Short Sleeve Aloha Shirt, designed by Kahala, the oldest operating apparel company in Hawai’i ($150). Choose from two different colorful patterns, both featuring side vents, a collar, chest pocket, and short sleeves. These shirts are special because they represent Hawaiian heritage—even the buttons are made with coconuts sourced from the islands of Hawai’i. The Best Made Hedley & Bennett Waxman Apron is also a good choice to pair with the shirt for backyard grilling. ($130)

Keep your Beverages Cool

A backyard shindig calls for a well-built hard sided cooler. RTIC Outdoors makes a 52-quart ultra-light cooler, which can be used as a bench for extra seating, a short tabletop, or a step stool in a pinch. Your dad will love the functionality of this long-lasting gear, especially the included removable divider and wire basket. Add a tumbler, travel mug, or water bottle to the mix and your dad will be set. ($200)

Surprise Your Dad with Something Awesome

For a showstopper of a Father’s Day gift, treat your dad to a special restaurant-grade portable pizza oven. He’ll be fired up when he sees Gozney’s Roccbox, complete with retractable legs, detachable burner, built-in thermometer, and a safe-touch silicone jacket. This backyard bad boy reaches 950 degrees-Fahrenheit, complete with a stone floor, superior insulation, and a rolling flame. This is the pizza oven to usurp all others—in style and functionality. You’ll find that your family spends more quality time outside, enjoying delicious handmade pizzas. ($499)

Spread Out and Relax

For an outdoor blanket that is hard-wearing and can stand up to years of usage, whether it be from dogs, kids, or dads, look no further than Tarpestry (think: tarp and tapestry). These stylish blankets are perfect for backyard bashes, camping, or picnicking. Bring one to an outdoor concert or have one in your car for those spontaneous beach outings with the family. And, if you’re close to home, hanging out for Father’s Day, these blankets will come in handy. Trust us, these are the best on the market. ($224)

Serve Hot Coffee

If folks are hanging out for a while, you’ll want to have good coffee on hand. Driftaway Coffee, a Brooklyn-based coffee company, connects you globally to the people and places where the coffee grows. Order the Mystery Coffee Explorer Box, complete with five coffees from around the world, and test your strength in identifying different flavor profiles and smells. Try to guess which country the coffee came from. Driftaway Coffee sources beans from 26 different countries and every cup of coffee you make will have a story attached to it—learn about the famers that harvested the coffee as well as how Driftaway Coffee roasted the beans. This subscription is the only one personalized for your tasting experience. Join a Zoom tasting or follow the included cards for a self-guided adventure. Prices start at $44, with upgrades for various sizes, frequency of delivery, and length of subscription.

Remember Man’s Best Friend

If you’ll be spending a long time in the backyard, celebrating Father’s Day with friends and family, you’ll need to make sure your dog has access to water as well. Orvis makes several practical dog bowls that will stand up to the task, from the No-Splash Travel Bowl to the Asobu Dog Bowl Bottle to the Paikka Cooling Bowl to the Tough Trail Collapsible Dog Bowl. A stylish bowl, featuring vintage-inspired artisan designs, is the Ceramic Dog Bowl, which comes in three different colors. Durable and American-made, this bowl is made to last. ($79)

Brighten Up Your Entertaining Space

Bring a little joy and nature-inspired style to your entertaining space by refreshing your pillows. Your guests will love the succulent plush pillows from Green Philosophy Co. The best part? Every purchase aids in planting a tree. Green Philosophy works with Trees for the Future, a nonprofit that supports farmers across the globe in their efforts to plant trees and regenerate their farmland. ($45)

Create a Pop of Color

Bring a fun pop of color next to your outdoor seating with Mustard Made’s The Shorty for your next party. These versatile mini lockers can be positioned next to lawn chairs, by the grill, on your back deck, or near your garage or mud room. Choose from a variety of colors and sizes to fit your needs. Other lockers in the lineup include The Skinny, The Lowdown, The Midi, and The Twinny. Add Baskets, hangers, and magnets to customize with accessories. Created by two sisters, Becca and Jess, these multipurpose lockers are well built, satisfying fashion and function for any home. ($169)

Lounge Around Outside

Every backyard could use a lounge space for relaxation and fun. The durable Double Lightweight Hammock, by Sierra Designs, is a packable resting place built for two where you can stretch out between the trees. Choose from a variety of colors. Each hammock comes with its own carabiners and straps so that you can easily hang it without damaging trees and then store it when not in use. ($40)

Be Ready for Water Activities

Summer is a time for outdoor swimming or, at the very least, running through the sprinkler with your kids—it is Father’s Day after all. Chubbies Everywear Swim Trunks, specifically the Beach Siders 6”, are lined and versatile. Choose from a variety of colors and travel from the backyard to the beach to the boardwalk. These trunks will most certainly be your go-to swimwear for the summer season. ($75)

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