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Handheld Fans

Handheld raffia fans or accordion fans are the perfect cocktail party accessory and a fairly practical alternative to fans or an outdoor air conditioning unit. Place the fans in a pretty basket or bowl and it can serve as a key element of your party decor.


Decorative Lanterns

Portable lanterns are invaluable as the sun starts to set, as you can move them around as much as you need. Look for lanterns with punched holes so that they cast an interesting design. LED lights instead of candles will ensure that your lantern doesn’t get hot to the touch or add extra heat on an already balmy day.


A Beverage Pail

Especially if your outdoor space doesn’t include a fridge or mini fridge of some sort, a beverage pail or cooler can save you and your guests the hassle of frequent trips inside the house. Look for a pail made of a material like steel that will naturally regulate temperature.


A Funky Drink Caddy or Cart

Depending on how many guests you’re expecting, you may want to invest in a drink caddy or cart to move your bottles, glasses and garnishes around in the most organized and efficient way possible. Choose a cart with wheels for maximum portability.


Weather Resistant Curtains

Should you get some rain on the day or night of your party, the last thing you want to do is drag everyone indoors where you are unprepared to host. Anticipate the worst, purchase a pair of weather resistant curtains for your enclosed or semi enclosed space, and keep your guests dry and content.



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