Things to Add to Your Outdoor-Entertaining Party Pantry This Year

Now that so many are vaccinated, we’re all beyond ready to have people over on the patio and porch for more than a few stolen moments here and there. Cue Kool & the Gang Celebration!


KC Stir Sticks


It’s hard to see wine charms when it’s dark out, but these locally themed stir sticks stand out above the rim.

This pack of four handmade by Love Letter Studio of Kansas City include the silhouettes of KC, a heart, the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, and a shuttlecock. From Pink Antlers (Leawood).

Palm-Leaf Woven Tray

Strive for the easy transport of plates, flatware, and napkins back and forth from inside to outside.

This handwoven tray made by fair-trade artisans in Bangladesh is strong and generous enough to tote items, but also stylish enough to be a display piece indoors. Find it at Golden and Pine (Prairie Village Shops).

Large Brass-and-Glass Lantern

Who doesn’t love having a few candles—real or flameless—for both illumination and ambience. They add a welcoming warm glow. From B Here Now (Independence Square).