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It's Official—These Are Target's Best Hosting Essentials For Summer

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Summer is in full swing, which means you've likely got plans underway to enjoy the warm weather with your loved ones. Whether you’re preparing to host a cookout, garden party, or small intimate gathering, there are a few things you’ll want in your summer hosting arsenal to create an experience your guests won’t forget. 

While hosting a summer party can be a challenging process, building up a fully stocked arsenal of kitchen and entertaining pieces doesn’t have to be. Thanks to Target’s wide range of hosting basics and entertaining pieces (many of which double as home decor), you can set the tone for your event without breaking the bank. No matter the occasion, your search for unique and affordable hosting essentials ends here. To kickstart your journey, our team of product experts curated a collection featuring 20 products to meet your summer hosting needs. From timeless dinnerware and insect-repellant candles to cute serving bowls and fun drinking glasses, check out the season’s must-have hosting essentials from Target below.

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July 3, 2024

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Threshold Round Serving Board

$15

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A serving board perfect for arranging cheeses and fruits, whether you're at home or on the go, thanks to its built-in handle for convenient carrying.

Hearth & Hand With Magnolia 20"x90" Tri-Stripe Plaid Stitched Table Runner

$25

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This stylish plaid table runner is super easy to care for. Just toss it into the washing machine for a quick refresh in between dinner parties.

Hearth & Hand With Magnolia 8-Wick Micro-Fluted Ceramic Citronella Oblong Jar Candle

$20

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This 8-wick candle is beautifully housed in a cream ceramic jar and features a fresh citronella scent to keep the insects at bay.

Threshold 2pk Natural Placemats

$10

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Whether you're planning an intimate dinner party or a summer picnic, these seagrass placemats are a sureway to wow your guests. 

Threshold Set Of 3 Aluminum Taper Holders

$25

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Add these soft brushed gold candleholders to your dresser, mantle, or dining table to instantly elevate any room in your home.

Threshold 2pk Ribbed Taper Flame Candles

$10

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These taper candles stand 10 inches tall and feature a ribbed texture that adds a touch of sophistication to any space.

Sun Squad 14oz 4pk Lowball Cocktail Glasses

$10

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Found: colorful rimmed glasses to serve up your favorite summer cocktails.

Hearth & Hand With Magnolia Tiered Wood & Metal Nested Round Serving Stand

$45

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This two-tier serving stand also doubles as home decor.

Hearth & Hand With Magnolia 10.5" Colored Base Melamine Dinner Plates

$12

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Add a pop of color to your tablescape with these round dinner plates designed in a cream hue with a red-colored base.

Hearth & Hand With Magnolia 4pk 8.5" Colored Base Melamine Salad Plates

$12

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These plates have slightly curved sides for easy scooping, making them great for eveyday meals or special occasions.

Sullivans Set Of 3 Small Ceramic Bottle Vases

$35

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This set of 3 ceramic bottle vases is extremey versatile—add in faux florals and greenery for a pop of color or use it on its own as a statement piece. 

Threshold Large Beverage Dispenser

$15

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With a textured feel and bronze-finish spout, this under-$20 beverage dispenser is a must-have for summer barbecues and garden parties. 

Hearth & Hand With Magnolia Portable Outdoor Patio Led Tabletop Lantern

$40

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If you're a hosting an outdoor party this summer, you'll want to add this LED tabletop lantern to your cart stat. It has many functionalities including a rechargeable battery and dimmer switcher to set the mood.

Elama 6pc Stoneware Beautiful Party Serving Set

$31

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This 6-piece serving set is a perfect way to beautifully present dips, snacks, and condiments to a large gathering.

Threshold Designed With Studio Mcgee 80oz Acrylic Beverage Pitcher

$15

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This blue pitcher looks way more expensive than it actually is.

Threshold 16oz Plastic Ribbed Tall Tumbler

$3

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This ribbed styled tumbler is elegant looking and shatterproof, making it a great drinkware option for outdoor parties.

Hearth & Hand With Magnolia Retro Portable Am/Fm Bluetooth Radio

$45

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This retro-style, portable radio comes with a telescopic antenna, Bluetooth compatibility, and micro USB and 3.5-millimeter jack connections, so you have multiple listening options while entertaining. Plus, it has a rechargable battery.

Hearth & Hand With Magnolia 4pk Engineered Stripe Cloth Napkins

$12

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Although this pack of 4 striped cloth napkins clock in under $12, according to one reviewer they "look much more high end."

Threshold Designed With Studio Mcgee 4pc Wood Napkin Rings

$8

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Keep your napkins stylishly in place with this 4-piece set of sculpted wooden napkin holders.

Threshold 3pc Plastic Nesting Serving Bowls

$20

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According to one reviewer, "...they look incredible. The textures provide a ceramic look, and the plastic is so durable (not flimsy at ALL) that I, honestly, did not think these were plastic at first."

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