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Posted by Linda Merrill | Jun 27, 2012

Designer Picks: Outdoor Barware

Just in time for July 4th, Linda picks barware that is safe to use outdoors.

Marine Grade Entertaining Collection from Frontgate.comRelaxing with friends and family on a hot summer’s day is a time-honored tradition. Whether you’re relaxing poolside on that deck your trusted concrete contractor built, on your yacht or simply lounging with your feet in the kiddie-pool, you’ll want to keep hydrated with your favorite summertime beverage. We all know that glass containers are pretty much a no-no and paper is wasteful. Stock up on some of these safe and reusable outdoor barware items and you’ll be cooling off in style!

Clear Acrylic Wine Glasses from Crate&Barrel: Picnic in style with this set of four Acrylic Wine glasses. Just because you’re lunching on the lawn at Tanglewood or poolside doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy your favorite vintage in a proper glass. These clear goblets have the look of glass, without the risks. $9.95

Acrylic Lemonade Pitcher from Crate&Barrel: Crate&Barrel’s classic round glass pitcher has been re-created in a safe for outdoors and kids clear acrylic. Perfect for a cool lemonade or G&T on a hot summer’s day. Fill with sliced lemons or limes and let the good times roll. $16.95

Vallarta Outdoor Drinkware from Pottery Barn: The Vallarta drinkware set brings to mind the balmy beaches of Mexico and long, cool drinks. Choose a mixed set with two each of tumbler, goblet or margarita glasses, or a set of six of any individual style. The pale green “glass” is reminiscent of traditional Mexican drinkware and the pieces can be monogrammed. A great gift for those who love outdoor entertaining! $39-$45

Oceana Outdoor Drinkware at Pottery Barn: Cool and colorful says it all with the Oceana Drinkware set of tumblers and Double Old-Fashioned glasses. There are two sets – cool hues and warm hues – perfect for any outdoor décor. Or mix and match them together for an eclectic look. $24.50-$28.50

Lantern Drink Dispenser from Pottery Barn: The classic onion lamp design, which features a protective metal frame around a glass lantern, is re-imagined as an outdoor drinks dispenser that holds 9 quarts of your favorite beverage. A mouth-blown soda-lime glass is surrounded by an outdoor- friendly stainless steel cage with a stainless spigot. It is reminiscent of old-fashioned Boston electrical fixtures. Glass keeps the liquids colder for a longer period than plastic does which makes this perfect, and stylish, for a hot day. $119

Marine-Grade Entertaining Collection from Frontgate: The Marine-Grade Entertaining Collection of serving tray, ice bucket and drinks tub will be right at home on your yacht or dingy -- perfect preppy style. The watery blue vinyl is resistant to sun damage, bad weather and salt water. The stainless steel construction is double walled to keep the cold in as well as stand up to the elements. Drinks on the starboard or portside tonight?  $49-$199

Hammered Lime Drinkware from Pier1: The Hammered Lime drink ware collection includes a tall 23oz tumbler and a 16oz goblet. The zippy lime green color and textured pattern are reminiscent of old-timey heavy glassware, without the possibility of accidents. Also available in clear and turquoise blue. $6

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