Now that Labor Day has come and gone (I hope everyone had a great one) and many of you are starting to begrudgingly put your backyard party gear into seasonal retirement (dry those tears), it's come time to wrap up "The garden party." Over the past 12 weeks, I've spotlighted a wide range of outdoor entertaining paraphernalia geared toward fresco entertainers, patio partiers and backyard BBQ'ers. The emphasis, of course, has been on products that boast one or more of the following eco-friendly attributes: a. handmade b. made from sustainable or recycled materials c. domestically manufactured or d. durable/made-to-last so that they’ll be used not just this summer but for many more summers to come.


​Since I'm gathering that some of you dedicated backyard partiers may be having a difficult time bidding adieu to summer, I thought it would be only appropriate to take a misty-eyed walk down memory lane to revisit 20 of the best, brightest and most BBQ-friendly products that I've featured as part of the series (you can find links to the complete posts at the bottom of this page). Plus, there's no better way to combat summer-is-over denial than to start planning for next summer's soirrées.


Has there been a "Garden Party" product that you've personally found useful when throwing a backyard rager (or civilized get-together)? Or are there any eco-friendly outdoor entertaining tips that you'd care to share? Please do share in the comments section! 


Hobnob Pop-Up Party Bin Set @ Hobnob USA ($20)
Compostable Party Kit @ Branch($49.99 - $152)
Bee Free Wasp Deterrent @ Eartheasy($9.95/2-pack)
City Critters Housewarming Kit by visuallingual @ Etsy ($32)
Pulpop MP3 Speakers @ MollaSpace($56)
Hot Pot BBQ @ black + blum ($124)
Mason Jar Tumblers @ Poketo ($4.50)
Portable Bling Chair @ VivaTerra ($269)
Horseshoe Set @ LL Bean ($69)
Black & White Solar Soji Lantern @UncommonGoods ($29)
Friends Cork Trivet Set @ The Future Perfect ($53)
EarthStone Grill Cleaning Block @ Green Depot ($3.95)
Cow Bell @ Terrain ($34)
Azul Recycled Glass Beverage Jar @ Sur La Table ($41.96)
Ring Outdoor Chair by LaFuma A+R Store ($180)
Goodbye Detergent! Outdoor Scouring Pads @ ($6.95)
Original Tree Swing @ Terrain ($68)
Recycled BBQ Mitt @ UncommonGoods($9.99)
Pilsen Hurricane Lamp @ CB2 ($39.95)
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Matt Hickman ( @mattyhick ) writes about design, architecture and the intersection between the natural world and the built environment.

End of summer roundup: The garden party
Take a look back at 20 of the best, brightest and most backyard BBQ-worthy products featured as part of my special summertime outdoor entertaining series, 'The