Summer is finally here, and it’s time for enjoying long days outdoors and entertaining family and friends. If you’re seeking inspiration for your backyard oasis or your next garden party, a few fresh ideas are always welcome.

[cantilevered umbrella]
If you need more shade than your trees provide, an oversized, cantilevered umbrella can fill the bill. This one (pictured above), by Treasure Garden, is an 11-foot octagon model. Photo: Amini’s Home, Rugs & Game Room

Photo: Pier 1 Imports

[unbreakable stemware]
Drink in worry-free style with Clarity Acrylic Stemware in Turquoise. Available in both stemmed and non-stemmed versions, they look like glass but are BPA-free acrylic—indestructible and top-rack dishwasher safe.

Photo: Liquid Assets Pools

[water play]
Up your summer fun quotient with a waterfall or waterslide, perfect for families with kids. Your yard will become the most popular in the neighborhood!

Photo: Heartlands Building Company

[cooking al fresco]
A complete outdoor kitchen makes life so much easier. This one, by Heartlands Building Company, features a stone base and granite countertop with a Napoleon gas grill, True outdoor refrigerator, ice cooler and hands-free trash can. A dining space with bar stools and an umbrella by Windward Design complete the look.

Photo: Frontgate

[kai water hammock]
Achieve ultimate pool relaxation in a water hammock covered in durable Sunbrella fabric. The pillows are filled with buoyant, mold-resistant foam beads that support head and legs, while the white mesh center keeps your body cool in the water.

Photo: Amini’s Home, Rugs & Game Room

[stylish seating]
You should feel as comfortable relaxing outside as you do in your own living room. Blue Olive Deep Seating by Tommy Bahama provides ultimate comfort and contemporary style with all-weather herringbone wicker and Plush Weatherstone cushions.

Photo: Pottery Barn

[beverage service]
Keep the drinks handy and cool with Pottery Barn’s Galvanized Metal Rolling Wagon Party Bucket. It has wheels and an easy wagon-pull handle, so you can place it anywhere. The galvanized iron bucket and tray are removable, and there’s even an attached bottle opener.

Photo: Yolf

[yard games]
Backyard games appeal to the whole family. Valley Parkbased Yolf (‘yard golf’) is suitable for all ages with no lessons or advanced skills required. Your Yolf course can be set up on any surface and designed any way you want. Order at Happy hitting!