"Patterned melamine plates are a must for me, and Bongenre's are the best. I've been hoarding them for years and have every possible color combination, size, and shape in my favorite patterns." —Judi Roaman
Winchester Mandala Dinner Plate in Desert Yellow, $50 for four. bongenre.com.
"You don't want to find yourself sitting in the dark. Whether vintage blown glass or simple modern cylinders, hurricanes give candles more presence." —Tom Delavan
Modern Small Hurricane in Silver, $350. ralphlaurenhome.com.
"Have plenty of raffia place mats and colorful cotton napkins." —Alessandra Branca
Raffia Place Mat, $38 for four. serenaandlily.com. Deco Circle Napkin, $34 for four. cwonder.com.
"Bamboo is a classic motif, but don't overdo it: A single element, like flatware, is all you need." —Betsy Burnham
Classic Bamboo Flatware, $155 for five-piece setting. juliska.com.
"Nothing says 'summer' more than cocktails on the terrace — or by the pool, on the porch, at the beach, on the lawn. And there's no greater buzzkill than cheesy faux crystal in tacky colors. CB2's beautifully designed acrylic vessels are thin, sleek, and chic. But only hand-wash them, to preserve their fabulosity." —Elaine Griffin
Acrylic Barware, from $3 each. cb2.com.
"I love the beverage dispenser by Roost. It makes a simple yet sculptural statement." —Kriste Michelini
Bubbled Beverage Dispenser, $298. anthropologie.com.
"I have a French tablecloth that belonged to my mother. I've used it to disguise old furniture and for picnics in Central Park. It's well-worn, but I pull it out every summer in anticipation of sunny afternoons, flowers, and lots of wine." —Alexandra Gilbert
Garnier Thiebaut Nymphee Peche Rosee Tablecloth, $249 for 68" sq. graciousstyle.com.
"Sitting on a hard bench causes fanny fatigue, and lugging cushions is a pain, so you need a good outdoor fabric. Keep it simple—you don't want to compete with nature. My favorite color is Perennials' 600-09, a beautiful pale aqua that works with everything, especially green." —Miles Redd
Poolside Acrylic in 600-09, to the trade. perennialsfabrics.com.
"For shade, the Del Mar daybed from Restoration Hardware has had a place on my deck for years, and it's a major seductress. Piled with John Robshaw pillows, it's a real oasis." —Genevieve Gorder
Del Mar Queen Daybed, from $3,085. restorationhardware.com. Abu Pillows, from $120 each. johnrobshaw.com.