6 Kitchen Must-haves for Summer

Whether you're hosting weekend BBQs or looking forward to relaxing evenings outdoors in the comfort of your home, we've gathered a few kitchen must-haves that will make your patio or kitchen summer-ready

With summer in full swing, it’s the perfect opportunity to make the most of patio season and warm weather

Whether you’re hosting weekend BBQs or looking forward to relaxing evenings outdoors in the comfort of your home, we’ve gathered a few kitchen must-haves that will make your patio and kitchen summer-ready.

1. BBQ charcoal rub

charcoal rubSebastian and Co. Fine Meats Ltd.Want to upgrade your BBQ experience and impress your guests? Try this Asado-inspired charcoal rub from Sebastian and Co. Fine Meats. The flavours of this vibrant rub are subtle with a hint of smokiness, a slight tang of citrus, and the overall essence of cooking over real charcoal. It can be used on just about anything you would grill: meats, tofu, burgers, vegetables, stone fruits and more. 

2. Pretty tableware

pretty tablewareCrate & BarrelGiving your tableware an update is a simple way to create a trendy and aesthetic table spread that’s perfect for hosting. We love the Glinda glassware collection from Anthropologie, and this Shinola set from Crate & Barrel, made with BPA-free melamine, which is great for outdoor dining.

West Elm acrylic tumbersWest ElmFor cups, acrylic is an excellent alternative to glass if you want stress-free sipping outdoors. These fluted acrylic tumblers from West Elm are just as gorgeous as their glass counterparts and come in multiple colours. 

3. Popsicle molds

popsicle mouldsCrate & BarrelPopsicles are a quintessential summer treat for adults and kids alike. Want to make your own this summer? Add these Tovolo classic popsicle molds to your shopping list and serve your family and friends tasty popsicles of the fruity, boozy or creamy variety. These molds are cute, easy to use and make four popsicles.

4. Beverage dispenser

beverage dispenserCrate & BarrelA stylish beverage dispenser can elevate any outdoor gathering. Like with cups, opt for acrylic so you don’t have to worry about accidental spills and broken glass. This Claro acrylic dispenser from Crate & Barrel is a great pick. Not only does it come in multiple trendy styles, but the clear dispenser means you can show off your beverage of choice, whether that’s a colourful sangria, refreshing fruit punch or infused water. You’ll also know exactly when it’s time for a refill. 

5. Marble serving board

Serving boardWest ElmSunny weather means charcuterie season. Elevate your charcuterie game with a beautiful, Instagram-worthy serving board to show off your charcuterie platter (or delicious cakes!). Marble remains a timeless and versatile trend, and we love this white marble and wood serving board from West Elm. Not only does the marble surface keep food cool for hours, but the wood accent lets you cut and slice with ease.

6. Serving sets

Blush Peony cheese knife setBlush PeonyYou’re going to need some pretty cheese knives to serve up your favourite fromages on that charcuterie board. We love this white and rose gold four-piece set from Vancouver’s Blush Peony, which includes: a chisel knife for cutting crumbly soft cheeses or chipping firm cheeses like Asiago; a flat cheese knife for cutting semi-firm cheeses like cheddar as well as soft cheeses like Brie; a heart knife for cutting classics like Parmesan into bite-sized pieces; and a serving knife to hold harder cheeses while you slice them.

Blush Peony serving setBlush PeonyAdd a touch of glam to your al fresco table! Ideal for salads, but also for dishing out pasta, casseroles and whatever else you’re cooking up this season, this gorgeous two-piece gold-finished serving set will elevate any meal.

There you have it! Grab your shopping list and create a dreamy patio spread guests will remember.