by Marisa Marcantonio

After spending the past two weekends on the beach on Cape Cod and Rhode Island, I have realized how key great entertaining essentials are for the summer months. Having terrific looking, well-designed cups and plates and a slew of items that will take you from the beach to BBQ and back can ensure you do things in style. Here are some cute additions to recent Pinterest-worthy Target collaborations done with color-loving lifestyle and how-to bloggers Oh Joy! and Poppytalk. Do you feel the itch to entertain now?

Fancy plastic goblets with gold rims from Oh Joy! elevate the everyday with a bit of class in punchy colors to keep things exciting.

Having lemonade and iced tea at the ready on hot summer days provides a refreshing cool down. Having a breakable pitcher outside? Never a good idea, that's why I am drawn to this slim faceted plastic version.

Melamine plates from The Oh Joy! Collection come in four assorted brights

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If you need a new picnic basket and love color, then this painted-striped plastic cutie also from Oh Joy! could be a good bet.  

When children are involved, a night outside, whether at home or at the beach during the summer usually involves roasting marshmallows to create  S'mores. This requires a sturdy tool that is more promising than a broken stick, which is why I think Oh Joy's Roasting Forks are such a good addition to the line.

With its own handy carrying handle, a striped, fringed picnic blanket from the Poppytalk Collection can take you from summer into fall

Stocking up on cute paper plates is always a good idea, since you always want to have enough on hand for an impromptu picnic or party. These patterned paper plates also from Poppytalk have a zingy sunshine yellow border flourish and geo pattern inside.