Keep It Classy

Start a collection of outdoor tableware.

Summer porch parties call for a few key ingredients: fun people, delicious food, cozy furniture and a beautiful setting. Oh, and classy serving pieces. Drop in to Sur La Table at 50th & France to stock up on supplies for your next outdoor shindig.

Toss that old plastic pitcher and graduate to a sophisticated beverage jar (prices vary). Fill the jar with water, lemonade or your favorite porch-party drink and set it up outside where guests can top off their glasses from the jar’s built-in spigot.

Replace plain cups with textured ruby double old-fashioned drinking glasses ($19.56/set of four). The light blue and green options evoke lazy summer afternoons and pair beautifully with Sur La Table’s light blue and green hydrangea oval platter ($11.86) and servers ($6.96/set of two), ideal for outdoor appetizers and snacks.

Sur La Table, 3901 W. 50th St.; 952.656.0045.