Memorial Weekend is almost upon us and already our mouths are drooling at the thought of cheeseburgers, watermelon slices, and ice cold beer.
Of course, you could always pitch a BBQ on your back porch. But why settle for simple when you could throw an all-out, no-holds-barred Memorial Weekend Bash of Diddy proportions?
Here, we’ve rounded up ten high-roller party essentials—including an East Hampton mansion for rent—that are sure to make this Memorial Weekend bash one for the ages (complete with light-up LED pool stools).
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STAGE THE ULTIMATE PARTY: Short on party space for your Memorial Weekend bash? With seating for up to 32 people, the BoxLounge is an instant party venue, complete with leather bar stools, a small "lawn area," working beer taps, and a 32-inch flat screen TV with DVD and integrated stereo system. The design firm that makes this isn't supplying pricing, but our guess is if you have to ask, you can't afford it.
THE PERFECT PARTY VENUE: The secret to any successful Memorial Weekend party is a swanky venue. Even if you're short on real estate, you can rent luxe party accommodations on Air BnB. Our top pick? This elegant East Hampton estate, whcih features a covered porch, outdoor dining area with a fireplace, and Gunite pool with a raised jacuzzi. From $2,100 per night, at AirBnB.com.
GRILL LIKE A PRO: BBQ is our most beloved Memorial Weekend tradition, but it's even more satisfying when performed on a gleaming stainless-steel outdoor kitchen by Wolf. Though they can be designed in any number of combinations, this sample model features sub-zero refrigeration, under-counter ice makers, a gas stove, and a warming drawer (so your hotdog buns don't get soggy). Pricing from $5,000. Details at Subzero-Wolf.com.
MAKE YOUR OWN ICE CREAM: Party goers are sure to appreciate an ice-cold scoop of home-made cream made in Breville's super luxe ice cream machine. With twelve settings, the machine can produce ice cream ranging from "super soft" to "extra firm" consistences and includes a paddle for folding over gelato. $545 at Williams Sonoma.
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STORE YOUR COLA IN NOSTALGIA: Nothing hits the spot on a hot early summer's day like a cold Coke. Not only will this massive vintage-style cooler keep up to 80 sodas perfectly cool, but it will add a nostalgic touch to your Memorial Weekend bash. $895 at Pottery Barn.
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EVERYONE NEEDS A PORTABLE HOT TUB: No party is complete without a steaming hot jacuzzi. Fortunately, there's a portable solution for spa-less swimming pools. This mini "AirSpa" comes with 127 bulit-in micro jets and a top locking insular cover. $1,599 at Brookstone.
LOUNGE ANYWHERE IN STYLE: Short on seating? No problem. This inflatable lounger goes from flat to full in ten minutes and features space for up to 30 guests. Bonus: it comes with a central table (so you don't have to hold your beer in your lap). $7,000 at Pro Idee.
MAKE THE PERFECT MARGARITA:
Easily the most elaborate margarita machine ever to come on the market, the "Tahiti" machine is the ultimate Memorial Weekend drink maker, and features three separate blending jars and separate ice settings for margaritas, daiquiris, coladas, mudslides, mojitos, and smoothies.
$649 on eBay.
NOT YOUR AVERAGE POOL ACCESSORY:
Humbly described in the catalog notes as "the most unique swimming pool accessory ever created," these LED pool stools feature 54 remote controlled LED lights that last up to twelve hours. $199 each at Brookstone.
TAN POOLSIDE IN LUXURY: Nothing says fun in the sun like an elaborate pool lounger. Fashioned from a steel frame and hand-wrapped in all-weather wicker, this "Spartan" day bed is fit for the gods. From $6,395 at Restoration Hardware.
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