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The Best Backyard Party Gear of 2020

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buyer’s guide

Rumpl NanoLoft Puffy Blanket Throw ($149)

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(Photo: Courtesy Rumpl)

Rumpl reimagined its classic blanket with a synthetic fill that’s clumped like down. That gives it an exceptional warmth-to-weight ratio while making it ­supremely ­packable. We also love that it’s 100 percent recycled.

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Blue Ridge Chair Works Folding Side Table ($178)

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Handcrafted in North Carolina, this ash-wood number is roughly two feet high and provides just over three square feet of surface area—enough for happy hour. It folds flat for easy storage.

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10 Barrel Brewing Swill Shandy ($11 for six)

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Beer mixed with lemonade is a summer classic. 10 Barrel brings a twist to that formula, combining American sour ale with grapefruit and lemon. It’s crisp, sweet, and endlessly refreshing.

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Danner Pub Garden Chelsea Boots ($180)

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Go from mowing the lawn to hosting your neighbors without changing out of these waterproof leather kicks, which hide their ­durability in a sleek ­Chelsea silhouette.

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REI Co-op Outward Low Lawn Chair ($60)

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A low-slung metal frame, pack straps for easy transport, and durable 300-denier fabric make the Outward Low undeniably camp-ready. But with wooden armrests and a muted aesthetic, it’s at home in a minimalist patio setup, too.

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Yeti V Series ­Stainless Steel Cooler ($800)

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With its bold looks and vacuum-insulated inte­rior, Yeti’s stainless-steel ice chest is like a fridge for your yard. It’s sleek looking (if a little heavy) and durable enough to park permanently outside.

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Thermacell Patio Shield Metal Edition Bug Repeller ($35)

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Butane activates Thermacell’s scent-free repellent, producing a 15-foot-radius zone of bug-free bliss without an open flame. The metallic exterior is a nice touch.

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Tincup Rye ($32)

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Tincup made its name with a blend of rye and single-malt whiskey that we’ve loved for years. This new offering is 95 percent rye and 5 per­cent barley, with a lightly smoky flavor that pairs well with bonfires.

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Nebula Capsule Max Projector ($470)

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(Photo: Courtesy Anker)

Throw movies from your favorite streaming services against the house with Nebula’s 5.9-inch tall, Wi-Fi-connected Capsule Max projector. The image expands up to 100 inches without sacrificing clarity.

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