Published on June 13, 2018

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Come summer, it’s all about spending the maximum amount of time outdoors, basking in the warmth of the sun and living our best lives after a too-long winter. Well, for most of us anyway. And while we can surely drum up an extensive list of outdoor activities to leisure in, there’s nothing like indulging in a game or two. Yep, we’re talking about the lawn games that embody the quintessence of those seemingly never-ending evenings. 

Ahead, a fresh crop of well-designed games—neon hula hoops, portable backgammon boards, and the perfect kite­—inspire us to get outside and play. Read on to see our favorite and well-designed renditions of the classic lawn games that will transform your space with a sweet dose of color and style. 

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Badminton Set Catalina, Sunnylife, $36

Who doesn’t love a solid round of badminton? Think of it as the ultimate ice breaking pastime for a summer party. Let the games begin! 

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Bocce, Fredericks and Mae, $150

We would buy this one for the stunning color details and fresh patterns alone. Just imagine them lazily scattered around on the freshly-cut grass—now that’s our idea of a statement-worthy backyard.

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Polypro Dance Hoop, Hoopologie, $32

Hula all day and night with a hip, glow-in-the-dark hoop. Better yet, make it a competition and get the little ones in on it too.

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Select Deluxe Croquet Set, Halex, $60 

Go for a colorful upgrade on a backyard classic. This one will not only impart your outdoor space with a bold touch of color but it will also contribute an element of functionality—even if its sole purpose is for a little fun.

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“Game On” Paddles, B. Pila

Turn your tabletop into a ping-pong court in no time. This vibrantly saturated take on a classic paddle might just be the key to finally securing that high-score streak. 

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The Original Double-Sided Travel Game-Bag Set, A Summer Shop, $55

The chicest roll-up backgammon that’s easy to tote to the beach, or anywhere for that matter. Invest in a bunch and set them out in the yard to keep guests entertained at your next fete.

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Kite (Sunset), Areaware, $36

Fly high with this beautifully vibrant rendition of a summer staple. This free-flowing piece is the ultimate accessory for mornings at the park or evenings at the beach.

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The Belgian Dart Set, Best Made Co, $148

With its polished brass frame and birch wood detailing, this just might be the most style-centric dart set we’ve seen in a while. Handmade and limited in quantity, you won’t want to think twice with this one.

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Inflatable Cactus Ring Toss, Sunnylife, $27

Get in some pool time and have a blast doing it. This cheeky take on a ring toss combines two of our summer favorites. 

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Tree Swing, Mercantile + Co., $120

No backyard is complete sans a swing and this effortlessly chic and understated piece is all the proof you need. Available in either a double or single. So, get both. 

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Wave Tricolour Cornhole Set, By Three Of The Possessed, $229

Consider this a graphic way to get in on the ultimate summer pastime. Crafted of birch wood and clad in a vibrant color detail, with this one, we hardly need to say much more.

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Giant Tumbling Tower, Terrain, $198

Who doesn’t love a good game of Jenga? A larger-than-life rendition of the classic game, this one promises hours of entertainment. 

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