By Bailey Swilley

Published on July 18, 2016

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Photography by MARIE CLAIRE MAISON

by Bailey Swilley

There’s just something so enticing about being on the roof in the summer. If you’re a city dweller without a backyard, yours might as well be your own personal sanctuary. Here’s what you need to upgrade it to party central.

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Photography by CRATE & BARREL

Bright sunshine can be a killer. This cool, but vibrant umbrella will save the day when you need some shade. 

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Photography by HEY YO YO

These straws are an inexpensive and easy way to bring the fun and flair your soirée needs! 

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Photography by AIRPLANTMAN

If you’re looking for a modern and natural way to decorate your outdoor space, try a vertical airplant garden like this one!

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Photography by SELETTI

After the sun goes down, keep the fun going with twinkles. (More ideas for lighting up a rooftop here)! 

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Photography by A SENSIBLE HABIT

You may not need coasters on the roof, but these fabric dotted ones bring some flirty style to the top of your building.

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Photography by PEHR DESIGNS

It’s really amazing how a tablecloth can pull together the whole look of your party. The cabana stripe adds special summer charm.

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Photography by SERENA & LILY

Make sure everyone has a place to sit with these cute, stowable fabric stools.

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Photography by HARLOW & GREY

Plastic is out. Wood is in. Try these when you don’t want to haul your entire silverware collection up to the roof.

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Photography by CANVAS HOME LLC

Just because you’re outside doesn’t mean you can’t use a little gilded glam. Put cakes, cupcakes, or cookies on this sexy cake stand. And yes, we didn’t know “sexy cake stand” was a thing until now, either. 

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Photography by ZUO MODERN

If your outdoor space is ultra chic and sleek, this fire pit will feel right at home.

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Photography by ABRAMS BOOKS

Whip up yummy summer foods like berry cheesecake and BLT burgers with this eye candy by Katie Lee! 

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Photography by COUNTERPOINT DESIGN

Grill burgers, chicken, anything you love right at the table with this chic, tiny grill.

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Photography by JULISKA

Serve tea or lemonade in this gorgeous poppy pitcher because you’re classy like that. 

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Photography by AMERICAN JUICE COMPANY

Serve a signature ginger drink on your roof with this easy, tasty base. 

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Photography by HARLOW & GREY

Add some glitz to your table or roof entrance with this flashy garland. We’re fans of decor that can be easily transported up and down! 

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Photography by FERM LIVING

You don’t need a big yard or even a window to grow your own garden. Just grab one of these boxes and plant herbs or flowers for people to enjoy when they come over.

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Photography by SERENA & LILY

Throw down a striped area rug to add subtle pattern to your space.

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Photography by SAFAVIEH

No front porch? No problem. Hoist this baby up on the roof and enjoy the rays. (With SPF.)

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Photography by LA JOLLA

You’ll never rethink outdoor entertaining again if you pick up these bright blue outdoor lounge pieces. 

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Photography by SAFAVIEH

This outdoor table and chair set is both functional and summer chic.

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Photography by SAFAVIEH

It’s a bar (or tea) cart on the go! Perfect for tending and steeping outside. 

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Photography by MODWAY FURNITURE

A couple of these cushy chairs and you’ve got the perfect corner for catching up. 

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Photography by SERENA & LILY

This enamelware tray is shatter-proof and gorgeous on the table or the grill.

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Photography by FLASH FURNITURE

Bring these colorful chairs to the table for a sit-down dinner. 

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Photography by SAFAVIEH

Either park it on this classy, sassy stool or use it to place apps!

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Photography by B.PILA

This one’s a splurge but who else do you know with a stylish swing on their roof? 

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Photography by W&P DESIGN

There’s nothin’ wrong with a fancy tiki cup. Use them at your next luau or just make it your go-to drinking chalice.  

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Photography by RIZZOLI BOOKS

Be the hostess with the mostest thanks to this awesome guide by Lela Rose.

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Photography by SERENA & LILY

If you live in the big city, nothing’s as relaxing as lounging on a chaise on your rooftop.

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Photography by SERENA & LILY

This fun chair is the perfect place to sip on a sweet drink or read a book after guests leave.

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Photography by SERENA & LILY

Your friends will love slinking back into this cozy chair by Serena & Lily, which comes in seven beautiful colors and patterns. 

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Photography by SERENA & LILY

This umbrella-like pattern is funky, fun, and totally durable through the outdoor elements. 

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Photography by BROOK FARM GENERAL STORE

Put a little green out on the terrace for some tranquility and ambience before your get-together. 

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Photography by MOUTH.COM

Mouth.com has all kinds of amazing snack packages, but this one is perfect for grilling and noshing outdoors. 

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Photography by CONTROL BRAND

Have a place for all your appetizers and drinks with this super-functional piece. 

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Photography by VIFA

Is it a purse of the Mad Men era? Nope, it’s an amazingly portable speaker for some top of the tower dancing. 

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Photography by KATIE KIME

Seasonal snacks make for great seasonal decor! 

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Photography by WOODEN BRICKS

Having bored guests is a major party killer. Have a blast with these stylish wooden bricks. You know what to do with them.