Amanda, We sat outside for dinner tonight. Did that ever feel good. Kids were swimming, Chris was barbecuing and I was lounging.... it was exquisite.

I did eventually get up to make a salad and gather plates and cutlery etc. and I realized that outdoor dining would be a lot easier if I had a nice tray to carry everything on, as opposed to the multiple trips I made clutching items in my armpits. So I did a little search and realized there are a million choices out there. Just depends on what kind of tray you're looking for...

I narrowed it down to either metal or wood and sturdy.

Here are my picks:


Restoration Hardware


West Elm


Crate and Barrel


Ikea PS

Isn't that Crate and Barrel tray gorgeous? I'm excited now for summer entertaining - this weather makes me giddy!