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Outdoor Essentials for Summer

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While the weather warms up and we’re still social distancing, most of us are spending more time outdoors than ever. Having a backyard or front porch gathering, a picnic, or a meet-up in the park are great ways to stay connected to neighbors and friends while staying healthy and getting some vitamin D.

The key is not to over-complicate things. The beauty in summer bashes is their casual, even last-minute nature. You don’t need a spectacularly landscaped yard, a pool, or anything fancy to host a small group and enjoy each other’s company. Summer salads, cut fruit, punch, or pitcher margaritas are great ways to make things festive, but simple. Here are some of our other recommendations for items that will help you make the most of your outdoor life this summer!

LA PLAYA CANDLES

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These hand-poured candles in a bubble glass say tropical fun and relaxation! With scents like salted blue agave, amber & coconut, and vanilla rosa, they’re a perfect way to add some summer scents to your gathering or light up your table when the sun begins to set! 

RECYCLED GLASS CARAFE

A simple glass carafe is essential for serving infused water, lemonade, or punch to guests. In the heat, you’ve got to stay hydrated and a pitcher not only spares glass and cans, but keeps you and your guests from running in and out of the house all day.

Try this hack for infusing your water: Muddle some berries and a tiny bit of maple syrup or honey. Add 2 parts water to 1 part fruit mixture. Freeze them in ice cube trays for at least 8 hours. Then add the infused ice and to regular ice water and serve in a glass carafe so that everyone can see your pretty concoction!

HIBISCUS GINGER LEMON CAMP COCKTAIL INFUSION KIT

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This beautiful and delicious cocktail infusion kit containing hibiscus calyx, ginger root, lemon, and hibiscus-infused vegan non-GMO cane sugar. Can you say, “yum!”

Fill with 12 ounces of alcohol, refrigerate 3 days, and enjoy for the next 30 days as the basis for 8 craft cocktails. Keep it light by mixing a 1.5 ounce strained shot with tonic or soda or get punchy by mixing a 1.5 ounce shot with lemonade or juice. We’re telling you, this mix tastes like summer in the best way possible. No shaking, stirring, or bartending skills necessary. Just fill with spirits, chill, and enjoy!

ENAMELED MANGO WOOD SERVING TRAY

 
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These enameled wood trays come in two different sizes and make for perfect serving platters. Layer with fresh fruit, charcuterie, cheeses, or kabobs. Their enamel surface make them easy to clean and the wood base makes them light and easy to carry from kitchen to patio. And starting at $15, you can’t beat the price!

If you’re grilling out, we recommend using the large tray for your protein and layering them on in two rows. The small tray is great for your toppings like tomato slices, cheese, lettuce, and pickles. You can also layer bowls on top with your condiments, sauces in them for easy carrying.

WINE CHARMS, COOZIE & BOTTLE CARRIER

 
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We love a leather accessory and these wine charms may be the cutest thing we’ve seen Ross called Rachel his lobster. Use them for wine or a goblet of your favorite summer drink.

A leather coozie is another essential for keeping your beer, mixer or seltzer water cool and keeping the condensation from taking over your table. We’ve got several variations in our shop and this “Hello Weekend” sleeve is one of our favorites.

This metal and wood handle bottle carrier is handy when you’re lugging things outside, especially if you’re going further than your yard. Plus, it has that classic vintage look that just makes you feel good, even if isn’t technically a necessity. Like milk crates back in the day, this bottle carrier will come in handy for years to come.

LEATHER MASON JAR WITH STRAW

leather mason jar.jpgThis mason jar is the perfect sustainable solution for your summer drinking needs. Made with glass, metal straw, and wood lid to drink cold or hot liquids indoors or out. The removable leather stamped sleeve protects your drink, while making you feel like you’re on vacation.

Take this with you in the car, by your pool, or on a camping trip. Toss the 24oz jar in the dishwasher when you’re done and use it again the next day. No waste!

We’ve got more summer essentials curated for you in our shop. From serving ware to cocktail mixers, punch recipe books to travel containers, we’ve got what you need to make this summer as festive as ever! 

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