Kick Back in Style!

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TUNES: Nothing helps create a relaxed summer vibe like a great soundtrack! Pop on a pair of headphones to enjoy your own personal surround sound summer musical experience. One of the important moments of every summer is switching off the noises of everyday life so we can breathe and center ourselves.

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HAMMOCK: We all sigh when we see an image of someone lying down in a hammock in a beautiful yard as the sun sets behind them… so, why not let yourself indulge in that fantasy and hang a standard meshed rope hammock in your outdoor space? Grab a copy of a classic book you’ve been meaning to read for eons but never got around to, turn down the volume on life and kick back in your hammock!

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COZY FEET: Once the sun sets, it can get a bit chilly in the evening during these last few days of summer. Down booties are amazing on camping trips to keep your feet toasty but can serve just as well to make sure you stay comfortable and warm on crisp summer nights, spending time outside and enjoying the stars!

 

Our Guide to the Ultimate Outdoor Fiesta

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ICE: Catch the newest trend to wrap up your summer fun and fill a few trays of quirky ice cube shapes with water or fruit juice! Let yourself enjoy the more comical side of life with your guests at your fiesta by choosing a wide variety of shapes and colors they can pick from for their drinks! Fish, jewels, spheres, candy skulls, long rectangles or funky pyramids!

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GELATO PUNCH: Turn off the heat with a soothing and refreshing gelato punch at your party! Mix any fruity gelato with ginger ale and lime juice in a large punch bowl! Gelato serves as a super effective palette cleanser so be sure to offer this punch between courses or as you are shifting from appetizers to the main dish!

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EASY CLEAN UP: Don’t over complicate your life by adding cleaning the dishes to the list of things you need to do after your party! Grab some adorable summer themed paper plates and be sure to recycle them once your satiated guests head home!

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NO WORRIES:The last thing you want during your end-of-summer fiesta is broken glass and the added hassle of cleaning up shards of glass! Conveniently, stemless wine-glasses are sleek and stylish as well as difficult to spill (especially if you pick up a set that is plastic!). Alternatively, you can opt for smaller more disposable cups for wine and punch, the idea here is to limit the effort and maximize the summer fun!

Beach-Day Must Haves!

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The Cooler: No event is complete without a proper snack. Make sure the fruit and veggies that you bring along to the beach stay fresh and crisp until you are ready to munch! The sun and the salt will trigger your appetite, so be sure to pack a healthy snack so you can get the most out of these last days of summer!

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The Koozie: You won’t be the only one sweating as you lounge in the sand and listen to the waves gently lapping the shore! Your ice-cold beer will also be dripping beads of condensation and will tricky to hold onto with your sunscreen slathered hand! Don’t be a goober, bring a koozie!

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The Hat: Each of us will have to follow our heart for the perfect beach hat. The important point here is that you do need a hat for your last weekend of the summer at the beach! Whether you choose a floppy sun hat, a cool hipster baseball hat or a safari-style khaki cap, you will exert your personal style and protect the skin on your face and neck!

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The Fan: Both functional and gorgeous, the fan is a throwback to ladies from the past, lounging and sweating in their full swimming costumes on the beach. Even though you can feel the breeze on your skin, it can still be handy to keep a fan in your beach bag. Extra points if you color-coordinate with your swimsuit!

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The Boombox: Add some rhythm to your beach day with a set of wireless speakers. Be sure to protect your speakers from the sand (and the water!) by placing them in a bag or on a clean towel. You can always go full retro and bring a hunking boombox with a few cassettes of your favorite throwback classics!