Ahhh, yes, the sweet, sweet sound of summer: Steaks sizzling on the BBQ, glasses clinking, the fire pit crackling, and a hum of laughter. One of the best ways to soak up the summer time fun is by giving your living room a break and taking the party outdoors! Having the perfect evening under the stars isn't as hard as it seems, just follow our tips!
Go Wild With a Charcuterie Board
We LOVE charcuterie boards. They are a crowd pleaser and SO easy to make! Pick your favourite meats, any cheeses of your choice, toss on some olives, pickles, crackers, apples, grapes and anything else your heart desires. And as an added touch, make little signs to mark what each item is.
Infuse Your H20
We'll say it, drinking plain water is boring. Amp it up with a bit of infusion fun! Much like the charcuterie board you can add what ever you'd like to your water. Below are a few of our favourite mixtures:
Choose Acrylic or Plastic Wares
Just because you are having an outdoor party doesn't mean you have to go out and purchase 100 red solo cups. But you also don't need reach for your expensive glass wares. Pick acrylic or plastic in a fun colour and style to amp up your table scape, and keep your expensive glass ware from getting broken.
Mix Up Your Seating Options
We like to mix up our seating options for two reasons: The first is to create different spaces for your guests to mix and mingle. The second is because it's more comfortable and looks so much nicer than spreading out a bunch of lawn chairs on the grass.
Have Fun with Colours
Spice up the space with colurful tables cloths, napkins, pillows and blankets. Don't worry about following a specific colour scheme just have fun with it! This will create a more home-y, comfortable feeling.
Create a Drink Station
We love to set up a little "help yourself" kind of bar situation. Include cups, straws, ice, punch and alocholic and non alcoholic options. It's always nice to provide coffee and tea to help warm up and wake up your guests during the later hours
End the Night Perfectly
End off the alfresco evening perfectly with smores around the fire while you stargaze! Bonus - if you want to provide your guests with a little takeaway, take 1 giant graham cracker, 1 large marshmallow and a few peices of chocolate, wrap them in cellophane and tie it in a bow. Add a a little tag that says "S'more for Later" and hand them out as your guests depart!
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Hit it out of the park this father's day with a gift that is absolutely perfect your dad!
Every year, we find that shopping for Father's Day is either extremely easy or ridiculously difficult. Dad will never tell you what he actually wants so it becomes a giant guessing game. This year, we've made Father's Day gift shopping easy by providing with a gift guide of things every dad will love.
Has your dad been watching a ton of the Food Network lately? Maybe, you've noticed that he's pulling out some new fancy moves - a la Chef Gordon Ramsay?
Why not get him putting those new skills to work by giving him a gift that keeps on giving? The Epicurean hexagon cutting board and board butter, and Zwilling 8" professional chef's knife are perfect for any inexperienced and veteran chefs alike.
If your dad's favourite thing to cook is a classic grilled cheese sandwich, help him up his game with the "Grilled Cheese and Beer" cook book which is fill with simple, delicious, hoppy recipes. Happy hour just got a lot more tasty!
Upgrade your dad's favourite - whiskey on the rocks - with whiskey stones and glasses that will be the perfect addition to his liquor cabinet.
Your dad is a grill master. In fact no one loves grilling as much as he does. Set him up for success with everything he needs for all of his grilling endeavours. From beer can chicken and perfectly glazed steaks all the way to grilled beef tenderloin with fire-roasted red pepper and goat's cheese.
Cooking and non cooking gifts that will light a fire in every Mom's heart
This mother’s day, take the opportunity to show your mom how special she is by thinking outside the box with your gift giving. Don’t reach for the flower bouquet and back away from the spa package. Get her something for the heart of her home - the place where her loved ones come together to indulge in good food, good laughs and share great memories. Whether your mom is a green thumb, one with a refined taste or she’s the on-the-go type we’ll help you pick out that perfect out-of-the-box gift with this gift guide for Moms of all kinds!
From birthdays to baby showers, to dance recitals and everything in between, there are so many dates that Moms need to remember! Help her stay up to date with the Sara Miller address book and matching ballpoint pen. With different sections to write down addresses, birthdays, Christmas card lists, and notes, all the details are covered in this handy and beautiful book.
Mother’s day is about spoiling mom, so why not spoil her to a gorgeous 4 QT Staub Round Cherry Cocotte? BONUS, if you buy one in store by May 13, you’ll receive $200 off, making the cocotte a steal of a deal at $149.99.
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Help your mom’s home smell as sweet as she does by treating her to the Thymes Fragrances body lotions, hand soaps and mists. Her home can smell like a fresh garden, a tropical getaway, or even a spa-like escape.
Is your mom more of a refined taste kind of gal? Gift her the Sara Miller Chelsea Collection tea set. The pink cup with matching saucer and spoons is the perfect addition to an afternoon tea party with friends, book club gathering, or family brunch. Pinky’s Up!
Do you have a green thumb kind of mom? Treat her to this gift that does double duty. The Thymes Millefleur Collection Candle gives off scents of jasmine, hyacinth, lily of the valley, orange blossom and raspberry. When she’s burned it all up, the statement flower pot that held the candle was made with re-usability in mind, because it comes packaged with a seed envelope containing ready to plant Forget-Me-Not seeds! Tell her to read the Thymes blog here for help on re-using her flower pot candle!
For the mom who loves her furry friends, pick up an adorable piece or two from Wrendale Designs. Add a splash of the British countryside to your mom's kitchen with the charming hand-painted fine bone china tableware, cutlery and giftware. The perfect addition to every animal lovers home!
For the Mom who seems to have it all, we bet she's still missing a few key pieces in her kitchen! Does she have a microplane classic series zester/grater? Does she chop her garlic rather than use an Epicurean garlic press? Read our 10 Must Have Kitchen Tools blog and make sure your Mom has everything on the list!