With Memorial Day around the corner and a whole summer ahead, we thought it would be a perfect time to brush up on being a host in the great outdoors. Whether you’re hosting a picnic for 10 or BBQ for 50 – below are our must haves this summer.
Kuchi Kuu – Botanical Collection Artisan Pillows
When throwing a party or gathering of any kind, ambience is incredibly important. With Kuchi Kuu, adding vibrant décor is easy and fun! Choose from a range of gorgeous handmade pillows, all made with 100% natural cotton twill, linen and nontoxic, water-based inks.
Divine NY & Co – Burlap Coasters (set of 4)
Although you may be outdoors, protecting your furniture is key when managing a large crowd. Politely suggest your guests use coasters when they set their drinks down, as they’ll likely be wrapped in chilled condensation – an easy way to leave watermarks on any kind of surface. Divine NY & Co upcycles discarded burlap sacs into simple coasters, with a hand-dyed border for a pop of color.
Milk & Honey Luxuries – Mojito Recipe Cutting Board
Did you think we had forgotten the best part about an outdoor party? Never! Milk & Honey Luxuries makes bartending simple with this mojito recipe cutting board. Handmade in the USA, this cutting board is solid maple wood – perfect for slicing limes and chopping mint.
Transcend – Tortoise Shell Mouth Blown Glassware (set of 4)
Although these tortoise shell glasses are perfect for an icy mojito, they make drinking just about anything more fun. Each piece is mouth blown and dishwasher safe. These recycled pieces come in goblet, highball, rocks or pitcher style glassware.
Rehabulous – Melted Wine Bottle Cheese Platter & Cork Spreader
These flat cheese platters (and spreader!) have been quite obviously upcycled from wine bottles and their respective corks. Their recycled appearance will not only let your guests know you have style, but that you also support the eco-friendly movement.
Leafy Natural Couture – Signature Goddess Dress
After all, every host needs to look fabulous. True to its name, the silky Signature Goddess Dress clings to every curve, with an adjustable crochet bodice. Leafy Natural Couture uses P.E.T. recycled fabric for their crochet pieces, before naturally dying and hand making each garment.
Phoebe is from San Francisco, California and has lived in Manhattan for a year. She is studying Strategic Design & Management at Parsons School of Design, in her second year of their Bachelor of Business Administration program. When she’s not working on EcoHabitude’s blog or social media platforms, she loves to explore New York City rooftops, upcycle her clothes and learn new languages.
Follow Phoebe on tumblr.2