Alas, summer is here! This year by far is the most exciting one for our family. As most of you know, we welcomed our son early November of last year. Which also means preparing for his “first time” experience in life. While my husband thinks it wouldn’t mean much since Josiah King won’t remember, I beg to differ. I want to cherish the moments and create memories as he will only have his “first” once and be this little for so long. So you can only imagine how thrilled I am to enjoy the weather as it is my favorite season.
With the weather blazing, everyone’s ready to get some tan, enjoy some waves, build some sand castles and even celebrate a family gathering, get together or birthday parties! Who doesn’t love a summer celebration anyway? So I’ve decided to share my favorite products to enjoy ours.
Summer trends come and go, but memories from a well thrown summer party will last forever. With all the eye catchy, distinctive swimwear popping up in the market, vivid cover-ups, wacky toys, and let’s not forget the latest tech– there’s not much effort needed to get the party started. Check out the following tips just in time for the perfect summer fun.
FIRE UP THE GRILL
What’s a party without barbecued chicken? Grill any meat on a portable charcoal grill. Easily achieve that smoked and lightly mesquite flavor by the poolside or even at the beach. Not a fan of the charcoal type? Then go for the portable tabletop propane gas grill. Need some sides? Use an aluminum foil, toss some veggies lightly drizzled with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
For the kids, make sure to pack a bag of marshmallows to toast. Take it up a notch by making smores or a banana boat stuffed with your favorite sweets!
Suggested combination: mini marshmallows, chocolate and peanut butter.
Every party meal needs a refreshing finisher to make it complete. Take a 5 or 10-gallon beverage dispenser to hold a tropical and fruity mocktails that everyone can enjoy. Toss some slices of fruits to make it more creative and party-ready!
No kids around? Then take a beverage bucket, toss in some ice and fill it up with wine, beer or any other bottled and canned drinks. Paper cocktail parasols are optional, but will surely make the drink look even more delightful and refreshing!
serve drinks in style with fun & colorful cup holfders that float!
CHIPS, CRACKERS AND BITS
Don’t forget the snacks! Heading out to the beach or enjoying some sun by the poolside without snacks is like watching a movie without a popcorn – it doesn’t feel right. For the perfect beach/poolside themed party use a toy sand bucket to keep snacks in place and use the tiny shovels to scoop and serve. Colorful, fun and children friendly! Best believe this trick is an all-time favorite in our parties.
At the end of the day, the bucket can also double as a toy (which is the main purpose for it anyway) or to hold some seashells that the kids will collect.
SUGAR AND SPICE WITH EVERYTHING NICE
While everyone else is enjoying a few splashes here and there, there are some who loves to stay cool under the shade, relax and simply enjoy the beautiful view. What better way to accommodate your guest other than serving a fresh, lightly chilled fruits served in ice cream cones! Yes – no ice cream, just the fruits over the cone. For this option to work, make sure to grab a cupcake liner and use it to hold the fruits over the cone to keep it from sagging right away.
serve a healthier dessert by freezing yogurt and serve with granola and fresh diced fruits on top!
BRING ON THE ENTERTAINMENT
We personally love hosting our family and relatives. Somehow I just can’t picture having a celebration or party without a kusic to jam with. I mean, it feels incomplete. With that being said, it is absolutely important to have a device that can keep up. My personal favorite is the Water-Resistant Ultimate Ears MEGABLAST and BLAST Portable Speakers. You can guarantee hours of fun without having to worry if your device can keep up with a couple of splashes or even the long hours of entertainment.
Here’s a closer look …
Ultimate Ears most powerful speaker with stunning clarity and deep, heart-pounding bass, brings music to life.
Hands-free Amazon Alexa built-in » Ask Alexa to blast tunes, discover new music, crank the volume, find new restaurants.
Bluetooth and Wi-Fi capable » Wi-Fi connection range for the speaker is 330′. Bluetooth range is 150ft.
Rechargeable battery » Enjoy up to 16 hours with a large built-in battery. Play and charge the speaker simultaneously using the optional cradle or included wall charger.
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Blasting 360° intensely rich sound with stunning clarity and deep, heart-pounding bass, brings music to life.
Water-resistant and dust proof design » IP67 rated speaker can be immersed in liquid up to 1m for up to 30 minutes.
Two 35mm active drivers » Alongside with two 81mm x 39mm passive radiators provide crisp and clear sound.
Multiple microphones » With beam forming technology and noise cancellation enable a smooth far field voice recognition and control experience.
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Ultimate Ears Portable Speakers + Alexa = Perfect Harmony!
Enhanced controls on the Ultimate Ears app: You can now control volume remotely from the app, which is especially useful if you have your music cranked up loud and want to use Alexa. You can also check battery status in two ways – either through the app, or right from the speaker by pressing the “+/-” volume buttons simultaneously. Starting in May, you can personalize your sound for any artist or music genre with the custom equalizer (EQ).
Voice control on Spotify and more (coming soon): Just ask “Alexa, play my Discover Weekly” or any music from Spotify on MEGABLAST and BLAST. Spotify will soon join other Amazon Alexa supported music services such as Amazon Music, Deezer and TuneIn globally; and Pandora, iHeartRadio and SiriusXM in the U.S. — use your voice to control music from these streaming services over Wi-Fi. On Bluetooth, you can enjoy music from any of your favorite music services.
As most of you know by now, I am a proud Best Buy shopper. We visit our local store frequently for all our tech, gadgets, household appliances and more. I love that I can find all that we need, get help from the Geek Squad and experience amazing customer service. Which is also why I always refer everyone to visit and check out Best Buy. Oh, and just in case you didn’t know … they also have snacks, drinks and tech-toys! So if you’re shopping for yourself or your home, feel free to bring the family along!
FLOAT AWAY IN STYLE
Traditional choices for a pool or beach toy are always the same old beach ball, pool noodle, raft or float. Lately however, pool toys have gotten a major upgrade and became increasingly popular the past few years. Don’t get left behind and float away in style this year with the hottest floaties available in the market.
I personally love the bright pink donut float. My husband loves the pizza slice. As for our son, we have yet to discover what he will love, but one thing is for sure … there’s a design and style for everyone.
By simply following this guide, you can guarantee to host the most unforgettable summer party ever – perfect for all occasion, event, celebrations and anything under the sun. Don’t forget to bring a waterproof camera to capture and document all the fun. Enjoy!