*Image via Castello di Vicarello.
We cannot wait to start living in our backyard this summer! Last year, our outdoor essentials included this mosquito-repelling Thermacell gadget that we liked so much we gave to both my parents and Mr. Magpie’s; this four-pack of inexpensive cabana striped towels (for fun in sprinkler / kiddie pool — I just kept these by the back door! — for travel/stroller, these Dock and Bay ones are awesome since they fold up tiny but are surprisingly absorbent); this virtually indestructible, portable speaker; Mr. Magpie’s Pro-Kadima set (for some reason, he and his friends love this game? — this Sunnylife style is even more aesthetically pleasing); and Mr. Magpie’s large stainless steel cooler, which he liked to keep stocked with beers while grilling / entertaining. It is honestly shocking how long that thing keeps cool — days! Mr. Magpie’s dad has the exact same one and also uses it while entertaining al fresco so guests don’t need to continually go inside to find a fresh drink. Igloo has a similar one that comes in great colors if you want something besides stainless steel.
+a new, heavier-duty picnic blanket — this one intrigues me because it’s waterproof on the bottom and “perfectly weighted to stay flat on the ground”;
+these popsicle holders are so clever for little ones — you catch all the drips in the tray and not on the hand!
+this enormous outdoor storage chest to house all outdoor toys/balls in our garage;
+these reasonably-priced reclining folding chairs — I often find us in need of extra seating/portable seating! — although I’m tempted by these ones, which are even closer to the ground and better for beach/outdoor concerts/picnics.
LARGE IGLOO COOLER // BIRD KITE // TOWELS // BEACH CABANA // QUILT // SPEAKER // IGLOO COOLER // PADDLE SET // POPSICLE MOLD // CORNHOLE SET // SOFT-SIDED COOLER TOTE // FREEZER PACKS // RECLINING FOLDING CHAIRS // RATTAN BEVERAGE COOLER // THERMACELL MOSQUITO REPELLER // WATERSLIDE RING TOSS SET // CROQUET SET // JUMBO JENGA SET
A few other finds below…
P.S. Al fresco dining finds.
P.P.S. A summer salad you must try.
P.P.P.S. Memories of my childhood home.