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Summer Entertaining Essentials

Megan West, B.A. Article by: Megan West, B.A.
Date: Aug 12, 2015 · Posted in: Natural Products, Fair Trade, House & Home, Lifestyle
Summer Entertaining Essentials

Summer is the perfect time of year to host and entertain your friends and family. From barbecues, to patio parties, and pool hangouts, there's nothing better! However, it can seem overwhelming at times to prepare one's space for guests. We've curated a helpful list of entertaining essentials so you can enjoy the long nights and sunny days without having to worry about the details. From what to keep stocked in the bathroom, to what to serve and how to stay warm under the stars, we've got you covered (literally). 

Tips for Hosting a Summer Party

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Practice Sun Safety

Goddess Garden Natural Sunscreen Spray SPF 30

There's nothing worse than sending guests home with a fresh sunburn (we're all about sun safety around here!) so it's always a good idea to keep the bathroom stocked with an easy to use sunscreen. Goddess Garden Natural spray is an on-going favorite around here for it's non-greasy, shear, and non-toxic formulation. It's a convenient spray safe enough for children, but strong enough for adults. Better yet, it has the highest level of organic ingredients on the market!

boo Bamboo After-Sun Intense Moisture Mist

A thoughtful gesture to offer guests is some post-sun skin care, so everyone can spend the rest of the night enjoying themselves. Scented naturally with fresh coconut, this spray soothes and repairs damaged skin, is fast absorbing, and helps reduce redness. It has an immediate cooling effect making it a soothing option after a long day outdoors. 

Non-Toxic Stain Removal

Nature Clean Oxy Stain Remover

Without fail it seems at least one guest always falls victim to a red wine attack and nothing's worse than not being able to help prevent a permanent clothing emergency! Nature Clean's Oxy Stain Remover can be used as a pre-soak or hand wash to remove stains. It's 100% chlorine free bleach, non-petroleum, non-phosphate, and free of dyes and perfumes. So whatever the disaster, you can send your guests on their way sans stains. 

Summer Scents and Decor


Pacifica Tuscan Blood Orange Reed Diffuser 

Setting the "scent" of a party is as important as the decor. A diffuser is a great scented candle alternative, as it runs no risk of an accidental knock-over, especially if children (or happy hour) is involved! The Blood Orange scent is designed to "elevate the mood" of any space, and really, can you think of a better vibe? Pacifica's diffusers add a clean and continuous scent without being overwhelming, which is always a good thing. 

Alaffia Handwoven Afrian Market Basket

These baskets make for fantastic home decor with an understated beauty and eco-friendly quality. Set them outside during a gathering and fill with throw blankets or even picnic-style snacks for a help-yourself relaxed environment. The baskets are handwoven in Ghana and Togo from sustainable harvested grass and are extremely durable, holding up to 50 lbs of fresh produce, making them a year-round essential. You can feel good about your purchase as Alaffia is part of the Fair for Life program which ensures fair and positive relations between producers and contracting companies. 

Pure Linen Throws & Table Linens

Having an organic, rustic vibe is a great way to set a summer table. Our  table linens are 100% European flax and make for the perfect backdrop to any meal or decorative table setting. You need not worry about spills as they are machine washable. 

Conversely, our Pure linen throws are the ultimate in cozy. There's nothing better than wrapping up on a cool summer night, right? All the better for nights spent watching stars at the cottage or evenings spent on the back deck at home. Also machine washable, 100% Euopean flax, and finished with a fringe, our throws are the ultimate in high-quality luxury.