While many Americans think that summer starts on Memorial Day, it officially begins on summer solstice, usually June 21 in the Northern hemisphere. The longest day of the year seems like the ideal excuse for a party, so here are some ideas for a backyard celebration of midsummer. And if you don't get around to throwing a summer solstice party, there's no expiration date on these outdoor party ideas!
It's probably happened to you before... you try to balance your drink on a wonky area of grass, and it spills all over the lawn. What a waste of a perfectly good beverage! So today I'm sharing an easy project that will prevent this from happening ever again - a backyard drink holder that will help you hold your drinks in style.
A crisp fall afternoon picking apples calls for a delicious apple cocktail to warm you up in the evening. Or if apples aren't your thing, try a fig drink. Or maybe add some maple syrup to sweeten things up. Here are ten absolutely delicious drinks that will keep you warm on those chilly October nights.
It's Kitchen Month on Curbly; and we think the kitchen is the do-it-yourself-iest room in the house. Yeah, it's easier to purchase packaged, pre-made, preservativeful foods, but it's also pricier and worse for your health. And nothing beats the taste of home-made.
Soda (pop, for you midwesterners) is no exception; you can make your own awesome-tasting soda and save money doing it! To help you, we've teamed up with SodaStream to give away one of their "Fountain Jet Soda Lover's Starter Kits", so you can start whipping up your own soda pops and sparkling waters at home. Read on to find out how to win!
Nothing says 'summer' more than a giant glass of ice-cold lemonade! Capture that feeling now (and all year) with these citrus-inspired felt coasters!
If all of this talk of fall entertaining drives you to drink, never fear, that's all you really need to be a great host. Building a stylish & chic bar can be your biggest asset during the cold and cozy seasons. Nothing welcomes someone into your home more than a freshly-poured drink on the rocks in a classic highball glass.
I've assembled most of our barware from Etsy. Vintage highballs, drinks carts and ice buckets that would fit nicely in Don Draper's office create an air of elegance we're sorely missing these days. I say we bring the classic five o'clock cocktail hour back with finds like these.
Try floating one of these in your next Ultimate Arctic Martini.
From Serious Eats: "These are probably meant for six-year olds, but they still provide me with gobs of joy. All you need is a black olive (for the penguin head), a bigger one (for the bulbous bod), a little carrot medallion (with a triangle sliced out for the beak), and a mozzarella ball (or cream cheese works). Extra credit if you can make them an edible igloo. It's pretty...
Pure. Simple. Genius.
"The Mocha Dunk Mug is the ideal cup for you if you like a couple of biscuits with your tea or coffee.
With the original, dual purpose dunking mug there's no need to juggle with a plate and cup and of course, you also save on the washing up afterwards"
And, there's a southpaw version for left-handed dunkers!
Once you've given your tea bag a dunk, you could head right to the compost bin. OR, you can give it a second chance with one these alternative options for steeped tea bags.
- Soothe Tired or Injured Eyes
- Flavor Your Meat
- Make “Less Sinful” Drinks
- Around-The-House Cleaner
- Remove Warts
So, on Saturday, I went to pick up my weekly CSA harvest, and the wonderful young lady pointed to an enormous box of bing cherries, and said, "Also, you're welcome to take as many of those as you want, but they're super ripe, so they gotta be used today."
"Really?" I said, as I grabbed a produce bag.
"Yeah. Take the whole box if you want..."
Well, I DID want, so I took the box, and realized, as I popped my third into my mouth on the walk...
"Matthew Yglesias at the Internet Food Association blog writes that it's really a matter of overnight cold-brewing and straining. First gather up 1 cup of coarse-ground and stir it into 4 1/2 cups of water, or strengthen the mix to taste. After that 'stick it in the...
A giant bowl of wispy punch is certainly festive, but a true ghost-host offers their guest customized cocktails that suit their own tastes. Here's a few ideas to get your fall festivities popping.
Garnishes: ANY mixed drink can get a scary-fun makeover with a frightful garnish. Simply mix up drinks per usual, but sink one of the following into your highball or martini glass:
- Plastic spider rings
- Gummy worms
- Novelty eyeballs
- A few drops of...
When I was a kid, I refused to drink fruit punch from a glass, because I was always afraid it'd give me that lipstain red moustache that youngsters get from slurping.
Now, there's no need, cause as long as you keep this glass to your face, no one will ever be the wiser.
Almost a year ago, I asked Curbliers for their favorite DIY Flavored water recipes. A few days ago, money-management blog Wise Bread offered eight recipes to give your water a little extra zing on the cheap.
1. Salt – Adds electrolytes per those fancy, sugared up sports drinks.
2. Ginger - If you like spices, ginger is a great way to add a "zing" to your water.
3. Citrus – Freeze citrus zest within ice cubes.
4. Herbs - Mint, lemongrass, and...
"We're talking serious attention to detail here - not content with creating coasters shaped like the more common 3.5-inch floppy disks, Supermandolini has gone back even further in time, producing a coaster range including 5.25-inch diskettes.
Yes, we're in the land of 70s computing with the Soft Sector coasters. But this isn't just an exercise in geek, it's really sharp design, with each 9cm x 9cm coaster having its own colourful and...
Gomestic comes through again with another list of additional uses for a household item:
- Soothe razor burn.
- Refresh tired eyes.
- Ease pain and bleeding of a lost tooth.
- De-stink your feet.
- Relieve pain from shots and injections.
- Reduce pain from sunburn.
- Salve poison ivy rash.
- Gargle to reduce toothache.
- Wash your hair.
- Clean wood furniture.
- Nourish your roses.
- Clean a mirror.
- Keep potted plants healthier
- Use as potpourri.
With a pH level around 3, regular cola can work its sweet and acidic magic on items all over the home. Lizzie from Gomestic offers 12 new ways to use the soft drink to make your life cleaner and more fun...(and more sticky?)
- Clean a burnt saucepan.
- Age a photograph.
- Lighten an intense hair dye.
- Clean your coins.
- Clean the toilet.
- Make a barbecue sauce.
- Condition your hair.
- Rid your plants of slugs.
- Loosen rusty bolts.
- Clean jewelry.
- Settle an upset...
I can't read German, so there's not much more detail I can provide, but these are totally dope.
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If beaded wineglass charms don't really suit your style...
how about reusable drink decals in a tiki or gnome theme?
From clinQs.com :
clinQs are reusable vinyl drink decals. A perfect accessory to avoid a beverage mix-up. Ideal for parties, office, gatherings, meetings, conferences, etc.
clinQs can be used with almost any drink container, from beer cans to your finest stemware.
clinQs are reusable! After use, store the decal on the...