Patio Party Essentials
This summer, make your own backyard the place to be by decking out your patio with ecletic, crowd-pleasing must-haves that will get the party going
Bluespark Bluetooth Headset
Powerful is the new pretty, and this headset happens to be both. Produced by Triple C Designs, this cutting-edge product brings convenience to outdoor relaxing with its superior comfort and ability to recharge via USB.
Galvanized Tolix Stool
Funky is making a comeback. Embrace the trend with this bright stool, which offers guests a fun seating option while soaking up the sun. It’s availability in 32 colours makes it easy to coordinate with your patio décor.
Stray from the sandbox this summer with this mind-tickling toy by Miller Goodman. Watch your little ones’ creativity shine as they arrange illustrations out of this modular set of 74 geometric wooden shapes.
Sombrero Juicer Lemon
There’s nothing more refreshing on a hot summer’s day than a cup of cold lemon water. This bottle-fitted juicer designed by Mauricio Affonso makes it faster and easier to get to that sweet (and sour) refreshment. $5, www.umbra.com
Cuisinart 700 LP or NG
No patio party is complete without a BBQ. Perfect for grilled veggies and burgers, the Cuisinart 700, available in propane or natural gas, heats things up with a rotisserie and three stainless-steel double burners. $499 (LP), $550 (NG),
Kubu Collection Rattan Sofa
Add ease and comfort to the hosting process with a Mediterranean-style piece for your guests to relax on. Handcrafted and Zen-inspired, this flexible and generous rattan settee sits pretty on a terrace or patio. $1,395, www.artemano.ca
Who says you need a rainstorm to see a rainbow? Add this multihued crocheted pillow cover to your outdoor style for an accent that will keep you inspired, rain or shine.
Crystorama Brentwood 6 Light Crystal Chandelier
As your day party turns into a soiree, be ready with an enchanting light fixture that will illuminate and amp up your get-together. Placed above a dining table or chaise lounge as a focal point, your friends and family can mingle while enjoying the moon and stars overhead. $1,020, Available at Prima Lighting in Vaughan, www.primalighting.ca
Whether you’re roasting marshmallows or sharing ghost stories, a safe and beautiful fire pit is a summertime essential. The landscape designers at Piques and Valleys can create a custom one for your evolving patio.
Beaded Melamine Dinnerware
Setting the table just got a little more fun. Serve up a casual-chic, summer-ready vibe with colourful dishes that make for a stylish twist on traditional tableware.
$7 – $9 each, www.potterybarn.ca
Craft Beer BBQ Sauce
Condiments infused with artisanal beer? Yes, please! From tangy and tart to smoky and sweet, the BBQ staple gets a makeover with premium ingredients and regional American craft beers. Slather the Pilsner on grilled chicken, the Pale Ale on ribs, and the Amber Ale on smoked brisket. $17 each, www.williams-sonoma.ca
Blonde Ambition Drink Recipe
2 oz Perrier
2 oz Vinho Verde
1 oz Pisco or Cachaça
1 oz Fresh pineapple juice
½ oz Cinnamon syrup*
½ oz Lemon juice
1. Place all ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake, then double-strain into a tall glass filled with fresh ice. Top with chilled Perrier.
2. *Cinnamon syrup: Add cinnamon sticks to water and bring to a boil. Turn off heat. For each cup of water, add ¾ cup of superfine sugar. Dissolve. Let cinnamon sticks infuse for 3-4 hours.
For more great cocktail recipes, visit www.perrier.com