By Bree Coven Brown / Special to Sunday Market
Sunshine season is here, beckoning you to get out and soak up some rays. Whether you’re planning a Fourth of July backyard bash or a picnic at the park, here are some summery essentials for fun al fresco.
FUN ON THE FOURTH
If you’re celebrating America’s birthday, infuse your yard with a dose of nostalgia. Americana Fabric Garlands ($16 for two) are made of burlap and jute for a rustic feel. They pair nicely with the USA Flag Jute Lumbar Pillow ($14, both at Cost Plus World Market). Toss a couple onto your patio chairs to add to the Americana motif.
The Rosanna Voyage Vintage Flag Tray ($12) dresses up your table with a faded Old Glory on porcelain. The Seattle company also has the all-white, USA-shaped Large State Tokens Tray ($75, both at rosannainc.com) — a classy, minimalist alternative.
Light up the night with Tops Malibu Deluxe 4th of July Sparklers ($16 for eight) or red, white and blue Sparklettes ($14 for eight, both at Lucca Great Finds, Ballard). Serve drinks and snacks with Party Like It’s 1776 Dessert Napkins ($5 for 20 at Pier 1 Imports), and top cupcakes with Mini Gold Star Sparklers ($14 for four at Lucca Great Finds) to create a dessert that shouts U-S-A!
When the fireworks start, turn up the accompanying music on the Beats By Dre X Pretty Sweet Beats Pill Wireless Speakers ($200 at Zumiez). The compact Bluetooth speakers are red, white and blue and play for seven hours on a full charge.
Upgrade outdoor space with the Red Beer Garden Dining Table ($200) and Benches ($100 each, both at Cost Plus World Market). Each piece folds flat for easy storage. The brightly colored and eco-friendly CRP Adirondack Chairs ($395 at Swansons Nursery, Crown Hill) are made of recycled plastic. The bold pieces provide a visual focal point for the yard, as well as a comfy place to sit.
Delight the wee ones with the cotton Pendleton Canvas Tepee Tent ($240 at pendleton-usa.com). It gives the kids a fun place to play, protects them from the sun and looks great in your yard.
Add ambience and keep your guests bug-bite-free with Big Dipper Wax Works’ Citronella Candles ($8–$17 at Whole Foods and bigdipperwaxworks.com). The candles are handmade in Seattle from all-natural beeswax with pure essential oils.
A classic red-and-white checkered tablecloth makes any table more festive. Coghlan’s Tablecloth ($5.50 at REI) is made of heavyweight vinyl so you can use it again and again. The retro-chic Crate and Barrel Picnic Cooler ($70), which has a built-in bottle opener, is both practical and stylish.
For lounging on the often-damp grass, try Pendleton’s Roll-up Blanket ($129 at Pendleton, downtown). It has a nylon backing on one side and classic red tartan wool on the other.
If you’re the spontaneous type, the Picnic at Ascot Cheshire Picnic Basket for 2 ($185 at rei.com) makes it easy to pack a picnic in a jiffy. It includes a fleece blanket, ceramic plates, wine glasses, cotton napkins, flatware, a corkscrew, a cutting board and a cooler, all nestled into a willow basket with leather straps.
For a little extra luxury, add an Outdoor Wine Bottle Holder ($15) and Wine Glass Holders ($12 for two, both at uncommongoods
.com), which stick into the ground to keep your picnic spill-free. And take the shade with you in the form of the fashionable Crate and Barrel Red Beach Umbrella (on sale for $20), a 6-foot umbrella that comes in its own case for portable coverage.