Last Minute Ideas for the Perfect Valentine’s Day!

Valentine’s Day is a short time away. Have you planned something special for your Valentine? If you haven’t, there is still time! Don’t just choose the same old dinner and a movie. Why not try something unique and fun? Here are 5 ideas for procrastinators to pull off just in time for Valentine’s Day… we won’t tell.

Go Stargazing

Stargazing is a romantic date you can take any day of the year. Whether you gaze at the sky from a vehicle or by grabbing some blankets and laying on the ground, you’re sure to have a good time escaping life for a little while. Of course, you’ll have to find your way from the city lights, but once you do the rest of the work can be done all by itself. Look for constellations and even bright planets showing up in the night sky. There is no requirement to be a good stargazer. There are many apps to download that will help you impress your date if you feel so inclined. Grab some wine, a blanket or two, and go old school for the night.

Recreate Your First Date

On the scale of romantic gestures, recreating your first date might just be one at the very top. This requires a bit of good memory and a little bit of work to make it happen, but you can do it! Your date will be incredibly impressed, and it will be a romantic walk down memory lane. Take it up a notch more by adding a little something new to the date like a romantic gift. Recreating a very important day in your relationship may seem like a bit of work, but it will be well worth the effort!

Host a Themed Dinner and a Movie Night

If you’re not interested in going out into the cold for Valentine’s Day, host a movie night at home. Pick a movie with a theme and cook dinner around it. For example, what is better than watching Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck fall in love while eating a giant plate of pasta? Your date will appreciate the thought that went into the pairing and the effort it took to make it. Plus, this is a chance to cook together and perhaps experience a movie you haven’t seen before!

Spend the Night at a Museum

You’ll often find museums stay open late for special events, and when they do, they make it worth your while. Museums may be free or have special offerings like a tour for two. They will sweeten the deal with live music, chocolates, and adult beverages. The Phoenix Art Museum, for example, is offering special features for both lovers and even skeptics of Valentine’s Day. Their free night includes movie showings, photo booths, and a bar. See what museums near you are having and take advantage of an entire date planned by someone else!

Attend a Cooking Class

This one is for the very last-minute planners. If you’re not very good in the kitchen and the restaurant reservations are already filled up, take a chance on a last-minute cooking class! Together you’ll learn how to make something delicious meanwhile improving your skills in the kitchen. It will make memories and you’ll (hopefully) be able to recreate the meal down the line.

Now you have no excuse not to celebrate Valentine’s Day in a special way with your significant other. There is still plenty of time to plan something you’re both bound to love. Are you looking for the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for the stylish woman golfer in your life? Grab a Glove It gift certificate!

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3 Ways to Keep Your New Year’s Resolution

Every January millions of people set their New Year’s Resolutions. The most common resolutions are to get healthier, get more exercise, and to save money. New Year’s Resolutions offer a fresh start in the New Year and they allow us to get rid of old habits and establish new healthy routines! Golfers are a naturally active group, but there are still plenty of resolutions to be made. Maybe your goal in 2019 is to lower your handicap, get more fit, or simply play more, but how do you stay motivated?

Choose a Specific, Realistic Goal

A resolution is easy to break when the parameters are wide. Make sure your goal is concrete and less open. For example, “play more golf” doesn’t have an achievable end. How much is more exactly? Instead, try something like “play golf __ times a month.” This way, you can measure your progress and alter your course as necessary. It’s easier to achieve one goal rather than a bunch of them at once.

Write It Down

It has been proven that writing things down not only commits them to memory but creates a tangible record that can be looked at later. This way when life gets to be…well…life and a bit busy, there is a way of remembering the goal you set. Writing down goals helps to clarify information, priorities, and intentions. Nothing will feel better than crossing it off on December 31st knowing you stuck to your goal!

Get Support from Family and Friends

Telling your friends and family your goal for the year will add an extra bit of help. They are your built-in support system and they can hold you accountable for your goals. Plus, Golf is a game that best played with others who share your love of the game. When you have a golfing partner, they will keep you motivated to play more whether it’s 18 holes or visiting the driving range.

Now that you have 3 tips for maintaining your New Year’s Resolution, there is one thing to keep in mind… setbacks are completely natural! Don’t see it as a failure but more of a learning experience. Find out what triggered your setback and move to learn from it. There is no need to give up entirely.

It may still be winter, but spring is on the horizon. It’s time to dust off your clubs, stock up on tees, and set your goal in motion. Why not hit the green in style while you’re at it? Grab a new golf bag, some gloves, and accessories from Glove It! Glove It will keep you looking and feeling your best as you jump head first into 2019!

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Helpful Tips for Reducing Holiday Stress

Whether we were ready for them or not, the holidays are officially upon us. Along with all of the hustle and bustle comes the stress of it all. Not every day is going to merry and bright, and that’s okay. You don’t have to avoid your family entirely or give up on the season. There are many ways to combat the stress of the holidays. We have 5 tips for helping you get through the next couple weeks without wanting to rip your hair out.

Maintain Your Routine

With family in town and holiday falling on weekdays, it’s easy to get lost in time. There will be late nights, early mornings, and long days ahead. Try to keep your regular sleep, eating, and daily schedule as much as possible. Switching things up may lead you to feel anxious or irritated so in order to remain at peace, it’s best to keep things as they are. Then, when it comes to the big days, you’ll be well-rested, calm, and ready to go!

Set a Budget

One of the biggest causes of stress during the holiday season is spending. It’s easy to go overboard when feeling jolly. This is the time of the season you want to show gratitude, give the best gifts possible, and show loved ones how much you care. Giving gifts and entertaining doesn’t have to break the bank. Setting a budget will allow you to make sure things get done without having to worry about the consequences once the holiday season is over. You’ll sleep better at night knowing everyone was happy including your wallet.

Make Clear Requests

This one might seem a little strange, but it’s important. Everyone pictures the holidays differently and no one can read minds. So, when it comes to getting your dream holiday, it’s important to state your needs in clear terms. This will encourage others to do the same relieving the stress often caused by expectations. If you don’t want certain topics discussed or activities done, say so. It’s better to be upfront then stressed out over something you don’t want to take part in.

Exercise

With everything going on, exercise might be the last thing on your mind. It shouldn’t be because exercise has the ability to elevate your mood and manage stress. Physical activities stimulate endorphins which trigger positive feelings reducing bad ones. Plus, exercise has the ability to boost your mood for up to 12 hours! That is 12 hours of joy to spread to others rather than being a Scrooge. You can hit the gym or simply gather your family and take a walk. Anything active will kick those happy parts of your brain into gear.

Pick Your Battles

This one may be the most difficult of all. Being stuck with our family members for such long periods of time will begin to take its toll. Personalities will begin to rub each other the wrong way and everything will have the power to make your stress level skyrocket. Decide what really matters to you at the end of the day. Have the power to agree to disagree and move on. Sometimes that’s easier said than done, but you’ll see that arguing over differences doesn’t change anything. It simply negatively impacts your celebrations. After all the world will still be turning tomorrow and you won’t feel any differently, but your holiday won’t be ruined.

Even the calmest person can be stressed out over the holidays. These tips can help you cope over the next few festive weeks. And when all else fails, ask for help when you’re having a difficult time. Your family and friends are there to spend time with you. There is no perfect holiday so there’s no need to obsess over doing it all. Delegate, relax and enjoy your time making memories with those you love the most.

 

 

5 Cocktails for Your Holiday Celebrations

You’re probably in the midst of getting ready for a holiday party of some kind. Whether you’re hosting one for family or friends, a delicious festive cocktail should be a part of your menu. Not only does a cocktail cut down the stress of the holiday, but it gives you a chance to show off your creativity. Plus, many cocktails can be turned into mocktails for younger guests who still want to take part in the fun! Here are 6 fun, festive drinks we think you should include in your holiday plans this year. Don’t worry, there is an option for the non-drinkers in your life. Step away from the eggnog and try one of these instead!

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Christmosas

Everything you need for opening presents Christmas morning

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Mulled Wine

A cozy, delicious classic

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Jingle Juice

This isn’t the same jungle juice from your college days…

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Cinnamon Rosemary Old-Fashioned

A classic with a Christmas twist

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White Christmas Margaritas

May all your Christmases…have margaritas

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Peppermint Hot Chocolate

Something for the kids and non-drinkers who want something warm while trimming the tree!

The holiday season isn’t complete without food and drinks. So, eat, drink and be merry with these holiday-inspired drink recipes. The holidays are a time for gathering with loved ones after all. We hope they will bring joy and warmth into your home this holiday season!

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6 Tips for An Amazing Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is upon us and is officially ushering in the holiday season! Before we know it, guests will be stopping by and the endless stream of parties and gatherings will take over. The hustle and bustle of the season, while fun, can get overwhelming. Thanksgiving originally began as a way to say thank you for the blessing of a bountiful harvest over the previous year. Thanksgiving has been celebrated since 1789 when George Washington issued a proclamation and then it eventually became a federal holiday in 1863 during the Civil War. Thanksgiving as we know it comes from the celebration the Pilgrims had after their first harvest in 1621. This “First Thanksgiving” lasted three whole days!

Thanksgiving in 2018 is a bit different… Of course, there’s sports on television and different types of food, but we are also grateful for very different things. We may no longer be blessing a victory or end of a drought, but we still all gather together to show gratitude and appreciation for the things and people we have in our lives. Whether you’re going to be a guest or host this Thanksgiving, we thought we would share a few tips with you. Hopefully these tips will make your time as a host or guest a little easier.

FOR THE HOST

Prep and Meal Plan

A Thanksgiving feast is just that…a feast and quite a lot goes into it. As a host you know how stressful this can be and planning ahead can make the world of difference. Sit down and plan out everything you can! From the turkey to the sides and the appetizers and desserts you should ask your guests about their allergies and food restrictions. Once you have a game plan together, know which sides you can make in advance. Prepping in advance allows for simple reheating and more time spent with guests.

Drinks for All Ages

Alcoholic beverages are a holiday staple. In addition to a stocked bar cart or wine selection, make sure there is a wide selection of drinks for all ages. Festive drinks like a sparkling cranberry punch can give younger guests a chance to toast with the adults. Cranberry is a very Thanksgiving flavor and is sure to please all of your guests.

Don’t Forget the Appetizers

Thanksgiving feasts take a lot of cook time. Appetizers like a cheese board or dips give guests something to munch on while you finish up the big meal. Choosing appetizers doesn’t have to be a whole new task; you can opt for frozen or store-bought options which will save time and resources. Just make sure to choose only a couple so that your guest’s stomachs aren’t full when the big meal finally arrives!

FOR THE GUEST

Offer to Help Clean Up

At the end of a giant meal comes the dreaded pile of dishes. It’s a difficult task for one person to handle especially a person who has just spent the entire day cooking! Taking on the dishes is easier when split into smaller chores. One person can clear the table while others wash, dry, and put dishes away where they belong. Plus, when more people help with the dishes, the faster you can get to dessert!

Write a Thank You Note

The art of the Thank You note may be long forgotten, but it shouldn’t be. A Thank You Note shows gratitude and thought. If you aren’t a fan of writing a note or using the Postal Service, an email, or a text is sufficient. All that matters is that you use one of these thoughtful details to show your host how thankful you are to be included in their celebration.

Don’t Arrive Empty Handed

Never arrive to a holiday gathering empty handed! You plan to load up your plate to the very brim with delicious offerings… so ask the host if you can bring anything, like a side or appetizer, to make their meal more successful. In fact, easy side dishes, appetizers, and desserts are often the most requested items! If the answer is no, bring a bottle of wine or seasonal flowers to adorn the table during your meal. Even the slightest gesture is sure to get you a return invite for next year!

We don’t want you to arrive empty handed, so we are sharing a new take one of Glove It’s favorite sides; ‪Green Bean Casserole. Enjoy this recipe for French Green Beans with Garlicky Almond Breadcrumbs.

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Ingredients:

3 TBSP butter

1 ½ cup coarse fresh sourdough breadcrumbs

½ cup sliced almonds

2 cloves garlic

¼ cup chives

1 ½ pounds green beans

2 TBSP butter or olive oil

DIRECTIONS

  1. Melt 3 tablespoons of butter in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat. Add in breadcrumbs and almonds. Cook stirring constantly for about 5 minutes. Stir in the garlic and continue to cook for 2 minutes or until bread is golden and almonds are toasted and fragrant.
  2. Remove from heat, stir in chives and season with salt and pepper to taste. Toss 1 ½ pounds of green beans in 2 tablespoons of butter or olive oil. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Transfer to a platter and sprinkle generously with breadcrumbs

RECIPE

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Everything You Need to Know About the Ryder Cup

This weekend is the biennial Ryder Cup taking place at Le Golf National in France. This year’s competition is looking to be an exciting one with Tiger Wood’s recent win at the Tour Championship! The Ryder Cup is one of the most exciting events in golf for a few reasons. First, is the sportsmanship with the best of the best chosen to play in this event. Despite the fierce competition, everyone is there for their love of the game. There is no prize money after all! Next is the pride in their country. Only a select number of players are chosen for each side to represent their home. If they win, there is a large sense of pride in their accomplishments. The Ryder Cup is wildly popular, but what do you know about the event? Join us for a little history and some fun facts ahead of this weekend’s big match ups.

History of the Ryder Cup

The Ryder Cup is a competition that takes place between the United States and Europe every 2 years. When it began in 1927, the competition was originally between the United States and Great Britain. This matchup took place at Worchester Country Club in Massachusetts. In 1973, the team name was changed to Great Britain and Ireland to reflect the inclusion of Ireland although their team members have been playing in the game since 1953. Eventually in 1979, the rest of continental Europe was invited to include their golfers and this inclusion has elevated the Ryder Cup’s popularity significantly. The Ryder Cup is named after Samuel Ryder, a British businessman who donated the original trophy.

The Ryder Cup involves various match play competitions between the 12 selected players from each team. A total of 28 matches are played over 3 days. On Friday and Saturday, there are 4 four ball matches and 4 foursomes play matches each day. Meaning, 4 groups play in the morning and 4 more in the afternoon. Then on Sunday 12 singles matches occur where all team members play. So how does the scoring work? Each match winner scores a point for their team, or a half a point if there is a tie. The winning team is decided by a total number of points.

Why is the Ryder Cup so popular? In simple terms, it is a matchup between America’s 12 best golfers against 12 Europe’s best golfers. Not to mention the crowd is rowdy. There is singing and chanting and if the crowd doesn’t like a particular golfer, they make it well known. This is far different than the typical reserved, quiet, golf-clap type of event. Plus, there is the team aspect. Golf is an individual event, but with the Ryder Cup not only are they playing for a team they are playing for a country. That is sure to bring some emotion!

Fun Facts About the Ryder Cup

  • The master plan for Le Golf National included 45 holes. This included a second 18-hole course, a 9-hole course, and a teaching academy for golfers of all levels. It also features a 131-room resort!
  • The oldest player ever in the Ryder Cup was Raymond Floyd of the USA who was 51 years and 20 days old. The youngest belongs to Sergio Garcia of Europe who was just 19.
  • Le Golf National was originally used for agriculture purposes making it abnormally flat. 56.5 million cubic feet of dirt was delivered to shape the courses.
  • The Albatros course was upgraded between 2014 and 2015 in order to lengthen several holes, redesign greens, reconstruct bunkers, and add a lake!
  • This course is all about the party! 60,000 fans and volunteers are expected to visit the grounds during the competition each day.
  • The average winning score for the Ryder Cup over the past four years has been 10.75 under par.
  • Le Golf National will host the men’s and women’s golf competitions in the 2024 Paris Olympics.
  • The most appearances on a Ryder Cup team belongs to Phil Mickelson of the USA. He has appeared in 12.
  • Since 2012 celebrities have been invited to play a match ahead of the official Ryder Cup contest.

With the Ryder Cup being played in France this year, you may be interested in recording it rather than dealing with time zones. The morning rounds begin at 2 am eastern time! This is the perfect chance to invite your friends over for a viewing party. You’ll all get to enjoy the rowdy event and take pride in your country. The United States leads in victories 26 to 13 after all!

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Labor Day Style Tips

Labor Day is the unofficial end of summer and it’s time to say goodbye to rooftop cocktails, picnics, beach days, and the dog days of summer! While summer is slowly inching to a close, you may be heading to one of summer’s most popular activities: a BBQ. Labor Day BBQs are one of the most popular end of summer soirees. It’s a time to hang out with friends, family, and of course, look great. We want your summer BBQ to be hassle free whether you’re the hostess or just a treasured guest, so here are some tips for making the most of your Labor Day BBQ!

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Choose to Layer – Depending on where you live, it may get chilly after sunset. You want to be having a good time and getting cold isn’t fun for anyone. Tossing on a light cardigan or denim jacket will provide you with protection from a cool breeze. Plus, it can be tied around your waist leaving your hands free for eating and yard games.

Flats, Flats, Flats – Avoid the heels. It may be tempting to be the most stylish one there, but BBQs take place in the backyard after all. Minimize hazards and your chances of falling or being uncomfortable by rocking a chic pair of flats. You’ll never have to worry about the dreaded heel stuck in the grass moment while socializing.

Wear Light Colors – This may seem like a no brainer. Light colors keep you cooler in the summer heat. Neutrals like white and beige are chic and classic. Flowy linen pants, white blouses, or white dresses are feminine silhouettes that are breezy, comfortable, and stylish. Don’t forget the SPF!

Go Bold with Accessories – Pair bold accessories with your neutrals. This helps you stand out, make a personal statement, and show off your unique personality. Choose a print wristlet, visor or zip bag from Glove It! It will hold all of your essentials and be a pop of color not to mention a conversation starter! Plus, visors offer stylish, UV protection from the sun. It’s a win win.

Now that you are the most stylish person at the Labor Day BBQ, let’s make sure you didn’t forget anything. Check out our handy BBQ checklist! Everything you will need to have a hassle-free celebration to end your summer… And be on the lookout for Labor Day savings from Glove It!

Labor Day Checklist

How to Stay Safe in the Sun

We all know sunshine is one of the greatest parts of spending time outdoors. But it’s important to be aware of the affects sunshine has on all of us. Of course, it puts us in a good mood and brightens our day, but it can be dangerous. July is UV Safety Awareness Month and we have some tips to help you stay sun smart and protect yourself this summer!

You have likely heard about UVA and UVB rays in commercials for sunscreen or news reports on the dangers of the sun. They are the invisible high energy rays that come from the sun. UVA rays affect the deep layer of our skin. They contribute to aging, wrinkles, and skin cancer. These rays can pass through clouds, glass, water, and even clothing. UVB rays affect the surface of the skin and cause us to get sunburns. They are the strongest during the summer so it’s essential to protect ourselves because no one is immune. Now that you know a little more about the sun’s rays, what can you do to protect yourself while outside?

 

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Always Wear Sunglasses – UVA rays can do serious damage to your eyes. Sun damage leads to the development of cataracts and can cause blindness. Always make sure your sunglasses have UVA and UVB protection. It goes without saying, never look directly into the sun!

Lather on Sunscreen – This one seems like a no brainer. Always slather on layers of sunscreen before sun exposure. It’s important to use the recommended amount, a shot glass worth, to achieve the SPF coverage on the bottle. Using less will lead to less coverage and thus less protection. Don’t increase your chances of skin cancer or sunburns by being stingy with the sunscreen!

Drink More Water – Everyone knows their recommended daily intake of water to remain hydrated. During the summer, it’s important to drink even more. It will keep you from getting dehydrated and lessen your chances of getting a heat related illness. Heat related illnesses can get serious fast so it’s important to remain alert with your water consumption while outside.

Avoid Direct Sunlight – The sun’s rays are the strongest between 10am and 2pm. If you can’t avoid going outside during this time, try to avoid being directly in the sun for long periods. Your chance of sunburn can happen within 15 minutes during this time. Don’t think just because there are a couple clouds you’re in the clear. The sun’s rays can penetrate the clouds and still affect your skin.

Wear Protective Clothing – Whether you’re at the beach, on the golf course, or just heading to work, be sure you’re clothing is protective. Always choose breathable fabrics in light colors to avoid overheating. Even though you have clothing to protect you, don’t skip the sunscreen. Like we mentioned previously, the sun’s rays can penetrate clouds and clothes. Take the extra few minutes to ensure your skin is extra safe during the summer months. Always grab a wide-brimmed visor or hat to protect not only your eyes but it will keep you cool

Seek Shade – Of course summer is all about getting outside and enjoying the warm weather. Shade will always be your friend. No matter where you are there will be a shady area for you for enjoy. On the beach? Grab an umbrella to relax under. At the park? Find a nice shady tree to sit under. Eating al fresco? Choose a patio table with an umbrella. It will keep you having fun but protected from even the smallest of sun dangers.

We hope these tips will help you be sun smart this summer. Glove It loves their fashion forward blog readers, so we are offering *10% off our UV protective visors. Each one has a wide brim and UV50 for improved sun protection. Plus, there is one for everyone’s unique style! A Glove It visor will keep you stylish and protected no matter what you’re doing outdoors. Shop now at http://www.gloveit.com and USE CODE: UVSAFETY. 

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4 Fun Things Your 4th of July Celebration Needs

Summer is in full swing, and one of the biggest events of the season is Independence Day. On the 4th of July we gather together to celebrate America’s birthday with all of our family and friends. Whether you’re attending a celebration or throwing one, there are tons of fun ways to celebrate the holiday. We thought we would give you a little hand when it comes to your festivities. We have chosen 4 fun things to eat, drink, create, and make for your 4th of July celebration!

EAT:

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A patriotic dessert is always going to be a crowd pleaser. Give the usual American flag cake a break and try these fun patriotic cupcakes instead. Adding cupcakes to plastic wine glasses is a different, surprising take on presentation. It can dress up homemade cupcakes or add a little something extra to store bought treats. Plus the red, white, and blue candies give your guests a sweet treat to enjoy later or on their way home. Looking for a cold, refreshing treat instead? Try these Creamy Lemonade Bomb Pops or Red, White, and Blueberry Pops!

CREATE:

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There are many ways to decorate your space featuring America’s iconic color scheme. Making a special craft that can be used year after year is a great way to show off your patriotism. This Patriotic Wreath is a simple DIY decoration made with clothespins. With a few simple craft supplies and a little bit of time, you’ll have an adorable wreath to display all summer long. This DIY uses a wire wreath frame so you have full control over how big or small your wreath ends up being. No matter what size you decide, your guests and neighbors will love it!

DRINK:

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Hosting a party is made easy with a signature drink. We love this recipe for Red, White and Blue Wine Sparklers. It’s a lighter drink with the appearance of sangria. The cute fruit cut into star shapes adds extra patriotic flare. Whether presented in a pitcher or glasses, the appearance itself is sure to impress. If wine isn’t your flavor, try adding patriotic popsicles to champagne. Not to be forgotten, we have a drink suggestion for children and non-drinkers alike. This kid-friendly patriotic punch is sure to win hearts.

MAKE:

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Cornhole is sweeping the nation. It’s the country’s most popular backyard game. This means no BBQ or party is complete without it. This DIY for a Stars and Stripes Cornhole game adds a patriotic flair to this crowd pleaser. Building a cornhole board is a little bit more labor-intensive than your usual DIY, but the hours of fun that will be had make it worth it. It will last for years and get plenty of use over the summer months. Host a tournament of your own and create teams with your party guests. Everyone will get to mingle, get to know each other, and have some fun.

Now you’re all set to host an entertaining 4th of July celebration! There’s still plenty of time to get your party started off on the right foot. Summer entertaining can sometimes feel overwhelming, but we have you covered. Visit our Pinterest for more ideas to make your summer events the very best!

How to Host a Stress Free BBQ

Backyard barbecues are a summer tradition! With Memorial Day just days away you might have been considering hosting the first of many for the next few months. After all, barbecues are a great way to entertain. They aren’t too fussy and give everyone a chance to relax. Not to mention enjoy some time outside before it gets too hot! Since backyard BBQs are a way of life during the summer, we thought we would share some helpful tips that will allow you to host a wonderful get together without the stress. These tips will give you more time to relax and enjoy with your friends and family instead of spending all your time sweating the small stuff!

Shop Days in Advance

Of course, this goes without saying… days before your BBQ plan your menu. Shopping in advance will allow you to realize what items you’ve forgotten or have gone missing rather than making last minute trips to the grocery store. Additionally, shopping in advance will give you time to prep certain dishes especially those that can be finished right before your party.

Put Away Breakables

Whether you end up setting up serving stations outside or having guests fill their plates inside, it’s wise to put away the breakables. After all, the point is to spend time enjoying the outdoors! Instead of breakable glass change out your usual tableware for brightly colored (or red, white, and blue!) outdoor tableware. It makes a fun yet stylish statement and really makes your party festive.

Gather EVERYTHING You’ll Need

The day or night before gather everything you think you will need to host the perfect backyard BBQ. Grabbing everything from serving utensils to bowls, cups and plates and putting them in one place will ensure nothing goes forgotten on the big day. This will also help you set up your space in the best way possible. Plan activities like yard games like bocce or even water balloons. Kids and adults can both enjoy some fun in the sun together. Be sure to separate the game area from the seating area. That way guests who want to sit and chat won’t be bombarded by loud noises from games.

Set Up a Kids Area

If kids are going to be in attendance, set up a designated kids area. It can be as simple as a nice blanketed area with pillows and games. It will give them a place to eat freeing up chairs for the adults. It will keep kids safely away from the BBQ and they will feel like they have a space all their own. Go the extra mile and set a smaller drink station where they can serve themselves water and juice.

Choose a Drink That Works for Everyone

Create a signature drink or two for your BBQ. Something that can be spiked if necessary, but nothing with more than two ingredients max. It will make it simple and easy for guests to get their own drinks rather than playing bartender. Ditch the water ice cubes and save drinks from being watered down by freezing your drink offerings. Once they melt they will keep drinks tasty – – even wine! But don’t forget the water! It is summer after all.

Glove It wants you to have an amazing Memorial Day Backyard BBQ so in addition to these tips we have created a Pinterest board filled with yummy recipes that are sure to please your hungry guests. Check that out here.

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