Gadgets & Goods: Patio and Pool Deck Pick-Me-Ups
Oudtoor/Indoor entertaining necessities that will make guests remember why you are the hostess (or host) with the most-est.
With poolside cocktails becoming a part of your regular routine, you may need a little help at the bar. Direct from Denmark, the stylish LemonFriend ($7.99 for a 4-pack) comes to the rescue, squeezing citrus slices while keeping your cocktails and fingers clean and seed-free. Use with lemon, lime and other citrus slices. Available at Amazon.com.
If summer picnics and culinary summer vacations are on your agenda, or you plan to convert your patio into a party destination in its own right, be sure to have some BottleWise ($19.99) bottle protectors for your spirits and wines handy. Protect your investments with its padded, insulated sleeve and interior liquid-tight liner that protects a bottle from breakage. Deluxe and luxury models ($70-$230) also available. Amazon.com and GiftedGrape.com.
Nux Vomica may not sound pretty, but a prepared hostess with a remedy on hand is a thing of beauty. Boiron’s botanical hangover remedy ($8.50/tube, www.boironusa.com, and pharmacies nationwide, well received at MediaPlacement’s Pre-2011 Golden Globes Celebration) relieves nausea, indigestion and upset stomach from all kinds of overindulgence, from spirits to coffee!
Looxcie ($199.99, www.looxie.com), featured at GBK’s food and cocktail-heavy 2011 Golden Globes event, is the ideal wearable camcorder for serious hosts and hostesses who have their hands full with food and drinks. It enables continuous hands-free recording that can be clipped, saved, viewed, and instantly shared. Also available via Amazon.com and eBay.
When it comes to convenient pod-based coffee makers, NESCAFÉ® Dolce Gusto® ($89, available at WalMart and www.dolce-gusto.us) is as cute as they come…and you can’t beat the price. However, if iced coffee and tea are on your drink menus, it is the convenience that is priceless, thanks to the partnering of Nescafe and Krupps and the prolific range of flavors with the pods.
Thanks to My Custom Placemat, you can effortlessly create a table setting or home bar look that would even make Martha Stewart and Gordon Ramsey gush with admiration, but also offer incredibly easy cleanup. The web site, www.mycustomplacemat.com, allows you to be the designer, transforming the trusty stuff your yoga mat is made of into a customize fashion statement ($40 for a set of 4 placemats and coasters; $65/4 each with monograms) mixing placemat designs, base color, embroidery thread color and font.
Stylish guests planning on bringing spirits or wine to a party’s host will want to check out these eco-friendly, waterproof handbags from Michique (www.michiqueonline.com) and Emilie Slone. Guests at Nathalie DuBois’ Golden Globes event received Nova Scotia-based Michique’s classic Audrey Hepburn and Jackie O inspired carry-alls ($190-$264), while celebrities attending Doris Bergman and Kathy Duliakas’ 3rd Annual Valentine Romance “Sneak Peek” Oscar Suite were offered preppie-chic, Lilly Pulitzer-inspired totes from Seattle-based Emilie Sloane (www.emiliesloan.com, $15-$89). The best thing about both lines—besides resilient high-quality materials? Their price points!
Compliment low-cal cocktails featured in this month’s Liquid Living with ChocAlive! Truffles ($10/box, www.chocalive.com, Amazon.com and Sunfood.com) They’re made from organic and vegan ingredients yet as decadently rich as morsels from your favorite chocolate boutique.
Pandora (www.pandora.net) design-it-yourself “charm bars” were a huge hit at a Nivea-hosted pre-Golden Globes event, sure to inspire numerous gifts for bridesmaids, moms and grads. However, we were sweet on this cocktail charm ($175) with its golden martini offering. However, we also like Ruchi Kalra’s India-inspired looks for RGK D’Zines (www.RGKdzines.com), Maryam Gueramian confianceshop.com and Twisted Silver (www.twisted-silver.com) pieces eco-crafted from a variety of unusual found objects