Cocktail Glasses, Spirits, and Caterers for a Summer Throwdown

Planning a Seasonal Soiree

summer party tips blown glass tumblers!

Dear Summer,

Though you last for only three months, test us with torrential downpours, and taunt us with your humidity, we love your cruel ways and will throw a soiree in your honor.

Hostess with the Mostest
You won’t have to worry about decanting with Eisch’s new breathable wine glasses. After just five minutes, vino will taste as if it has bloomed for two hours (available at The Goddess and Grocer locations). Serve cocktails in sleekly contoured Italian barware. Or add a pop of color with blown glass tumblers.

Wine, Dine, Sunshine
What to pour into said vessels: Hickory Creek Apple Wine from Michigan, which tastes like a kicky cider when served icy cold. Twisted Spoke’s Road Rash Mary Bloody Mary mix gets a hit of beef broth for meaty heat (available at The Goddess and Grocer locations). Get tipsy on local master mixologist Adam Seger’s new spirit, Hum (organic rum infused with hibiscus, ginger, cardamom, and kaffir lime).

Eat to Beat the Heatsummer party tips steak with friends cookbook!
Nothing soaks up a drink like a naanwich. Be one of the first to place a catering order through just-opened resto (and soon-to-be-mobile food truck) Gaztro-Wagon. Woo guests with pork shoulder, cilantro, and queso fresco, plus a side of fried plantain chips.

Whip up a dish of your own from former Tru chef Rick Tramonto’s new cookbook, Steak with Friends. Combat hot spells with a few pints from suburban-based Homer’s, which will ship its delicious, creamy flavors, packed in ice, to your door within two days. Or salute Jeni’s new Independence Day ice cream collection (salty caramel, lemon and blueberries, dark chocolate, cherry lambic).

summer party tips vintage lawn chairs!More Decor
Unabashedly clash vintage lawn chairs with polka-dot dessert plates for the most colorful shindig in town. The party won’t stop as long as there’s light. And if you can shake it, so can your drink.

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