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Wear Your Water: The Stanley Cross Bottle
Wear Your Water: The Stanley Cross Bottle
You are always on the move. With water, a leash, and keys in one hand, a bag, phone, and coffee in another, you find yourself either leaving crucial items behind or fumbling to keep it all together. Enter the Stanley Cross Bottle. For those of you who know how important it is to keep water by your side while on-the-go, now you can wear your water. Free up your hands to carry important things – or use them to do the things you love, like playing pickleball, holding hands with a loved on, or petting your pup. Stylish and versatile, the Stanley Cross Bottle gives you a new, innovative option for hydration on-the-go.    Hands-Free Hydration With its thoughtful and stylish design, the Stanley Cross Bottle fuels all day hydration. On days spent out and about, a water bottle always within reach is a necessity. The Stanley Cross Bottle’s unique shape and soft-woven jacquard strap allows for easy carrying on cafe runs, morning commutes, or sunset walks. With a twist-off straw cover, the Stanley Cross Bottle is leakproof and made for movement. When you wear your water, you can revel in the moment and free up your hands to embrace the people that make life special. Life is filled with everyday pockets of joy. The Stanley Cross Bottle enables you to delight in them – hydrated, happy, and hands-free. It keeps you hydrated wherever you find joy: at a farmer’s market to grab fresh ingredients for a dinner party, playing tourist in your own town, or even a roller-skating date along the beach. With the Stanley Cross Bottle, your hands are free to hug, hold, and high-five.   Style Your Stanley Cross Bottle Like Stanley has done with the iconic Quencher and the IceFlow series, we’re bringing beauty to the functional world of wellbeing. It’s no secret water bottles are now lifestyle accessories – like the perfect bag or pair of shoes, tumblers and bottles can complete an outfit. No hydration accessory is more suited for this than the Stanley Cross Bottle. Sophisticated and stylish, the Stanley Cross Bottle pairs well with workout sets, a sleek work ensemble, or a trendy streetwear ‘fit. Made of recycled stainless steel, this versatile accessory will be your favorite companion any day of the week. With a sleek shape and a just right 23oz capacity, the Cross Bottle will keep you hydrated, hands-free, and on the move. Whether it’s a subway trip, a date in the park, or a shopping spree, bring your Stanley Cross Bottle along for the ride. Wear your water. Elevate how you hydrate.
A Day on the Town with the Stanley All Day Collection
A Day on the Town with the Stanley All Day Collection
Just like you, Stanley is on-the-go. That’s why Stanley is introducing a new category of products fit for moments made richer by food and beverage: The All Day Collection. The All Day Collection is a set of soft goods built for comfort, function, and style. It’s a result of innovating to fit the needs of you, our versatile consumers, who need a cooler cooler that’s unlike anything currently on the market. Gone are the days of having to choose between functionality and aesthetics when choosing a soft-sided bag; the All Day Collection allows you to have both. Comprised of the Quencher Carry-All, the Julienne Mini Soft Cooler, and the Madeleine Midi Soft Cooler Backpack, the All Day Collection is our first foray into soft goods. Coming to stanley1913.com this April, this collection is perfect for days spent soaking up Spring. Make the everyday extraordinary - be a tourist in your own town and live your best life with quality food and beverage in Stanley’s All Day Collection. Here’s how!   Morning Walk to Pickleball Start the day on the town with a leisurely stroll before you take on the sport of the season: pickleball. With The Quencher Carry-All, a wrap and strap for your favorite 40oz tumbler, you can be hands-free as you walk to the court with friends and hydrate during your match. Not only can you use the Carry-All to tote your Quencher, but you can also use it to securely store your phone, keys, and other essentials. The Quencher Carry-All features a storage clip, a stretch mesh pocket, as well as phone, card, and sunglass-sized pockets. Just wrap the band around your Quencher and secure the double snap closure, then you’re ready to hit the court with on-the-go hydration. With all your items in tow along with your favorite tumbler, your hands are free to carry your lucky paddle.   Park Picnic As midday rolls around, reach for your Julienne Mini Soft Cooler. Perfect for a picnic with friends or family, the Julienne can keep sandwiches, fruit, and your favorite beverages cold for hours. You no longer need to sacrifice style for function when choosing a soft cooler bag. Not only will the Julienne Mini Soft Cooler keep your colds cold for hours, but it’s also engineered for on-the-go days. Easy-carry top handles and a detachable shoulder strap make the Julienne comfortable to tote around the city all day long. Be the picnic MVP by supplying ice-cold sodas, seltzers, and snacks. Load up with some reusable ice packs and treat yourself and friends to a picnic in the park.   Drinks at Sunset With Spring comes sunsets. Whether you’re watching at the beach, the park, or even atop a mountain, any sunset is better with quality food and drink. At the end of your day on the town, the Madeleine Midi Soft Cooler Backpack will have your goods chilled and ready to share with friends or a loved one. The Madeleine Cooler Backpack is versatile; it’s sleek enough to bring to the office, comfortable to wear on a walk around the town, suitable as a carry-on for your flight, and insulated to keep food and beverage cold all day. The Madeleine also has a front zipper pocket and a rear pocket to keep your valuables safely stored wherever you go. To cap off a day spent venturing around the city, hit your favorite sunset spot with a significant other or some friends. From a bottle of wine to salads to charcuterie, the Madeleine backpack can carry anything you need to share the joy and turn each day into an extraordinary one. How are you using the All Day Collection in your day to day? Share with us on social! IG: @stanley_brand TT: @stanleybrand
Merry and Mindful: Grateful to Celebrate the Season
Merry and Mindful: Grateful to Celebrate the Season
11.01.23 As the holidays sneak up on busy schedules, it’s important to prioritize the people in our lives. Infuse the season with gratitude by being mindful of your closest relationships — friends, family, and yourself (yes, you!). Acknowledge the ways you’ve all grown by reflecting on past seasons. And take more moments to celebrate all the changes and wins. When we set an intention to gather with friends and make time to appreciate the beauty and warmth of our festivities, we turn up the joy. Friends: Gilded Gatherings Being together inspires thoughtful gestures, making the holidays an ideal time to nurture friendships, especially the ones we don’t get to see as often as we’d like. So, don’t wait for an invitation to catch up. This is a great opportunity for you to flex those host skills. Explore the fun and delight that comes with the art of gathering. With appetizers and baked goods spread in a beautiful array, stories and beverages flow as you relive memories and make plans to form even deeper connections. Mix things up The Stanley Adventure Happy Hour Cocktail Shaker Set will turn you into a hosting pro. With a removable reamer that juices your citrus and strains your cocktail directly into your cup, you’ve got an all-in-one bar setup that’s ready to delight all of your cordially invited guests. Make it festive Once your drink is shaken, pour into the Stanley Winterscape Adventure Stacking Pints. Glittering and gilded, these pints provide modern winter elegance. Double-wall vacuum insulation keeps your favorite beverage or brew the perfect temperature for hours of storytelling and celebrating. Family: Cherished Traditions Seasonal traditions often start with family gatherings. Maybe it’s making your own ornaments around the table, or gathering for a day of sledding. Finding new traditions or crafting a spin on one you already love can be just as meaningful. There is something magical about carrying these moments ahead each year, even more than the traditions themselves. It’s not just the nostalgia, but the time we spend together that builds excitement for the years to come. Focus on what matters The Stanley Winterscape Perfect-Brew Pour Over Set has a modern finish and gilded details inspired by nature to create a festive cup for your favorite coffee. The matching Camp Mug’s insulated stainless steel and the Tritan™ Drink-Thru Lid keeps your pour over nice and hot to ensure you have more time for laughter, gift-wrapping and family fun.   Make new memories The Stanley Winterscape Classic Bottle has an insulated lid that doubles as a cup for drinking and sharing, making it easy to toss in your bag for an afternoon of tree trimming with your family. Self: Feed Your Spirit This is a time to focus on yourself, too! The season is festive, but it’s easy to spread ourselves too thin when we don’t reserve some of that energy. Remember how important it is to give and receive care, which can be as simple as sleeping in on a Saturday. Find ways to bring yourself joy and nurture your personal wellbeing. This can be hydration goals paired with journal writing, inviting a friend on your daily walk, or a soothing bath with your favorite essential oils. Check in, be mindful and make sure you feed your own spirit this season. Refill your cup The Stanley Legendary Canteen in Rose Quartz features an anchored cap that will never go missing and a removeable strap to provide lightweight and hands-free hydration — an ideal companion for a day of snowshoeing, a winter market stroll or spending some quality time by the fire. Hydrate the soul The Stanley Deco Collection Quencher H2.0 FlowState™ Tumbler is just-right with its gloss finish and bold, gilded accents that add a touch of glamour, whether you’re off to a winter cabin retreat or a spa day with your friends. Gratitude and Reflection Turning up the joy means celebrating the magic of every tradition, new and old. Bring your family and friends together, craft new traditions and build stronger connections. Getting into the holiday spirit can be a chance to reflect on the past year, as well as an opportunity to celebrate the growth of those around you. Be sure to raise your Stanley of choice, fill it to the brim and enjoy every moment together. Tell us about your holiday traditions so we can celebrate together! Share with us by tagging @stanley_brand on Instagram.
Celebrate National Hydration Day with Stanley
Celebrate National Hydration Day with Stanley
Stanley loves keeping everyone motivated to hydrate more every day, in beautifully colorful, innovative and fully functional style. After all, our bodies are made mostly of water—up to 70%. There is no better day to celebrate it than National Hydration Day, created in 2016 to honor football coach Victor Hawkins and remind us all of the importance of hydration. Around here, every day is Hydration Day! LIVING YOUR BEST HYDRATED LIFE One big key to all-day hydration: Having your favorite drink with you, at the right temperature, everywhere you go. The famous Stanley Quenchers and IceFlow tumblers are designed to go with you wherever, and do it in style that is as functional as it is beautiful. With double-wall stainless-steel insulation, they’re made to keep things ice cold for all occasions—from yoga class to your afternoon meeting, the gym or weekend getaways. Stanley is changing the hydration game, and you can see it. The famous Stanley winged bear is everywhere—from your HIIT class to car cupholders, long walks, gallery nights, airports and beyond. Always fitting in, and always bringing the latest colors, designs and finishes you love, along with the innovation that we know you need. At Stanley, hydration is more than a day or a trend, it’s a lifestyle. A HYDRATION TRENDSETTER We’re not the only ones loving the hydration lifestyle, Stanley fans around the world are helping create the scene too. These fans love their bottles, referring to their Stanley lovingly as their “emotional support bottle,” bringing their Stanley everywhere they go. They’re matching their Stanley to their nail polish, building their OOTD around it and more. And to complete the picture, adding charms, stickers, artwork and more to their Stanley to show off their style and individuality. Some of our favorite influencers are big Stanley fans too, and they’re showing it and sharing the love everywhere in their own incredible ways. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Dani Austin Ramirez (@daniaustin) FINDING YOUR FLOW So, what’s coming next? Stanley is leading the way again, going big on hydration (literally) with the new 64-ounce Quencher, the newest must-have hydration accessory. You many never go thirsty again! And that’s just the beginning. For Stanley, innovation is everywhere, and always in the latest colors and to-die-for finishes, making the Quencher and IceFlow your absolute go-to’s. The Quencher’s three-position FlowState™ lid rotates from straw opening to drink opening to a full-cover top. The IceFlow’s made to be easy-to-hold and its built-in flip-straw makes everything simple and leakproof with the straw snapped down tight. Big, easy to carry handles and a narrow base to fit just about any car’s cupholder, and because they are from Stanley you know they are reusable, unbreakable and built to last. Hydration companions for life! We’re always on the hunt for the next delightful pattern, the next delicious finish, the next fun surprise or collab to bring to your daily must-have. CELEBRATE AND HYDRATE, TODAY AND EVERY DAY Get out there and celebrate National Hydration Day by sharing your favorite Stanley that keeps you hydrated year round! Be sure to tag us on social media with your hydration celebrations. We’ll be celebrating too, 10(!) 64 oz Quenchers on Instagram and hosting a TikTok Live 6/23 at 3 pm to reveal of the newest colorful additions to the Stanley hydration collection and more. FILL IT WITH FUN Remember, hydration is not just for National Hydration Day. There are lots of ways to mix it up and keep it top of mind. Fill it with fun—your favorite beverage or water, squeeze in some fresh juice, freeze whole pieces of fruit to toss in, add mint, cucumbers or lemongrass. Set a reminder on your phone or watch, even better, challenge yourself or your friends to drink the most in a day, and more. See how many fun ways you can come up with and share them with Stanley. DRINK UP! National Hydration Day is a great reminder for all of us to keep our bodies in good shape with the hydration it needs and uses constantly. Stanley is proud to make this an every-day mission all year long, with the tumblers you need to make hydration fun and fashionable. Don’t forget to show us how you’re celebrating on June 23rd by sharing your favorite Stanley product or memory. Always keep your Stanley filled and by your side, and keep hydrating! Explore all of our products at Stanley1913.com.
Make This Stanley Your Stanley
Make This Stanley Your Stanley
STANLEY CREATE IS HERE–CUSTOMIZE YOUR FAVORITE STANLEY BOTTLES, TUMBLERS AND BARWARE At Stanley we’re all proud to be Creators, Builders and Inventors. We believe in using our wild imaginations to dream and make products that are every bit as original as we are. Now it’s your turn. Tap into the Creator, Builder and Inventor inside you—bring your imagination, bring your creativity and make your own Stanley. Say hello to Stanley Create. It’s time to customize. You choose your favorite Stanley bottle, tumbler or barware in your favorite color, then add text, a monogram or graphics. We’ll engrave it exactly the way you design it—a true one-of-a-kind original just like you are. One for you, or design a Stanley as a one-of-a kind gift that is as unique as they are. Let’s get started! EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW TO GET STARTED CREATING STEP 1: CHOOSE YOUR STANLEY–PICK YOUR FAVORITE PRODUCT AND COLOR Explore stanley1913.com and look for products with the Customize badge, or go right to the Stanley Create page. Select from fan-favorite Tumblers such as the Quencher (yes, Quenchers!) or a Pint with your name on it so that you’ll never get it mixed up with your significant other’s. STEP 2: GET CREATIVE–ADD TEXT, A MONOGRAM, A GRAPHIC, OR YOUR OWN CUSTOM UPLOAD Choose to personalize your product one of four ways: your own uploaded image or text, monogram, or a graphic selected from our library of artwork. Then pick a font, add your name, your pet’s name, your team name, a favorite saying, monogram or whatever speaks to you and makes it your very own. You’ll be able to see what you’re creating right on the Stanley—have fun spinning it around to check it out from almost any angle. Add it to your cart, then create another Stanley, keep shopping or check out. STEP 3: BE AN ORIGINAL–SHOW OFF YOUR ONE-OF-A-KIND STANLEY Whether it’s a Classic Bottle with “Dad’s Stanley – Hands Off” or a 30 oz Quencher in Rose Quartz that reads “Bride-to-be,” Stanley Create also helps you celebrate milestones for meaningful people in your life. You can even show off your design to others from within Stanley Create—send a link, email or text, share it via Facebook or Pinterest. Show us, and others, what makes this Stanley your Stanley! CUSTOMIZE YOURS NOW!
Stanley Anniversary
Stanley Anniversary
CELEBRATING 110 YEARS OF INNOVATIVE SPIRIT WITH STANLEY 09.05.23 Here at Stanley, we’re excited to celebrate and honor our 110th anniversary: 110 years of innovation, and 110 years of helping to build a more sustainable, less disposable life and world. It all started in 1913, when William Stanley, Jr., a physicist and engineer, created the first insulated all-steel vacuum bottle. His invention changed the way we keep our hots hot and our colds cold forever, and kicked off an incredible journey. While Stanley products have been loved by many and passed down over generations, we are inventing new technologies, materials and finishes so that every collection, limited editions and all, give you their best performance in every color imaginable.   THE EVOLUTION OF INNOVATION William Stanley, Jr. faced a very real problem back in 1913. How to keep his coffee hot all day at work. His invention of double-wall vacuum insulated steel was only the beginning. Since then, Stanley has taken a century’s worth of experience to expertly craft the iconic Hammertone Green finish, pour spout lids for easier filling and drinking, featherweight bottles and four-layer thermal technology that can keep a drink iced for 6 full days! Have you ever mentioned Stanley to a grandparent? Often, the durability of the Stanley Classic Bottle is the first thing to come to mind — stories passed down that include our products aiding early generations of medics and nurses by transporting medicine. And of course, the millions of mornings spent fishing, at campsites, and commuting to office desks around the world. While innovating new products at Stanley, we’ve been admiring your creative spirit. We love seeing Stanleys in the wild, holding everything from popsicles to pints of ice cream, and how you decorate your Quencher, too.   CONNECTING GENERATIONS Many Stanleys have been in the family for years, handed down over the years from grandparents, moms, dads, friends, sisters and more. Across categories, and across generations, Stanley means something to the people who own them, holding memories as well as they do your favorite drinks and more. Today Stanley is a household name, from vibrant colorways to unique finishes that are made to mix and match your everyday style. The Quencher H2.0 FlowState™ Tumbler might be a newer addition but it is, in every way, part of our journey. With special collaborations and limited editions in colors that pop and shine, moments of celebration are reflected in each new collection.   THE FUTURE While we’re proud of our past, we’re excited to step into a new era. We’re leading the way in sustainability and reusability, introducing recycled stainless steel designs and committing to use recycled stainless steel in at least 50 percent of our products by 2025. At Stanley, the future has your name on it. Stanley Create invites you to bring your imagination to customize your favorite Stanley bottles, tumblers, and barware. So you can make your Stanley as one of a kind as you are. And we’ve got more surprises coming, including new colorways and artist collaborations.   HAPPY ANNIVERSARY, STANLEY You can tell we’re excited for what tomorrow holds, even as we’re celebrating a milestone anniversary. We look forward to bringing you the same kind of innovation and quality of our first 110 years. It all started with William Stanley, Jr., and we’re proud to take his legacy into the future. Cheers to the next 110. Share your own Stanley stories, photos and memories with us and tag us on Instagram @stanley_brand.
Spotlight on COVL
Spotlight on COVL
HANGING WITH COVL AND THE NEW OUTSIDERS COLLECTION IN MIAMI 05.16.23 Say hello to COVL—a Miami-native and multidisciplinary artist. Inspired by her community, surroundings, and experiences, COVL works across mediums and sees just about anything as a potential canvas. Her use of color and movement is rooted in her vibrant Puerto Rican culture. And COVL isn’t just a name—it stands for Craft, Onward, Versatility and Lifestyle, the four things the artist works to bring to everything she does, showing that you don’t have to be one thing, you can be many. With her connection to color and culture, COVL and the backdrop of the vibrant city of Miami made the perfect subject for Stanley’s “New Outsiders” color collection of the summer. Like COVL’s art, the collection is original and authentic, playful and fluid—featuring patterns filled with motion and colors inspired by saturated blues, greens, citrons and sunsets. In other words, “New Outsiders” is right at home in Miami and in the hands of COVL and her community of creators. Stanley joined COVL and friends Naty, Blaire and Aldhair in Miami to talk about her art, influences, growing up there near the ocean and how it all shapes her creativity today. She shared some of her favorite local spots, from Adhair’s art studio to a neighborhood basketball court that has become another unusual canvas for her work. And, of course, the irresistible beaches of Miami where she comes to relax and be inspired. “Creativity for me has always meant that it's problem solving at its core. And if you're able to take an idea from just a really rough sketch all the way to the final execution, I think that itself is creativity.” “My favorite color depends on my mood. Right now, I'm in a green mood. A color that brings a lot of abundance, a color that really exemplifies nature. … I encapsulate or utilize a lot of warm tones like poppy reds, oranges, pinks, because I want people to feel embraced in the work that I do.” “The biggest thing for me is recognizing that to remain creative, I have to also give myself breaks and give myself space to live a life, to breathe, and just to simply be.” “COVL represents the four facets of what my work brings to the table and that's: Craft, Onward, Versatility, and Lifestyle.” “COVL represents the four facets of what my work brings to the table and that's: Craft, Onward, Versatility, and Lifestyle.” “COVL represents the four facets of what my work brings to the table and that's: Craft, Onward, Versatility, and Lifestyle.” “Growing up on Pennsylvania Avenue here in Miami and having access to the ocean has always influenced me to be more fluid, to be more adaptable, and being able to flex my creative muscles.” “I'm just seeing the culture here and the community of creators and artists is something that continuously inspires me because it shows me that our canvas can be anything.” Learn more about COVL here and check out Stanley’s New Outsiders Collection to inspire your summer. Learn more about COVL here and check out Stanley’s New Outsiders Collection to inspire your summer.
Wear Your Water: The Stanley Cross Bottle
Wear Your Water: The Stanley Cross Bottle
You are always on the move. With water, a leash, and keys in one hand, a bag, phone, and coffee in another, you find yourself either leaving crucial items behind or fumbling to keep it all together. Enter the Stanley Cross Bottle. For those of you who know how important it is to keep water by your side while on-the-go, now you can wear your water. Free up your hands to carry important things – or use them to do the things you love, like playing pickleball, holding hands with a loved on, or petting your pup. Stylish and versatile, the Stanley Cross Bottle gives you a new, innovative option for hydration on-the-go.    Hands-Free Hydration With its thoughtful and stylish design, the Stanley Cross Bottle fuels all day hydration. On days spent out and about, a water bottle always within reach is a necessity. The Stanley Cross Bottle’s unique shape and soft-woven jacquard strap allows for easy carrying on cafe runs, morning commutes, or sunset walks. With a twist-off straw cover, the Stanley Cross Bottle is leakproof and made for movement. When you wear your water, you can revel in the moment and free up your hands to embrace the people that make life special. Life is filled with everyday pockets of joy. The Stanley Cross Bottle enables you to delight in them – hydrated, happy, and hands-free. It keeps you hydrated wherever you find joy: at a farmer’s market to grab fresh ingredients for a dinner party, playing tourist in your own town, or even a roller-skating date along the beach. With the Stanley Cross Bottle, your hands are free to hug, hold, and high-five.   Style Your Stanley Cross Bottle Like Stanley has done with the iconic Quencher and the IceFlow series, we’re bringing beauty to the functional world of wellbeing. It’s no secret water bottles are now lifestyle accessories – like the perfect bag or pair of shoes, tumblers and bottles can complete an outfit. No hydration accessory is more suited for this than the Stanley Cross Bottle. Sophisticated and stylish, the Stanley Cross Bottle pairs well with workout sets, a sleek work ensemble, or a trendy streetwear ‘fit. Made of recycled stainless steel, this versatile accessory will be your favorite companion any day of the week. With a sleek shape and a just right 23oz capacity, the Cross Bottle will keep you hydrated, hands-free, and on the move. Whether it’s a subway trip, a date in the park, or a shopping spree, bring your Stanley Cross Bottle along for the ride. Wear your water. Elevate how you hydrate.
A Day on the Town with the Stanley All Day Collection
A Day on the Town with the Stanley All Day Collection
Just like you, Stanley is on-the-go. That’s why Stanley is introducing a new category of products fit for moments made richer by food and beverage: The All Day Collection. The All Day Collection is a set of soft goods built for comfort, function, and style. It’s a result of innovating to fit the needs of you, our versatile consumers, who need a cooler cooler that’s unlike anything currently on the market. Gone are the days of having to choose between functionality and aesthetics when choosing a soft-sided bag; the All Day Collection allows you to have both. Comprised of the Quencher Carry-All, the Julienne Mini Soft Cooler, and the Madeleine Midi Soft Cooler Backpack, the All Day Collection is our first foray into soft goods. Coming to stanley1913.com this April, this collection is perfect for days spent soaking up Spring. Make the everyday extraordinary - be a tourist in your own town and live your best life with quality food and beverage in Stanley’s All Day Collection. Here’s how!   Morning Walk to Pickleball Start the day on the town with a leisurely stroll before you take on the sport of the season: pickleball. With The Quencher Carry-All, a wrap and strap for your favorite 40oz tumbler, you can be hands-free as you walk to the court with friends and hydrate during your match. Not only can you use the Carry-All to tote your Quencher, but you can also use it to securely store your phone, keys, and other essentials. The Quencher Carry-All features a storage clip, a stretch mesh pocket, as well as phone, card, and sunglass-sized pockets. Just wrap the band around your Quencher and secure the double snap closure, then you’re ready to hit the court with on-the-go hydration. With all your items in tow along with your favorite tumbler, your hands are free to carry your lucky paddle.   Park Picnic As midday rolls around, reach for your Julienne Mini Soft Cooler. Perfect for a picnic with friends or family, the Julienne can keep sandwiches, fruit, and your favorite beverages cold for hours. You no longer need to sacrifice style for function when choosing a soft cooler bag. Not only will the Julienne Mini Soft Cooler keep your colds cold for hours, but it’s also engineered for on-the-go days. Easy-carry top handles and a detachable shoulder strap make the Julienne comfortable to tote around the city all day long. Be the picnic MVP by supplying ice-cold sodas, seltzers, and snacks. Load up with some reusable ice packs and treat yourself and friends to a picnic in the park.   Drinks at Sunset With Spring comes sunsets. Whether you’re watching at the beach, the park, or even atop a mountain, any sunset is better with quality food and drink. At the end of your day on the town, the Madeleine Midi Soft Cooler Backpack will have your goods chilled and ready to share with friends or a loved one. The Madeleine Cooler Backpack is versatile; it’s sleek enough to bring to the office, comfortable to wear on a walk around the town, suitable as a carry-on for your flight, and insulated to keep food and beverage cold all day. The Madeleine also has a front zipper pocket and a rear pocket to keep your valuables safely stored wherever you go. To cap off a day spent venturing around the city, hit your favorite sunset spot with a significant other or some friends. From a bottle of wine to salads to charcuterie, the Madeleine backpack can carry anything you need to share the joy and turn each day into an extraordinary one. How are you using the All Day Collection in your day to day? Share with us on social! IG: @stanley_brand TT: @stanleybrand
Merry and Mindful: Grateful to Celebrate the Season
Merry and Mindful: Grateful to Celebrate the Season
11.01.23 As the holidays sneak up on busy schedules, it’s important to prioritize the people in our lives. Infuse the season with gratitude by being mindful of your closest relationships — friends, family, and yourself (yes, you!). Acknowledge the ways you’ve all grown by reflecting on past seasons. And take more moments to celebrate all the changes and wins. When we set an intention to gather with friends and make time to appreciate the beauty and warmth of our festivities, we turn up the joy. Friends: Gilded Gatherings Being together inspires thoughtful gestures, making the holidays an ideal time to nurture friendships, especially the ones we don’t get to see as often as we’d like. So, don’t wait for an invitation to catch up. This is a great opportunity for you to flex those host skills. Explore the fun and delight that comes with the art of gathering. With appetizers and baked goods spread in a beautiful array, stories and beverages flow as you relive memories and make plans to form even deeper connections. Mix things up The Stanley Adventure Happy Hour Cocktail Shaker Set will turn you into a hosting pro. With a removable reamer that juices your citrus and strains your cocktail directly into your cup, you’ve got an all-in-one bar setup that’s ready to delight all of your cordially invited guests. Make it festive Once your drink is shaken, pour into the Stanley Winterscape Adventure Stacking Pints. Glittering and gilded, these pints provide modern winter elegance. Double-wall vacuum insulation keeps your favorite beverage or brew the perfect temperature for hours of storytelling and celebrating. Family: Cherished Traditions Seasonal traditions often start with family gatherings. Maybe it’s making your own ornaments around the table, or gathering for a day of sledding. Finding new traditions or crafting a spin on one you already love can be just as meaningful. There is something magical about carrying these moments ahead each year, even more than the traditions themselves. It’s not just the nostalgia, but the time we spend together that builds excitement for the years to come. Focus on what matters The Stanley Winterscape Perfect-Brew Pour Over Set has a modern finish and gilded details inspired by nature to create a festive cup for your favorite coffee. The matching Camp Mug’s insulated stainless steel and the Tritan™ Drink-Thru Lid keeps your pour over nice and hot to ensure you have more time for laughter, gift-wrapping and family fun.   Make new memories The Stanley Winterscape Classic Bottle has an insulated lid that doubles as a cup for drinking and sharing, making it easy to toss in your bag for an afternoon of tree trimming with your family. Self: Feed Your Spirit This is a time to focus on yourself, too! The season is festive, but it’s easy to spread ourselves too thin when we don’t reserve some of that energy. Remember how important it is to give and receive care, which can be as simple as sleeping in on a Saturday. Find ways to bring yourself joy and nurture your personal wellbeing. This can be hydration goals paired with journal writing, inviting a friend on your daily walk, or a soothing bath with your favorite essential oils. Check in, be mindful and make sure you feed your own spirit this season. Refill your cup The Stanley Legendary Canteen in Rose Quartz features an anchored cap that will never go missing and a removeable strap to provide lightweight and hands-free hydration — an ideal companion for a day of snowshoeing, a winter market stroll or spending some quality time by the fire. Hydrate the soul The Stanley Deco Collection Quencher H2.0 FlowState™ Tumbler is just-right with its gloss finish and bold, gilded accents that add a touch of glamour, whether you’re off to a winter cabin retreat or a spa day with your friends. Gratitude and Reflection Turning up the joy means celebrating the magic of every tradition, new and old. Bring your family and friends together, craft new traditions and build stronger connections. Getting into the holiday spirit can be a chance to reflect on the past year, as well as an opportunity to celebrate the growth of those around you. Be sure to raise your Stanley of choice, fill it to the brim and enjoy every moment together. Tell us about your holiday traditions so we can celebrate together! Share with us by tagging @stanley_brand on Instagram.
Celebrate National Hydration Day with Stanley
Celebrate National Hydration Day with Stanley
Stanley loves keeping everyone motivated to hydrate more every day, in beautifully colorful, innovative and fully functional style. After all, our bodies are made mostly of water—up to 70%. There is no better day to celebrate it than National Hydration Day, created in 2016 to honor football coach Victor Hawkins and remind us all of the importance of hydration. Around here, every day is Hydration Day! LIVING YOUR BEST HYDRATED LIFE One big key to all-day hydration: Having your favorite drink with you, at the right temperature, everywhere you go. The famous Stanley Quenchers and IceFlow tumblers are designed to go with you wherever, and do it in style that is as functional as it is beautiful. With double-wall stainless-steel insulation, they’re made to keep things ice cold for all occasions—from yoga class to your afternoon meeting, the gym or weekend getaways. Stanley is changing the hydration game, and you can see it. The famous Stanley winged bear is everywhere—from your HIIT class to car cupholders, long walks, gallery nights, airports and beyond. Always fitting in, and always bringing the latest colors, designs and finishes you love, along with the innovation that we know you need. At Stanley, hydration is more than a day or a trend, it’s a lifestyle. A HYDRATION TRENDSETTER We’re not the only ones loving the hydration lifestyle, Stanley fans around the world are helping create the scene too. These fans love their bottles, referring to their Stanley lovingly as their “emotional support bottle,” bringing their Stanley everywhere they go. They’re matching their Stanley to their nail polish, building their OOTD around it and more. And to complete the picture, adding charms, stickers, artwork and more to their Stanley to show off their style and individuality. Some of our favorite influencers are big Stanley fans too, and they’re showing it and sharing the love everywhere in their own incredible ways. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Dani Austin Ramirez (@daniaustin) FINDING YOUR FLOW So, what’s coming next? Stanley is leading the way again, going big on hydration (literally) with the new 64-ounce Quencher, the newest must-have hydration accessory. You many never go thirsty again! And that’s just the beginning. For Stanley, innovation is everywhere, and always in the latest colors and to-die-for finishes, making the Quencher and IceFlow your absolute go-to’s. The Quencher’s three-position FlowState™ lid rotates from straw opening to drink opening to a full-cover top. The IceFlow’s made to be easy-to-hold and its built-in flip-straw makes everything simple and leakproof with the straw snapped down tight. Big, easy to carry handles and a narrow base to fit just about any car’s cupholder, and because they are from Stanley you know they are reusable, unbreakable and built to last. Hydration companions for life! We’re always on the hunt for the next delightful pattern, the next delicious finish, the next fun surprise or collab to bring to your daily must-have. CELEBRATE AND HYDRATE, TODAY AND EVERY DAY Get out there and celebrate National Hydration Day by sharing your favorite Stanley that keeps you hydrated year round! Be sure to tag us on social media with your hydration celebrations. We’ll be celebrating too, 10(!) 64 oz Quenchers on Instagram and hosting a TikTok Live 6/23 at 3 pm to reveal of the newest colorful additions to the Stanley hydration collection and more. FILL IT WITH FUN Remember, hydration is not just for National Hydration Day. There are lots of ways to mix it up and keep it top of mind. Fill it with fun—your favorite beverage or water, squeeze in some fresh juice, freeze whole pieces of fruit to toss in, add mint, cucumbers or lemongrass. Set a reminder on your phone or watch, even better, challenge yourself or your friends to drink the most in a day, and more. See how many fun ways you can come up with and share them with Stanley. DRINK UP! National Hydration Day is a great reminder for all of us to keep our bodies in good shape with the hydration it needs and uses constantly. Stanley is proud to make this an every-day mission all year long, with the tumblers you need to make hydration fun and fashionable. Don’t forget to show us how you’re celebrating on June 23rd by sharing your favorite Stanley product or memory. Always keep your Stanley filled and by your side, and keep hydrating! Explore all of our products at Stanley1913.com.
Make This Stanley Your Stanley
Make This Stanley Your Stanley
STANLEY CREATE IS HERE–CUSTOMIZE YOUR FAVORITE STANLEY BOTTLES, TUMBLERS AND BARWARE At Stanley we’re all proud to be Creators, Builders and Inventors. We believe in using our wild imaginations to dream and make products that are every bit as original as we are. Now it’s your turn. Tap into the Creator, Builder and Inventor inside you—bring your imagination, bring your creativity and make your own Stanley. Say hello to Stanley Create. It’s time to customize. You choose your favorite Stanley bottle, tumbler or barware in your favorite color, then add text, a monogram or graphics. We’ll engrave it exactly the way you design it—a true one-of-a-kind original just like you are. One for you, or design a Stanley as a one-of-a kind gift that is as unique as they are. Let’s get started! EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW TO GET STARTED CREATING STEP 1: CHOOSE YOUR STANLEY–PICK YOUR FAVORITE PRODUCT AND COLOR Explore stanley1913.com and look for products with the Customize badge, or go right to the Stanley Create page. Select from fan-favorite Tumblers such as the Quencher (yes, Quenchers!) or a Pint with your name on it so that you’ll never get it mixed up with your significant other’s. STEP 2: GET CREATIVE–ADD TEXT, A MONOGRAM, A GRAPHIC, OR YOUR OWN CUSTOM UPLOAD Choose to personalize your product one of four ways: your own uploaded image or text, monogram, or a graphic selected from our library of artwork. Then pick a font, add your name, your pet’s name, your team name, a favorite saying, monogram or whatever speaks to you and makes it your very own. You’ll be able to see what you’re creating right on the Stanley—have fun spinning it around to check it out from almost any angle. Add it to your cart, then create another Stanley, keep shopping or check out. STEP 3: BE AN ORIGINAL–SHOW OFF YOUR ONE-OF-A-KIND STANLEY Whether it’s a Classic Bottle with “Dad’s Stanley – Hands Off” or a 30 oz Quencher in Rose Quartz that reads “Bride-to-be,” Stanley Create also helps you celebrate milestones for meaningful people in your life. You can even show off your design to others from within Stanley Create—send a link, email or text, share it via Facebook or Pinterest. Show us, and others, what makes this Stanley your Stanley! CUSTOMIZE YOURS NOW!
Stanley Anniversary
Stanley Anniversary
CELEBRATING 110 YEARS OF INNOVATIVE SPIRIT WITH STANLEY 09.05.23 Here at Stanley, we’re excited to celebrate and honor our 110th anniversary: 110 years of innovation, and 110 years of helping to build a more sustainable, less disposable life and world. It all started in 1913, when William Stanley, Jr., a physicist and engineer, created the first insulated all-steel vacuum bottle. His invention changed the way we keep our hots hot and our colds cold forever, and kicked off an incredible journey. While Stanley products have been loved by many and passed down over generations, we are inventing new technologies, materials and finishes so that every collection, limited editions and all, give you their best performance in every color imaginable.   THE EVOLUTION OF INNOVATION William Stanley, Jr. faced a very real problem back in 1913. How to keep his coffee hot all day at work. His invention of double-wall vacuum insulated steel was only the beginning. Since then, Stanley has taken a century’s worth of experience to expertly craft the iconic Hammertone Green finish, pour spout lids for easier filling and drinking, featherweight bottles and four-layer thermal technology that can keep a drink iced for 6 full days! Have you ever mentioned Stanley to a grandparent? Often, the durability of the Stanley Classic Bottle is the first thing to come to mind — stories passed down that include our products aiding early generations of medics and nurses by transporting medicine. And of course, the millions of mornings spent fishing, at campsites, and commuting to office desks around the world. While innovating new products at Stanley, we’ve been admiring your creative spirit. We love seeing Stanleys in the wild, holding everything from popsicles to pints of ice cream, and how you decorate your Quencher, too.   CONNECTING GENERATIONS Many Stanleys have been in the family for years, handed down over the years from grandparents, moms, dads, friends, sisters and more. Across categories, and across generations, Stanley means something to the people who own them, holding memories as well as they do your favorite drinks and more. Today Stanley is a household name, from vibrant colorways to unique finishes that are made to mix and match your everyday style. The Quencher H2.0 FlowState™ Tumbler might be a newer addition but it is, in every way, part of our journey. With special collaborations and limited editions in colors that pop and shine, moments of celebration are reflected in each new collection.   THE FUTURE While we’re proud of our past, we’re excited to step into a new era. We’re leading the way in sustainability and reusability, introducing recycled stainless steel designs and committing to use recycled stainless steel in at least 50 percent of our products by 2025. At Stanley, the future has your name on it. Stanley Create invites you to bring your imagination to customize your favorite Stanley bottles, tumblers, and barware. So you can make your Stanley as one of a kind as you are. And we’ve got more surprises coming, including new colorways and artist collaborations.   HAPPY ANNIVERSARY, STANLEY You can tell we’re excited for what tomorrow holds, even as we’re celebrating a milestone anniversary. We look forward to bringing you the same kind of innovation and quality of our first 110 years. It all started with William Stanley, Jr., and we’re proud to take his legacy into the future. Cheers to the next 110. Share your own Stanley stories, photos and memories with us and tag us on Instagram @stanley_brand.
Spotlight on COVL
Spotlight on COVL
HANGING WITH COVL AND THE NEW OUTSIDERS COLLECTION IN MIAMI 05.16.23 Say hello to COVL—a Miami-native and multidisciplinary artist. Inspired by her community, surroundings, and experiences, COVL works across mediums and sees just about anything as a potential canvas. Her use of color and movement is rooted in her vibrant Puerto Rican culture. And COVL isn’t just a name—it stands for Craft, Onward, Versatility and Lifestyle, the four things the artist works to bring to everything she does, showing that you don’t have to be one thing, you can be many. With her connection to color and culture, COVL and the backdrop of the vibrant city of Miami made the perfect subject for Stanley’s “New Outsiders” color collection of the summer. Like COVL’s art, the collection is original and authentic, playful and fluid—featuring patterns filled with motion and colors inspired by saturated blues, greens, citrons and sunsets. In other words, “New Outsiders” is right at home in Miami and in the hands of COVL and her community of creators. Stanley joined COVL and friends Naty, Blaire and Aldhair in Miami to talk about her art, influences, growing up there near the ocean and how it all shapes her creativity today. She shared some of her favorite local spots, from Adhair’s art studio to a neighborhood basketball court that has become another unusual canvas for her work. And, of course, the irresistible beaches of Miami where she comes to relax and be inspired. “Creativity for me has always meant that it's problem solving at its core. And if you're able to take an idea from just a really rough sketch all the way to the final execution, I think that itself is creativity.” “My favorite color depends on my mood. Right now, I'm in a green mood. A color that brings a lot of abundance, a color that really exemplifies nature. … I encapsulate or utilize a lot of warm tones like poppy reds, oranges, pinks, because I want people to feel embraced in the work that I do.” “The biggest thing for me is recognizing that to remain creative, I have to also give myself breaks and give myself space to live a life, to breathe, and just to simply be.” “COVL represents the four facets of what my work brings to the table and that's: Craft, Onward, Versatility, and Lifestyle.” “COVL represents the four facets of what my work brings to the table and that's: Craft, Onward, Versatility, and Lifestyle.” “COVL represents the four facets of what my work brings to the table and that's: Craft, Onward, Versatility, and Lifestyle.” “Growing up on Pennsylvania Avenue here in Miami and having access to the ocean has always influenced me to be more fluid, to be more adaptable, and being able to flex my creative muscles.” “I'm just seeing the culture here and the community of creators and artists is something that continuously inspires me because it shows me that our canvas can be anything.” Learn more about COVL here and check out Stanley’s New Outsiders Collection to inspire your summer. Learn more about COVL here and check out Stanley’s New Outsiders Collection to inspire your summer.
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Protecting North America's Wild Places. Together.
Protecting North America's Wild Places. Together.
  Stanley joined The Conservation Alliance in 2007 to help protect the wild places we love and combat the impacts of climate change. One of the projects we’re especially passionate about is the Wild Olympics Campaign, which is seeking to protect more than 126,000 acres of forest and 464 miles of river on the Olympic Peninsula in our home state. In honor of this campaign, we created a limited-edition GO Bottle in partnership with artist Gretchen Leggit. Stanley is proud to donate $5 of every purchase to The Conservation Alliance in support of the Wild Olympics Campaign and other important projects. (Another way you can help is to sign the petition in support of the Wild Olympics Campaign.) HOORAY FOR THESE WILD PLACES Here are just some the latest Conservation Alliance success stories, made possible with grants and advocacy: Steamboat Creek, Oregon –  99,653 acres protected Holy Boulders, Illinois – A climbing area and 46 acres protected   Moon Rocks at Yellow Creek, West Virginia ­– 866 acres protected Rocky Mountain Front, Montana ­– 442 acres protected Thaidene Nëné Protected Area, Canada – 6,517,651 acres protected ABOUT THE CONSERVATION ALLIANCE Since inception in 1989, Conservation Alliance funding has helped save more than 73 million acres of wildlands; protect 3,575 miles of rivers; stop or remove 35 dams; designate five marine reserves; and purchase 17 climbing areas.     ABOUT STANLEY The Stanley brand has a rich 100+ year history. Born from inventor William Stanley Jr. who forever changed the way hot drinks were consumed, in 1913 he fused vacuum insulation and the strength of steel in one portable bottle, inventing the all-steel vacuum bottle we know and love today.
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Women In Conservation: Elizabeth Lillard
Elizabeth Lillard is one of the founders and Program Manager with Women in Conservation Leadership through the National Wildlife Federation. Women In Conservation Leadership is a diverse, inclusive, national community and a catalyst to elevate and embolden all women in advancing conservation. Women in Conservation Leadership (WCL) was started four years ago by myself and a group of dedicated National Wildlife Federation (NWF) staff members. WCL originally began as a small gathering at the National Wildlife Federation’s Annual meeting. I had the opportunity to attend one of these gatherings at the 2016 Annual meeting, where I realized there was a real need for spaces like this and for women in the conservation movement to connect specifically around leadership and professional growth. After doing more research, I learned that despite the large percentage of women employees in environmental and conservation organizations (more than 50 percent), very few women are in high-level positions, and even fewer are women of color. Armed with this information, I approached two senior-level women who organized the Annual Meeting gatherings, and proposed a multi-day retreat focusing on empowerment and leadership skill building for any woman or female-identifying person at the National Wildlife Federation. While both women liked the idea, they were skeptical it could happen quickly given the logistics and cost. However, I kept pushing the issue, setting up meetings and phone calls with various staff at NWF to gain momentum. A few months later, we had a Women in Conservation Leadership Summit planning group, full support of the Board, the CEO and every office across the country. The first WCL Summit was held in March 2017 at the National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, WV and we hosted 160 women representing NWF staff, board members and affiliate organizations. We brought in leadership coaches who facilitated discussions around strengthening and building women’s leadership, exploring diversity and intersectionality and understanding women’s personal and organizational realities. At the end of the Summit, attendees raved about their experience: “I am so grateful to the outstanding organizers/leaders who brought us together,” “I hope you know that this weekend has already changed me and NWF.” While we originally developed WCL for NWF staff, after the 2017 Summit women from other organizations asked to be invited after seeing social media posts describing the event. So, our team got to work organizing the 2018 Summit to include any woman interested in conservation leadership development. For 2018, we wanted to build on the work we had accomplished in 2017, while also focusing on growing the community beyond NWF. We decided to focus content around giving attendees leadership tools to take back to their organizations, including coaching, active listening, and network mapping. We were a little unsure how many participants to plan for because we were opening up beyond just NWF. We ended up with over 330 participants representing 120 organizations which was double from the year before! From the beginning, WCL has been a volunteer initiative with our whole planning group working on this in addition to our full-time jobs. After the 2018 Summit, we realized we needed a strategic vision, an implementation plan and some full-time staff to continue this work. So, we spent 2019 doing just that and as of September 2019 I officially became the Women in Conservation Leadership Program Manager! Since officially starting in this role, I have been working hard to prepare for the 2020 WCL Summit. This year’s theme is “Weaving Change: Connecting Women for Action”. We see the WCL network like a tapestry – made of individual threads. Each thread is unique and intrinsically important. When woven together the threads create a larger tapestry, providing durability, utility and beauty. Through the Summit, we continue to connect women and weave a larger network for change and impact. The 2020 WCL Summit was originally scheduled for March 16-19, 2020 but due to COVID-19 we have postponed to October 13-16, 2020. For the 2020 Summit, we have almost 600 registrants from over 10 different countries, which is our first time with any international representation! It has been really exciting and empowering to see this idea grow from a small, side meeting to a huge event with a global reach in just 4 years. I am very proud of our planning group and of the National Wildlife Federation for recognizing the needs of women in the environmental movement and making space for us to gather, heal and learn. We believe that stronger conservation is possible through women leaders of all ethnicities, races and cultures. Head to our website to find out more information
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Women In Conservation: Jennifer Schall
A Stanley Brand Ambassador Jennifer, is a professional angler specializing in catching unique species, chasing world records, and hosting interactive workshops for the public. On The Influence Conservation Has In Her Day-To-Day. I believe I have a responsibility to help ensure the outdoor resources I enjoy are around for future generations. One of the steps I take to help conserve these resources include participating in the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) Marine Game Fish Tagging program. This program helps anglers understand the impacts our actions have on marine resource conservation and management, and promotes the positive impacts of catch and release fishing. The tagging program provides vital information to SCDNR biologists to help understand the breeding, population, and migratory patterns of some of the most popular and iconic fish species here in South Carolina, and this information proves critical in making rules and regulations to properly manage our fisheries. For example, the recent data collected on the southern flounder through the tagging program shows that their population is declining, and this will help South Carolina determine the actions needed to improve the southern flounder population. Tagging a fish is easy and does not cause harm to the fish when it is released, and also provides a reward to anyone who recaptures that fish! Instructions are printed on the tag on how to report the tagged fish, and the angler who originally tagged that fish receives a report that summarizes the new data received for that fish. It is always fun to receive a report to see how far a fish has traveled, and how much it has grown since it was first tagged. Another way I support fishing conservation efforts is by being a SCDNR Certified Fishing Instructor. Through my training in this program, I am able to educate others about angler ethics, how to properly use and maintain fishing gear, the benefits of catch-and-release fishing, and how to properly harvest fish. I volunteer at fishing clinics throughout the year aimed at introducing beginners to fishing, and it is so rewarding to help kids and adults catch their first fish and get them "hooked" on fishing! Her Favorite Causes. The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR), the Coastal Conservation Association (CCA), and the American Sportfishing Association (ASA) are the major conservation organizations that I support. These three organizations impact local, regional, and national conservation efforts for our fisheries and industry as a whole. They have programs that target not only conservation, but education, legislation, and industry trends to help inform the public and fishing community on current topics and ways to make a positive impact. How Individuals Make An Impact. There are many conservation issues that impact fishing but the good news is that there are several ways anglers can make an individual impact. One such issue is responsible harvesting. It is vital to the future of our fisheries to be aware of catch limits and laws in any area where you fish, and to not keep more fish than you need (especially if there are no limits on a species you are targeting). And in other cases, there may be directives to harvest invasive species to prevent them from taking over habitats. For example, the SCDNR is encouraging anglers to kill the northern snakehead fish if caught in the state because its predatory nature threatens native species. It is so important for anglers to educate themselves about the species they are targeting and the areas where they fish to understand how their actions can directly impact the conservation of the fisheries they enjoy. As an angler, there are many opportunities to get involved in conservation efforts, especially in the local community. Look for groups in your area that you can join, or sign up for specific events like waterway cleanups, oyster shell recycling, fishing outings for veterans, or kids fishing clinics. One of the easiest things you can do to support conservation and make a difference is to keep garbage bags in your car or tackle box so you can properly dispose of any waste you generate or find. Every one of us has the ability to make a positive impact to our environment to leave things better than we found them for future generations. 
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Women In Conservation: Tessa Shetter
Tessa is an angler and photographer living in Alaska, and a Stanley Brand Ambassador. I think it’s safe to say that we all care about our planet and all that inhabit it, at least I hope I’m speaking for everyone! Living in Alaska, I could not imagine being unable to look out my window to see a moose munching happily on endless amounts of tree branches, bushes and berries; or walking through a field of fireweed to the river only to discover the absence of thousands of bright red salmon in their spawn. It’s become an expectation of where I live, something I have come to count on and deeply hope to remain. As not only a person who loves to hunt, fish, camp, and do anything outdoors, but also as a person who lives in this place that gives me all those opportunities and more, I truly care about conservation and our environment. Conservation is a large, sometimes complicated, and most of all important issue that we face as human beings. I believe that, sadly, we are a major cause of the environmental issues we face and we have a responsibility to recognize that and work toward rectifying it for the sake of our planet and our future generations that will inherit it. I used to think that it was difficult to contribute to conservation. I observe people like Elon Musk, the founder of Tesla, who focus huge efforts toward environmental issues through use of solar panels, electric cars, and planting countless trees. I am humbled by his generosity and feel intimidated by his impact in comparison to mine. Granted, he is a billionaire and I am not. So, when I was a college student on a budget and didn’t have the funds to donate to the organizations I wanted to support, it left me feeling like I wasn’t doing enough. Something I learned though, through this experience, is that you don’t need loads of money to donate to organizations or groups (though it can greatly help), but rather that conscious effort to implement conservation as a mindset and incorporate it into daily routines, is just as valuable. I realized that even seemingly small acts of being aware of what you are doing, the choices you are making, the actions you are taking and the views you are sharing, all make a bigger difference than you might originally think. Personally, I work hard to make sure I recycle, buy recycled and reusable products when I can, support purposeful organizations in any way I am able to, and simply make conservation into a lifestyle. For example, I made the switch to using a Stanley water bottle rather than plastic water bottles years ago. I also bought some reusable shopping bags so I don’t have to use plastic grocery bags. Those changes may seem small and simple, but I know have large impacts, one person at a time. I also strongly take conservation into mind when I’m hunting and fishing. I know it sounds silly, and I’ve had this conversation many times before, but believe it or not, those who hunt and fish are some of the largest supporters of conservation. In some respects, it may seem ironic, but it’s more than true. In terms of myself, I try to do my part by practicing catch and release when I am fly-fishing. Even down to using barbless hooks (or smashing the barbs on my hooks) and limiting the time of the fight to lessen the stress and create an ease of release for the fish. Practicing these kinds of techniques help keep the fish population thriving. Having said that, I do on occasion catch certain salmon to keep as food, and I know many friends and family members who rely on those salmon every year to fill their freezers. I firmly believe that if we didn’t have conservation efforts in place, it would greatly affect the lifestyles of many people. There are so many who rely on subsistence hunting and fishing to support them and their families. I believe also that conservation efforts support the research and education that keep our fish and wildlife populations high, and provide safety and proper hunting and fishing techniques so others can do their part to contribute to the land and species. An example of this is the Alaska Department of Fish & Game’s Division of Wildlife Conservation that is focused solely on conservation efforts and research. It is through this program that myself and many others have taken the hunter’s education course, it is a great source for learning about Alaska’s fish and wildlife species. Being that the programs are offered through the state’s Department of Fish and Game, it is so easy to access and participate in them. If you have a moment, I recommend researching your own state’s Department of Fish and Wildlife to see what kind of conservation programs they may have to offer. There are many, many, many other conservation organizations and groups that I love and support. One that I strongly support is Save Bristol Bay. The Pebble Mine has been a controversial conflict in my home state of Alaska for years now. I’m the type of person who likes to see both sides of things, where yes, the Pebble Mine could benefit in terms of available jobs and the income for the state. But, and there’s a huge “but” here, it would be at the cost of rivers, streams, and land that encompass the livelihoods of all sorts of people, creatures, fisheries and jobs that are already in place. Many people who disagree with the Pebble Mine, such as myself, have signed the petition to help deny the Pebble Mine permit, and it took me less than a minute to participate in that conservation effort! I’m not here to get political, but I would like to offer this as another example of how you can make an impact, and how easy it really is to contribute to conservation. Conservation is all about the big picture. As humans, we see ourselves at the top of the food chain. Which, sure, in some cases is true. Yet, as beings on this shared planet, we are equal to everyone and every creature that inhabit it, as our home, their home and all living beings' birthright. However, we are the ones most capable and able to take action to conserve and protect it.
Protecting North America's Wild Places. Together.
Protecting North America's Wild Places. Together.
  Stanley joined The Conservation Alliance in 2007 to help protect the wild places we love and combat the impacts of climate change. One of the projects we’re especially passionate about is the Wild Olympics Campaign, which is seeking to protect more than 126,000 acres of forest and 464 miles of river on the Olympic Peninsula in our home state. In honor of this campaign, we created a limited-edition GO Bottle in partnership with artist Gretchen Leggit. Stanley is proud to donate $5 of every purchase to The Conservation Alliance in support of the Wild Olympics Campaign and other important projects. (Another way you can help is to sign the petition in support of the Wild Olympics Campaign.) HOORAY FOR THESE WILD PLACES Here are just some the latest Conservation Alliance success stories, made possible with grants and advocacy: Steamboat Creek, Oregon –  99,653 acres protected Holy Boulders, Illinois – A climbing area and 46 acres protected   Moon Rocks at Yellow Creek, West Virginia ­– 866 acres protected Rocky Mountain Front, Montana ­– 442 acres protected Thaidene Nëné Protected Area, Canada – 6,517,651 acres protected ABOUT THE CONSERVATION ALLIANCE Since inception in 1989, Conservation Alliance funding has helped save more than 73 million acres of wildlands; protect 3,575 miles of rivers; stop or remove 35 dams; designate five marine reserves; and purchase 17 climbing areas.     ABOUT STANLEY The Stanley brand has a rich 100+ year history. Born from inventor William Stanley Jr. who forever changed the way hot drinks were consumed, in 1913 he fused vacuum insulation and the strength of steel in one portable bottle, inventing the all-steel vacuum bottle we know and love today.
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Women In Conservation: Elizabeth Lillard
Elizabeth Lillard is one of the founders and Program Manager with Women in Conservation Leadership through the National Wildlife Federation. Women In Conservation Leadership is a diverse, inclusive, national community and a catalyst to elevate and embolden all women in advancing conservation. Women in Conservation Leadership (WCL) was started four years ago by myself and a group of dedicated National Wildlife Federation (NWF) staff members. WCL originally began as a small gathering at the National Wildlife Federation’s Annual meeting. I had the opportunity to attend one of these gatherings at the 2016 Annual meeting, where I realized there was a real need for spaces like this and for women in the conservation movement to connect specifically around leadership and professional growth. After doing more research, I learned that despite the large percentage of women employees in environmental and conservation organizations (more than 50 percent), very few women are in high-level positions, and even fewer are women of color. Armed with this information, I approached two senior-level women who organized the Annual Meeting gatherings, and proposed a multi-day retreat focusing on empowerment and leadership skill building for any woman or female-identifying person at the National Wildlife Federation. While both women liked the idea, they were skeptical it could happen quickly given the logistics and cost. However, I kept pushing the issue, setting up meetings and phone calls with various staff at NWF to gain momentum. A few months later, we had a Women in Conservation Leadership Summit planning group, full support of the Board, the CEO and every office across the country. The first WCL Summit was held in March 2017 at the National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, WV and we hosted 160 women representing NWF staff, board members and affiliate organizations. We brought in leadership coaches who facilitated discussions around strengthening and building women’s leadership, exploring diversity and intersectionality and understanding women’s personal and organizational realities. At the end of the Summit, attendees raved about their experience: “I am so grateful to the outstanding organizers/leaders who brought us together,” “I hope you know that this weekend has already changed me and NWF.” While we originally developed WCL for NWF staff, after the 2017 Summit women from other organizations asked to be invited after seeing social media posts describing the event. So, our team got to work organizing the 2018 Summit to include any woman interested in conservation leadership development. For 2018, we wanted to build on the work we had accomplished in 2017, while also focusing on growing the community beyond NWF. We decided to focus content around giving attendees leadership tools to take back to their organizations, including coaching, active listening, and network mapping. We were a little unsure how many participants to plan for because we were opening up beyond just NWF. We ended up with over 330 participants representing 120 organizations which was double from the year before! From the beginning, WCL has been a volunteer initiative with our whole planning group working on this in addition to our full-time jobs. After the 2018 Summit, we realized we needed a strategic vision, an implementation plan and some full-time staff to continue this work. So, we spent 2019 doing just that and as of September 2019 I officially became the Women in Conservation Leadership Program Manager! Since officially starting in this role, I have been working hard to prepare for the 2020 WCL Summit. This year’s theme is “Weaving Change: Connecting Women for Action”. We see the WCL network like a tapestry – made of individual threads. Each thread is unique and intrinsically important. When woven together the threads create a larger tapestry, providing durability, utility and beauty. Through the Summit, we continue to connect women and weave a larger network for change and impact. The 2020 WCL Summit was originally scheduled for March 16-19, 2020 but due to COVID-19 we have postponed to October 13-16, 2020. For the 2020 Summit, we have almost 600 registrants from over 10 different countries, which is our first time with any international representation! It has been really exciting and empowering to see this idea grow from a small, side meeting to a huge event with a global reach in just 4 years. I am very proud of our planning group and of the National Wildlife Federation for recognizing the needs of women in the environmental movement and making space for us to gather, heal and learn. We believe that stronger conservation is possible through women leaders of all ethnicities, races and cultures. Head to our website to find out more information
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Women In Conservation: Jennifer Schall
A Stanley Brand Ambassador Jennifer, is a professional angler specializing in catching unique species, chasing world records, and hosting interactive workshops for the public. On The Influence Conservation Has In Her Day-To-Day. I believe I have a responsibility to help ensure the outdoor resources I enjoy are around for future generations. One of the steps I take to help conserve these resources include participating in the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) Marine Game Fish Tagging program. This program helps anglers understand the impacts our actions have on marine resource conservation and management, and promotes the positive impacts of catch and release fishing. The tagging program provides vital information to SCDNR biologists to help understand the breeding, population, and migratory patterns of some of the most popular and iconic fish species here in South Carolina, and this information proves critical in making rules and regulations to properly manage our fisheries. For example, the recent data collected on the southern flounder through the tagging program shows that their population is declining, and this will help South Carolina determine the actions needed to improve the southern flounder population. Tagging a fish is easy and does not cause harm to the fish when it is released, and also provides a reward to anyone who recaptures that fish! Instructions are printed on the tag on how to report the tagged fish, and the angler who originally tagged that fish receives a report that summarizes the new data received for that fish. It is always fun to receive a report to see how far a fish has traveled, and how much it has grown since it was first tagged. Another way I support fishing conservation efforts is by being a SCDNR Certified Fishing Instructor. Through my training in this program, I am able to educate others about angler ethics, how to properly use and maintain fishing gear, the benefits of catch-and-release fishing, and how to properly harvest fish. I volunteer at fishing clinics throughout the year aimed at introducing beginners to fishing, and it is so rewarding to help kids and adults catch their first fish and get them "hooked" on fishing! Her Favorite Causes. The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR), the Coastal Conservation Association (CCA), and the American Sportfishing Association (ASA) are the major conservation organizations that I support. These three organizations impact local, regional, and national conservation efforts for our fisheries and industry as a whole. They have programs that target not only conservation, but education, legislation, and industry trends to help inform the public and fishing community on current topics and ways to make a positive impact. How Individuals Make An Impact. There are many conservation issues that impact fishing but the good news is that there are several ways anglers can make an individual impact. One such issue is responsible harvesting. It is vital to the future of our fisheries to be aware of catch limits and laws in any area where you fish, and to not keep more fish than you need (especially if there are no limits on a species you are targeting). And in other cases, there may be directives to harvest invasive species to prevent them from taking over habitats. For example, the SCDNR is encouraging anglers to kill the northern snakehead fish if caught in the state because its predatory nature threatens native species. It is so important for anglers to educate themselves about the species they are targeting and the areas where they fish to understand how their actions can directly impact the conservation of the fisheries they enjoy. As an angler, there are many opportunities to get involved in conservation efforts, especially in the local community. Look for groups in your area that you can join, or sign up for specific events like waterway cleanups, oyster shell recycling, fishing outings for veterans, or kids fishing clinics. One of the easiest things you can do to support conservation and make a difference is to keep garbage bags in your car or tackle box so you can properly dispose of any waste you generate or find. Every one of us has the ability to make a positive impact to our environment to leave things better than we found them for future generations. 
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Women In Conservation: Tessa Shetter
Tessa is an angler and photographer living in Alaska, and a Stanley Brand Ambassador. I think it’s safe to say that we all care about our planet and all that inhabit it, at least I hope I’m speaking for everyone! Living in Alaska, I could not imagine being unable to look out my window to see a moose munching happily on endless amounts of tree branches, bushes and berries; or walking through a field of fireweed to the river only to discover the absence of thousands of bright red salmon in their spawn. It’s become an expectation of where I live, something I have come to count on and deeply hope to remain. As not only a person who loves to hunt, fish, camp, and do anything outdoors, but also as a person who lives in this place that gives me all those opportunities and more, I truly care about conservation and our environment. Conservation is a large, sometimes complicated, and most of all important issue that we face as human beings. I believe that, sadly, we are a major cause of the environmental issues we face and we have a responsibility to recognize that and work toward rectifying it for the sake of our planet and our future generations that will inherit it. I used to think that it was difficult to contribute to conservation. I observe people like Elon Musk, the founder of Tesla, who focus huge efforts toward environmental issues through use of solar panels, electric cars, and planting countless trees. I am humbled by his generosity and feel intimidated by his impact in comparison to mine. Granted, he is a billionaire and I am not. So, when I was a college student on a budget and didn’t have the funds to donate to the organizations I wanted to support, it left me feeling like I wasn’t doing enough. Something I learned though, through this experience, is that you don’t need loads of money to donate to organizations or groups (though it can greatly help), but rather that conscious effort to implement conservation as a mindset and incorporate it into daily routines, is just as valuable. I realized that even seemingly small acts of being aware of what you are doing, the choices you are making, the actions you are taking and the views you are sharing, all make a bigger difference than you might originally think. Personally, I work hard to make sure I recycle, buy recycled and reusable products when I can, support purposeful organizations in any way I am able to, and simply make conservation into a lifestyle. For example, I made the switch to using a Stanley water bottle rather than plastic water bottles years ago. I also bought some reusable shopping bags so I don’t have to use plastic grocery bags. Those changes may seem small and simple, but I know have large impacts, one person at a time. I also strongly take conservation into mind when I’m hunting and fishing. I know it sounds silly, and I’ve had this conversation many times before, but believe it or not, those who hunt and fish are some of the largest supporters of conservation. In some respects, it may seem ironic, but it’s more than true. In terms of myself, I try to do my part by practicing catch and release when I am fly-fishing. Even down to using barbless hooks (or smashing the barbs on my hooks) and limiting the time of the fight to lessen the stress and create an ease of release for the fish. Practicing these kinds of techniques help keep the fish population thriving. Having said that, I do on occasion catch certain salmon to keep as food, and I know many friends and family members who rely on those salmon every year to fill their freezers. I firmly believe that if we didn’t have conservation efforts in place, it would greatly affect the lifestyles of many people. There are so many who rely on subsistence hunting and fishing to support them and their families. I believe also that conservation efforts support the research and education that keep our fish and wildlife populations high, and provide safety and proper hunting and fishing techniques so others can do their part to contribute to the land and species. An example of this is the Alaska Department of Fish & Game’s Division of Wildlife Conservation that is focused solely on conservation efforts and research. It is through this program that myself and many others have taken the hunter’s education course, it is a great source for learning about Alaska’s fish and wildlife species. Being that the programs are offered through the state’s Department of Fish and Game, it is so easy to access and participate in them. If you have a moment, I recommend researching your own state’s Department of Fish and Wildlife to see what kind of conservation programs they may have to offer. There are many, many, many other conservation organizations and groups that I love and support. One that I strongly support is Save Bristol Bay. The Pebble Mine has been a controversial conflict in my home state of Alaska for years now. I’m the type of person who likes to see both sides of things, where yes, the Pebble Mine could benefit in terms of available jobs and the income for the state. But, and there’s a huge “but” here, it would be at the cost of rivers, streams, and land that encompass the livelihoods of all sorts of people, creatures, fisheries and jobs that are already in place. Many people who disagree with the Pebble Mine, such as myself, have signed the petition to help deny the Pebble Mine permit, and it took me less than a minute to participate in that conservation effort! I’m not here to get political, but I would like to offer this as another example of how you can make an impact, and how easy it really is to contribute to conservation. Conservation is all about the big picture. As humans, we see ourselves at the top of the food chain. Which, sure, in some cases is true. Yet, as beings on this shared planet, we are equal to everyone and every creature that inhabit it, as our home, their home and all living beings' birthright. However, we are the ones most capable and able to take action to conserve and protect it.
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Glamp Cooking With Stephanie Tea
Glamp Cooking With Stephanie Tea
07.12.22 Whether you are miles into the backcountry, desert Hip Camp yurt, or Insta-worthy Airbnb perma-tent, inevitably there comes a time when you need to eat. For Chef Stephanie Tea, this is her moment to shine. Tea specializes in cuisine that showcases her Asian-American heritage, crafting recipes that make cooking Asian inspired food at home or outdoors approachable, fun and most importantly, delicious. If you are looking to uplevel your camp – or glamp - cooking, we’ve got a recipe from the chef perfect for your next near or far away adventure. Enjoy cooking up Caramelized Shrimp Over Crispy Rice in the Stanley Even-Heat Camp Pro or Full Kitchen Base Camp Cook Sets and shaking a Lychee Margarita with Pop Rocks Rim (recipe below) in a Happy Hour Cocktail Shaker Set. Take a tip from the chef and stay organized as you food prep with the Classic 10 qt Lunch Box, which can be used as a stylish and portable pantry for your cooking essentials like spices, sauces and more. Caramelized Shrimp Over Crispy Rice Serves 2. Caramelized Shrimp 1 1/2 Lb shrimp with head on, deveined 1 Tbsp cooking oil 1 1/2 Tbsp palm sugar 1 Tbsp fish sauce 2 Tbsp oyster sauce 3 garlic cloves, smashed 1 medium shallot, thinly sliced 1/2 tsp black pepper 1 tsp chicken bouillon 1/3 cup water + 1/2 Tbsp cornstarch, mix until dissolved 1 jalapeno, thinly sliced Green onions for garnish Directions: Make sure to use shrimp with the shell on for maximum flavor, with or without the head (your preference). Remove shell, clean and devein the shrimp. In a fry pan, heat oil on medium heat and caramelize palm sugar until a deep amber color. Quickly add fish sauce and oyster sauce to stop sugar from burning or getting too dark.   Add garlic and shallots and stir fry for 1 minute. Add shrimp and mix until each shrimp is coated. Add chicken bouillon, black pepper, water and cornstarch mixture. Bring to a boil and add jalapeño, simmer for 3-4 mins or until shrimp is cooked through. Turn off heat. Crispy Rice: 2 cups cooked rice (preferably rice that has been cooked 1-2 days prior) Cooking oil Green onions, for garnish  Directions: Use day-old rice and form and compress into desired shape like a flat triangle or square. Heat enough oil to thinly cover the entire fry pan. Pan fry rice until lightly golden brown on both sides. Set aside. Serve Caramelized Shrimp Over Crispy Rice and garnish with green onions. Enjoy! Lychee Margarita with Pop Rocks Rim Serves 2. Ingredients:  For the Pop Rocks Rim 1 part Pop Rocks candy 1/2 part salt mixture for rim Honey for Pop Rocks to stick to cup Cocktail ice 3 oz tequila 2 oz triple sec 1 1/2 oz lime juice 3 oz lychee juice, from can 1 oz simple syrup Garnish Lychee Mint leaf Directions Coat rim of with honey and dip rim into Pop Rocks and salt mixture. Set Fill with ice, tequila, triple sec, lime juice, lychee juice and simple syrup. Shake well. Divide drink into tumblers, garnish with lychee and mint, and enjoy! Explore more mouthwatering recipes and videos from Chef Stephanie Tea on her Instagram and TikTok and if you're a hot sauce fan, check out her small batch hot sauce brand Hawtchet! Recipes and photography courtesy of Chef Stephanie Tea
Glamp Cooking With Stephanie Tea
Glamp Cooking With Stephanie Tea
07.12.22 Whether you are miles into the backcountry, desert Hip Camp yurt, or Insta-worthy Airbnb perma-tent, inevitably there comes a time when you need to eat. For Chef Stephanie Tea, this is her moment to shine. Tea specializes in cuisine that showcases her Asian-American heritage, crafting recipes that make cooking Asian inspired food at home or outdoors approachable, fun and most importantly, delicious. If you are looking to uplevel your camp – or glamp - cooking, we’ve got a recipe from the chef perfect for your next near or far away adventure. Enjoy cooking up Caramelized Shrimp Over Crispy Rice in the Stanley Even-Heat Camp Pro or Full Kitchen Base Camp Cook Sets and shaking a Lychee Margarita with Pop Rocks Rim (recipe below) in a Happy Hour Cocktail Shaker Set. Take a tip from the chef and stay organized as you food prep with the Classic 10 qt Lunch Box, which can be used as a stylish and portable pantry for your cooking essentials like spices, sauces and more. Caramelized Shrimp Over Crispy Rice Serves 2. Caramelized Shrimp 1 1/2 Lb shrimp with head on, deveined 1 Tbsp cooking oil 1 1/2 Tbsp palm sugar 1 Tbsp fish sauce 2 Tbsp oyster sauce 3 garlic cloves, smashed 1 medium shallot, thinly sliced 1/2 tsp black pepper 1 tsp chicken bouillon 1/3 cup water + 1/2 Tbsp cornstarch, mix until dissolved 1 jalapeno, thinly sliced Green onions for garnish Directions: Make sure to use shrimp with the shell on for maximum flavor, with or without the head (your preference). Remove shell, clean and devein the shrimp. In a fry pan, heat oil on medium heat and caramelize palm sugar until a deep amber color. Quickly add fish sauce and oyster sauce to stop sugar from burning or getting too dark.   Add garlic and shallots and stir fry for 1 minute. Add shrimp and mix until each shrimp is coated. Add chicken bouillon, black pepper, water and cornstarch mixture. Bring to a boil and add jalapeño, simmer for 3-4 mins or until shrimp is cooked through. Turn off heat. Crispy Rice: 2 cups cooked rice (preferably rice that has been cooked 1-2 days prior) Cooking oil Green onions, for garnish  Directions: Use day-old rice and form and compress into desired shape like a flat triangle or square. Heat enough oil to thinly cover the entire fry pan. Pan fry rice until lightly golden brown on both sides. Set aside. Serve Caramelized Shrimp Over Crispy Rice and garnish with green onions. Enjoy! Lychee Margarita with Pop Rocks Rim Serves 2. Ingredients:  For the Pop Rocks Rim 1 part Pop Rocks candy 1/2 part salt mixture for rim Honey for Pop Rocks to stick to cup Cocktail ice 3 oz tequila 2 oz triple sec 1 1/2 oz lime juice 3 oz lychee juice, from can 1 oz simple syrup Garnish Lychee Mint leaf Directions Coat rim of with honey and dip rim into Pop Rocks and salt mixture. Set Fill with ice, tequila, triple sec, lime juice, lychee juice and simple syrup. Shake well. Divide drink into tumblers, garnish with lychee and mint, and enjoy! Explore more mouthwatering recipes and videos from Chef Stephanie Tea on her Instagram and TikTok and if you're a hot sauce fan, check out her small batch hot sauce brand Hawtchet! Recipes and photography courtesy of Chef Stephanie Tea
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Tips for Helping Your College Student Enjoy a Safe Spring Break
Tips for Helping Your College Student Enjoy a Safe Spring Break
Whether it’s their first or senior year, spring break is a thrilling time for students. This week-long break promises adventure and much-needed relaxation and is the perfect opportunity to make memorable connections. However, as a parent, you naturally have concerns about your student's safety and well-being while traveling.  The most common worries revolve around ensuring their safety in unfamiliar places, maintaining good health, and encouraging a sense of responsibility in all actions. Equipping your college students with the right tools, knowledge, and mindset is critical in empowering them to make the best choices. To support them in preparing for a safe and enjoyable spring break, finding the perfect gifts and offering the best advice you can is critical.  Understanding Spring Break Essentials Whether your student will be lounging poolside or hiking mountains, there are a few necessities every traveler should have, including: Reliable drinkware: The right drinkware ensures your student stays hydrated throughout the day. Look for insulated tumblers to keep drinks cold in the heat or lightweight water bottles that won't weigh them down. First aid kit: Having a small first aid kit comes in handy for accidents or injuries. Fill it with basics like bandages, pain relievers, hand sanitizer, and antiseptic wipes. Foldup backpack: A foldup backpack is ideal for day trips — it's light, compact, and fits easily in a suitcase or beach bag. Waterproof phone case: A waterproof phone case is necessary for water activities. Portable charger: With long days out, a portable charger will keep your student's devices powered and connected. While these are just a few items, encourage them to pack according to their specific destination and activities. While packing light is key, it's important not to skimp on essentials.  The Importance of Staying Hydrated Travel days sometimes mean long walks to refill water bottles or do not allow time for pit stops. To minimize this issue, send your student off with a drinkware option that keeps their beverages cold for hours. Inadequate hydration can lead to fatigue, headaches, and dizziness, spoiling a day of fun. This is especially problematic in hot climates. It’s crucial to provide your kids with drinkware that's easy to carry and use on the go. Fortunately, tumblers are designed for life on the move. They have features like spill-proof lids, insulation for hot or cold drinks, and durable materials, so they can withstand any adventure. Choosing the Right Accommodations No matter where your kids plan to travel, choosing a safe and reputable place to sleep is a top priority. Aside from a clean, comfortable bed, you want them to stay somewhere with secure premises, reputable staff, and a prime location.  As they look for lodging, encourage them to read reviews to get an idea of the experience they can expect, and encourage them to choose lodging with security features like round-the-clock front desk service. Ensure they pay attention to any mentions of safety concerns or negative experiences with staff. It's also important to choose a location close to popular attractions but still in a safe area.  Travel Safety Tips While traveling is an exhilarating experience, encourage your kids to approach their fun with caution. Staying safe while traveling often comes down to common sense, like staying in groups, especially at night or in unfamiliar areas. Another golden rule is to be aware of one’s surroundings. Talk to your kids about keeping an eye on their belongings, being wary of new acquaintances, and trusting their gut if something doesn't feel right.  In these situations, having a reliable water bottle with a secure lid can also be a safeguard. It ensures they stay hydrated and helps them keep their drink close and safe from spills — or worse, tampering — during outings. The less breakable drinkware they take on the road, the better you'll feel knowing they're prepared with safe and practical tools.  Sun Protection Essentials While many people are angling for that sun-kissed glow, the sun can be as harsh as it is warm, making sun protection an absolute must. Ensuring your kids are well-equipped is also critical to prevent heatstroke. Here's what they'll need: Sunglasses to protect their eyes; Protective clothing to shield their skin; Sunscreen for all exposed areas. Remind them that prolonged exposure to the sun can lead to dehydration, so it's a smart move to ensure they use a reusable water bottle to replenish fluids. Likewise, advise them to take time out of the sun to give their bodies a chance to cool down. Smart Partying Strategies Responsible drinking tops the list of smart partying strategies for students who choose to enjoy the nightlife. As a parent, encourage your college students to know and respect their limits. Advise them to eat before and while they are drinking to help mitigate the effects of alcohol and alternate alcoholic drinks with water to stay hydrated. Another critical aspect of safe partying is the buddy system. Urge your kids and their friends to stick with one another throughout the night to ensure everyone ends the night as safely as they started it. With this, remind them not to accept drinks from strangers. Additionally, ensure they have drink and barware with sealed lidded options on hand to help prevent drink tampering. Keeping in Touch Staying connected through regular communication with your college student is not just a courtesy but a safety measure. Set regular check-in times with your kids. Encourage them to share accommodation and trip details so you know where they'll be and how to reach them. For added safety, share your contact info with travel companions and hosts. This way, they can reach out or guide assistance your way in case of any unexpected situations. Handling Emergencies No one likes to think about emergencies while planning a trip but being prepared can help mitigate these risks. Common travel mishaps, such as lost passports or medical issues, can disrupt even the most meticulously planned trips. Taking time to familiarize your family with the steps to report and replace a lost passport and knowing how to access medical care in a foreign country are essential preparatory steps. Equally important is knowing local emergency numbers and the assurance that comes with having comprehensive travel insurance. These measures ensure that should your kids face an emergency, they're not left scrambling for information or financial assistance. Safe Transportation Methods Heading out to new places usually means figuring out how to get around with transport you're not used to. Encourage your kids to choose well-known taxi services or trusted public transport to avoid risks. For those who prefer driving, the importance of staying sober behind the wheel cannot be overstated. If your student is of drinking age, remind them to use a designated driver or ride-sharing to ensure safe returns home. By preparing ahead of time, they can safely and happily explore new places, meet new people, and have a great and relaxing spring break.
Tips and Ideas for Hosting an Outdoor Party During the Spring
Tips and Ideas for Hosting an Outdoor Party During the Spring
As the wintry season slowly fades and spring begins to show itself, there's nothing better than stepping outside to enjoy the fresh air and warm sun. As the season of renewal begins, it sets a perfect backdrop and offers plenty of reasons to host an outdoor gathering. Whether it's a homegating party or a kickback with family and friends, the warmer weather and longer days make hosting an outdoor party during the spring an excellent idea. These gatherings make the best of the beautiful weather and create a more relaxed and welcoming atmosphere. The open space allows for more room to socialize, making it easier to strike up conversations and get everyone involved in the fun. Moreover, leaning into spring-themed decor and activities takes your occasions one step further, transforming them into immersive experiences that fully capture the season's essence.  If you're looking for specific ideas, inspiration, or tips on preparing for your big event, we've got you covered. Below are some ideas to help you plan and host a successful spring party. Use Fresh Flowers Fresh flowers can transform any occasion into something magical. Plus, spring is a peak season for various flowers such as daffodils, tulips, and hyacinths. With their vivid colors and sweet scents, these flowers can add beauty and fragrance to your event. You can also choose to buy local and in-season, which can benefit your local ecosystems. By selecting flowers in their natural blooming period, you’re contributing to the sustainability of local flower farms as well as:  Prioritizing sustainable growing practices; Preserving biodiversity through native flowers that will attract pollinators; Saving water with native plants that thrive in the local climate and require less water than exotic species. As for floral arrangements, you have no lack of options. You can also use mason jars or repurposed bottles as vases, which adds a personal touch and reduces waste. For an easy, elegant touch, add a few sprigs of greenery and tie a ribbon around the jars.  Serve Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Springtime brings the arrival of various fruits and vegetables. Embracing these fresh picks enhances the taste and nutritional value of your spring dishes and aligns with sustainable and health-conscious eating.  Strawberries, rhubarb, and apricots offer sweet and tangy notes perfect for desserts and salads, while asparagus, artichokes, and radishes provide earthy flavors ideal for savory dishes. Incorporating these into your menu allows you to explore tasty, farm-to-table dishes. Go the extra mile by getting ingredients from your farmer's market or a community-supported agriculture program. This will support small-scale farming and connect you with your community. Get Creative With Cocktails and Mocktails  Spring gatherings are the perfect opportunity to showcase creative cocktails and mocktails. Offering a selection of non-alcoholic beverages caters to the "sober curious" movement and ensures all guests enjoy the season's flavors, regardless of their drinking preferences.  A delightful choice for springtime sipping is the "Lemon Lavender Gin Rickey." This cocktail blends gin, freshly squeezed lemon juice, and honey, creating a perfect balance of flavors. It's topped off with seltzer water for that effervescent kick. Garnish with a sprig of lavender and a wedge of lemon. For those preferring a non-alcoholic version, simply replace the gin with additional seltzer water. Another flavorful option is the "Cucumber Basil Lime Cooler."  To make it, muddle cucumber and basil leaves, add lime juice, simple syrup, and gin, then top with tonic water. The mocktail adaptation can forego the gin in favor of extra tonic water. Upcycle Decorations and Place Settings Upcycling your party decorations and place settings elevates the ambiance and champions environmental sustainability. For example, old glass jars can be transformed into vases or candle holders, while vintage fabrics can find new purposes as eclectic napkins or table runners. However, one unique challenge of upcycling is ensuring cohesion in your design. To overcome this, choose a color scheme or theme that ties your pieces together, such as pastel hues for a soft, springtime feel or bold florals for a more vibrant feel.  Get Creative With Drinkware Spring parties deserve fun drinkware. Get creative and use tumblers, vintage glasses, clean jam jars, water bottles, teacups, mugs, or cups — the options are limitless. Mismatched vessels can spark conversation and add personality to your gathering. Each piece holds a story, like a keepsake from a trip or a thrift store find. You could even ask guests to bring their favorite or one-of-a-kind drinkware to add a touch of their personality. When using plastic or disposable cups, consider using biodegradable and compostable options from materials like bamboo or cornstarch. Prepare for Unpredictable Weather It's no secret that springtime brings April showers to make way for May flowers. Preparing for unpredictable weather is essential for confidently hosting your event. One actionable tip is to have a contingency plan. This could mean having a canopy or tent ready in case of rain or blankets and portable heaters on standby should the temperature drop. Additionally, flexible seating arrangements, such as waterproof cushions or chairs that can easily be moved under cover, allow for quick adjustments. Take Sun Exposure Into Account The sun significantly influences temperature and visibility, necessitating careful planning and consideration.  The unique challenge here is predicting and managing the sun's movements throughout the event. Arrange your gathering space wisely for the ideal balance of sun and shade. Seat guests where they can enjoy the warmth without glare or overheating. Use umbrellas or a canopy for shade and to keep everyone comfortable.  Embrace Pastels Pastel colors are popular during spring because their light, airy qualities mirror the fresh blossoms and clear skies. For a playful touch, consider adding pastels to your outdoor gathering, including table settings, decorations, or a pastel dress code. And, while pastels are calming, adding striking colors is fun, too. Picture a pastel tablecloth with bright yellow napkins or soft pink peonies with vibrant green foliage. These bold elements complement pastels and reflect the colorful essence of spring. Keep Allergy Medicine On-Hand Everyone loves being outside in spring, but then there's the not-so-fun part — seasonal allergies. As a thoughtful host, keeping allergy medicine on hand ensures all your guests can fully enjoy the gathering without discomfort. Having a variety of over-the-counter allergy medications available can alleviate symptoms for those who may have forgotten to take theirs or didn't anticipate the pollen count. It's a simple yet highly appreciated way to accommodate everyone's needs. Prepare Spring-Themed Activities Once you've sorted out the details, prepare fun spring-themed activities and games for your event, such as: Classic lawn games: Games like bocce ball blend friendly competition and physical activity.  Scavenger hunts: Hide items related to the season around your yard or a park area and give out clues. It's a fantastic way to get people interacting and moving.  Crafting stations: These can be a big hit, especially for gatherings that include families. Set up a table where guests can paint pots and plant spring flowers to take home.  Remember to keep other backyard essentials on deck, like coolers, snacks at each station, and sunscreen and bug spray for everyone to use.  As you can see, there's no limit to creating the atmosphere and activities for the perfect spring outdoor gathering. By following these tips, you'll be sure to host an unforgettable event that celebrates the season and the people you love.
10 Unique Ideas for Hosting a Spring-Themed Get-Together for Adults
10 Unique Ideas for Hosting a Spring-Themed Get-Together for Adults
  Spring invites you to shake off the winter chill and embrace the warmth, so hosting a spring-themed get-together is an easy yes. There are many ideas to explore when choosing a theme, like a casual backyard brunch or a relaxed evening under the trees.  Springtime is a great occasion to host a variety of events. Not only are there traditional holidays like Easter, but there are also plenty of other occasions that call for a spring-themed celebration. Here are our top 10 picks for spring-themed parties. 1. Garden Brunch A garden brunch is a lovely way to celebrate life's special moments, including bridal or baby showers that desire a refined and relaxed atmosphere.  Decor-wise, focus on elements that complement the natural surroundings. Floral centerpieces and pastel-colored tablecloths add elegance, while outdoor seating arrangements encourage a communal vibe. Transitioning into the evening, hanging lanterns can magically transform the space, inviting guests to linger and enjoy. On the culinary front, aim for selections that are universally appealing yet simple to enjoy outdoors. Quiches, fruit salads, pastries, and tea sandwiches are easy crowd-pleasers. Coolers and jugs brimming with mimosas, iced tea, and lemonade can also provide refreshment on this sunny day. To round off the experience, integrate activities that resonate with the outdoor theme, such as lawn games like croquet or bocce ball. 2. Flower-Themed Party A flower-themed party is fitting for those who enjoy the abundance of flora and fauna that arrives with spring. This theme is the perfect excuse to decorate with nature's most colorful creations for events like bridal showers, engagement parties, or family gatherings.  Turn your home or venue into a floral wonderland with fresh flowers, garlands, and flower-shaped balloons. Complement these natural elements with tables covered in floral-patterned tablecloths and tableware, to add texture and depth to the visual experience. You can also host a flower-arranging workshop or teach people to make flower crowns. Another great way to tie in the theme is to incorporate flowers into the menu. Edible flower salads, flower-shaped cookies, and floral-infused cocktails or mocktails are delicious and visually appealing. 3. Crafting Party You can draw inspiration from nature and host a crafting party with friends or co-workers. This theme is perfect for birthdays or team-building events.  You can prepare your space for crafting by laying down butcher paper on tables to protect the surface and encourage guests to doodle. You can offer a few different crafts like painting, pottery, or personalizing tote bags.  Finger foods, mini sandwiches, and easy-to-eat snacks are ideal for this event. For a sweet touch, include a DIY dessert station for decorating cupcakes or cookies. As for beverages, think of colorful cocktails or mocktails that can tie into the creative theme. 4. Taco Party A taco party brings the zesty flavors of Mexican cuisine right into your backyard or dining room. This theme is terrific for any occasion, from birthday celebrations to more laid-back family reunions. Embrace the bold and lively Mexican culture with your decor. Think bright tablecloths, vibrant paper flowers, and colorful papel picado banners.  You can set up a taco bar with colorful serving dishes and chalkboard signs to label the ingredients. You can offer meat and vegetarian fillings, as well as fresh toppings and salsas.  Spice up the event with some salsa dancing or a mariachi playlist to set the mood. A playful touch is introduced with a piñata filled with treats, while a DIY margarita or sangria station elevates the celebration. For those preferring non-alcoholic options, traditional Mexican beverages like horchata or agua fresca offer refreshing alternatives. 5. Potluck Potlucks shine as an ideal choice for spring celebrations due to their inherently communal nature, making them perfect for community meetings or office parties. A simple setup with table runners, candles, and flowers can create a cozy, welcoming atmosphere. While food is the main attraction, guests should be encouraged to bring other items, such as special drinks, unique condiments, or themed plateware. Other activities might include a recipe swap or designating a "best dish" award through a voting system. 6. Fondue Party Fondue night is great for cozy get-togethers, featuring a soft ambiance with gentle lighting, comfy seating, and a touch of elegance with cloth napkins and candles. Spring’s mild weather and extended daylight hours make this a good backdrop for enjoying fondue with friends.  When getting ready to host a fondue party, consider serving cheese fondue with bread, veggies, and pre-cooked meats, and chocolate fondue for dessert. You can also add drinks like wine, champagne, or mocktail spritzers. 7. Classic Picnic A picnic is a timeless classic that combines simple al fresco pleasures with great company. Picnics offer a relaxed setting for family reunions or romantic dates. All you need is a checkered blanket, comfortable cushions for seating, and a few umbrellas or a makeshift canopy. Play games like frisbee or badminton, or try a nature scavenger hunt or a hike. Finger foods like mini sandwiches, wraps, cheese platters, and pastries are great ideas to bring on a picnic. Pack plenty of water, lemonade, or iced tea to keep everyone hydrated. 8. Outdoor Movie Night An outdoor movie night brings the nostalgia of drive-in theaters to your backyard. It's perfect for birthday parties or spring evenings with friends. Set up a cushy viewing area with blankets, bean bags, and padded lawn chairs. String lights, lanterns, or candles can create an inviting ambiance. Elevate the menu with gourmet flavors or a build-your-own popcorn bar. Hot dogs, nachos, and candy are solid additions. Encourage guests to bring their favorite tumblers, mugs, or cups to reduce waste and add a personal touch.  In addition to watching the movie, create a thematic experience by choosing films that match a specific genre or director and decorating accordingly. A pre-movie trivia game can also be a fun way to engage guests. 9. Bonfire There are plenty of good reasons to have your next gathering outdoors, but a bonfire is a favorite. Since the bonfire is the main attraction, additional decor can be minimal. Consider comfortable seating arrangements with blankets and cushions for added coziness. S'mores are a given bonfire staple. But bring along grilled skewers, hot dogs, and fresh veggies to cook over the fire for a rustic dining experience. As for beverages, Arnold palmers or various juices in a trusty tumbler offer the perfect complement.  Beyond roasting foods, sharing stories, singing songs, or playing acoustic music can enrich the bonfire experience. To get more interactive, consider setting up lawn games, like cornhole, or go old school with a flashlight scavenger hunt. 10. Volunteer Community Get-Together Whether it's a neighborhood cleanup or community garden project, volunteer events foster a sense of friendship and purpose among participants. While the main activity will be volunteer work, consider incorporating a speaker or workshop related to the cause. For this type of event, focus less on decor and more on functionality and branding for the cause. Use banners, signs, and wearables, like T-shirts or hats, to unify the group and promote the event's purpose. Keep the food simple with sandwiches, fruit, protein bars, and plenty of sports drinks and water. With these ideas, you can elevate any outdoor gathering and make it your own. So gather your friends, family, and co-workers and enjoy springtime in the great outdoors.
Tips for Helping Your College Student Enjoy a Safe Spring Break
Tips for Helping Your College Student Enjoy a Safe Spring Break
Whether it’s their first or senior year, spring break is a thrilling time for students. This week-long break promises adventure and much-needed relaxation and is the perfect opportunity to make memorable connections. However, as a parent, you naturally have concerns about your student's safety and well-being while traveling.  The most common worries revolve around ensuring their safety in unfamiliar places, maintaining good health, and encouraging a sense of responsibility in all actions. Equipping your college students with the right tools, knowledge, and mindset is critical in empowering them to make the best choices. To support them in preparing for a safe and enjoyable spring break, finding the perfect gifts and offering the best advice you can is critical.  Understanding Spring Break Essentials Whether your student will be lounging poolside or hiking mountains, there are a few necessities every traveler should have, including: Reliable drinkware: The right drinkware ensures your student stays hydrated throughout the day. Look for insulated tumblers to keep drinks cold in the heat or lightweight water bottles that won't weigh them down. First aid kit: Having a small first aid kit comes in handy for accidents or injuries. Fill it with basics like bandages, pain relievers, hand sanitizer, and antiseptic wipes. Foldup backpack: A foldup backpack is ideal for day trips — it's light, compact, and fits easily in a suitcase or beach bag. Waterproof phone case: A waterproof phone case is necessary for water activities. Portable charger: With long days out, a portable charger will keep your student's devices powered and connected. While these are just a few items, encourage them to pack according to their specific destination and activities. While packing light is key, it's important not to skimp on essentials.  The Importance of Staying Hydrated Travel days sometimes mean long walks to refill water bottles or do not allow time for pit stops. To minimize this issue, send your student off with a drinkware option that keeps their beverages cold for hours. Inadequate hydration can lead to fatigue, headaches, and dizziness, spoiling a day of fun. This is especially problematic in hot climates. It’s crucial to provide your kids with drinkware that's easy to carry and use on the go. Fortunately, tumblers are designed for life on the move. They have features like spill-proof lids, insulation for hot or cold drinks, and durable materials, so they can withstand any adventure. Choosing the Right Accommodations No matter where your kids plan to travel, choosing a safe and reputable place to sleep is a top priority. Aside from a clean, comfortable bed, you want them to stay somewhere with secure premises, reputable staff, and a prime location.  As they look for lodging, encourage them to read reviews to get an idea of the experience they can expect, and encourage them to choose lodging with security features like round-the-clock front desk service. Ensure they pay attention to any mentions of safety concerns or negative experiences with staff. It's also important to choose a location close to popular attractions but still in a safe area.  Travel Safety Tips While traveling is an exhilarating experience, encourage your kids to approach their fun with caution. Staying safe while traveling often comes down to common sense, like staying in groups, especially at night or in unfamiliar areas. Another golden rule is to be aware of one’s surroundings. Talk to your kids about keeping an eye on their belongings, being wary of new acquaintances, and trusting their gut if something doesn't feel right.  In these situations, having a reliable water bottle with a secure lid can also be a safeguard. It ensures they stay hydrated and helps them keep their drink close and safe from spills — or worse, tampering — during outings. The less breakable drinkware they take on the road, the better you'll feel knowing they're prepared with safe and practical tools.  Sun Protection Essentials While many people are angling for that sun-kissed glow, the sun can be as harsh as it is warm, making sun protection an absolute must. Ensuring your kids are well-equipped is also critical to prevent heatstroke. Here's what they'll need: Sunglasses to protect their eyes; Protective clothing to shield their skin; Sunscreen for all exposed areas. Remind them that prolonged exposure to the sun can lead to dehydration, so it's a smart move to ensure they use a reusable water bottle to replenish fluids. Likewise, advise them to take time out of the sun to give their bodies a chance to cool down. Smart Partying Strategies Responsible drinking tops the list of smart partying strategies for students who choose to enjoy the nightlife. As a parent, encourage your college students to know and respect their limits. Advise them to eat before and while they are drinking to help mitigate the effects of alcohol and alternate alcoholic drinks with water to stay hydrated. Another critical aspect of safe partying is the buddy system. Urge your kids and their friends to stick with one another throughout the night to ensure everyone ends the night as safely as they started it. With this, remind them not to accept drinks from strangers. Additionally, ensure they have drink and barware with sealed lidded options on hand to help prevent drink tampering. Keeping in Touch Staying connected through regular communication with your college student is not just a courtesy but a safety measure. Set regular check-in times with your kids. Encourage them to share accommodation and trip details so you know where they'll be and how to reach them. For added safety, share your contact info with travel companions and hosts. This way, they can reach out or guide assistance your way in case of any unexpected situations. Handling Emergencies No one likes to think about emergencies while planning a trip but being prepared can help mitigate these risks. Common travel mishaps, such as lost passports or medical issues, can disrupt even the most meticulously planned trips. Taking time to familiarize your family with the steps to report and replace a lost passport and knowing how to access medical care in a foreign country are essential preparatory steps. Equally important is knowing local emergency numbers and the assurance that comes with having comprehensive travel insurance. These measures ensure that should your kids face an emergency, they're not left scrambling for information or financial assistance. Safe Transportation Methods Heading out to new places usually means figuring out how to get around with transport you're not used to. Encourage your kids to choose well-known taxi services or trusted public transport to avoid risks. For those who prefer driving, the importance of staying sober behind the wheel cannot be overstated. If your student is of drinking age, remind them to use a designated driver or ride-sharing to ensure safe returns home. By preparing ahead of time, they can safely and happily explore new places, meet new people, and have a great and relaxing spring break.
Tips and Ideas for Hosting an Outdoor Party During the Spring
Tips and Ideas for Hosting an Outdoor Party During the Spring
As the wintry season slowly fades and spring begins to show itself, there's nothing better than stepping outside to enjoy the fresh air and warm sun. As the season of renewal begins, it sets a perfect backdrop and offers plenty of reasons to host an outdoor gathering. Whether it's a homegating party or a kickback with family and friends, the warmer weather and longer days make hosting an outdoor party during the spring an excellent idea. These gatherings make the best of the beautiful weather and create a more relaxed and welcoming atmosphere. The open space allows for more room to socialize, making it easier to strike up conversations and get everyone involved in the fun. Moreover, leaning into spring-themed decor and activities takes your occasions one step further, transforming them into immersive experiences that fully capture the season's essence.  If you're looking for specific ideas, inspiration, or tips on preparing for your big event, we've got you covered. Below are some ideas to help you plan and host a successful spring party. Use Fresh Flowers Fresh flowers can transform any occasion into something magical. Plus, spring is a peak season for various flowers such as daffodils, tulips, and hyacinths. With their vivid colors and sweet scents, these flowers can add beauty and fragrance to your event. You can also choose to buy local and in-season, which can benefit your local ecosystems. By selecting flowers in their natural blooming period, you’re contributing to the sustainability of local flower farms as well as:  Prioritizing sustainable growing practices; Preserving biodiversity through native flowers that will attract pollinators; Saving water with native plants that thrive in the local climate and require less water than exotic species. As for floral arrangements, you have no lack of options. You can also use mason jars or repurposed bottles as vases, which adds a personal touch and reduces waste. For an easy, elegant touch, add a few sprigs of greenery and tie a ribbon around the jars.  Serve Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Springtime brings the arrival of various fruits and vegetables. Embracing these fresh picks enhances the taste and nutritional value of your spring dishes and aligns with sustainable and health-conscious eating.  Strawberries, rhubarb, and apricots offer sweet and tangy notes perfect for desserts and salads, while asparagus, artichokes, and radishes provide earthy flavors ideal for savory dishes. Incorporating these into your menu allows you to explore tasty, farm-to-table dishes. Go the extra mile by getting ingredients from your farmer's market or a community-supported agriculture program. This will support small-scale farming and connect you with your community. Get Creative With Cocktails and Mocktails  Spring gatherings are the perfect opportunity to showcase creative cocktails and mocktails. Offering a selection of non-alcoholic beverages caters to the "sober curious" movement and ensures all guests enjoy the season's flavors, regardless of their drinking preferences.  A delightful choice for springtime sipping is the "Lemon Lavender Gin Rickey." This cocktail blends gin, freshly squeezed lemon juice, and honey, creating a perfect balance of flavors. It's topped off with seltzer water for that effervescent kick. Garnish with a sprig of lavender and a wedge of lemon. For those preferring a non-alcoholic version, simply replace the gin with additional seltzer water. Another flavorful option is the "Cucumber Basil Lime Cooler."  To make it, muddle cucumber and basil leaves, add lime juice, simple syrup, and gin, then top with tonic water. The mocktail adaptation can forego the gin in favor of extra tonic water. Upcycle Decorations and Place Settings Upcycling your party decorations and place settings elevates the ambiance and champions environmental sustainability. For example, old glass jars can be transformed into vases or candle holders, while vintage fabrics can find new purposes as eclectic napkins or table runners. However, one unique challenge of upcycling is ensuring cohesion in your design. To overcome this, choose a color scheme or theme that ties your pieces together, such as pastel hues for a soft, springtime feel or bold florals for a more vibrant feel.  Get Creative With Drinkware Spring parties deserve fun drinkware. Get creative and use tumblers, vintage glasses, clean jam jars, water bottles, teacups, mugs, or cups — the options are limitless. Mismatched vessels can spark conversation and add personality to your gathering. Each piece holds a story, like a keepsake from a trip or a thrift store find. You could even ask guests to bring their favorite or one-of-a-kind drinkware to add a touch of their personality. When using plastic or disposable cups, consider using biodegradable and compostable options from materials like bamboo or cornstarch. Prepare for Unpredictable Weather It's no secret that springtime brings April showers to make way for May flowers. Preparing for unpredictable weather is essential for confidently hosting your event. One actionable tip is to have a contingency plan. This could mean having a canopy or tent ready in case of rain or blankets and portable heaters on standby should the temperature drop. Additionally, flexible seating arrangements, such as waterproof cushions or chairs that can easily be moved under cover, allow for quick adjustments. Take Sun Exposure Into Account The sun significantly influences temperature and visibility, necessitating careful planning and consideration.  The unique challenge here is predicting and managing the sun's movements throughout the event. Arrange your gathering space wisely for the ideal balance of sun and shade. Seat guests where they can enjoy the warmth without glare or overheating. Use umbrellas or a canopy for shade and to keep everyone comfortable.  Embrace Pastels Pastel colors are popular during spring because their light, airy qualities mirror the fresh blossoms and clear skies. For a playful touch, consider adding pastels to your outdoor gathering, including table settings, decorations, or a pastel dress code. And, while pastels are calming, adding striking colors is fun, too. Picture a pastel tablecloth with bright yellow napkins or soft pink peonies with vibrant green foliage. These bold elements complement pastels and reflect the colorful essence of spring. Keep Allergy Medicine On-Hand Everyone loves being outside in spring, but then there's the not-so-fun part — seasonal allergies. As a thoughtful host, keeping allergy medicine on hand ensures all your guests can fully enjoy the gathering without discomfort. Having a variety of over-the-counter allergy medications available can alleviate symptoms for those who may have forgotten to take theirs or didn't anticipate the pollen count. It's a simple yet highly appreciated way to accommodate everyone's needs. Prepare Spring-Themed Activities Once you've sorted out the details, prepare fun spring-themed activities and games for your event, such as: Classic lawn games: Games like bocce ball blend friendly competition and physical activity.  Scavenger hunts: Hide items related to the season around your yard or a park area and give out clues. It's a fantastic way to get people interacting and moving.  Crafting stations: These can be a big hit, especially for gatherings that include families. Set up a table where guests can paint pots and plant spring flowers to take home.  Remember to keep other backyard essentials on deck, like coolers, snacks at each station, and sunscreen and bug spray for everyone to use.  As you can see, there's no limit to creating the atmosphere and activities for the perfect spring outdoor gathering. By following these tips, you'll be sure to host an unforgettable event that celebrates the season and the people you love.
10 Unique Ideas for Hosting a Spring-Themed Get-Together for Adults
10 Unique Ideas for Hosting a Spring-Themed Get-Together for Adults
  Spring invites you to shake off the winter chill and embrace the warmth, so hosting a spring-themed get-together is an easy yes. There are many ideas to explore when choosing a theme, like a casual backyard brunch or a relaxed evening under the trees.  Springtime is a great occasion to host a variety of events. Not only are there traditional holidays like Easter, but there are also plenty of other occasions that call for a spring-themed celebration. Here are our top 10 picks for spring-themed parties. 1. Garden Brunch A garden brunch is a lovely way to celebrate life's special moments, including bridal or baby showers that desire a refined and relaxed atmosphere.  Decor-wise, focus on elements that complement the natural surroundings. Floral centerpieces and pastel-colored tablecloths add elegance, while outdoor seating arrangements encourage a communal vibe. Transitioning into the evening, hanging lanterns can magically transform the space, inviting guests to linger and enjoy. On the culinary front, aim for selections that are universally appealing yet simple to enjoy outdoors. Quiches, fruit salads, pastries, and tea sandwiches are easy crowd-pleasers. Coolers and jugs brimming with mimosas, iced tea, and lemonade can also provide refreshment on this sunny day. To round off the experience, integrate activities that resonate with the outdoor theme, such as lawn games like croquet or bocce ball. 2. Flower-Themed Party A flower-themed party is fitting for those who enjoy the abundance of flora and fauna that arrives with spring. This theme is the perfect excuse to decorate with nature's most colorful creations for events like bridal showers, engagement parties, or family gatherings.  Turn your home or venue into a floral wonderland with fresh flowers, garlands, and flower-shaped balloons. Complement these natural elements with tables covered in floral-patterned tablecloths and tableware, to add texture and depth to the visual experience. You can also host a flower-arranging workshop or teach people to make flower crowns. Another great way to tie in the theme is to incorporate flowers into the menu. Edible flower salads, flower-shaped cookies, and floral-infused cocktails or mocktails are delicious and visually appealing. 3. Crafting Party You can draw inspiration from nature and host a crafting party with friends or co-workers. This theme is perfect for birthdays or team-building events.  You can prepare your space for crafting by laying down butcher paper on tables to protect the surface and encourage guests to doodle. You can offer a few different crafts like painting, pottery, or personalizing tote bags.  Finger foods, mini sandwiches, and easy-to-eat snacks are ideal for this event. For a sweet touch, include a DIY dessert station for decorating cupcakes or cookies. As for beverages, think of colorful cocktails or mocktails that can tie into the creative theme. 4. Taco Party A taco party brings the zesty flavors of Mexican cuisine right into your backyard or dining room. This theme is terrific for any occasion, from birthday celebrations to more laid-back family reunions. Embrace the bold and lively Mexican culture with your decor. Think bright tablecloths, vibrant paper flowers, and colorful papel picado banners.  You can set up a taco bar with colorful serving dishes and chalkboard signs to label the ingredients. You can offer meat and vegetarian fillings, as well as fresh toppings and salsas.  Spice up the event with some salsa dancing or a mariachi playlist to set the mood. A playful touch is introduced with a piñata filled with treats, while a DIY margarita or sangria station elevates the celebration. For those preferring non-alcoholic options, traditional Mexican beverages like horchata or agua fresca offer refreshing alternatives. 5. Potluck Potlucks shine as an ideal choice for spring celebrations due to their inherently communal nature, making them perfect for community meetings or office parties. A simple setup with table runners, candles, and flowers can create a cozy, welcoming atmosphere. While food is the main attraction, guests should be encouraged to bring other items, such as special drinks, unique condiments, or themed plateware. Other activities might include a recipe swap or designating a "best dish" award through a voting system. 6. Fondue Party Fondue night is great for cozy get-togethers, featuring a soft ambiance with gentle lighting, comfy seating, and a touch of elegance with cloth napkins and candles. Spring’s mild weather and extended daylight hours make this a good backdrop for enjoying fondue with friends.  When getting ready to host a fondue party, consider serving cheese fondue with bread, veggies, and pre-cooked meats, and chocolate fondue for dessert. You can also add drinks like wine, champagne, or mocktail spritzers. 7. Classic Picnic A picnic is a timeless classic that combines simple al fresco pleasures with great company. Picnics offer a relaxed setting for family reunions or romantic dates. All you need is a checkered blanket, comfortable cushions for seating, and a few umbrellas or a makeshift canopy. Play games like frisbee or badminton, or try a nature scavenger hunt or a hike. Finger foods like mini sandwiches, wraps, cheese platters, and pastries are great ideas to bring on a picnic. Pack plenty of water, lemonade, or iced tea to keep everyone hydrated. 8. Outdoor Movie Night An outdoor movie night brings the nostalgia of drive-in theaters to your backyard. It's perfect for birthday parties or spring evenings with friends. Set up a cushy viewing area with blankets, bean bags, and padded lawn chairs. String lights, lanterns, or candles can create an inviting ambiance. Elevate the menu with gourmet flavors or a build-your-own popcorn bar. Hot dogs, nachos, and candy are solid additions. Encourage guests to bring their favorite tumblers, mugs, or cups to reduce waste and add a personal touch.  In addition to watching the movie, create a thematic experience by choosing films that match a specific genre or director and decorating accordingly. A pre-movie trivia game can also be a fun way to engage guests. 9. Bonfire There are plenty of good reasons to have your next gathering outdoors, but a bonfire is a favorite. Since the bonfire is the main attraction, additional decor can be minimal. Consider comfortable seating arrangements with blankets and cushions for added coziness. S'mores are a given bonfire staple. But bring along grilled skewers, hot dogs, and fresh veggies to cook over the fire for a rustic dining experience. As for beverages, Arnold palmers or various juices in a trusty tumbler offer the perfect complement.  Beyond roasting foods, sharing stories, singing songs, or playing acoustic music can enrich the bonfire experience. To get more interactive, consider setting up lawn games, like cornhole, or go old school with a flashlight scavenger hunt. 10. Volunteer Community Get-Together Whether it's a neighborhood cleanup or community garden project, volunteer events foster a sense of friendship and purpose among participants. While the main activity will be volunteer work, consider incorporating a speaker or workshop related to the cause. For this type of event, focus less on decor and more on functionality and branding for the cause. Use banners, signs, and wearables, like T-shirts or hats, to unify the group and promote the event's purpose. Keep the food simple with sandwiches, fruit, protein bars, and plenty of sports drinks and water. With these ideas, you can elevate any outdoor gathering and make it your own. So gather your friends, family, and co-workers and enjoy springtime in the great outdoors.
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