Invited to spend the weekend at a cottage this summer? Here are eight of our favourite hostess gifts to make sure you get another invitation next year!
An ideal vessel to display your ice-cold summer drinks, this dispenser is a pretty (and practical) addition to any outdoor gathering. The two separate containers mean that you can easily serve two options to guests: sangria and peach iced tea would be our picks.
Double Glass Beverage Dispenser, $172, williams-sonoma.com.
Set for a feast
Summer lobster boil, here we come! This set includes two crackers and four picks, ideal tools to have on hand all summer long so you can get to every last morsel of sweet lobster or crabmeat.
Williams-Sonoma Seafood Cracker & Pick Set, $78, williams-sonoma.com.
Beautiful trays are a must-have at the cottage so you can easily transport food and drinks from the kitchen to the outdoors. Spoil your host with this gift of reclaimed wood trays made from repurposed pine.
Reclaimed Wood Trays, $108 to $186, westelm.com.
Who says you can’t eat your food and play around, too? All you’ll need to complete this set is some white chalk.
Chalkboard Placemats, $28 USD, anthropologie.com.
Coffee tastes best when you use a French press. This machine makes up to eight cups of coffee at one time, so when cottage guests wake up, it’s the ideal choice for the breakfast table.
Williams-Sonoma Glass French Press, $63, williams-sonoma.com.
Light my fire
These candles look like they’ve just been lit but they’re actually battery-operated. Placed outside, they add ambiance to evening gatherings and there’s no need to worry about safety.
Flickering Flameless Outdoor Pillar Candle, $65 - $113, potterybarn.com.
No paper plates here
Every happy cottage needs a set of fun, outdoor-themed tableware. We love these whimsical (and dishwasher-safe) fish-adorned plates.
Fish 10” Melamine Dinner Plate, $7, crateandbarrel.com.
Hung under an outdoor umbrella or wound around tree branches, these globe lights add just the right amount of ambience to outdoor barbecues.
Globe String Lights, $51 to $103, potterybarn.com.
Looking to make some ribs at the cottage this summer? Follow our tips to cook the most tender ribs.