Summer is the sweetest time of year in Minnesota. The weather is only warm four months out of the year, and we take enjoying it very seriously. If you’re not out on the lake, you’re at a beach, pool or cracking open a beer on the deck.
No matter where you live, we want your summer party to be fantastic. In order to do so, we recommend servicing or replacing your most important summer party essentials. Our list of these top six items is below.
There is nothing better than enjoying a grilled burger or brat outside. Cooking them in a pan will taste fine, but it’s just not the same without grill marks. If your grill wasn’t heating well last year, or if it looks like it could fall apart at any moment, you might want to consider replacing it. You don’t necessarily have to go for a big brand name such as a Weber. There are a lot of great grills available for a reasonable price, and many are on sale right now at stores such as Lowes. But beware of the warranties the big stores will try to sell you, as they are usually quite overpriced.
Music makes any celebration more fun, but only if you can hear it. Playing music directly from your phone or laptop may work if you’re in a tiny space, but if you’re outside, you’ll need a speaker. Portable Bluetooth speakers are often waterproof, such as the BOOM 2, so you don’t need to worry about them staying dry next to the pool or out on the lake. You can also control most speakers from your phone via Bluetooth so you can easily “skip” a song that’s killing your summer party vibe.
If you’re hosting a party at your house, you may want to make sure your lawn mower is up to the job. How well is the engine running?? Are your blades working efficiently? A poorly cut lawn is not something you’ll want to show off to your friends and family. However, a beautiful, green lawn with perfect lines is brag-worthy. If it’s time for a new lawn mower, consider an energy efficient one.
Margaritas, Piña Coladas, and other frozen, fruity drinks require a great blender. Of course, these drinks are not easy on a blenders motor. An older or low-quality model will easily burn-out if you’re making multiple batches of delicious frozen drinks. Upgrade to at least a mid-range blender before your party if you’re planning on keeping cool with a frozen drink.
An ice machine is something that you don’t usually think of until after you run out of ice. Trust me, you will be thanking yourself for purchasing one when you run out of ice on a hot, sunny day! Ice is a necessity when it comes to keeping beverages and food cold. You also need it if you’re making frozen drinks, fun mixed drinks or if you just need to cool the dog off. You can pick one up for around $100 at the store.
If it’s hot out, you will not want your wine to get warm. A wine cooler is a fantastic way to keep your adult beverages chilled and ready to consume! Throwing them in a cooler works for a short time, but labels get wet and melt off, food smells consume everything and it just gets gross. A simple cooler, like this Nutrichef Wine Cooler, can be plugged in when you need it and thrown into storage when you don’t.
Don’t forget to protect your new purchase with an affordable warranty! Upsie protects new electronic devices for up to 70% less cost than at the store. They also offer fantastic customer service and a super simple claims process. Learn more about Upsie here.
Have a happy Fourth of July!