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Outdoor entertaining

Want to throw a killer outdoor party? We've got recipes to wow your guests, candles to set the atmosphere (and keep those pesky bugs away) and music to keep everyone entertained. What are you waiting for?


Set out sunscreen and insect repellant for guests to use as needed. They'll feel extra special when you offer Jurlique's Sun Lotion SPF 30, packed with botanicals and antioxidants (and on sale in July!). And leave out a stick of Badger's Anti-Bug Balm to ward off insects without the harsh chemicals.

Ideally you've planned ahead and planted some organic seeds from Seeds of Change (15% off in July, available in stores only). Start prepping for your meal by picking some fresh herbs and veggies from your new garden.

Set the mood

Save energy and string up a few of Allsop's Soji Pod Lanterns. These beautiful solar-powered nylon lanterns collect light all day and glow by night, creating a festive atmosphere without the hassle of electrical cords ($3 off in July, available in stores only).

Scatter Goodlight's Utility Candles around the yard and breathe easy-they're made from 100% palm wax with cotton wicks (buy one, get one free in July, available in stores only). For extra insect protection, add a few Bug Repelling Candles from Way Out Wax, filled with fragrant essential oils ($3 off in July, available in stores only).

Break the ice by setting out beverages and a few cheeses-just don't forget Chronicle Books' new Cheese Tasting Party Kit (available in stores only). Identify your selections with the included labels, explore suggested wine pairings and encourage guests to learn more about their favorite cheeses in the included book.

Start grilling

Get inspired by the fresh-and-easy recipes from Stonewall Kitchen Grilling, also from Chronicle Books (available in stores only). Try out Swordfish Tacos with Green Guacamole, then impress your dinner guests with a new take on dessert: Grilled Honey Peaches (click for recipes)!

Afterwards, sit back and relax to Herbie Hancock-and an all-star list of guest vocalists-on the brand new The Imagine Project. Or groove to the classic sounds of the Rolling Stones' Exile on Main Street (both available in stores this month).

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