Spring is here and the weather could not be more heavenly — cool breezes, sunny days, gorgeous blossoms and birds singing! So, in honor of this divine season, we have perused Birmingham boutiques to gather some of the best outdoor-related FINDS we could track down. We’ve got fabulous items for picnicking, decorating your home, walking your fur babies and human babies, lounging on a patio or the beach and generally soaking up the sun!
These brightly colored, embroidered bedcovers can also be used for an impromptu picnic on the lawn. It doesn’t have to be fancy to be fabulous. Just grab a baguette and some cheese — and maybe a bottle of wine — for a colorful and relaxing afternoon in the spring sun! You may be on your lawn, but it will feel like Paris! Find these for $109 each at At Home Furnishings.
Whether you’re hosting an elegant patio luncheon, a raucous birthday party celebration or a chic picnic to remember, this melamine is the tableware you need! With all the hand-hewn charm of pottery and the durability of plastic, these unbreakable pieces make outdoor entertaining stress-free and easy! In sets of four, get these melamine dinner plates, $48; salad plates, $36; and bowls, $30 at The Cook Store.
These rustic lanterns have a timeworn patina that only adds to the romance of a candlelit evening on the patio or picnicking on the grass. Mix and match styles and sizes for a bohemian look or pair matching styles for a clean, symmetrical design. Find them, ranging from $50 to $180, at Stock & Trade Design Co.
Picnic in style with these triple-insulated, 60-ounce stainless steel canteens. In an array of colors and three beautiful finishes, they keep beverages icy cold for 25 hours and piping hot for 12 hours. Ranging in size from 9 ounces to 60 ounces, Corkcicle canteens will bring panache to your picnic. Find the 60-ounce canteen for $54 at Table Matters.
Nothing beats a picnic on the beach as the sun sets over the ocean. And these large, light and luxurious cotton beach blankets in calming mint and gray tones will complete the perfect sunset experience. Find them for $30 each at Lamb’s Ears.
White club chair
This sleek, white, indoor/outdoor club chair has a heavy, stately appearance, but is light to the touch — great for transitioning your outdoor space for versatile gatherings. Pair it with a pop of color, like this pillow in a bright turquoise pattern. Find the pillow, currently on sale for $85, and the white club chair, $290, at Hiltz-Lauber.
Electric lantern in antique copper
Illuminate your screened-in porch with a one-of-a-kind lantern. This intriguing outdoor lantern by 14th Colony, the Hampton model, features antique copper and brass details. The contrast of linear, circular and triangular lends a hint of modern art. Find it for $2,550 at Brandino Brass Co.
Oversize citronella candle
With the warmer weather, the bugs are soon to emerge. So be ready in style with this fabulous oversize, multiwick, citronella candle. Once the candle has been used, the large pot can be repurposed as a beverage tub for parties or as a planter for your favorite flowers and herbs! Find it for $58 at Patina.
Dash & Albert outdoor rugs
Decorate your outdoor living spaces with a dash of serious color! In pretty pastels and rich, bold hues, these outdoor rugs by Dash & Albert bring a dose of added sunshine. Find them, ranging from $33 to $37 for 2-feet by 3-feet, at Marguerite’s Conceits.
Vintage rattan peacock chair & cushion
Embrace the island spirit with a retro-bohemian, vintage, rattan peacock chair. Designed by Mary Catherine Folmar of Cotton + Quill, the poly-linen cushion and pillow’s bold Palmetto pattern is in “envy green.” Find the chair, cushion and pillows included, for $595 at Cotton + Quill.
FOR THE KIDS
Tennis ball candy
Summer is almost here, and the children will be ready to embrace summer like kids in a candy shop! These tennis ball candies are a super-cute, sugar-packed snack to power up for outdoor fun. Find them, priced by weight, at Sugar.
Billabong bathing suits
These brightly colored bathing suits are just begging for a day of splashing poolside — or beachside — in the sun! In bright paisley patterns and stripes, these Billabong suits make us so excited for the long sunny days ahead! Find them for $55 each at Snap Girls.
Give the gift of sun protection with these adorable baby bonnets by the Beaufort Bonnet Company. In soft pinks, greens and blues, these ruffled and buttoned beauties will protect your sweet little baby’s sensitive skin and beautiful baby blues! Find them, ranging from $30 to $61.95, at The Blue Willow.
Take your little bundle of joy on a perfectly gentle ride in the great outdoors with this light, easy-to-push and stylish UPPAbaby stroller. So you can get your exercise and errands done while baby sleeps in this portable bassinet! Find it for $345 at Little Lavender consignment boutique, where there’s usually a stroller option available in store.
As they say, it’s the simple things. And these kites will elicit a childlike sense of wonderment from kids of all ages. The meditative experience of kite flying will delight the kiddos and clear your mind while taking a moment to look up into the great expanses above! Get your own kite, $25 each, at Swoop.
SUNNY DAY SUNDRIES
Solar body moisturizer
Keep your skin protected and nourished while you get out and get active. This DeVita solar body moisturizer is a vegan, paraben-free, SPF 30+ sunscreen, so you can garden, jog, swim, sun and play with a healthy glow! Find it for $27.95 at Escape Day Spa.
These stylish sunnies are designed by a Birmingham couple that set out to create the high-end eyewear they loved, but with the durability that could withstand the elements of their active outdoor lifestyles. Alex and Kris Anderson’s reasonably priced and environmentally conscious Maho Shades also give back to local nonprofits like the Freshwater Land Trust, as well as the international nonprofit One Percent for the Planet. Find these Arapahoe Whiskey tortoise shades for $95 at the Maho Shades website.
ENO eagle’s nest hammock
Rig up one of these light and colorful eagle’s nest hammocks by ENO, and get ready for major relaxation as you gently sway in the breeze beneath the shade of the trees. Heavy-duty stitching makes it super durable, while the breathable, quick-drying nylon is oh-so-lightweight and easily packs up in its carrying sack. Find them in your favorite color for $69.95 at Alabama Outdoors.
Alabama tomatoes & lettuces
What better way to get out and connect with nature than by getting your hands dirty and harvesting your own Alabama tomatoes and leafy green lettuces! You’ll get all the satisfaction and meditative effects of gardening, plus the beautiful backyard produce. Find these veggies for $3 per pot at Leaf & Petal.
Sunforgettable lip shine
This ruby red sunforgettable lip shine by Colorescience is SPF 35 for maximum protection. It’s also water resistant, so you can look sultry while you splash in the waves! Find it for $29 at Smart Skin Med Spa.
Spotlit LED light
These glowing orbs will not only help you keep track of your pooch at a nighttime patio party, but they will also ensure that drivers see your best friend on long evening walks. And keep one handy on your key chain for a helpful source of illumination when needed! Find it for $8 at The Whole Dog Market.
Shop local, and enjoy your April!