GIFT CARD GRUBBING: JULY 4TH PICNIC MUST-HAVES

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The day may technically be about celebrating our country’s independence from the Brits, but we’re all about the hot dogs, sun dresses, and fireworks.

Last summer, we started our campaign to make picnic the new “it” verb (#hashtag it). And what better occasion for a picnic than July 4th? Especially since the holiday falls on the weekend this year.

Every stylish picnic calls for delicious food, sparkly drink, and patriotic accessories to fit the celebration. So start up the barbie, pop the champagne, and get to picnicing.

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Eat.

Dogs and burgers are definite crowd-pleasers, but to upgrade your festivities in a fancy fashion, you need to add the charcuterie platter. The American All-Stars box from Cured in Boulder screams U S of A, filled with cheese, salami, and red pepper jelly and crackers, but if you want to use your gift card to splurge for the occasion, we suggest the Best of Box—including meat, cheese, mustards, and other artisanal foodie faves (including maple bacon caramels). God bless this glorious country.

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Drink.

Celebration = champagne. Always. Domaine Somm is the reigning expert on all things wine, and we happen to think their champagne would pair perfectly will fireworks and fun times. And just everything ever.

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Ware.

Of course, you’ll want to have a mobile bar stocked with more than just bubbly. With a gift card to White’s Mercantile in Nashville, you can find cocktail and bloody mary mix, copper mugs for your infamous Moscow Mules, cheese boards for the spread, and quality utensils and tabletop accessories. Now that’s what we call a picnic.

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Wear.

And the final touch for every July 4th picnic… The patriotic finish. Red Barn Mercantile home boutique in DC has the red, white, and blue throws (of the blanket and pillow variety) to cozy up your picnic into the chillier evening temperatures. We suggest using your home gift cards on the Dash & Albert Cotton Throws in a classic navy blue stripe design, and the Hooked Round Star Flag Pillow and the Blue Stars Trilogy throw because #murica.

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