This summer we checked a goal off our business bucket list. After years of dreaming, planning and designing; we finally saw our cotton throw blankets come to life. They’re bold, yet soft. To say they’re just swell is an understatement. We love them and hope you do too. For now, we have two styles, but are already dreaming up new designs for the fall and winter months. They’re year-round companions. To celebrate, we’re having a giveaway on Instagram* (July 18 through 26) and we have created a Summer Blanket Bucket List. A list of the simplest ways to enjoy summer with a blanket by your side.
Summer Blanket Bucket List
1 . Enjoy a Summer Concert or Festival
Spread a blanket on the grass and listen to live music under the sun or stars. Summer is outdoor concert and festival season. Soak that stuff UP. Bandshells in communities small and large across the globe come alive with local music all summer long. A lot of these concerts are free or have a small ticket fee. If you have a bigger budget, festivals like Osheaga, Elora Music Festival and Lollapalooza invite you for weekends of lounging and listening, where your only choices of the day are what artist to see and what to eat.
2. A Day at the Beach
No summer is complete without a day at the beach. Local lakes and rivers are lovely spots to cool off, and if you’re lucky enough to live by (or visit) an ocean; even better. Some of Canada’s best beaches include Sauble Beach on Lake Huron, Brackley Beach in PEI, Parlee Beach in NB and Lawrencetown Beach in NS. What are your favourites? Simple fun in the sun never gets old. Bring snacks, a book, lots of sunscreen and a blanket to spread out for the day.
3. Life’s a Picnic
Well, not always; but it can be. Pack a simple picnic and park yourself or your group under a tree with a blanket. Local parks and beaches are a great place to enjoy the little things like local summer fruit, cheese and breads. And wine. In Ontario, the best places to taste local and have a picnic are Prince Edward County and Niagara. Everything tastes better outside (or al fresco if you want to get fancy). Bring a book or a game. Do nothing at all. Let the softness, slow pace and tastes of summer take over.
4. Campfire Nights
Sitting around a campfire is so comforting and simple. On cool summer nights, curl up with a blanket and enjoy the glow with friends and family. And wine, again. Dive right into s’mores as soon as the sparks fly. At a cottage, a campground or at home, it’s a swell way to spend an evening and keeps the bugs away. Maybe you’ll tell a ghost story or two ;) If not, you’ll connect with others over conversation and that’s pure gold.
5. Take a Road Trip
Whether it’s for the day or a week, summer is the time to hit the road to explore places near and far. Be prepared for spontaneous adventures (or any of the above) and bring a blanket for comfort. You might need an extra layer at night, something cozy for the ride or place to spread out on your travels. Keep a blanket nearby, just in case. You’ll be glad you did.
Instagram contest to win a cotton throw blanket from Swell Made Co. starts on July 18 at 9 am EST. A winner will be chosen at random on July 26 at 5 pm EST. All you have to do is follow Swell Made Co. on Instagram, leave a comment telling us how you would use a blanket for your summer bucket list and tag a friend. Good luck and happy SUMMAH.