Outdoor Entertaining Essentials

It’s safe to say that summer is finally here! This sunny season brings us a jam packed calendar filled with outdoor activities. One of our favorites? Inviting family and friends over for parties in the backyard!

Whether you’re a BBQ master or prepping for a potluck keep reading for our outdoor entertaining essentials.

Durable Drinkware

You can’t toast to summer without a drink in your hand! Reach for durable, premium plastic options like our stemless wine glasses, beer glasses , champagne flutes or tumblers. These thirst-quenchers are practical, shatterproof and versatile.

Protect Yourself from Mother Nature’s Elements

Warmer weather brings out bugs and, of course, powerful UV rays. Don’t forget to stock up on sunscreen and bug spray or citronella candles to protect yourself and guests. If the forecast calls for rain, remind guests to bring jackets and brainstorm an alternate party plan!

Plated Perfection

Easy and stress-free are synonymous with summer. Do not sacrifice style for practicality when you stock up on our premium plastic clear, square , ring or pearl plates. (There really is a style for every occasion!) The best part? They can be washed and reused after your party or recycled.

3 Tips for Easy Outdoor Entertaining

Who doesn’t love enjoying a meal outside? With warm weather officially upon us, it’s time to start bringing the joys of entertaining outdoors! So, invite your friends over and read on for tips on how to make your outdoor entertaining effortless!

Stock Up On Premium Plastic ware

When throwing an outdoor bash opt for disposable plates, platters, cups bowls or cutlery. Mozaik’s premium plastic products are durable, plus our stylish options are sure to fit in with any party theme. After your event you can either recycle or hand wash and store for future use, allowing you to spend more time with your guests and less time cleaning up.  Check out our products on Amazon!

Keep Bugs at Bay

The only downfall to being outdoors? Some pesky, unwanted guests! When shopping for your party, don’t forget to grab some bug spray or citronella candles. You and your guests will be happy come party time!

Set up Yard Games

One of the perks of entertaining outside is more room! If you backyard allows, set up different areas where guests can play games or kick back and relax. Volleyball, corn hole, horseshoes and soccer are just a few crowd favorites! When the sun sets, prep your fire pit for s’mores session!

3 Ways To Make Your March Madness Party A Slam Dunk

March madness is officially upon us. While some may be busy finalizing their brackets, we’re finalizing ways to make your watch party as fun and stress free as possible. So, continue reading for sure-fire ways to make your march madness party a success or should we say- slam dunk!

1. Pull out your MVP recipes

Some may think that playing with your food is a personal foul… not us! With our versatile 12-piece tapas set, we dare you to let your imagination run wild and snack creatively. Use all 12 perfectly portioned compartments for dips, chips and other finger foods; the possibility are endless!

2. Encourage Team Spirit

It’s safe to assume you have your favorite player’s jersey, but they’ll need a little bit more spirit from you during the big game. Make sure to stop by your local party store for festive props in your team’s colors: sunglasses, beads, foam fingers, face paint… don’t forget to take photos!

3. Provide Timeouts

In between games or at halftime, give party goers something else to do. Maybe it’s team trivia, playing basketball outside or simply some kind of craft. It’s nice to take a break from all the action on the TV! Another fun idea: when discussing brackets, bet on something other than money like babysitting services, a gift card for a day of pampering or to a nice restaurant.

3 Ways to Streamline Mealtime

The holidays have come and gone, the new year is in full swing and you’ve made your resolutions. Maybe you’ve even started them. (And if you haven’t, that’s ok. We won’t tell)

There’s no time like the present to start setting small goals that can  positively change your daily routine, well-being or lifestyle. For us, we love anything that can help minimize stress or cut down on time in the kitchen.

We get it, life can be hectic sometimes so it only made sense to share some of those tips with you!

 

  1. Make Mealtime Simple

Trying to figure out what to buy or cook for meals eats up a lot more of your time than you think! Designate a 15-20 minute block of time each week ( Maybe on a Saturday or Sunday) to map out a menu of meals for the week. You’ll spend less time at the grocery store AND less time in the kitchen going back and forth on what to cook. If you’d like, you can even designate a time to do some meal prep. Trust us, you won’t believe how much time this small tweak will save you every week!

  1. Streamline Prep and Clean up

Now that you have meals covered, let’s talk about clean up! Sometimes you don’t want to do the dishes but may not want to use paper plates either. That’s where Mozaik products come in. Our premium plastic products can be easily found (and quickly shipped!) on Amazon. From plates, drinkware, utensils and more- our full service product line has you covered. We pride ourselves in the functionality and durability of our products. Plus, all of our products can be washed and reused or simply recycled. What is better than that? Spend less time cleaning and more time creating memories with your loved ones!

  1. Get Organized

Does your kitchen need a deep cleaning? As one of the most beloved areas of the home, clutter can pile up fast. Organize everything- your pantry, cabinets, refrigerator… you get the picture. Get rid of items you no longer or use or products that have expired. As you’re cleaning, the key is to group like items together. For example, designate a shelf in your pantry to canned goods or baking materials. When everything has a designated space or (even better) clearly labeled, it will be so much easier to find things. Pinterest has great organizational tips for a project like this.

This step may not be quick and easy at first, but once accomplished, you’ll be happy you did it.

 

Do you have any stress-relieving or time saving tips? Let us know below or by joining the conversation on our social media channels.

 

 

Family Activities for Fall

The school year is in full swing; weekdays start to become a blur until finally the two greatest words, Saturday and Sunday, roll around. No alarms are set and your family can just relax, but what’s there to do with all of that free time? Keep reading if you’re looking for some fall activities to do with your kids this weekend.

Pumpkin or Apple Picking
To many it’s time for pumpkin spice and everything nice! Consider taking your kids to a local pumpkin patch or apple orchard so that they can pick out food that can be used to create delicious treats in the kitchen like pumpkin soup and pie, or apple crisp. They’ll love being so hands on in the process. (And the food of course!)

Your freshly picked pumpkins can also be used for crafts. Put down a tablecloth and let your kids’ imaginations run wild. Our mini dessert and appetizer set is perfect for compartmentalizing all of the things you might use- beads, glitter, ribbons, paint and more.

Build a Fort
As the weather starts to cool down, the need for being cozy under covers with a nice cup of hot chocolate or tea becomes front and center. Take this need one step further by creating a pillow and blanket for with your kids. Make popcorn and have a movie night or grab board games for have a family game night. Don’t forget the hot chocolate!

Back to School – easy as 1,2,3!

Long summer days are slowly ending, and it’s time to welcome a new school year. This time of the year is equal parts sad, chaotic, but above all else, exciting! Continue reading for our tips on making your back to school routine as easy as 1,2,3!

Prep the Night Before

Clean out lunch boxes and talk with your kids about what they’d like to pack for lunch the next day. Or carve out some time in the evening for your kids to pick out their clothes for the next day. These two things alone will help cut down time and chaos. When the clock strikes 7 or 8am the next morning, your future self will thank you!

Set your Alarm

Hit the ground running by setting your alarm for 10 or 15 minutes before your kids get up. During this time, you can make your morning coffee, read, watch the news and simply do whatever you need to start your morning off right.

Streamline Dinner

A new school year also means a schedule filled to the brim with play dates, extra curricular, sports and more. When everyone is finally home and able to sit down for dinner, the last thing you want to be doing is cleaning! The solution? Mozaik, which streamline dinner prep and clean up time. They look like your real dinnerware but can simply be thrown out after eating. (or washed and reused if you’d like!)

What’s your favorite back to school tip? Share it with us by commenting below or joining the conversation on our social media channels!

Party By Mozaik: Poolside!

One of the best things about the season is the ability to move your parties outdoors! Inviting friends and family over for a pool party is a great way to squeeze in some more memories before the summer ends. Keep reading for tips on how to make a splash at your next pool party:

 

Prep Your Pool

Make sure your pool is in pristine condition! A week before your party make it a point to test everything in your pool from chemicals to the filter and even pool lights! This will help keep prep on the day of your actual party to a minimum!

 

Less Clean Up and More Fun

When you’re relaxing poolside the last things you want to worry about are your plates and glasses breaking and/or having to come inside to do the dishes! Mozaik’s offers a variety of shapes and sizes of plates, that you are sure to find something that fits your theme! We also carry wine glasses that are perfect for drinks by the pool due to the fact that they are shatterproof. Mozaik has you covered outdoors! Learn more about our products on Amazon and say goodbye to cleaning dishes!

 

Don’t Forget the Little Things

Make sure you have the essentials on hand! Sunscreen, extra towels, goggles and even first aid kids or life vests are all important things to have accessible so that you and your guests are safe while having fun.

Patriotic 4th of July Parfait Recipe

With the fourth of July right around the corner, there’s no sweeter way to celebrate the holiday than with an effortless dessert!

With just 3 ingredients and no baking required, you’ll be out enjoying a BBQ and fireworks with friends and family in no time. Read on to learn how to make our petite and patriotic red, white and blue mini parfaits!

You will need:
Mozaik’s 48 piece dessert set
Red Jell-O (3 oz package or pre made)
Container of Cool whip
Carton of Blueberries
Mint leaves (optional)

Step 1: If not using pre-made Jello, make sure to make and set beforehand. Layer red Jell-O into the bottom of the mini dessert cup.

Step 2: Add a layer of cool whip on top.

Step 3: Repeat steps one. Then add fresh blueberries for the finishing touch. If you’d like, you can also add mint leaves for extra garnish.

This recipe is a great activity to do with kids of all ages! If you make these during your festive fourth of July celebration, show us by using the hashtag #partybtmozaik or tagging us @mozaikparty on Instagram!

Tips for a Memorable Memorial Day BBQ

Memorial Day Weekend is finally here and nothing completes the holiday more than a delicious BBQ! So, get ready to fire up the grill and spend the long weekend making memories with friends and family! Here’s some tips to help kick off your summer:

Tidy Up Your Grill

When you’re out getting groceries at the store make sure to pick up some extra charcoal or propane so that your grilling station is stocked. Don’t forget to do a deep cleaning of your grill before your BBQ; this will help prevent corrosion and kill any bacteria that may have built up since your last use.

Don’t Forget About Guests with Special Diets

Treat your guests with all the BBQ staples: hotdogs, corn on the cob, burgers and more! If you have any guests with allergies, make sure to buy a pack of gluten free buns or veggie burgers to accommodate them. Other dishes like mashed potatoes, grilled veggies or grilled fruits, such as pineapple and watermelon, are sure to please!

Stock Up On Disposable Products

When throwing an outdoor bash opt for disposable plates, platters, cups bowls and cutlery. Mozaik’s premium plastic products are durable and and they don’t sacrifice style. After your event you can either recycle or hand wash and store for future use, allowing you to spend more time with your guests and less time cleaning up!! Check out our products on Amazon!

We hope you have a safe and fun Memorial Day Weekend. Don’t forget to take time to remember those who served our country during this special time with friends and family!

National Chocolate Covered Anything Day

For Day 5 of our 12 Days of Holiday Cheer, we are featuring chocolate covered marshmallows in honor of National Chocolate Covered Anything day!

This recipe is quick and tastes delicious!

All you need is:

  • Marshmallows
  • Melted Chocolate
  • Crushed peppermints

Mozaik Product:

To Make:

All you need to do is melt chocolate and crush peppermint candies up. Take the marshmallows and individually dip into the chocolate and then into the crushed candies.

Place on platter and let freeze. Once harden, take them out to serve and enjoy!