Grill it up!

6 o’clock on any given week day night is one of the best times of Summer. Grilling season is here! It’s takes a whopping 2 minutes after getting out of the car and you can tell someone in your neighborhood is grilling tonight. Whether it’s something planned or a last minute burger, you can’t go wrong if the weather is nice.

Marinated steaks are always at the top of my list to enjoy and I’m not alone. 2,377 other people rated “Kookie’s” marinade the BEST Steak Marinade in Existence! Claiming:
This is a family recipe that has been developed only over the last 5 years. In this short time it’s made me famous in our close circle, but until now I’ve never shared it with anyone.”
Most of the ingredients are already found in your spice cabinets at home. Give it a try here.

At home, we try to use our grill as much as possible for cooking in the Summer. A couple steps away from our patio set and we are ready to eat!

Some of our favorites are teriyaki chicken thighs, fennel and lager oysters, lemon and dill salmon, angus burgers and any kabob you can create. One of the best parts about dinner outdoors is that clean up is a breeze! The weekends bring bigger parties, more people around the BBQ and more mouths to feed – and more memories that last well into the evenings on these warmer nights. Fun on the patio and in your own great outdoors.

We’d love to hear your favorite grilling recipe, and we’d love to be apart of your Summer nights this season with any of our BBQ and Grill covers.

Cheers to Summer!

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Grill it up!

Halloween on the Patio

When we think of Halloween and outdoors, we think of all the fun trick-or-treaters running from house to house. Why let kids have all the fun?

Celebrating outdoors can be easier than you think. DigsDigs Party Ideas tells us that an outdoor Halloween party can be even more exciting than an indoor one!

Why is that? Because nature around, trees, bushes, ponds and earth become a part of your décor and you can play very well with it. Beautiful trees with yellow leaves
can be a perfect background, and faux ravens on the table and chairs look so real! A table with gloomy trees around looks so mysterious with candles and Jack-o-lanterns on it.
If you are looking for something less traditional, choose a green tablecloth, plants and chairs and combine them with black accessories. Check out some fun ways to decorate this weekend and get inspired …

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One of the best ways to stretch your decorations for dual purpose is to use them as night falls to light pathways that will guide guests to tables or even little trick-or-treaters to your front door:

We love the outdoors – no matter what may be lurking out there. Have a safe and spooky weekend.

Image Sources:
Lisa Hallet Taylor
Homeiswheretheboatis.com
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yournestdesign.blogspot.com
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DigsDigs.com

 

Halloween on the Patio

Great Outdoor Events – with Jesse

JesseTombs2Our president, Brian Bozlinski, just interviewed Jesse Tombs of Alison Events in San Francisco. Their very fashion forward business model states that they are looking to “create that completely original, utterly unforgettable event. But most importantly, they want it to be a reflection of their clients and bring out the best in them.”

Classic Accessories is based out of Kent, WA (South of Seattle) and when Summer hits, we are ready for outdoor potlucks, BBQs, company events, etc. We pride ourselves on our outdoor culture and wanted to see what event planners have to offer in terms of outdoor spaces to hold our next event. Here is what Jesse had to say:

BRIAN: What are some questions to consider when you select an outdoor venue for corporate events?

JESSE: Is the caterer in house or can you use an outside caterer?

  • What does the venue offer? Chairs, tables, bars, AV, lighting etc?
  • Does the venue offer security?
  • Is the cut off time for music earlier as it is outside?
  • Do they own heat lamps or heaters you can use?
  • Do they have a fire pit?

BRIAN:  How do you plan and arrange for seating and lighting?

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JESSE: Seating – it greatly depends on the type of event. If it is a seated dinner, we suggest seating for 30% of the guest count for cocktails, 100% of the guest count for dinner, and 20% of the guest count for after dinner/dancing. If it is a standing reception with stations or a buffet, we suggest seating for 70% of the guest count for the event.

Lighting – greatly depends on the venue, but we always suggest highlighting special interests, like design details, the dance floor, bars, and food stations.

BRIAN: What kind of décor will endure any weather?

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JESSE:
Potted plants – we always suggest plants and hedges for outdoor events that look great and can withstand wind and rain.

BRIAN: How do you protect the space from the environment and weather (rain, heat, covers, etc.)?

JESSE: Plan ahead, get a tent on hold 30 days prior to your event, add tent walls and decide on the day of the event if you really want them to be installed. Always have heaters on hold–you can always decline them upon deliver.

BRIAN: How should people store equipment when it’s not in use (covers, etc.)?

JESSE: Depends on the venue – but if you have a truck on site you can always store it in the truck. You can also store in empty event spaces, loading docks or alley ways.

BRIAN: Beyond picnics and bouncy houses: what creative themes have you found to be especially successful?

JESSE: Bring in animals, people love horses. Custom tenting–get creative and bring in teepees and the like. Cook outside–make the kitchen visible and use bbq setup and outdoor kitchens to add interest. Hot air balloons are a great photo op and a huge way to add impact.

BRIAN: What should corporate planners avoid?

JESSE: Color pallets – work with a story, not a company’s existing color story (think outside of the box).

Tell a story with the design, menu, and entertainment for the event.

Get away from tech – make the event a tech-free event and take peoples’ cell phones so they have to be present in the moment and connect.

BRIAN: Your favorite outdoor venues for corporate events in San Francisco?

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JESSE: Public parks like the botanical gardens and the conservatory, Golden Gate Park and Crissy Field.

  • The New Black has an amazing outdoor patio.
  • The roof top or the courtyard at The Battery.
  • Outdoor piers.
  • The beach.
  • The Presidio
  • Cavalo Point
  • Stable Cafe
  • Commissary

Check out the whole interview here.

 

Great Outdoor Events – with Jesse

23 More Days

Until we can officially say our welcome to Fall, we are in the planning stage to prepare for it. HGTV is in full swing to bring in the cozier season with these ten tips to keep the entertaining outdoors!

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To encourage conversation among both friends and acquaintances, position lounge chairs around a fire pit with s’mores and cocktail essentials. Encouraging guests to face one another helps facilitate easy conversation.

Bring more accessories on your patio like seasonal throws and cozy pillows to allow your guests to linger longer after the sun goes down and takes the temperature with it. We suggest storing your patio friendly add-ons in our cushion bins that are a great way to keep at arms reach when the Fall crisp air comes.

 

Source: HGTV.com and Brian Patrick Flynn

23 More Days

SODO and teams

Uncover More Time Outdoors with our Sodo Collection!

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It’s not just about protecting your stuff. We know the true value of your belongings
doesn’t necessarily start with a dollar sign. It’s time spent with friends and family …

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What a week it’s been for Classic Accessories! Twice a year we all get together to talk shop mostly,
but we also know how to have a great time together building our team relationships.
Even though most of us get to spend our weeks together, we have an outside Sales team that
really does span across all regions of the US. So on the rare occasions we see each other,
we make it as memorable as possible.  A great time spent with our work friends and family at Classic.

Here’s wishing you the same this weekend friends.
     – Yes, that’s Bigfoot bowling with us.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Found in between

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Only 6 more days until the official start of Spring!

From our neck of the woods, it feels like it – that’s for sure. Blue skies, birds chirping, and just a shower away from sitting on the patio in the afternoons. Yep, a Spring Shower away.
After having your BBQ and patio out of mind for months, it only takes a warm afternoon to start thinking of getting the lawn mowed, the planters planted and whatever else is on your to-do list for that space outside your back door. (yeah the one that’s seen winter’s wrath this year!) Just to have peace of mind that your patio is ready for that next get together because heck, THE SNOW IS GONE – let’s celebrate! With patio furniture covers it’s easy, whether it’s in between seasons or in between showers.

Celebrate is right, 6 more days friends… but hey, no one will RSVP “No” if it’s the first 70 degree day of the year following the Winter we’ve had if you decide this weekend is BBQ worthy!

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Cheers 2014!

Happy New Year!

WOW – what a year 2014 has been! This year has been a growing one that has given us here at Classic Accessories so many opportunities to focus on the things we LOVE doing. Bringing NEW products to the market, learning from our best sellers and really turning our ears out to our end users. We can’t wait for what 2015 has in store for us and our customers. Cheers to a successuful and FULL 2014 that has been our BEST year yet, thanks to you. Here’s wishing all of us and our families a Happy New Year filled with health and happiness.

Your Friends at Classic Accessories

Cheers 2014!

Grilling Tom

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Take Tom out of the kitchen this year and throw him outside! On the grill of course before your neighbors think 2014 was the year you lost it.

From the Food Network’s show Cooking Live – the chefs bring you the basics on how to cook your turkey on your grill. They even go through cooking with Charcoal Kettle Grills and the varying briquette guides to the size of your grill to cooking your Tom Turkey on your gas BBQs.

Many professional to backyard chefs advise you to really go with the basics for your oven ready turkey – simple olive oil or vegetable oil and quality salt and pepper. Whether or not to stuff your bird is another argument all together. It is recommended that you save your stuffing for a separate pan or crock-pot and let the turkey come to its safe temperature on its own. {180° F in the thickest part of the thigh}

For some of the best advice … from the owners and operators of the Turkey Help Line {yes, it’s a real thing: 1-800-Butterball} we can also turn to our friends over at Butterball. They do advise to NOT use lighter fluid infused briquettes when cooking their Butterballs.

We’ve been on a BBQ and Grill kick for the past few weeks and maybe it’s due to the final letting go of the thoughts of Summer and going head first into the Holidays, but more so because of our Loyalty Program here at Classic Accessories. We’re giving away a Weber Genesis® E-310™ on the 1st to a lucky winner along with second place winner of $250 to our site and third place winner of a free BBQ Cover of their choice. We have monthly winners of our free program but it’s not about the prizes friends. It’s about our customers who make our Loyalty Program what it stands for and what keeps it going.

So on this Thanksgiving Eve, we wanted to also tell you how thankful we are for you. You are the reason why we do what we do every day. Whether it’s protecting your patio over the week so you’re ready for game days, providing peace of mind of your covered RV in storage so you’re care-free when it comes time to take that next trip or if it’s fishing along side your best friend with screaming reels in your hands, we wanted to say thank you for taking us along and letting us be apart of making memories. It’s the little things.

Here’s wishing you and your family a very Happy Thanksgiving.

Your friends at Classic Accessories

-Cheers-

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http://www.seriouseats.com

Grilling Tom

Care now – Play Later

So we blinked and it’s November! How’d that happen?

Weren’t we all just talking about who was hosting the next BBQ? Now we’re finding ourselves INSIDE watching the game. So we thought, why not do some quick, last minute prep for your patio so that it’s ready when you are.

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Speaking of BBQs … Want to win your very own Weber Genesis? Yeah, you heard right. WIN one! Just by signing up to be a Classic Accessories Loyalty Member and you’re automatically entered to win. It’s that simple. Double your chances of winning by sharing our contest posts on facebook! Really is that simple. We are randomly selecting a winner on December 1st. Keep it for yourself or give it away this Holiday Season.

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