Monday, August 3, 2015

Summer Bucket List

It's Not Over Yet!

August has arrived and summer is winding down, but its not quite time to go back to school shopping. There are still a few weeks left in summer and why not enjoy it outdoors. Because there is only a short amount of time left, we made you a bucket list to get your summer priorities straight!

Summer 2015 Bucket List

1. The Beach

You don't have to be near the coast to go to the beach, most lakes and rivers have great beaches, some with snack bars,  water sport rentals and lifeguard. However, you don't need all of that to have a successful beach day. Necessities: Beach Towels, Sunscreen, Water, Snacks, Hat. Luxuries: Water Toys, Beach Chairs, Chilled Beverages, Picnic, Grill etc. Get inspiration here.

2.  Camping

Okay, so it may be too late to get reservations at a lot of the good campgrounds, but don't forget about first come, first serve locations. Go to to explore and filter to find the perfect campground near you. You can also explore areas such as national or state parks that allow dispersed camping. Do not fear the thought of backpacking, a lot of these spots can be found off of dirt roads and side streets with turn outs for parking. You may have to walk 50-100 ft. Rather than winging it and hoping to find something, you can also look for reviews on google or the parks site. Tent, chairs, outdoor friendly dinnerware, games, kitchen utensils and gadgets, grill, and much more can be found here.

3. Backyard Party

Pool party or not, gathering your friends and family for an easy outdoor gathering is a must this summer. You can even make it potluck to decrease the workload and share the food prep responsibilities.  Here are some of our favorite recipes: Salted Carmel Monkey S'mores, Lavender Mint Lemonade, Fire Roasted Corn with Rosemary Butter, Lovage Infused Coleslaw,  and Rib-eye with Pecan Shallot Butter. Enjoy! Fun outdoor dinnerware and accessories also help the party look festive and stylish!

4. Take Me Out To A Ball Game

Even if you're not a baseball fan, any occasion that gets a group of friends together to spend the day outdoors is a good occasion. Plan to arrive early and have someone designated to tailgate. Everyone brings something to contribute to a great bbq before the game. Remember to bring a football or frisbee for tailgate activities, and of course,  corn hole. Grilling gadgets and portable grills can be found here

5. Stargazing

Even if camping isn't your thing, you need to take a night to hang out with our moon and stars. If you don't live near a big city, you can most likely do this in your backyard. Get an air mattress or a kiddy pool and fill with pillows and blankets, make popcorn and hot chocolate watch. Make sure to check the weather to be sure it is clear. You can also check to see when the next meteor shower is or what planets will be visible when you plan your gazing night. Star charts can make this fun for picking out constellations. Also watch out for moving stars (satellites), and shooting stars!

Think we missed a big one? Add it to the comments and we will add it to the post! Have a great rest of summer!

Thursday, July 2, 2015

DIY Fourth of July

Create a Festive 4th this Saturday with DIY Snacks, Crafts, and More!

Independence Day is all about getting the family outdoors and celebrating with great food and fun games. We've cooked up a few ideas to help your party take off!

American Appetizers 


Skewer Flag

Simple and stunning: Skewer marshmallows, strawberries and blueberries in the fashion of the American Flag and let your guest enjoy this sweet snack!


Rocket Dogs

3, 2, 1... blastoff with these awesome rocket dogs! Fun to make and eat.  Wrap hot dog in raw crescent roll and bake at 350˚ for 20 min or until crescent roll browns. Meanwhile, use a star shaped cookie cutter to cut american cheese and skewer together like so --->

Display in a mason jar with a decorative inverted muffin cup. 

Pool Water and Water Noodles

Pool Water? YES! Kids don't tend to be big iced tea drinkers, and this is something they will get excited about. Sprite, blue food coloring, blueberries and ice makes this a colorful and fun summer drink that also fits in with the red white and blue theme!

 Next to the pool water you can have the pool noodles! Red Licorice in a mason jar displayed in the same way as the rocket dogs with the inverted muffin cup makes these look a bit more presentable. Perfect for an outdoor pool party this independence day or any other this summer!

Crafts for the Kids  


Sparkler Safe 

Sparkler protectants for your hands can be turned into a fun craft for the kids. Simply decorate a solo cup and poke a hole at the end and use it as your shield from the sparks.

For the younger kids who cannot play with sparklers comes yet another craft. Grab a bunch of those birthday whistles and lay out with streamers, scissors, tape and stickers for an activity to get them excited while the others light sparklers.

Scavenger Hunt for America

This is a fun game for kids of all ages at your festive backyard party. Gather up about 20 miniature american flags and with either a label printer of a marker, write a letter and a number on each flag. Hide and scatter the flags around the yard and let the kids know they have to find all of them (that's why they're numbered). 

Once they find them all they have to unscramble the letters to find out what is says (popsicle time, firework time, water balloon fight, etc.), and when they do its time for whatever activity it spells out! 

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Red White & Blue, DIY, Treats and More this 4th of July

Happy Independence Day!

Having a party, especially for a holiday, can rack up quite a large bill. That's why grasshaven has come up with some fun and inexpensive ideas, from recipes to DIY, that will make your party rock!

Patriotic Mason Jars : A DIY Project

 Pre-party DIY crafts are a blast! They get you in the party spirit and most of all, handmade decor looks awesome! This simple project requires three mason jars, red white and blue acrylic paint, a paint brush, and any additional decor to ones own liking. First paint two jars completely red, the other completely blue. Wait for them to dry and add the white stripes and stars. We used the jars to hold flatware for the party, but had to use a bit of tissue paper inside the jar to elevate the flatware. They can also be used as centerpieces with flowers inside, as lanterns with tea light candles, or as jugs to drink out of with a straw. Have fun and get creative!

Every Party Needs a Fruit Salad!

 It's true, every party is better with a fruit salad. In the spirit of the fourth, why not make it a red white and blue one! Simple enough! Chop red apples to squares or triangles, rinse red raspberries or strawberries and blueberries and mix together in a festive bowl or platter.

Dipped and Sprinkled: Patriotic Party Treats

Easy peasy treats for the party that everyone will love! Gotta have all the flavors: salty, sweet, and fruity. The pretzels and strawberries are the easiest: dip in melted white chocolate and set on parchment paper, add red and white sprinkles and let dry. The marshmallows get a bit trickier, but we have faith in you ;) Dip either end in the white chocolate and slip onto a skewer or toothpick. Sprinkle each end of the marshmallow with a different color and let dry sticking upwards so it does not smudge. You can use other people's hands to hold, or place into a jar as seen in the picture.

Red White and Blue Everything: last but not least, Patriotic Parfaits!

Simple and delicious treat to satisfy everyones sweet tooth at the party! In a clear glass (martini, margarita, mason jar, ice cream bowl, etc...) add a layer of raspberries, followed by a layer of cool whip, then blueberries, and cool whip one last time, then drizzle with raspberries and sprinkles! Add a spoon and they'll be gone in seconds.

Grasshaven Product to get your Party Stylin'

a. Red and White Checkered "Paper" Plates: 7.99 b. Red "Solo" Melamine Cup: 6.99
c. Blue "Solo" Melamine Cup: 5.99 d.+ e. Red and Blue Vintage LED Lanterns: 24.00
g. Melamine "Paper" Plate  Dinnerware: 5.75 - 24.45

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Summer Brings Picnic Perfect Conditions in Colorado

Tired of going to the same overcrowded places to enjoy a picnic? Whether its with your family, friends, or as a romantic getaway, escaping for a couple hours makes a huge difference. We've come up with a few of our favorite places to enjoy the outdoors for a day, hopefully with a bit less people and a lot more nature. 

1.Gross Reservoir

This spot feels remote but its only about 30 minutes from Boulder.  Gross reservoir is a mixture of wildlife and a pristine mountain lake.  Come up in the evening or do a sunrise picnic and you might even see moose or elk lazily near the water's edge.

2. O'Fallon Park

With it's pine trees and stone chimney barbecue couldn't be more picturesque.  Bear Creek is close to the picnic area and hiking trails.  It can get busy on the weekends so save this beautiful spot for weekday getaways.

3. Betasso Preserve 

Quite and under-discovered spots for an intimate picnic.  Your neighbors are generally the squirrels making this picnic destination a peaceful opportunity for lunching in nature.  Betasso preserve also has a shelter that can be reserved for a slight fee.

4. Red Rocks Park

Overlooking Denver, Red Rocks Park has a picnic area that rivals the views of most state parks. A short drive from Denver this destination features geologic wonders, breathtaking views and high energy concerts to make this a premium picnic destination. Hike around the megalithic red stones, visit the Visitor’s Center for information on the area and check out one of the many concerts while you picnic.

5.Cathy Fromme Prairie

If exploring Colorado's other side is on your radar then the Cathy Fromme Prairie near Fort Collins not only pairs great picnic spots with an unadulterated Colorado prairie filled with blooming wildflowers.  Prairie dogs, birds and other grassland inhabitants scurry amongst the prime examples of Colorado wildflowers.   Picnic areas are located near the entrance to the trails so grab a bite and explore this grassland beauty. 

Picnic Perfect  Gear from Grasshaven Outdoor:

Friday, March 20, 2015

Welcoming Spring With Stylish Camping!

March 20th... 

The first day of spring, our founder, Dawn Bitz' birthday, and our one year anniversary of our flagship store in Boulder, CO! It's a big day, and we are excited for what this wonderful season will bring! Here we will be sharing our excitement with some of our newer and favorite products that will make any camping/picnic/tailgating trip awesome. Get ready for camping season with Grasshaven Outdoor... we're here to make it stylish, comfortable, easy, and most of all, memorable!

Glamping, Stylish Camping, & Outdoors in Style

We're here to tell you that "glamping" doesn't have to be over the top, frilly, expensive, or out of the question. You may think of glamping as a fantasy that only exists in europe when you pay to stay at a resort with yurts and treehouses... not the case. Grasshaven embraces glamping, but more of a DIY style. Pick and choose your favorite, most useful products: pop-up tents, stylish (nonbreakable) dinnerware, fun accessories and gadgets, etc., pack it yourself and camp with YOUR OWN style! We help knock out some of the set-up time with easy-to-use products, and get back to making (stylish) memories with your family and loved ones!

This colorful yet stylish picnic bag/cooler for four is perfect for day trips, car camping, and RV vacations. Pack full lunch, snacks, two bottles of wine, and all of the utensils you need for an elegant outdoor dining experience. Gift it for a spring birthday or keep for yourself to use with your family and friends ( we don't blame you if you want to keep it)! Luxurious yet affordable and practical, this four person cooler is leakproof, and includes everything you need including corkscrew, cheese knife, four acrylic unbreakable wine glasses, four coordinating melamine plates, napkins, and stainless steel flatware. Also includes an adjustable shoulder strap, handle, and extra front pocket! Learn more about it here!

Grasshaven Outdoor Travel Wagon

Outdoor excursion, here we come! Get out without the hassle of doing multiple trips to the car. Practically four wheel for all terrain, compact storage, and heavy duty, let this wagon take the weight off your shoulders and back on your next outing in the sun! Think the GH Adventure Wagon is right for you? Check it out here

Camping, picnic, beach day, tailgating, pretty much any event can be improved with this fully portable and collapsible outdoor kitchen. With nine square feet of counter space, 30lbs, on wheels, and excess storage space, this is the ultimate gadget dressed to impress and serve many uses. Outdoor camp kitchen status: beyond par: purchase now. (Also free shipping for a limited time)!

Grasshaven Vintage Day Pack

This stylish and vintage outdoor backpack is perfect for day trips, picnics, baseball games and more! Ample storage and pockets carry everything needed to make your next outdoor trip a success. Weathered canvas and leatherette trim offer timeless style while adjustable, padded straps and back padding make carrying on short trips a breeze! Pictures and more info available on our website.

Happy Spring, Happy Camping, and Happy Memories! Grasshaven wishes you the best 2015 spring/summer season yet! Visit our website for more product, camping recipes, lists, tips and outdoor games!

Monday, February 9, 2015

Disc Golf: Outdoor Fun for Every Age

Getting Outdoors is Easier than you Think

Disc Golf is a fun family sport that anyone can play! It doesn't matter how old you are or how good you are. The rules are easy and there are free courses all over the US. If you can take a walk in a park, then you can play disc golf. It can be played uncompetitively and is a great way to get the family outdoors and moving.

Look up local disc golf courses near your neighborhood, you will probably be surprised that there are quite a few close by. You can buy discs new at any sports store or used on amazon. Remember to get a Putter, a Driver, and a Mid-range. Every player needs their own set of discs. After you have those you can gather up some family or friends, throw on your sneakers, get up and go!

Now Glam up you Disc Golf Outing

Make your trip to the course more than just playing disc. Pack a picnic, bring some portable music, brews anyone? We have gathered a few items that would be perfect to elevate your disc golf experience.


You will need something to carry your discs in! Also water, sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses, and anything else you may want on your outing. A backpack, satchel, or even a wagon are all awesome choices for disc golf. 

Picnic Perfect

Sit down, relax, eat, drink and be merry.

Drink and Enjoy

No glass no problem, enjoy the outdoors with some of these great drink options!

We want you to get outdoors as much as possible, and if having some fun product to make the experience better is what it takes, then great, shop away. If that's not your style, that's fine too, our goal is to get families outdoors experiencing nature. If your not already a disc golfer, we hope you give it a try and tell us how it went! Enjoy and happy day :)

For more outdoor fun gadgets head over to our website at

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Holiday Gift Giveaway

Happy Holidays from the Grasshaven Team!

This Holiday season we are giving one of our fans a grasshaven exclusive gift basket stocked with stylish outdoor (glamping) housewares! Valued at $200, this gift includes 2 red rimmed burlap placemats, our Provence collection melamine dinnerware set for two, a small square food tent, 1 pair of red grilling gloves, red 24 piece flatware, double sided magnetic measuring spoons, travel checkers, a 5-in-1 wine corker and aerator, and a lovely outdoor inspired journal.

Have a wonderful holiday and New Year, good luck!

To view all gift items or shop more camping and RV housewares visit our website.

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