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Summer dining outdoors 101

5 backyard dining hacks you need to know this summer:

Keep your ice cream firmer longer.

If you’re packing ice cream to go, harness the insulating power of bubble wrap. Seal up pints with it to keep it cold. Your ice cream stays firm longer.

Want to serve chilled shrimp or devilled eggs at your next get-together?

Fill a large bowl with a sealed bag of crushed ice or cubes and cover with lettuce leaves. Place your apps on top to serve cool bites.

Help the grill master keep track of who ordered what.

Write a guest’s order and name on the underside of a disposable plate or on masking tape stuck under regular plates. No guessing, no missed orders.

Keep ants away from the table in a way that’s safe for food, animals and kids.

Fill a spray bottle with equal parts water and vinegar, and spray liberally around eating areas to keep these picnic-loving insects at bay.

Chill wine or bottled water in a flash.

Find a tall pitcher about the height of your wine bottle; fill halfway with ice water and a handful of salt. Immerse the bottle and turn every few minutes. Your vino or bottled water will chill in 20 minutes (or less!). Cheers!

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Make a pitcher of the tastiest sparkling summer sangria ever.

Get outside, pharmacy essentials

Help keep the family safe this summer with first-aid and outdoor essentials. Keep your sanitizing hand wipes, antiseptic ointment, sunscreen, adhesive bandages, allergy meds and bug bite sprays handy in a waterproof case to avoid moisture damage. Then, get ready for fun all summer long!

Questions? Speak to our pharmacist.