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Cinco de Mayo Recipes

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It’s Cinco de Mayo and we’re ready for some tequila drinks. Check out the best Margarita & Paloma recipes to mix up in your 9oz S’well Bottle below.

 

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Lime & Jalapeno Margarita

  • 1/2 cup fresh-squeezed lime juice1/2 large green jalapeño pepper, sliced thin
  • 4 ounces silver tequila
  • 2 ounces honey
  • 2 tablespoons sea salt
  • 2 lime wedges for garnish

Directions:

  1. In the bottom of a pitcher, muddle the jalapeño slices with the lime juice. 10-12 presses with a muddler or back of a wooden spoon will do the trick.
  2. Add tequila and honey. Stir or shake in bottle to combine thoroughly – or until all the honey is dissolved.
  3. Pour the sea salt in the bottom of a small bowl. Dip the top of each serving glass in the margarita mixture, let it drain off, then press the top of the glass into the bowl of salt. Gently tap the glass to knock off any excess.
  4. Fill each glass with fresh ice and pour in margarita mix.
  5. Garnish with the fresh lime & enjoy!

 

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Fresh Peach Margarita

  • 6 ripe peaches, cut in half, pitted, and peeled (don’t peel if you like a chunkier puree)
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 3 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 cup tequila
  • 1/2 cup fresh lime juice (or bottled lime juice, not from concentrate)
  • 1/2 cup triple sec
  • 1 lime, cut into wedges

Directions:

  1. Peel and pit the fresh peaches.
  2. Combine the peaches, orange juice and sugar in the body of a blender; pulse until completely smooth.
  3. Combine all ingredients (peach puree, tequila, lime juice, triple sec) in a large glass or bottle. Shake or stir until thoroughly mixed.
  4. Serve in bottle or pour mixture evenly into 4 large glasses full of ice.
  5. Garnish with a wedge of lime and enjoy your fresh peach margarita!

 

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Classic Tequila Paloma

  • 1/2 cup Tequila
  • 1/2 cup grapefruit juice (preferably fresh)
  • 1/2 cup club soda
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon sugar or agave nectar
  • Salt or sugar for rim

Directions:

  1. Combine all liquid ingredients (tequila, grapefruit juice, club soda, lime juice) in a glass or bottle.
  2. Add sugar or agave nectar and stir or shake until the sugar has dissolved.
  3. Fill a plate with sugar (or salt if you prefer). Wet the rim of a glass and dip it in sugar or salt.
  4. Add ice to glass and pour the Paloma mixture over.
  5. Garnish with fruit & enjoy!

 

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Lavender Paloma

  • 2 parts Milagro Silver
  • 1 part fresh squeezed grapefruit juice
  • 1/2 part lavender simple syrup (ingredients below)
  • 1/2 part fresh lime juice
  • 3 parts DRY lavender soda
  • Fresh grapefruit peel
  • Sprig of lavender

For Lavender Simple Syrup

  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup syrup
  • 1/4 cup dried culinary lavender buds

Directions:

  1. To make lavender simple syrup: bring water, sugar and lavender buds to a boil. Boil for 2 minutes, pour syrup through a strainer, and chill.
  2. Combine tequila, fresh squeezed grapefruit juice, and lavender simple syrup in a cup or bottle.
  3. Stir or shake until syrup is dissolved.
  4. Top with DRY lavender Soda.
  5. Garnish with grapefruit peel and sprig of lavender & enjoy your Lavender Paloma!

VLOG by Jamie Greenberg

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Guest blog by Jamie Greenberg

Hey babes!!!! Today I thought I’d do a quick get ready with me video to show you guys all the products that I use on a regular basis!! Everyone’s constantly asking me what products I’m always wearing, so here it is!! From skincare to beauty to a little bit of singing along the way, find out what I’m currently obsessing over!!

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Jamie Makeup Greenberg

@jamiemakeupgreenberg

S’well Promposals

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As the school year comes to a close and prom night approaches for high schoolers across the country, we’ve started to see a trend: S’well promposals! That’s right, folks. This means we’ve really made it. Couples from Florida, Alabama, Texas and everywhere in between are asking their beloveds to prom via S’well Bottle. We’re honored! Check out the young lovers in the gallery below.

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From all of us at S’well Bottle HQ, we wish you a S’well prom night!

Earth Day

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Here at S’well, we take Earth Day very seriously. Our mission, after all, is to rid the world of plastic waste. In honor of Earth Day and in an effort to leave this planet better than we found it, we wanted to extend a few tips and tricks to green out your work place according to the 3 R’s: reduce, reuse and recycle.

REDUCE WASTE:

  • Probably one of the biggest and most effective ways to green out your office is to simply implement policies that discourage the use of unnecessary waste and encourage practices like reusing and recycling.
  • Go digital, because Google Docs is the new notebook. Avoid printing when you can and print double-sided when you can’t. Remember, there are plenty of digital tools out there that can help avoid situations that require excessive amounts of printed paper.
  • Turn it off. Conserve energy by turning off or unplugging any electronic devices that aren’t in use. Better yet, opt for natural light.

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REUSE:

  • Invest in a killer water bottle and use it like it’s your job. Plastic bottles are bad for the environment, your health and your wallet. S’well Bottles are the perfect accessory to carry you from your morning caffeine fix, afternoon hydration, all the way into evening workouts. Pro tip: ask the barista at your local coffee shop to fill your bottle up directly with coffee. You’ll spare the cup AND your coffee is guaranteed to stay hot for at least 12 hours.
  • Break out the reusable containers. If you don’t already do so, consider bringing your lunch to work over getting takeout. Homemade lunches typically save money and calories. But don’t skimp on your food storage. We’re partial to a cool lunchbox or glass tupperware
  • BYOB – bring your own bag. Reusable bags are all the rage, nowadays. You can use them to run errands, pick up groceries or carry some extra stuff home from the office. The company Baggu has recently taken New York by storm. Their standard bag comes in a variety of colors and can be easily packed into a purse or briefcase.

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RECYCLE:

  • Do your part. Help out where you can by recycling what you can. Plastic, paper, glass, batteries, printer cartridges, old electronics & more can all be recycled.
  • Arrange for disposal. Figure out what the best way of collecting and disposing of the recyclable materials is. Sometimes this can be arranged by the building management. Depending on the size of your company, you might also consider hiring an outside service.
  • Enforce it. The most important step of your green efforts is to make sure that everyone holds up their end of the deal. Always reiterate the cardinal rule: reduce unnecessary waste, reuse what you can & recycle what you can’t.

You can take the 3 R’s a step further by encouraging other methods of going green. Add plants to your office space to brighten up the area and filter the air. Commute smarter by walking, biking, carpooling or taking public transport to work. If you’re really committed, you can order custom S’well bottles for your company. We aim to align ourselves with similar brands that will echo our mission and message.

Coachella & How to Bring Your Fest Best

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It’s about the time of year again…That’s right, folks – it’s festival season! We’re gearing up for all the season’s best events, including New York’s own Gov Ball and Panorama NYC, classics like Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza, plus more from the likes of Sweetlife, Firefly and even Glastonbury across the pond. And how could we forget Coachella?

Arguably one of the biggest music festivals in the US, Coachella is held over 2 weekends (April 15-17 and April 22-24). With headliners like LCD Soundsystem, Guns N’ Roses, Calvin Harris, A$AP Rocky, the 1975 and more, there’s plenty to do and eat. But like all music festivals, Coachella can be exhausting so you’ve got to come prepared.

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First things first: hydration is key. It’s inevitably going to be hot and you’ll probably be drinking, so it’s imperative to bring a water bottle. On behalf of the planet, you should bring a reusable bottle. On behalf of your own well-being, you should bring an insulated bottle to keep your liquids cold. Lucky for you, S’well bottles take care of both. Plus, the 9oz S’well is the perfect size for toting around. If you’re planning on bringing your fest best, we recommend the Galaxy Collection. The iridescent finish of these bottles bring just the right vibe.

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Other festival essentials include a portable phone charger, small bag or fanny pack, reliable pair of sunnies, layers (especially at Coachella, where the temp can quickly drop at sundown) and a comfortable pair of shoes.

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Don’t forget to catch us at Coachella this weekend on Snapchat or Twitter. Stay tuned to see how it goes. Happy festing, everyone! Stay cool.

National Beer Day

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Here at S’well, we’d be lying if we said we didn’t fill our bottles with a cold beer every once and awhile. After all, our bottles are the perfect solution for keeping beer at just the right temperature and carbonated. And boy, do we enjoy an ice cold brewskie on a sunny Spring day. In celebration of National Beer Day, we took the liberty of compiling a list of our favorite beer gardens & breweries in the city. Prost!

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Radegast Hall and Biergarten

In case you didn’t know, Radegast is all the rage. And why wouldn’t it be? Located in Williamsburg with a retractable roof and plenty of communal tables, it’s safe to assume that this beloved beer hall is always packed. The venue offers everything you’d expect and more: 22 beers on tap, 50+ bottled beers from around the world, sausage, and pretzels with their infamous beer cheese. Tables are on a first come, first served basis so be sure to get there early to grab a seat and enjoy some live jazz.

Standard Biergarten

Located under the highline in the Meatpacking District, the Standard Biergarten is one of New York’s trendiest beer halls. Needless to say, this is a place to see and be seen – day or night. Typically glass-enclosed during the winter months, the space transforms into an open-air patio during the warmer Spring and Summer months. Cash in for beer tickets to get a glass as big as your head before you hit the ping pong tables. Bonus: the bartenders are dressed in mock lederhosen.

Brooklyn Brewery Tasting Room

Ever since its founding in 1988, Brooklyn Brewery has been charged with making some of the best beer in NYC. In addition to actually producing their own beer, the brewery also offers tastings and tours of their facility throughout the week. Weekends are the best times to hit this must-try spot. But remember to come early, as lines typically start forming an hour before the doors open. Learn more about tours and tasting hours here.

Bohemian Hall and Beer Garden

As the oldest and one of the largest beer gardens in New York, Bohemian Hall continues to be one of the city’s best spots. Located in Astoria, the garden offers endless rows of picnic tables beneath canopied trees for all your socializing pleasures. There’s plenty of variety of both domestic and European brews, all offered at $6 pints and $16 pitchers.

Spritzenhaus

Last but not least, Spritzenhaus. Another sprawling Brooklyn beer hall located just off of McCarren park. With over 100 beers on tap and a varied menu with endless sauce choices, Spritzenhaus is a must. At 6,000 square feet, the building offers a variety of amenities including a wood-burning fireplace for the cold, open windows for when it’s warm and swanky bathroom sinks with a pedal push feature.

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S’pring Break Essentials

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It’s Spring Break season, but before we can say “bon voyage”, you’ve got to pack your bags! Whether you’re hitting the slopes or laying oceanside, we’ve got you covered on the absolute necessities from some of our favorite brands.

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Left to right: Katin Poolside Hybrid Swim TrunksSupreme SkateboardsHerschel Packable Daypack in Black ReflectiveOlivier Camera StrapCarhartt WIP Motion Starter CapMaster & Dynamic Over Ear HeadphonesClassic Specular Sunglasses from RETROSUPERFUTUREKelly Green | Shimmer Collection S’well Bottle

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Left to right: Future is Past Sunglasses from Gentle MonsterBan.do Pizza Pool FloatMikoh Kapa’a Bathing SuitJ. Crew Panama Hat, Fujifilm Instax Wide 300 Instant CameraSoludos Embroidered Smoking SlippersOutdoor Tech Turtle Shell 2.0 Bluetooth SpeakerViolet Crush | Shimmer Collection S’well Bottle

You can shop other Spring S’well Bottles here. Don’t forget to crank up the Spring tunes with our SS16 playlist on Spotify. We want to see where you and your S’well bottle go, so make sure you share your s’tory and tag us in all of your globe-trotting adventure pictures. Happy vacationing!

SXSW in Review

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Last week, the S’well team was in Austin, Texas for the SXSW Film, Music & Interactive Media Festival. There was plenty to do, plenty to eat & plenty of cool people to meet. Here’s a quick run-through of how the week went down.

You wouldn’t be doing Austin right if you didn’t start the mornings with breakfast tacos. Our favorite taco joints include Torchy’s Tacos (Obama himself patroned the cherished taco spot during his visit to ATX), Veracruz All Natural food truck and Tacodeli.

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Throughout the week, various companies and brands hosted activations at different houses (this is just a cool way of saying they hosted parties at different venues). S’well partnered with Funny or Die for a Sunday showcase concert featuring Penguin Prison at the #FODTX SXSW House at the Scoot Inn.

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Some of our other favorite houses included Refinery29 x Neiman Marcus, Tumblr, Headgun featuring Jake & Amir, Mashable, Revolve x Who What Wear, Infatuation x Paige Denim, and Spotify.

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In addition to working with Funny or Die, S’well also partnered with Universal Music Group to green out the JW Marriott for the “MUSIC IS UNIVERSAL” experience. The event included rooftop yoga with GAP, concerts with Ryan Adams and The Avett Brothers, and a poolside DJ night with a live mural painting experience by artist Yoon Hyup. In case you missed it, S’well collaborated with Yoon Hyup to create our Austin Nights bottle (it sold out within a few days), featuring an outline of the Austin skyline.

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Our favorite places for #EEEEEATS included the very instagrammable Launderette & Josephine House, Hopdoddy Burger Bar (a more in depth ode to Shake Shack), Juiceland (for fresh smoothies to help get over those ATX hangovers), East Side King Thai-Kun (food truck at Whisler’s Cocktail bar), and Foreign & Domestic (a great BBQ pit off the beaten path). All of the food trucks, although more of a slow sit down pace, were insanely good.

Despite the heat, we had an amazing time and met a lot of cool people along the way (shoutout to our new friends BØRNS & Cloves). All of this and more was covered on our Snapchat story. Stay in the loop by following us for more behind the scenes looks at the S’well life… and stay weird Austin.

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Sarah Kauss on the Water Crisis

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Clean water. Without a second thought, we simply turn the knob and it comes flowing out of the faucet. But the accessibility to clean water that is so customary to us is a luxury that people around the world do not have.

I have always been very passionate about the environment and educating people to use less plastic. It is part of what fueled my desire to create a reusable water bottle, which later turned into S’well. But when I attended my 5-year MBA reunion at Harvard and attended a presentation about the water crisis, I learned how many people in the world do not have access to clean drinking water. I immediately knew that the water crisis was something that could be somehow addressed by my idea to create a better water bottle.

In came the U.S. Fund for UNICEF. The organization supports UNICEF‘s work, and other efforts in support of the world’s children, through fundraising, advocacy and education in the United States. For the second year in a row, S’well is so proud to be part of their work by donating $100,000 to help provide clean water to the world’s most vulnerable children.

Did you know that with just $1, UNICEF can provide one child safe drinking water for a month? This World Water Day, S’well is proud to once again support the UNICEF Tap Project. The Project is a nationwide campaign that provides clean water and adequate sanitation to children around the world. UNICEF works in more than 100 countries around the world to improve access to safe water and sanitation facilities in schools and communities and to promote safe hygiene practices.

Simply open uniceftapproject.org on your phone. For every five minutes you go without touching your phone (that’s right, no texting, calling, emailing, tweeting, instagramming, posting, etc) sponsors and donors will fund one day of clean water for a child in need. It’s that easy. So challenge yourself, your family, your friends, your coworkers to disconnect and make a difference.

World Water Day is on Tuesday, March 22. On that day, when you shop on swellbottle.com, S’well will donate 20% of your purchase to the U.S. fund for UNICEF in support of the UNICEF Tap Project. To find out more visit www.uniceftapproject.org.

*UNICEF does not endorse any brand or product. None of the purchase price is tax deductible

SXSW Essentials

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The S’well marketing team is heading down to Austin, Texas this weekend for the South by Southwest film, music, and interactive media festival. In its entirety, the festival lasts 9 days and covers everything from film premieres and major musical acts to media presentations and emerging technologies. It’s definitely not our first rodeo so we’ve come to view ourselves as SXSW veterans. Here’s a list of essentials that always help to get the most out of the festival experience:

A bag to tote your essentials around in. This Pop Quiz Backpack from Herschel is a perfect day bag, just big enough to carry all of the necessities and cool enough to make a statement.

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Sensible shoes are a must-have. The Adidas Superstar Foundation Shoes are the perfect mix between comfort and style.

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Sunglasses are a necessity in the Austin sun. The People Cove II sunglasses from Retrosuperfuture offer a contemporary and versatile shape for all-day wear.

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A portable phone charger to make sure you’re always powered up. We’re obsessed with the Triple C Primo Universal Power Bank. It’s sleek, stylish, and works with basically any portable electronic device.

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Earphones for when you want to catch up on the latest SERIAL episode. These ME05 Earphones from Master & Dynamic are incredibly comfortable and provide for a high-quality audio experience.

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Snacks to hold you over. We’re partial to the Wild Blueberry Pistachio bar from this bar saves lives.

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Texas is HOT, so hydration is always key. Lucky for us, we know good and well how to ensure proper hydration: S’well Bottles. We’re releasing a new Limited Edition S’well bottle called ‘Austin Night’, a designer collaboration with Yoon Hyup for SXSW. Austin Night will be available to purchase online at swellbottle.com on Monday March 14th.

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Employee Appreciation Day

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It’s Employee Appreciation Day so we’d like to take this opportunity to humblebrag about how amazing #teamswell is. Simply saying that we have a “cool company culture” would be an understatement. Our team is epic all the way through — from design, production and operations to marketing, sales and accounting. We are lucky enough to work at a place where everyone is passionate about what they do, plus we genuinely like each other. Between gchats, book club, a fitness challenge in February, and a shared spirit for pizza, we’re all tight and that means everything in the workplace.

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Want to get to know us better? Where there’s a will, there’s a way. We recently started posting a Snapchat series called “Inside the Bottle,” on which we host a Q&A with various members of #teamswell. Every week we’ll chat with a different staff member to get to know a little bit more about them and their role within the company. Add us on Snapchat and follow us on Twitter to get updates on new episodes and other happenings around the office.

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Clearly, we’ve got great people and we’re proud of it. But what else does S’well have to offer? Try perks like Bagel Mondays, an open office space with a rooftop, Equinox memberships, volunteer opportunities, an annual team day (last summer we sailed around the island of Manhattan), Friday team lunches and a raging happy hour.  Better yet, we have the pleasure of creating and selling a beautiful and bad @$$ product that our customers truly love. Plus we’re helping the environment along the way. It doesn’t get much better than that.

Think you might be a good fit for #teamswell? Good news: we’re hiring! Check out our open positions here.

Everything You Need to be Prepared for The Oscars

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Oscar weekend is upon us and we are rolling out all the movie hacks and watch-party essentials that you’ll need to be prepared for this year’s red carpet. There’s been a lot of controversy surrounding the 2016 awards season (see inappropriate swag bags and lack of diversity on the ballot), but it’s still scheduled to be a blow out and everyone’s dying to know, will Leo finally walk away with a win?

There are plenty of great movies nominated for Best Picture this year, including The Big Short, Bridge of Spies, Brooklyn, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Martian, The Revenant, Room, and Spotlight. With only a couple of days left to fill in our Oscar movie gaps, we’ll be spending the weekend at our local theater catching up. Here’s a list of movie theater hacks that are sure to provide for the best movie watching experience:

  1. Avoid peak times – Go to screenings during off times to avoid noisy and crowded theaters. Foot traffic is typically the slowest in the mornings or anytime on Mondays through Wednesdays. The busiest times fall on the weekend, usually from 2 until 11 PM.
  2. Find the best prices – Seek out smaller theaters (i.e. not AMC) for cheaper ticket prices. Here in New York, some of our favorite spots include Nitehawk Cinema, Landmark Sunshine Cinema, and Angelika Film Center. Most theaters also run special promotions or discounts on social media so make sure to check online before making any purchases.
  3. Get the best seat – Seating is key. For the best sound in the theater, sit two-thirds of the way back. Center seats are obviously ideal, but they put you at risk of losing the seat in front of you as a foot rest. Opt for seats on the side to ensure more of a buffer zone for your lounging pleasures.
  4. Cozy up – Bring a blanket to keep warm in the chilly theater air.
  5. Bring snacks – If you’re like us, then snacks are essential when watching movies. Movie theaters may provide tasty and tempting options but bringing your own s’weets can be a cheaper and and more rewarding alternative. They don’t offer freshly baked cookies at the theater!
  6. Bring a S’well full of wine – If there’s only one thing that you take away from this blog, it needs to be this: our 25oz S’well Bottle holds an entire bottle of wine, which means you can sneak your favorite Pinot in to practically anywhere. Bring your S’well to share and enjoy wine throughout an entire feature film.

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Once you’re caught up on all of the Oscar buzz, it’s time to start prepping for the actual award show. The Oscars are set to air Sunday, February 28th at 8:30 PM EST. Call up all of your film buff and celebrity-obsessed friends to gather around for Hollywood’s hottest night. In an attempt to really embrace the star-studded experience, we compiled a list of tips for hosting or attending an Oscars watch party.

  1. Tune into the red carpet – The red carpet opens at 7PM EST. Tune in early to scope out your favorite actors and to see what they’re wearing. E! Live from the Red Carpet is great for gauging best and worst dressed.
  2. Prepare snacks ahead of time – Like we said earlier, snacks are essential so it’s important to plan ahead. Stop by the grocery store to grab necessities like cookie dough, popcorn, and M&Ms. Check out our Pinterest page for appetizer and finger food ideas. If you’re feeling less than motivated, order-in. Award shows go great with a side of Thai food.
  3. Skip the commercials – If you don’t suffer from fear-of-missing-out, record the show and wait 30-45 minutes until after the official air time before starting. You can skip through the majority of the commercials until it’s finally time for the good stuff (e.g. Award for Best Picture).
  4. Get social – One of the best parts of awards shows is seeing what everyone else has to say about it online. Twitter and Snapchat are typically the best platforms to get live feedback of what’s going on in real time. We’ll be up and running on both – follow us @swellbottle.
  5. Supply the S’well – If you’re attending an Oscars watch party, don’t come empty handed. Bring a S’well full of wine to ensure that your beverage stays at just the right temperature all night long. If you’re hosting, it’s safe to say that you should do the same.
  6. Play a drinking game – Create your own fun and make up an Oscars drinking game. Try taking a sip every time someone’s acceptance speech is awkwardly interrupted by the transition music. Then, add in your own rules.

Don’t forget to follow us on Snapchat (@swellbottle) for coverage of our very own Oscars watch party.