These Are Joanna Gaines’ Must-Haves for Your Best Summer Yet

Joanna Gaines might be the queen of design, but she also knows a thing or two about having a good time with family and friends. Here are 7 of Gaines’ must-have items, dinner-party dishes, and fun ideas to make this your best summer yet.

Her willow picnic basket

Hearth and Hand basket

This picnic basket is perfect for a daytime date. | Target

Gaines recently launched her new Hearth and Hand summer collection at Target. It’s full of amazing summertime items you had no idea you needed. This stately picnic basket is one of them. Gaines is a fan of daytime dates (check out page 5 for more on that), and this picnic basket is made to fit every lunch option you could imagine for a summertime picnic. Plus, it’s only $35, because having fun doesn’t need to cost a fortune.

Next: These are a summertime staple at Magnolia Market. 

Food trucks

food truck at Magnolia Market

Joanna Gaines loves food trucks. | Magnolia via Instagram

If you’ve ever had a chance to visit the famed Magnolia Market, you should know Gaines’ love for food trucks is real. The lawn that surrounds the market is full of food trucks to make lunch time easy. After all, America is obsessed with food trucks, and something about them screams summertime. Whether you’re craving wood-fired pizza, a juice, or some classic Texas barbecue, Gaines knows how to keep the warm weather exciting. Plus, no matter where you live, your closest city is likely hosting some kind of food truck festival this summer.

Next: You’ll want this product from Gaines’ new summer line. 

Her centennial rolling cooler

heart and hand cooler

You never knew you needed a rolling cooler. | Target

Another product from Gaines’ summer line for Target, the centennial rolling cooler is one of those items you never knew you needed — until now. Imagine this cooler loaded with refreshing drinks and sitting on the deck at your next outdoor party. Now you realize how much you need it, right? Plus, it rolls, which makes it easy to bring to any part of your yard. And its bright green color will definitely make it a topic of conversation among your friends and family.

Next: Gaines says this warm-weather meal is perfect for a night with friends.

Her favorite summertime tacos

two authentic street tacos

She loves tacos in the summer. | irez-art/iStock/Getty Images

In Gaines’ summer 2018 issue of Magnolia Journal, she incorporates some classic taco recipes she wants readers to enjoy. “I’m a firm believer that this kind of meal is best served outdoors, surrounded by friends and family, with no one in a hurry to be anywhere but there,” she said of the taco recipes. If you’re not interested in barbecue, Gaines thinks tacos are the next best summertime favorite. (Get the recipes on page 60 of the magazine.)

Next: Gaines thinks everyone needs a few of these in their summer. 

Impromptu daytime dates

Chip and Joanna Gaines in Italy

They make time for themselves as a couple. | Joanna Gaines via Instagram

One of Chip and Joanna Gaines’ most important parts of their marriage is their standing date night at least once per week. But the occasional impromptu daytime date is something that spices up anyone’s life — and daytime dates are better in the warm summer weather. “…Sometimes the things we enjoy the most happen in unplanned moments when we let our curiosity serve as guide,” Gaines said in the summer 2018 issue of her magazine. Next time you want to spend time with your partner (or even just a friend), plan a spur-of-the-moment outdoor picnic.

Next: Gaines believes this is the best way to approach your summer. 

A sense of curiosity

gaines kids

The Gaines kids know how to celebrate the warm weather.  | Joanna Gaines via Instagram

A big part of Gaines’ summer is the idea that curiosity should lead. “As summer makes its way into your homes and lives, I hope you’ll take advantage of all the ways you can allow a desire to know (and a willingness to explore) lead you through the season,” she told her readers. Whether its impromptu dates, a first-time friends and family barbecue (with a fun new cooler), or another summer memory to be made, Gaines insists that allowing curiosity to lead is the best way to celebrate the season.

Next: Magnolia Market loves incorporating this into the summertime fun. 

Outdoor movies

Gaines family movie

The Gaines family loves outdoor movies. | Magnolia via Instagram

Gaines brought a fun, summertime tradition to Magnolia Market starting last year. The family decided to offer outdoor movie nights on the first Thursday of each month of the summer season. It’s a way for friends and families to spend time together under the summer stars. And watching a movie under the stars definitely beats watching one in a stuffy theater. Plus, the market is open late that night, so guests can shop around if the movie gets boring or their kids get a little restless.

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