A Cob Well Done
Last time we checked, your greasy paws weren’t invited to the shindig. Keep ’em clean with Butter Baby corn holders ($8 for 4 pairs, Home Rule, 1807 14 St. NW; 202-797-5544). The little plastic guys interlock, so you’ll never be without a pair. Plus, they’re in the form of smiling beings/kernel overlords, meaning guests may say, “Aw, shucks.”
Purl On, Weld Off
Metal meets fiber in a pretty, gritty way on Wade Jensen and Moire Conroy’s encased brass cuffs ($145-$160, Beklina.com). Combining the delicacy of knitting with the toughness of jewelry-making, the unusual wrist candy may be the only form of sweater you can don in the swelter — plus look equally cool come fall.
Orla Kiely, the Irish-born, London-based print princess, is known for textiles with poppy patterns and high prices. But she’s teamed with Bed Bath & Beyond for (relative) bargain bedding in her mod style ($110-$200, Bedbathandbeyond.com). Mix and match posy spreads with striped cases for a boudoir that won’t keep you up worrying about $$$.
Wine Me Up
Lately, it seems as if all roads lead to a new wine shop. Arlington’s latest cab ride, Grateful Red (2727 Wilson Blvd.; 703-812-0906) uncasks a couple hundred bottles of Euro and New World varietals, including lots of seasonal rosés and bubbly. A “Cheap and Cheerful” table holds $12-and-under quaffs such as Flasq Merlot ($6), a half bottle in a metal container. Snacks, including wine caramels (shown, $9), cheeses and fruit chutneys, keep customers fed as well as buzzed.
Rock the Soap
Washington has long been known for dirty politics. But D.C. flag bar soap ($10, Tabletop, 1608 20th St. NW; 202-387-7117) gives District- dwellers a chance to clean up their acts with a peppermint-scented lather bearing three stars and two bars. The PC stuff is made in a solar-powered studio from vegan and certified organic materials. Plus, the biodegradable wrapper includes trivia about the flag’s history for fodder at your next dinner party.