At Bald Head Island with my family, the only exercise I get is walking in the sand or dancing in the circle of beach chairs my family arranges as the day goes on and more people arrive to the sea. We are a people of music and dancing: if your toe is tappin’, get up. We are also a people of Miller Lite and koozies — an abundance of both.
During this year’s pilgrimage to the island, where we load our bags and boxes onto the ferry and drive golf carts for transportation, I wanted to bring party favors for the 32 people in our group. I designed 5 koozies based on things we say or jokes we have within my family, and had them printed at the local shop Brand Yourself. Since some of these designs will mean nothing to anyone else, I suppose I should explain them.
Balls Out @ BHI
This is not what you think. Thankfully, no one is flashing the beach-goers at Bald Head Island. This is a game my family claims to have made up, where you dig holes in the sand and roll soft balls into them. It’s sort of a cross between bocce ball, golf, and corn hole. I also made these green to match perfectly for Marshall tailgates this year.
Pass the Pimento
On Bald Head Island, there is one grocery store, the Maritime Market, where we love to go for lunch or to stock up on snacks and booze and ice for the coolers. In the deli, there is something called “Claude’s Pimento Cheese Spread” that we all absolutely love. It is definitely bad for you and we eat it with a fresh baguette from the deli, literally just ripping off hunks of fluffy bread and dipping it into the spread. I’m not sure if this is how other people eat pimento spread, but it’s how we do it.
Burnt & Turnt
One day when I had a particularly bad sunburn and had probably had too many beers, Kyle said this to me and we thought it would make a perfect koozie. I finally made it happen with this one, and the choice of red made sense for the sentiment.
Beer me, Frankie.
Frankie is indeed my grandmother and my cousin’s husband, Mark, says this to her often. Because he says it to the matriarch of our family, we laugh so much harder. I mean, would you ask your grandmother to pass you a beer?
Blow Up Your TV
This is from the John Prine song, “Spanish Pipedream,” which my family loves. The line goes “Blow up your TV, throw away your paper, move to the country, build us a home. Plant a little garden, eat a lot of peaches, try to find Jesus on your own.” It’s such a simple string of advice, but it is meaningful to my family. I don’t think I’m actually going to blow up my TV or throw away my newspaper anytime soon, but the reminder to keep things simple in your life is what I think is special about it.
The koozies were definitely a hit among my people, and I’m glad I made the little party favors for them. I need to reorder some of them because we ran out of some of the designs, and because I wanted to share this with all of you, I decided to put two of the designs on my Etsy page. You can get your own Burnt & Turnt or Blow Up Your TV koozie for $6 in my newly launched Shop section! Click this link or click “Shop” in the menu bar.