I’m blaming Pinterest, with its perfect little bohemian houses. But whoever made me do it, somehow I ended up buying a mandala throw instead of a traditional beach towel when I was doing my pre-beach shopping last summer.
Turns out, it was one of my favorite purchases all year. Allow me to tell you why.
One. The light, cottony fabric is perfect for wadding into a little ball to stuff into your beach bag or picnic basket. It folds up much smaller than a traditional beach towel or picnic blanket, and is lighter for carrying. Also, since I live in a tiny space, I love that it takes up minimal room when in storage.
Two. The colors jazz up any setting you take it to. If you want to feel like the perfect Instagrammer, this throw will do the trick. You could probably eat Kraft mac ‘n cheese and twinkies while sitting on it and feel classy.
Three. It’s versatile. Picnics. Beach. Light blanket when you’re chilly. Tablecloth. Bedspread for summer. Curtain. Turban if your head is feeling modest. Baby blanket if you have a Very Large Baby. Human burrito wrap. Backdrop for photos. Blanket fort walls. You name it.
Four. The size is awesome. It’s bigger than a towel, so if you’re using it on the beach, you can spread your long and gangly limbs without getting sand stuck in your knees and elbows. For a picnic, four people fit perfectly around it with a mountain of food in the center.
I ended up buying both the round one for personal use and a queen sized square one for bigger parties, and I use them all the time. If you are in search of the perfect throw, or simply want to add some color to your life, here are a bunch of options for under $15. Or if you want a bigger one, here is a similar one in queen size. If blue is more your thing, check out this gorgeous one. Then invite me over for your perfect boho picnic. I’ll bring the cookie butter!