Welcome to My House…

Welcome to My House…

Entertaining at home is a year-round activity, especially in the winter months when there are lots of holidays…but there is something about the warm weather that has us itching to get outside, have some friends over and put out some snacks and drinks. As many of you may remember from our post on 1950’s cocktail parties, entertaining at home was once a huge deal!  While it was kept casual and simple, it slowly started to fade in its popularity as more and more people took to bars and restaurants to get together. In recent years, at-home entertaining has once again picked up, and with more and more stores and brands offering fun and easy decor to liven up your home, particularly the outdoor space, it’s easier than ever! Whether you are inside or out, something as simple as a bar cart can make entertaining for you, and accessibility for your guests, simple and casual, yet still look great. Don’t let the stress of trying to find and create a bar cart overwhelm you: make it a fun project to showcase your personal style and that of your home.  Whether you have all the space in the world, or a small area to work with, bar carts are a great portable way to freshen up a room in your home that you may be getting bored with, or easily move refreshments in a pinch if weather takes an unexpected turn. Let your guests feel welcome, comfortable, and able to help themselves yet still treated like the special guests they are in YOUR house! Have fun and happy entertaining!

Tips:

-Get creative with what you use for a cart.

-Look around your home, garage, at tag sales or discount stores
-Look for potential! See past the finish/color, scratches.
-Find inspiration for your style cart in magazines/online.
-Make a list of your cart supply “must-haves” so you do not crowd the space. Keep it simple:

*napkins

*glasses

*ice bucket

*pitcher for water

*bottle openers

*small dishes for drink garnishes

Great places to find unique servewear are Etsy and Ebay. You can find many vintage or new and fun pieces.

To see more tips on putting together a cart for either indoor or outdoor use, be sure to check out our segment on Better Connecticut and see just how simple it can be!

Here is our shopping guide for the carts we featured:

Outdoor bar cart:

Our outdoor bar cart was purchased at Michael’s Crafts store. It is a part of their Created Spaces line. When we aren’t using this cart as an outdoor entertaining piece, this is used as an art supply storage cart! We love having one item with multiple uses!

Gurgling Fish Water PitcherIt actually gurgles when you pour water!

Our cute little Pineapple Vase is actually a pencil holder from anthropologie (could be used for drinks stirrers too!)

Clear jar with gold scallop lid

Paper plates, cups and straws

Glass holding straws

Yellow pineapple candle

Pink galvanized ice bucket from the Target Dollar Spot
Indoor Cart:

This vintage piece is an antique shop find that we topped with a Waterford Pitcher, Appetizer plates by Kate Spade for Lenox, and beautful snack bowls by Michael AramThese pieces were fabulous wedding gifts that we are able to display and put to good use!  Etsy and eBay are great sources for all things vintage including bar carts and accessories.

Wine:
White and Red wine and Champagne from The Wise Old Dog, West Hartford CT
Recipes:

 

FireCrackers:

  • 1/4 cup Pure Maple Syrup
  • 3 Tablespoons Sriracha
  • 2 Tablespoons Butter
  • 4 cups Oyster Crackers
  • 1 Teaspoon Dried Thyme
  1. Preheat oven to 275.  In a small saucepan, combine maple syrup, sriracha & butter and bring to a boil, stirring until combined.  Toss with Oyster Crackers and Dried Thyme.
  2. Spread onto a parchment lined rimmed baking sheet (or line with Silpat Non-Stick Baking Mat).  Bake, stirring a few times, for about 45 minutes.  Cool before serving.

 

CinnaTwists:

  • 2/3 cup Coconut Oil
  • 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 2 Teaspoons Ground Cinnamon
  • 1 bag pretzel twists (1 lb. bag)
  1. In a large roasting pan stir together oil, sugar and cinnamon. Add pretzels; toss well to combine. Bake, uncovered, in a 300 degree F oven for 30 minutes, stirring twice. Spread on waxed paper to cool. Store in an airtight container. Makes 12 cups.
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