1. Styling your Bar Cart For Summer Cocktails

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    When it comes to summer time entertaining, I love to stock up my bar cart with a mix of pretty decorative items and of course, delicious cocktails, for guests to enjoy and admire while we lounge on the patio for Happy Hour. I am in love with my Target barcart {only $129.00} because at such a great price I have no problem taking it outdoors, plus the gold legs are just too fun {I cannot tell you how many compliments I get on it!}.

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    Lately I have been trying to be more adventurous and actually whip up cocktails rather than wine although I am not the most skilled mixologist. My new favorite {probably as much for the bottle as the simplicity level} are the pre-mixed cocktails by Cocktail Crate, which I found at World Market. Add vodka, ice, and an edible for garnish, and you have a perfectly pretty set-up. Here I went with the Lavender Bloom Craft Mixer. I also have become a recent convert to Tito’s vodka because it is gluten-free and I cannot tell you how many guests I have that come over with this new gluten-free obsession!!

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    Then decor for me is nearly more important than the actual drinks. Here I was totally obsessed with candles so on the bottom shelf of my bar cart I did a mix of Pottery Barn candles in varying heights on one side {they look gorgeous without lighting} and then Simon Pearce candles in glass Revere Hurricane/candle holder on the other.  On the top shelf alongside my cocktails, I placed my new Two’s Company Horn Bar Tool set, and placed my Tito’s Vodka on ice in my Simon Pearce’s Norwich ice bucket. The finishing touch was serving my drinks in fab glasses, my Villeroy & Boch Goblets. Shop the post below for all my bar cart essentials!

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    Everything you need on your bar cart:

  2. Host the Perfect Backyard Picnic

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    Now that we have a backyard there’s nothing my kids love more than spending time out back in the sunshine. Whether it’s playing with bubbles, chasing each other for a game of tag, or our latest favorite, enjoying a lunch picnic, we are always finding ways to spend the afternoon out there. So I was thrilled when one of our favorite baby brand’s Munchkin wanted to partner to capture a snapshot of our latest adventure. Already a loyal user of their flip straw cups, the kiddies {and myself} quickly fell in love with their apple shaped platesjuice box holders, and endless other goodies that were perfect to take on the go.

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    To prep for our picnic I quickly got busy in the kitchen. Always looking to make a healthy spread for my kids, I decided to make whole wheat organic grilled cheese sandwiches. No crust, no problem. I love to use my cookie cutters as a guide to cut their little sandwiches into hearts and stars! Then I love Munchkins snack catcher cups for smaller snacks rather than plastic baggies which quickly spill everywhere. I filled them with yummy snacks of cut up grapes, salt-free pretzels, and raisins.

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    Then it was time to hit the green. We laid our gingham picnic blanket on a shady spot, got out our plates for our sandwiches, and we kept our waters on ice in a large ice bucket. I also threw in a few peaches because I always like for my kids to try new things {Brooks who just turned one I realized had never had a ‘whole’ peach before}. Well, after one bite he was hooked, and literally devoured the entire thing. Thankfully we were able to snatch it away before he got to the pit! Once we were done, we sat and played a game of stacking the left over plates. It is always the sweetest to watch them play together.

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    It was such a sweet afternoon and I am so glad Munchkin could be a part of it. Munchkin rids the world of the mundane by developing clever, innovative solutions that make family life safer, easier, and more fun. You can find Munchkin products at Munchkin.comTargetBabies’R’UsWalmart, and Amazon. It’s the little things!

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  3. Host an Outdoor Dinner Party

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    Ever since moving into our home and falling in love with our patio, I knew I wanted to throw the perfect outdoor party to host our first round of guests.  My vision was a rustic chic vibe with lots of greenery, classic stemware, and a few unique DIY details. The outcome was better than I imagined… a dreamy outdoor oasis. Read on to see how I brought it all together!

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    Rather than a traditional centerpiece for my table I created a table runner of moss and placed brass lanterns and a wooden crate overflowing with succulents down the center of the table. My goal was that guests would continue to find new elements they hadn’t initially noticed throughout the dinner, like a hidden candle or a random flower.

    To bring this to life I headed to World Market where I was on the hunt for rustic elements to incorporate into the table. There I found an amazing long and narrow wooden crate as well as the lanterns. For the crate, I created a box overflowing with succulents {in case you missed this fun DIY project from Monday’s post, see here!}. For the lanterns I bought two of each size and placed one on either side of the succulent box. On either side I also placed a few small floral arrangement of white Dahlias, Eucalyptus and Dianthus ‘Green Trick’ {the green puffs!}.

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    I liked the idea of sending off my guests with a parting gift so that’s where my miniature olive oils came into play {how to make them here}. I found the cutest mini glass jars with swing tops and placed a sprig of rosemary inside, and then finished off with olive oil. To complete the look, I placed a small cutting board at each table setting equipped with two bread options, a small dish of sea salt and their own olive oil jar to enjoy. The swap of bread plates for these cutting boards was perfectly in line with the rustic vision I was aiming for! {Btw, I bought these Wood Cutting Boards at West Elm.}

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    For glassware and flatware I wanted a selection that would dress up the table a bit without being too formal {no melamine here!}. For stemware I chose the Simon Pearce hartland goblet and the white wine goblet for serving wine and water {I love this brand which is American-made and hand-crafted!}. Then my West Elm gold flatware has been a staple this summer, so of course I chose to use them yet again! Last but not least I mixed and match blue and white napkins which I secured with  a string of burlap! I am looking forward to using this table theme well into the Fall, and hope a few details have inspired you as well!

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