Bar Carts: Retro Chic Entertaining.

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Bar Carts: Retro Chic Entertaining.

2 Comments 24 March 2010

One part nostalgia, and two parts chic, bar carts and bars in general are a must for holiday parties.

This is my own vintage bar cart. I am about to de-stock it for Passover and I decided to post about it because there is nothing more essential to entertaining than a good bar area. It doesnt have to be a cart. If you purpose out a desk or a console as your bar, it is just as good!

Lately, bar carts have been everywhere in the design world. From the late Domino Magazine that LOVED them, to a recent article in the New York Times featuring the bar cart of fellow blogger Eddie Ross, bar carts are bringing back that romantic notion of “Cocktail Hour.”

The trick to having a chic bar  cart is quantity and repetition. You want your guests to feel like the drinks are abundant, not like they shouldn’t drink the last of the Vodka! (To all of you non drinkers, even your sodas and Pellegrinos can be set up on a bar. But, I DO NOT want to see a 2 liter bottle of soda on your bar cart! )

Stock your bar with tons of glasses in different heights, an ice bucket, chic coasters, cans of soda, sparkling and flat water. Display cut limes and lemons in fancy bowls.

For Passover, make sure you have plenty of wine around, since it is one of the few liquors that are Kosher for Passover! You need an easy to use corkscrew on hand!

If you dont have a bar car or even a table you can use a tray to display your drinks and get the same effect.

A tiny bouquet and a small bowl of olives dress up this little tray.

Decanters, martini shakers come in all shapes and sizes and are a great addition to the bar area.


You can also make a signature cocktail for the evening and leave it on the bar in a pretty pitcher. Sangria is a Passover favorite at my house because you can use all the left-over wine!

Make sure your bar is in an area that is easily accessible. Bar carts roll around, that’s why they are ideal for parties.

Have a Happy Passover!!

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Spring Table Settings

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Spring Table Settings

2 Comments 24 March 2010

Your spring table should be awash with flowers, colors and little delights…

Use a colorful placemat or tablecloth.

Adorn each place setting with a small flower.


Your centerpiece doesn’t have to be flowers! Here the cakes carry the coral theme and are beautiful on cake stands of varying heights.


A little whimsy goes a long way.


Pink is a perfect color for a spring table. These centerpieces have butterflies added to their bouquets. Each place setting also has a little moss with a flower! How charming!

These blooming branches are very romantic. I also love how they rolled the napkin horizontally across the plate.

Colorful accents like napkin rings and a table runner pick up on the colors of the flowers.

I love how these placemats look with the plates! Orange and turquoise is one of my favorite color combinations!

These are painted paint cans in different sizes and colors. They are so elegant here. The flowers look like they were plucked right from the garden!

This photo makes me dream of summer! I wish I were at that party… Fruits like strawberries look great when displayed in small bowls scattered on the table.

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The little bit of burlap gives this table a rustic but refined beauty.

Have a lovely spring!

Pictures Via Country Living.

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Gorgeous Cloth Napkins for the Holidays

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Gorgeous Cloth Napkins for the Holidays

2 Comments 24 March 2010

If you are using glass plates on Passover, your table is going to be needing something exciting to give it some life.

My delightful (haha) husband insists on cloth napkins EVERY NIGHT. And by now I am even starting to like them! They are definitely a must for company.

I am really loving the looks of these colorful printed cloth napkins… I think these are perfect for a holiday breakfast or lunch. They scream “Spring is Here”!!!

1. Crate & Barrel Butterfly Print Napkin $4.95

 

2. Crate & Barrel Marimekko ® Lepo Napkin $6.95

 

3. Pottery Barn Spring Sparrow Napkins & Place Mats, Set Of 6 $48.00

4. Horchow’s 12 Hemstitched Linen Dinner Napkins, Monogrammed $77.90

 

5. Kelly Wearstler for Sferra $125.00

 

6. Kelly Wearstler for Sferra $125.00

 

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