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Bar Cart Styling.

I finally got around to doing a little bit of styling of my new Society Social bar cart, it’s a work in progress, but I felt like it was time to share a few snaps of what I’m working with!  I propped up a vintage painting that my parents gave us as a wedding gift, and culled together a bunch of pieces I already had scattered around our apartment, like a green lacquer tray from Target, my Kate Spade coasters (that coincidentally were a gift from Roxy of Society Social!), my Mrs Lilien Cocktail Book, and lots of little drink accessories, like striped straws and flamingo cocktail stirrers (what, you don’t have those lying around your house?).  I also added my new ‘shake, rattle, and roll’ cocktail shaker which I get a total kick out of! I need to hang a few more pieces on the wall above it, and I’m hunting on Etsy for some more vintage barware, but it’s getting there! I get so excited every time I turn the corner now and see it as I walk into the apartment — it makes me so happy!DSC_0003DSC_0001 DSC_0004DSC_0002

Mad Men Bar Cart.

I am anxiously awaiting tonight’s premier of the new season of Mad Men. As I’m counting down until it airs, I was reading an interesting article in the Boston Globe about the evolution of the cocktails throughout the 1960s and what that means for this season (say ‘so long’ to the dry Manhattans  and ‘hello’ to vodka martinis). The goods news is that this means a while new era of cocktail glasses and fun drink accessories for their prop stylists to impress me with. Who’s going to be watching with me tonight?

Mad Men PartyClockwise: Dress, lipstick, pen necklace, lighter, decanter, cocktail shaker, bar cart, glassware set

 

Spring Styling.

In the age of online shopping, sometimes I just get a little burst of joy when a really great catalog pops up in my mailbox. Which is exactly the case when the Spring Boden catalog arrived this week. To me, it feels so bright and fresh and playful — and the styling is spot on. In fact I was almost as excited about that vintage bar cart in the background of one of the models as I was about the adorable patterned pencil skirts! img067img06859602395040371485_xiSTM1jQ_c

Color block cardigan, Pencil SkirtWedge boots

A New Year’s Eve Fete.

It normally takes about 3 days to fully recover from New Year’s Eve, right? I’m working on it — it’s so hard to get back into ‘reality’ mode after a long holiday! Which is why I’m a little late sharing some pictures of our annual New Year’s Eve bash. Having a few extra days off after Christmas gave me the time to craft some fun decorations and think up some tasty dishes and cocktails. It was a great way to kick off 2013, and I hope it sets the tone for many more fabulous parties to come this  year (like, ahem, a pretty exciting wedding coming up in May). How did you celebrate the New Year?

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Scenes from the weekend.

After a long weekend in New York at home, you’d think I’d have more than just pictures of bar carts to share with you — but that’s just how my family rolls! From starting the day off with a bloody mary bar, to clinking champagne while we cooked, it was great to really celebrate with the people I love. It sure is hard to go back to reality after a few days of non-stop fun though! How was your Thanksgiving weekend? 

Summer Entertaining Essentials with Mackenzie Horan.

Some of my favorite bloggers are sharing their summer entertaining essentials for being a savvy hostess this season, up next in the series is Mackenzie from the ever-so-stylish blog and boutique, Design Darling:
Hi there! I’m Mackenzie from Design Darling and I’m excited to be sharing my summer entertaining essentials on Kate’s adorable blog today. I decided to cook up a little orange and pink partay…


I’ve been coveting the bar cart forever — it’s just too perfect for summer parties! This series has me wanting to round up my girls, decorate my back porch, and throw a backyard bash to remember! Thanks Kate for having me!

Bright and bold.

Perhaps its that Valentine’s day is just around the corner and I’m in a mood for hearts? Or perhaps it’s the idea of  mixing a drink off that bar cart that appeals to me? Either way, I’m feeling this little nook today. I love the bright red and pink hues and all of the bold pattern — it’s loud in the very best way.

Image via Lonny

Bar cart alternatives.

I’m in a Craigslist conundrum. The cabinet I use to store my cocktail ingredients is overflowing, which can be a good problem to have — but my multi-month search for a more permanent home to the beverage station has turned up dry.

Bar carts seem to be few and far between, so I’m starting to expand my horizons for an alternative solution. These two pictures have adorable bar areas set up on top of bookshelves and dressers and are serving as my inspiration. Aren’t they chic?

Images via Design*Sponge and Time Out Chicago and Decor8

Need a drink?

My post this week about my bar set up got me thinking about some other fun ways to spice up a bar area for entertaining.

I love the idea of turning a small bookcase into a bar by adding some glass racks and wine cradles like this one featured on ApartmentTherapy:

Apartment Therapy bar bookshelf

This industrial looking bar cart featured on Habitually Chic looks like it could be an old lab table from the 50’s, a fun repurposing of a flea market find:

Georgias Home on My Mind Post from Habituall Chic

This vignette from Country Living is really fun;  the vintage rake turned wine glass holder is pretty crafty… though, I’d probably need a bigger rake to hold enough wine glasses for my friends!

Country living

The tray table is always another great idea for setting up a bar area (and I love the mini-bottles of soda and seltzer placed out for mixers).

domino mag bar cart

OK, I swear I’m not an alcoholic, but while we’re on the topic… I highly recommend checking out Design*Sponge’s bar cart round up for a very comprehensive look at store-bought options!

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