Sunday, December 2, 2012

A Bar Cart Essential!

As an avid decorator planning events goes hand in hand. I am always happy to throw a party or organize an event. It is something that I love to do! With the holiday season arriving entertaining is a must as people will always drop in and parties will always take place. This christmas season I have decided to focus my efforts on making entertaining being pulled off seamlessly. Last year I did tags and gift wrap and a large assortment of all kinds of things. All of those things are important but this year I am focusing on the experience guests will have. To be even more specific I have decided to focus on a staple that every host needs to have. Refreshments! Although some parties congregate in the kitchen while others in the dining or living area it is always important to be able to transition easily. I find the best way to do so is with a bar cart or refreshment cart if alcohol is not your thing. Although as the holidays are coming up quickly a new bar cart may not be in your budget. In this case i have come up with a way to create the same idea. You can easily clear off a shelf at counter level and transform it into a bar. Or you can re purpose an old side table by adding wheels which can be found inexpensively at any hardware store. By placing things on trays it makes it easier to transfer to a different space. a side table can also be used. Below you will find my rendition of what a bar cart should consist of and how it becomes functional in each space.

Image via design sponge

These are some great carts with and without wheels, some of my other faves can be found below, I like a bit of sparkle with silver and gold carts as opposed to wooden ones.

Image via Apartment Therapy

Image Via / restoration hardware

I have created my own bar cart rendition in my own home. I used a shelf as a cart stand in to show how easy it can be on a small budget. I used simple greenery sprigs with a few holiday touches to keep it simple. As well as traditional decanters and a tray for transportation reasons. This makes it easier to transition from space to space. I also used a vintage glass to add an extra something to the vignette. It is easy to create this look for under a hundred dollars by using thrift store finds, which will add a vintage touch. I hope you enjoy the cart and the ideas and it makes life a little easier for you this holiday season.

Talk to You Later,


Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Meet & Greet w/ Trick or Treaters!

As we all know Halloween is just around the corner! It is one of my favourite holidays of the year, as is christmas which is also really soon too! For this halloween I decided on a few treats for you lovely readers. The first is a styled front table with delicious treats to meet your trick or treaters! The second is a different take on the traditional carved pumpkin. The third is the floral arrangement, treats, and a DIY kids halloween game! So lets dive right in!

Carving a pumpkin is such a traditional halloween activity that I could not resist! So I carved one small/ mini pumpkin and I paint my other. This is a great DIY activity for kids that is less mess. They can paint a halloween scene or a funny face and all with paint. As for me i painted on a zig zag pattern, I allowed the cracks to remain uncovered to break up the black a bit. You can also add black glitter to the paint for a bit of sparkle and shine! I used Scoth Blue Tape to ensure clean lines and precise painting!

Images Via Moi!

I created an entrance setting to welcome the trick or treaters with treats. I started with candle sticks, one with a carmel corn treat, a different spin on the use of a candle stick, I also used organic decor as well. I then put to use my pumpkin inside as well as black and white 1960's books. I tried to create a small scene that represents halloween with a chic undertone.

Images Via Moi

I also used a rubber stamp of a pumpkin to create playing cards, this is an easy activity to kids to complete. They can create the cards and then play games with them such as Go Fish. They were easy to create. The floral arrangement is from hilltop flowers, we created it together. It is easy to create fall/halloween pieces, flowers always add that extra touch! And it is nice to have them around when they are fresh!

Throughout putting together this idea I thought about what would be interesting. I thought that a meet and greet with the trick or treaters was a cute idea, I tried to achieve a spooky chic theme. I used a lot of black and white as well as beiges and browns to soften it up. I used the pop of orange in the traditional pumpkin and the purple to contrast. Hopefully this will inspire you all to create a welcoming halloween entrance to welcome your trick or treaters into!

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Styling Event

As I have graduated I did have a party though it was just a family bbq. I took the opportunity to try new desserts and different recipes. As well as style the event to look gorgeous! You have all seen the invitation so you have a taste of what the party should look like and the theme as well as colour scheme. So enjoy! I put a lot of work into it and I think it turned out extremely well!

I used a variety of colours and tried to create the chicest event I could! Hope you like it, feel free to leave comment setrc.. would love to hear your thoughts!

Talk to You Later,