The time for outdoor entertaining is upon us and with the heat soaring in many parts of the country, spending time putting up lots of decorations for a party doesn’t sound too enticing. If you want to your party to have style there are lots of quick and easy ways to do that. One of the ways to add a little punch to your outdoor soirees is by using “decorative” ice cubes. You can use an inexpensive designer ice tray or make your own fruit or flower infused cubes. Either way, the result is pretty cool!
Now that I’ve got you wanting to use cute cubes at your next party, here are a few of my favorite ice cube trays.
One of the best parts of entertaining is pulling together a unique party decor. Right now I’m all about vintage looks and the charm that goes with it so I thought I’d share a few style tips and design ideas on how to pull a vintage look together.
Entertaining Vintage Style
Style Tip: A foundation to any vintage table setting is a mix of vintage china and dinnerware. Collecting pieces with different colors, patterns and styles will give your table true vintage personality and layering from larger to smaller pieces will create dimension at each place setting. Shop thrift stores, flea markets and estate sales to score your best deals.
Style Tip: A really simple and inexpensive way to add a vintage touch to your table is with vintage dinner napkins. While vintage napkins can be found at flea markets you can also shop for vintage sheets and pillowcase, cut them into napkin squares, pick the edges and use them as napkins! I love this idea not only for its ease but also because the napkins are wash and go.
Style Tip: Use vintage dinnerware in unexpected ways. As a teacup collector, I love the idea of using teacups for things other than tea. Teacups as mini flower vases will add an elegant touch to your table and I also like the idea of using teacups to serve dessert in.
Style Tip: Lace=Vintage. The addition of a lace tablecloth or topper will add instant vintage charm as well as make your table pretty. If you want an even more eclectic look, try dying your lace in a fun color.
Style Tip: What fun it is to mix and match your silverware? Start collecting pieces you like and before you know it you’ll be able to create a fun look at your next party. And, don’t be afraid to mix gold and silver pieces together.
Style Tip: Sometimes a more casual dinner party does not need a tablecloth. Instead, bring vintage style to the table by creating a runner using vintage tiles. When it’s time for another party, use the tiles as placemats to change things up a bit.
If you’re really crafty, try decopauging vintage fabric pieces on to plain tiles to create a custom look.
Design Idea: Silverware Caddies are a look that has been used for years with more antique and vintage inspired table decor. Simple pockets like this one made of burlap can be dressed up with vintage looking flowers, pearls and lace ribbon.
To start the week off, I thought I’d share some Gorgeous tabletop images from one of my design idols, Manvi of the fabulous blog Mochatini.
If you haven’t come across her blog before, you’ve been missing out. Manvi has an incredible eye and styles some of the more stunning tablescapes I’ve even seen. Oh, how I’d love to spend a day just watching her work.
Table runner made created from a lenght of wallpaper. Brilliant!
So many uses for ribbon.
Paper Dots scattered across the table to add a festive touch. Such an easy and stylish idea.
Manvi used some decorative wallpaper to line the envelopes for this event.
Images from the most recent Matchbook Magazine
Some of her work that’s appeared on HGTV. Love the flowers set deep into the vase.
Manvi makes decorating for a party look so easy! I’m inspired.
One of my New Years resolves is to spend more time connecting with my friends and family. While picking up the phone or emailing is always an option, it is my goal to spend a little time each month handwriting a special note or letter to someone in my life.
I’ve always loved writing and can whole-heartedly admit that I am a paper and stationery junkie, so taking time each month to pen a special note will bring joy to my heart.
With contemporary and modern designs, Snow & Graham prints all their designs on exquisite papers, using letterpress printing. Since I love bold colors, their images really speak to me. The photos below are from their coordinates group, where you get two coordinating card in one set. Double the fun.
Believe it or not, but this stationery company is owned by the mammoth greeting card company, Hallmark.
The William Arthur line of cards and invitations is one of Hallmarks luxury line of paper goods, with the Vera Wang brand under its label. I adore their eyelet designed notecards and their botanical images.
I hope everyone had a great 4th of July weekend. I took 4 days off and spent the weekend with by husband, at his family reunion in Alabama. It was a jam-packed weekend full of socializing, eating, singing, talent shows and drinking.
After spending 4 days shuffling through ice chunks, in a plastic cooler, to find a “cold one”, I returned to Atlanta thinking about the beauty of a classic bar cart and how they can elevate the style of any drink…bottled or canned.
via Camille Styles
Bar Carts are a very popular furniture piece being used in homes today, not only because of their function but also because of their beauty. Bar Carts come in all shapes, sizes, material and colors. Here are a few of my favorite designs…
via erin valencich
via everything fabulous
I adore the classic, modern feel of this black and white bar table. Not only does it make a stylish bar, but I’d love to use a pair in the bedroom as night stands.
via restoration hardware
via everything fabulous
The majority of bar carts available now have wheels, which makes it easy to move the party from one room to another.
via 1st Dibs
I love the industrial feel of this bar cart. What a great look for a rustic lake house or beach front cottage.