Are you getting ready to entertain this weekend?
Outdoor parties and picnics are the best. I love entertaining outdoors. I do not love the heat or mosquitoes though. We usually set up our volleyball net and get our grill started and have a blast. We drink a lot due to the heat so this year I decided to make an outdoor beverage station so everyone can help themselves.
The main thing is to have plenty of ice to keep everything cold. I found some awesome crates at Old Time Pottery that I literally stacked on top of each other. They have a set from Libbey called the Country Folk Collection which comes with a metal tub and 6 jar mugs. I just had to have it. It was perfect for this.
I purchased two large crates and one medium. Stacked the two together with open side facing forward. You can leave or secure with small wood screws. Then I placed the medium one upside down to make a table.
This becomes the stand to hold all the drinks.
I placed the metal tub on top filled with bottled soda and ice.
I added glasses to the first shelf and a sign that said “Cool Drinks” written on a chalkboard
I found a great bottle opener for the side of the crate. It collects the discarded tops for easy clean up. I hammered a nail to the side so it can hang there.
Homemade lemonade with added sliced lemons and raspberries always quenches my thirst. Of course I had to have some pretty paper straws to go with it!
My favorite thing was the cookie bags. I bought some festive iced cookies for a treat and added some red and white checked bags so they can take them home if they like. It was a cute party favor. They looked to plain though so I had to do something to the front that was simple.
So I clipped a hand written note that said “A sweet ending to a Wonderful Day”
This was so easy to do and I think it was a fun idea. I can think of so many other things to do with this outdoor beverage station.
How about an ice cream station?
This makes a great pairing with the outdoor serving station from The Scrap Shoppe!
Either way I hope you sit down, relax, enjoy a drink and make memories!
That is what life is all about!