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Bar Carts for Serious Summer Entertaining at Pottery Barn

wagon party bucket

If your home or your cabin by the lake is the party central for you and your friends, you need great beverage station options. The latest summer collection at Pottery Barn gave you something to think about. See how you could do it.

Wagon Party Buckets

Having a wagon is awesome to keep the cart close to the action. The removable galvanized bucket and tray provides convenience. If you are driving a car with a large trunk, you could easily bring this bar on wheel to a large picnic at the park or the beach. Continue Reading

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For Casual Before-Dinner Parties: the Napkin Cup and the French Decanter by Royal VKB

napkin cup by royal vkb

Although 25 centimeters (10 inches) of snow felt on my city this week, summer entertaining will be soon around the corner. I found at Royal VKB two products that will make it easy to invite friends for an informal gathering.

By combining a napkin holder with a cocktail stick holder, it liberates one hand. Plus, your guests won’t have to search where they are when they reach for tapas or finger food. Since the napkin cup is make of plastic, I won’t be afraid to bring it for a picnic. Continue Reading

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Must Haves for a Picnic at the Park or in your Backyard

old school English picnic at the park

old school English picnic at the park
photo: Paul Raeside for Elle Decoration UK – August 2012 

The weekend goes hand in hand with a picnic. I love the old feel of this English picnic at the park filled with comfy textiles and pretty enamelware. Start by looking in your closets and your mom’s closets to find props to reproduce that look.

If you have the luxury of living in a calm backyard, make it more a retreat by positing a Bistro dining set under a large tree. It look so great in yellow. I feel in Provence every time I see a French Bistro set. I beat that it would become your ideal spot to drink your morning coffee, eat a late lunch or sip a cocktail before dinner. The best part is that it is an inexpensive look. I found these items on sale.

picnic in your backyard with a french bistro dining set
Fiori Melamine Collection $3.49 to $12.59 CAD on sale at Stokes | Glass Beverage Dispenser $69.99 CAD at Home Sense | French Bistro table and chairs $58.50 CAD on sale at Sears

Now that I shared my plan for this weekend. What are yours?

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Garden Party: Make your Own Vegetable Bouquets

vegetable flowers

vegetable flowers
Photography by Rahel Weiss via Remodelista

Here are cool ways to decorate your table with produce that come straight from your fridge. Remember that you could use vegetables to decorate the next time that you don’t have time to stop by the floral shop before the arrival of your guests.

Blooming Vegetable Bouquets

The first idea by the UK queen of the homemade Sania Pell pairs a single flower or blooming stem (you could use one from your garden) with a carrot or a bunch of radish. This look works when you have vegetables with the leaf still attached to them. I like that it is unexpected and still refined. Get more inspirations from this casual tea gathering from Sania Pell featured at Remodelista.

Edible Centrepiece

vegetable centrepiece
Photography by Martha Stewart

Then, I turned to see what the queen of entertaining Martha Stewart had to propose. I like her twist on the crudité platter. Line the bottom of  a deep galvanized-metal planter or a ceramic planter with sprouts, and pour in enough water to moisten them. Keep similar vegetables together and vary the colors to create sections. This creates a stunning edible centrepiece.

Tomato Party Favors

favors in seed starter pots
Photography by Lexy of The Proper Pinwheel via You are My fave.

Then, I spotted a DIY project from Lexy of The Proper Pinwheel on You are My fave. Lexy decorated seed planter pots with neon twines and turned them into festive party favors. She put jelly beans in hers but you could put tiny cherry tomatoes.

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Wanted: Fyrkat Picnic Portable Gas Grill

fyrkat portable picnic gass grill by Bodum

fyrkat portable picnic gass grill by Bodum

Statistics show year after year that ecommerce is less popular in Canada than in the United States. While it is true that Canadian consumers buy less online I would say that it is not entirely their fault. Many times, I must shop in the United States because I can’t find a Canadian retailer that sells what I want. These are missed opportunities for Canadian online shops.

The latest item that I want to buy is the latest model of the Fyrkat Picnic Gas Grill by Bodum. I want a compact, portable gas grill for when my little family goes for picnic. I have always been a fan of the Fyrkat Picnic Grill but I never bought it since it was a charcoal BBQ. Now that Bodum have united the look with the functionality I need, I am ready to buy. Sadly, I am still unable to find a store located in Montreal or at a Canadian online shop that sells the Fyrkat Picnic Portable Gas Grill with Propane Regulator. Even though I prefer the green one, I could settle for a black one.

My Call for Help

If you know a Canadian shop that carries the gas grill version, give me the information. Otherwise, I would have no choice but to give my money to the Americans.

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Kim Loves: The First Summer Collection of Dwell Studio

dwell studio summer entertaining collection

dwell studio summer entertaining collection

It is no secret that I am a fan of Dwell Studio. I bought their Owl bedding for my son’s nursery. Once again, I am in awe. This time is with their first summer collection.

dwell studio summer entertaining collection

 1. Summertime Backgammon or Summertime Chess and Checker set $35 USD each | 2. Portable Hitachi $295 USD | 3. Scandinavian Etched Fish Glass and Pitcher from $12 to $46 USD | 4. Laura Windel Sea Life Plates $140 USD for set of 4 assorted plates 

Christiane Lemieux created a range of products that gets the most of summer entertaining. I can’t deicide what I want the most from portable canvas classic board games to the Scandinavian fish etched pitcher and glasses or the sea life plates designed by Vermont artist Laura Zindel.

Indulge a happy bride and groom this summer with a remarkable gift like the Dwell Studio’s table size portable Hitachi. They will be able to savour small treats while looking in each other eyes. The materials made it easy to clean. The dishwasher-safe porcelain bowl with a stainless steel grill and handle stands tall on the wood trivet. It’s gorgeous!

 

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Must-Have for a Picnic: A Table-on-the-go

eucalyptus folding picnic table

eucalyptus folding picnic table
Table in a Bag on sale at $49.95 USD at Crate and Barrel

This picture illustrates my ideal picnic at the park. I love all the details. I need a folding picnic table like this to make my picnic more stylish and comfortable. People who bought it commented that the table is the perfect height for beach chair.

Update: Because of my post, my husband included the Table in a Bag table to my birthday gifts. Having a blog makes their life easy 🙂

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Winter Picnic for All the Family

outdoor skating party

family winter picnic :: as seen on franciskas vakre verden

Since last week, it really feels like winter here. Finally, the soil is well covered with snow. After I saw this nordic family picnic, I can’t wait for a warm winter day so we could go at the park and eat outside with Zack. To be safe, do not forget to bring some firewood to keep you warm.

winter picnic food presentation

I am in awe with this sight. What not to love with a setup made of the fur rugs, wool blanket and a vintage sleigh table?

outdoor skating party

Hosting an awesome outdoor skating party could be the perfect occasion to play outside and do a little exercise with friends and family. I absolutely love the way Kate from Beautiful Days designed her winter skating party in her backyard.

buffet table skating party

Here, she went for easy to eat, crowd-pleasing food. Since a skating party is usually held in the middle of afternoon, snacks are all you need to serve.

An idea to steal are the tubs full of skates. This way, nobody has an excuse for not skating.

winter picnic lunch boxes and supplies to bring

Even of there is no snow where you live, you could still throw a fun winter picnic. Simply load a big red cart with the essentials for a beach party in freezing temps. And do not forget to nicely pack the lunch boxes of your guests.

You can find more inspirations by looking at the winter picnic photo shots featured at Intimate Weddings.

SOURCING:
Winter picnic for the family at FrancisKas Vaskre Verden
+ Winter Skating Party at The Sweetest Occasion
+ Winter picnic and beach bonfire party at Design Sponge

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New Heights for a Picnic in the Park

picnic in the park

picnic in the park

Planning a picnic in the middle of a bike ride is a great way to spend an afternoon. This was the idea behind this picnic in the park. The remarkable Carrie bicycle basket by Design House Stockholm, used as a picnic basket, set the tone.

ice cream sandwiches for a stylish picnic

Other ideas to steal is how you can assemble on site your ice cream sandwiches. Keep your ice cream carton in ice bucket and make sure to secure the lid. You can bake your own cookies or buy some at a local shop. Bring a signature drink marks that this is a special occasion. I collect these glass bottles for occasions like this. You will find all the recipes in the magazine.

SOURCING:
+ Style at Home (Sept. 2011)  – photos by Edward Pond
+ Carrie bicycle basket $83 CAD at Designhouse
Carrie bicycle basket $79 USD at Design House Stockholm

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Simple and Delightful Ideas for Entertaining at the Cottage

outdoor movie :: pillows on the dock

outdoor movie :: pillows on the dock

Entertaining at a cottage by the lake must leave you time to enjoy the view and all the outdoor activities. A few simple steps is often enough to make your guests feel welcome.

You could start with these three ideas from a Montauk Surf Shack that was featured on The New York Times. What I like about these ideas is that you can reuse them over and over. The key component is to provide comfort in a fun and stylish way.

canvas teepees

  • Create your own outdoor theater with vintage webbed lawn chairs and a canvas screen. Ask your guests to bring the sangria, beer, popcorn and their favorite movie.
  • Spread a large collection of comfy pillows on the dock. Pillows are easy to make with outdoor fabrics and use less place than lounge chairs.
  • If you often invite a large group of people, why not build your own canvas teepees? This way, your guests will not have to bring their tent. Better yet, you will be ready for impromptu guests. Building the teepees could be a fun group activity one weekend.

SOURCING:
+ Webbed Lawn Chairs at Lawn Chairs USA $29.99 USD
+ photos: Randy Harris for The New York Times