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
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.
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!
These food and drink storage products should appeal to the design-conscious while the airtight feature will please the health-conscious. I like that they have an airtight twist top lid.
I read that they have more desirable features. The freezer-safe storage containers are shaped to easily pour out food. The hot and cold beverage jugs can be stored upright or it can be laid on its side without leaking. They are made of a durable and high temperature BPA-free acrylic, that has glass-like clarity. They are supposed to be stain and odor proof.
The Takeya products look great on paper; does anyone have tried them?
+ Airtight Food Jug by Takeya $17.99 USD for the 40oz, $19.99 for the 66oz
+ Takeya Airtight Jug $12.99 USD for the 40oz, $14.99 for the 66oz
Horchow is a store where I could always find unique, stylish and practical entertaining supplies. Any of these four beverage dispensers would be great for serving spa water, ice teas and homemade lemonade. The warm colors of the ceramic beverage dispensers would mix well with a cottage setting, a beach party or a casual garden party. The 2.75 gallon beverage server is made of ceramic with a glass lid and plastic spigot.
If you are looking for something more classic, I found a clear glass dispenser that could save space on your drink station. The Triple Beverage Server is made of three containers. Therefore, you stack none, one or two containers on top of the bottom container. The top and middle dispensers hold 96 ounces each while the bottom dispenser holds 128 ounces.
You can display fruits, flowers or sea shells at the bottom of the two-gallon glass Square Beverage Dispenser. A cheaper option that is very practical is the plastic beverage dispenser with a separate container for the ice. A girlfriend bought one earlier this summer at Costco in Montreal. It works well. Naturally, it costs a little less at Costco but I wasn’t able to find it online. I need to go to Costco this week. I would tell you if they still carry it since I want one.
+ Ceramic Beverage Dispensers $65 USD at Horchow
+ Triple Beverage Server – currently on sale at $99.90 USD
+ Square Beverage Dispenser – currently on sale at $84.90
+ Three-gallon plastic dispenser $35
This is an idea that my foodie friend Alexa Clark‘s did for her birthday party. It is easy to do, it repurposes something that we do not use anymore and it is affordable. Alexa decorated used wine bottles by etching H20 on each bottle.
As you can see, she even recycled her cut stencils and the cut letters which produced two patterns. I am not sure if it is due to the color of the glass but the green wine bottles are prettier. You could also try it on a clear glass bottle.
You could do your own glass etching projects to write the table numbers on bottles or votive holders. Or you can create your own etched glass storage jars, like those on Martha Stewart.
March 16th, 2010 Update: A fun idea that @jennifersquires shared with me on Twitter is to etch drink glasses with your kid name and day of the week. Then you can drink out of the same glass all day.
Glass Etching Tips
A few things to know if you are new to glass etching:
- Make sure to clean very well the surface.
- You may want to put painter tapes (they are easily to get off than the regular tapes) on close-by areas to make sure no etching cream touched them.
- Remove all the bubbles from your vinyl stencil and that the edges are stuck tight to the glass before applying an even thick coat of etching cream.
- Wear rubber gloves and uses a brush or a popsicle stick to apply the cream. Make sure to cover completely the area that you want to etch.
- Work in a well ventilated area.
+ photos: Etched glass storage jars on Martha Stewart
We all know that drinking tap water is more eco-friendly than the bottled water. But when you entertain guests, you want a stylish solution to serve water at the dinner table. For that reason, I collect nice bottles like the Limonade artisanale Elixia from which I removed the labels. But then, I found it drab.
I could stencil or affix letters to write a word. I could glue diy labels or stickers. But to be honest, I never seem to find the time. Until that happens, I found an easy solution. Get a couple of reusable glass bottles from Tap Water Bottle. A particularity of their bottles is that they are offered in smaller formats: 250 ml and 500 ml. This is because they are meant to be carried around.
If you go with individual size bottles, you can prepare your flavored water bottles the day before the party and keep them on your fridge. You can then create an amazing drink station. It may seem like a big investment initially since we reuse them over and over, it is like buying glasses.
You can buy online for a delivery across Canada and the United States. The tap water bottles are also available at participating Roots stores and at a few Canadian retailers.
+ photo: Limonade artisanale Elixia
+ Tap Water Bottle $10 for 250 ml, $12 for 500 ml
I received several requests about the stylish square glass containers with the cucumber water that I shown you last June. I asked my friend Isabelle who works at Fairmont Hotels to find out where they bought it. She found that they are manufactured by Cal-Mil, a brand that cater the food service industry.
Browsing their catalog, I also found more elegant beverage dispensers. Each beverage server has the ice cube insert that will not water down your drinks. They also carry an eco-friendly line made from recycled glass.
Budget between $390 and $420 USD which is not more expansive than a few beverage dispensers I showcased before. I do not know if they sell to the public.