I have teamed up with several of my favorite entertaining influencers to #headoutwithus July! We all decided to encourage our readers to get out in the outdoors and enjoy during the summertime! Today I had so much fun creating a Lilly Pulitzer inspired outdoor party and bar cart! One of my favorite places to entertain, is outside! I set up our outdoor table for summertime dinner.
One of my favorite outdoor entertaining piece of furniture is my bar cart! I love to decorate and add drinks or food on them. The nice thing, these are 100% mobile so you can move them where the party goes. The 5 essentials for creating a bar cart:
1) A signature cocktail. Having a special cocktail for the occasion makes it easy to provide a large group with a beverage without the headache. I like to make my signature cocktail in advance. Today I made a Frose (recipe from bon appetit below)! One of my favorites during the summertime.
2) Fresh elements– add fresh floral or fruit to your display to add color.
3) Ice bucket– You can never have to much ice during entertaining.
4) Wine on ice. If you guest isn’t into the signature cocktail offer an alternative.
5) Keep you guest hydrated. Offer regular bottled water and sparkling water.
1 750 ml bottle hearty, bold rosé (such as a Pinot Noir or Merlot rosé)
½ cup sugar
8 ounces strawberries, hulled, quartered
2½ ounces fresh lemon juice
Pour rosé into a 13×9″ pan and freeze until almost solid (it won’t completely solidify due to the alcohol), at least 6 hours.
Meanwhile, bring sugar and ½ cup water to a boil in a medium saucepan; cook, stirring constantly, until sugar dissolves, about 3 minutes. Add strawberries, remove from heat, and let sit 30 minutes to infuse syrup with strawberry flavor. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve into a small bowl (do not press on solids); cover and chill until cold, about 30 minutes.
Scrape rosé into a blender. Add lemon juice, 3½ ounces strawberry syrup, and 1 cup crushed ice and purée until smooth. Transfer blender jar to freezer and freeze until frosé is thickened (aim for milkshake consistency), 25–35 minutes.
Blend again until frosé is slushy. Divide among glasses. (you can make this up to one week in advance) Enjoy!
I hope you found this inspiring to get out and enjoy the beautiful summer. To recreate this look, I have linked similar items below.
Until next time,