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Laura and I live for crafting our bar carts. I try to update mine when the season changes and with SUMMER approaching… I scooped a whole new cart! Which is on sale through today. Under $100…

The Top Shelf

Blooms in your favorite vase (really feeling this + this) | fresh lemons & limes for mix and garnish (displayed in this sleek bowl) | a delicious candle (another favorite) | glassware (obsessed with these stemless champagne flutes) | an ice bucket (NEED this asap) | water pitcher | bottle opener


Champs on champs on champs. A little white wine to mix it up. Bourbon for the boys and not pictured: brewskies.

Let’s see your bar carts, ladies! Tag us on Instagram @glitter_blog_xo.


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easy side: baked cheese grits

It’s quail season! Down in here in Statesboro, that means bird suppers: quail, grits and coleslaw or greens. I can’t take responsibility for roasting the quail, but I can handle making a side dish. This recipe for Baked Cheese Grits is so old that I can’t remember where I got it – I wrote it on an index card and stuck it in my recipe binder (how’s that for analog?) probably ten years ago. I always get compliments on this. The grits keep their creamy consistency and don’t turn into hardened grits cakes. Best part? You can make this ahead of time, which I do for Christmas morning brunch.

Baked Cheese Grits
photo courtesy of kraft

Baked Cheese Grits

What You Need

  • cooking spay
  • 2 cups quick grits, uncooked
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 4 cups grated sharp Cheddar cheese, divided
  • 4 eggs beaten
  • 1/4 teaspoon Cayenne pepper

What You Do

  • Spray 3-quart casserole dish liberally with cooking spray.
  • Prepare the 2 cups grits according to package directions. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Mix in 3 cups of cheddar cheese, the beaten eggs and cayenne pepper. *I do this right in the grits pot!
  • Pour into greased casserole dish. *Can be covered in foil and left overnight at this point. Just take out of the fridge an hour before you plan to cook it.
  • Bake at 350 for 45 minutes. Sprinkle with additional cup of grated cheese.
  • Bake 15 minutes more, until grits are bubbling hot. Remove from oven and cool for five minutes before serving.

PS – No matter how many recipes I pin on Pinterest,  I always look to my recipe binder when I’m serious about cooking. Joe gave me this Williams Sonoma Entertaining Journal when we first got married, and over the years I have filled it with recipes torn from magazines, recipes printed out from Pinterest (yes, I know that defeats the purpose) and recipes handwritten from my mom on little recipe cards. I know there are a ton of apps to find new recipes and organize existing recipes…but I’m a paper person and don’t think I’ll ever give up doing it the old-fashioned way.

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how to style: a bar cart.

Whether you’re a budding mixologist or just need somewhere to keep your favorite champagne, every girl needs a bar area in her home. We love the idea of a bar cart rather than a stationery bar – it’s so much easier to take the party outside when weather allows.

The Glitter Life Bar Cart
image: the glitter guide

We also like this cart and this cart.

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streamlined elegance. {williams-sonoma “beckett” bar cart}
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perfect on a patio, and the price is NICE. {Pottery Barn “Jacquelyne” Bar Cart.}

Stock your cart with what you like, but keep guests in mind. You don’t have to store EVERYTHING in the cart – stash extra (or ugly, or nearly empty) bottles in the pantry. Add accessories like cocktail books, pretty napkins, framed art, etc. Style your cart just like you would style your bookshelves.

More inspiration:

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vintage re-do by The Life Styled. love the pop of pink!
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varying  heights make for an interesting tableau. image {and following images}: hgtv
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color-coordinate: group together bottles and accessories of the same color.
The Glitter Life Bar Cart
use trays or dishes of various sizes to organize your cart into zones: garnishes, tools, glassware, etc.
The Glitter Life Bar Cart
add whimsy with random objects and/or framed art.

Three more tips:

  • Consider the addition of a framed cocktail recipe. It’s nice to give guests a guide!
  • Glassware is key. Check sites like C. Wonder and Kate Spade for cute options. We also love vintage glasses – yard sales and flea markets can be gold mines.
  • Fresh flowers. Always.

Which cart is your favorite? Do you have a bar cart? Tweet us @glitter_blog_xo.

PS – Don’t forget to shop our Stella & Dot trunk show! Proceeds will benefit the American Red Cross’ disaster relief efforts in the midwest.

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