Hello, spring! After two weeks of unseasonably freezing temps, it’s beginning to warm up again. The weather has us in the mood to entertain, so we’re sharing our spring party essentials today. Because who’s not in the mood to throw a little party at home?
Ice down beer and wine in a blue and white planter. Mine is on loan (permanently? eek) from my mother-in-law, but this one is super similar.
Display glassware and cocktail napkins (these and these from H&M are adorable and stupid cheap) on a pewter tray. I received this one as a wedding gift almost twelve years ago – it’s still available on Wayfair! – and we also like this simple one. A reptile tray would add sophisticated texture to a lacquered table, and this cute little pineapple tray is perfect for a cheeseball and crackers.
Today we’re flashing back to J’s bachelorette party in New York City to bring you a restaurant review. On the recommendation of our girls at BCBGeneration, we booked a Sunday brunch reservation at Beauty + Essex, a bi-level, chandelier-lit restaurant and bar on the Lower East Side.
B+E has a retro vibe and features a pawn shop entrance (cool but also a little confusing).
After cocktails at the bar, we moved into the main restaurant for brunch. The real scene at B+E is the champagne brunch upstairs (which was just getting cranked up by the time we left)…but we were in the mood for something more chill after our flights the day before. If you’re looking for great people watching, definitely request to go upstairs!
We enjoyed brunch at a large round table (great for conversation) under a pretty skylight.
What We Drank + Ate:
Platinum Peacock [virgin] Cocktail – cucumber, granny smith apple, pineapple, mint
2. Have Dinner Somewhere New. J and Jay dined at at Atlanta hotspot The Optimist for the first time last week and absolutely loved it. Their menu changes daily, and if you’re lucky enough to dine there when bank scallops are an option, DO IT. You’ll be glad you did.
4. Bring on the Bling. We love the idea of a simple white dress paired with amazing statement earrings for the weekend. These Kate Spade beauties fit the bill.
5. Style Your Coffee Table. The weekend is the perfect time to tackle one area of your home and re-style it. If you’re like us, you’re more creative on the weekends, and you have time to run out and scoop some new accessories if you need them. Plus, tackling one area at a time keeps us from getting overwhelmed. So dust off your table and clear away the junk (and the remotes). Add some pretty books (check out Lauren Conrad’s list of favorite coffee table books here), a scented candle, and a few of your favorite random objects. We also love these inspiring links: the every girl, cupcakes and cashmere, and house beautiful. Re-styling this oft-neglected area can really change the feel of your home.
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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.
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.
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.