How to Design Your Perfect At-Home Happy Hour
A few weeks ago, we shared our favorite tips and tricks for creating an eclectic tablescape. Now we’re back, and we’ve teamed up Target Wedding Registry once again to show you how to design the perfect mobile happy hour. From essentials you need to ways to customize each element, follow along to see how we brought our dream bar to life.
And if you’re getting married in the near future, many of the items on this list should definitely be on your registry. After all, gettin’ hitched is only the beginning of the party ;)
The first thing to do is make sure you’ve got the goods. In addition to all the liquor you love and the mixers that make it even better, you need tools of the trade.
Stock Up On The Essentials
TableCraft Cocktail Shaker ($20): This should be an obvious one — how else will mix up all those magical cocktails?!
Hammered Metal Beverage Tub ($25): Keep mixers and beers chilled on the floor next to your bar cart in a big metal tub like this.
Hammered Metal Ice Bucket ($30): You’ve gotta keep ice on hand at all times. This can also double as storage for extra coasters and other odds and ends.
Whiskey Chilling Stones ($15): Whiskey on the rocks? That’s so 20 years ago. Now, it’s all about whiskey on the STONES.
Riatta Glass Tumblers, Set of 16 ($20): This super affordable set of glasses has a vintage vibe without looking overly kitschy. Win!
White Wine Tumblers, Set of 2 ($21): And for the winos in your crew, a pair of classy tumblers should do the trick.
Libbey Shot Glasses, Set of 4 ($11): On the opposite end of the spectrum, we’ve got shot glasses. Use them for measuring your mixed drinks… or for Fireball. We won’t judge ;)
Bar Tool Set ($22): Finally, the tools to make all your dream drinks happen!
A good bar cart is surprisingly hard to find! Target’s got a great selection of bar carts to choose from for setting the happy hour stage. And to the to-be-marrieds, bar carts happen to be one of the top registry trends for 2014! We recommend getting a no-frills bar cart and tricking it out with your own personal style. For us, that means… washi tape!
Find a Good Bar Cart
We used a couple rolls of washi tape to add color to a simple bar cart. Wrap the handles, add a pattern on top of it and so on. You can add as little or as much as you like!
Speaking of making this bar scene yours, we’re all about rocking a semi-permanent bar in our homes. Create a corner that’s designed for such happy hours, and accent it with wall art and flowers to blend it in seamlessly.
Work Your Bar into Your Decor
We even added a couple sculptures to the bottom level of our bar cart to create a little more dimension.
More washi? Yes, please. Time to get after those coasters, straws and drink stirrers.
Make Your Own Drink Stirrers + Coasters
Wrap washi around paper straws and cover coasters with it. Use scissors to trim any excess tape.
How fresh are those? On the coasters with black blocks of color, we actually used chalkboard paint!
Now it’s time to drink up!
Even Brit’s pup Pixel couldn’t help but jump for joy upon seeing the completion of this cheerful scene.
What does your home bar look like? Do you have a bar cart? Talk to us in the comments below.
Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)