Craft That Party

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Taste of Summer Sponsored by Wayfair: Jalapeno Limeade Cocktail Recipe

This post is sponsored by Wayfair, a brand I love and shop regularly. 
I hope you enjoy their products and selection as much as I do!

Summer temperatures here are finally starting to heat up. Today I'm sharing a recipe for a jalapeno cocktail that is so delicious that you'll never drink plain lemonade again. I love the zest of lime in contrast to the spicy flavors of the jalapenos. It's refreshment with a kick!

Drinks on the patio are perfectly served from my new Bucksport Bar Serving Cart from Wayfair. There are two levels to the cart, plenty of room for drinks, glasses, and snacks.

I love this cart so much, I wanted to show you how versatile it is. We had more company coming over, so we stocked the cart this time with wine and glasses. Three wine bottles fit in there perfectly. It is so pretty anyway you style it.

Wayfair has so many great choices for outdoor entertaining, from these outdoor patio carts to outdoor rugs and kitchen must haves! Here's where you can shop the look:

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Spring Forward Sponsored by Wayfair

This post is sponsored by Wayfair, a brand I love and shop regularly. 
I hope you enjoy their products and selection as much as I do!

The winter months give us the perfect opportunity to complete indoor projects before we spring forward into outdoor priorities. My to-do list included cleaning and purging closets, replacing bathroom towels, and sprucing up the first floor bathroom. For years, it's looked unfinished. Our bathroom needed better organization. Since this is the main bathroom used by guests, it was important to organize our clutter better. Here are before and after pictures to show our bathroom transformation. On the left you can see the wall is big and empty. The after shows how dramatically shelving and better organization can transform a small space. 

First step was finding the proper shelving for this big empty wall. Measuring your space - width and depth is very important. Wayfair had so many beautiful options. Notice the standard towel rack has been replaced with a sleek towel bar attached to the shelf. I LOVE how this quick project changed the space!

It was so hard to choose, Wayfair has so many great shelving choices. Below were the top contenders. Ultimately I went with the Drew two piece wall shelf set. It was the perfect size and stain color for our space.

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This white ladder shelf is one the opposite wall. It's the perfect place to display our beach mementos. I just framed these beautiful vintage postcards that were written to my grandmother from her grandparents urging her to visit Nantucket someday. I love adding decorative touches like this that are meaningful and personal.

Arranging shelves can be fun. Think color, texture, and balance. I also always try to add an element of nature, such as the succulent and starfish. For texture, the cotton balls, hand towels, and basket with leather handles. For height, the vintage lantern which also adds an unexpected pop of blue. I just love how much more organized and finished the space looks. Thanks Wayfair for helping me complete my winter projects. What projects do you hope to finish before we spring forward?

For more information on shelving options from Wayfair, visit here for wall & display shelves and bookcases

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Life of the Party: Sponsored by Wayfair

It's the most wonderful time of the year... to entertain! Time for friends and family to gather in the next few months to celebrate all things fall, football, Halloween, Thanksgiving, and winter! During these busy entertaining months, I keep lots of food and drink options on hand for any planned and impromptu gatherings that may occur. Wine and coffee seem to be the most popular drink options at our parties, so I am sharing my must have party item of the season- an espresso maker!  This machine has taken our entertaining options to the next level. 

Since this was my first time operating an espresso maker, I thought I would share a few tips that I learned. Make sure to measure out your coffee using the included scoop, then use the flat end to gently press the coffee into the filter. You want the coffee to be pressed lightly, but not so hard that the coffee will not filter through. If the espresso doesn't flow quickly, then the coffee is packed too tightly. 

Be sure to preheat your coffee cup. The directions do say to do this and I skipped that step the first time. The coffee does indeed taste much better in a preheated cup.

To make cappuccinos, use the steam option to froth milk in a separate cup. There are all kinds of coffee options you can create depending on the amount of froth and steam milk added to the espresso. Our friends and family enjoyed creating their own coffee creations that were a little more fun and unique than they would typically make at home. The quality of the cappuccinos were outstanding!

Wayfair has so many great products for entertaining. I am always inspired by their huge selection! Here's a few more that I currently have my eye on...

8-Cup Stainless Steel Heat Resistant French Press Coffee Maker

Tinware Espresso Mug
Coffee Sign with Rebar Wall Décor

Minimoka Semi-Automatic Espresso Machine

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Move The Party Outside: Sponsored by Wayfair

We love moving our entertaining outdoors. As soon as the weather breaks, we are dusting off our patio furniture and calling our friends to come over. Hosting game nights can be simple, easy, and fun, We love discovering new activities to play outside. Thanks to Wayfair, we are adding a Giant Tumbling Tower to our roster of outdoor games. This giant set is seriously addictive for all ages!

I use a chalkboard easel to map out where guests can find all the party highlights. When hosting an outdoor party, I try to keep everything outside to minimize indoor foot traffic- including food, drinks, and trash/recycling.

I always decorate our metal utensil holder to match the theme of the party. Food signs are also helpful for guests, especially if you have people with specific food allergies that need foods separated.

Wayfair has a HUGE selection of Giant Board Games for the Yard!  I am eyeing up the giant wood dice  and giant connect 4 game next! The kids got such a kick out of the wood pieces being so BIG!

Here are our TOP FIVE favorite games to play when hosting outdoor parties:

1. Twister, a classic and fun game. Just grab a spinner and start calling out directions!

2. Jenga. I've added our new giant tumbling tower set to this must play list! It's fun for all ages and can be played with any number of people.

3. Headbands Game. The person guessing has a picture on their headband that they cannot see. Everyone else acts out the clue without speaking for the guesser to try and figure out.

4. Charades. A single person acts out a clue for the group to guess without speaking.

5. Croquet, once you learn the rules this is a super fun game to set up and play in the yard. If you have enough players, you can even have your our tournament!
For more outdoor inspiration, visit Wayfair's HUGE selection of Giant Board Games for the Yard and outdoor dining and entertaining selections.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Must Haves for a Cozy Night In...

Hi friends! I'm over on Wayfair sharing my blogger picks for must have items to set the mood for a cozy night in...from the perfect love seat and coffee table, to servingware, cocktails, and dinner. Hope you enjoy my selections. Let me know if you have a favorite item!

wine bar Dover Wine Bar Cabinet
mule mug Classic Mule Mug loveseat Peruse Loveseat
turntable Keepsake USB 3 Speed Turntable game table Multi Game Table mattress topper Leo Pizza Set
coffee table Laguna Coffee Table popcorn bowl Popcorn Bowls with Kernel Catcher wine tray Evening Reverie Wine Accent Tray
bean bag chair Garfield Bean Bag Chair salad bowl 3 Piece Salad Bowl throw blanket Cabin Plaid Flannel Sherpa Cotton Throw
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