Summer a la Cart

I’m all for soaking up as much post-work and weekend sun as possible, so when it’s beautiful outside, I get excited about outdoor dining possibilities. After all, when summer’s here, I want to get out of the house and enjoy the friends who make these months so perfect! So, in the spirit of easy entertaining and finding new uses for things I already have on hand, I’m putting a bold, little drink cart I recently purchased into use as a drinks and snack station for my next backyard barbecue. By adding a selection of simple snacks, individual Mason jar drinks and some complementary pieces from around my house, I think I’ve tackled the problem of making too many trips to and from the kitchen. BACKYARD BEVIES & SNACKS SUPPLIES: Mason jars and lids, fabric, scissors, drink supplies, ice bucket, ice, skewers, pretzels, cheese, summer sausage and veggies.
  1. Trace circles that are slightly larger than your Mason jar lids on pieces of colorful fabric and cut them out.
  2. Prepare your drink of choice in a small Mason jar. I used sparkling lemonade with berries and lime for one option and sangria with oranges and limes for the other.
  3. Top your jar with the center of the Mason jar lid, add fabric and then screw on the lid’s outer ring.
  4. Chill your Mason jar drinks in an ice bucket until ready to serve.
  5. For snack ideas, think of cheese, meat and veggie combos you can skewer for easy serving. Add pretzels, crackers and other favorite snacks.
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Tags: DIY, summer dining

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