Some people like to eat al fresco in the summer. For me, the perfect time to enjoy an outdoor picnic or dinner is when the air is crisp and comfortable. Fall is the best time to be outside, especially when the leaves are just beginning to turn! I’m ready to eat almost every meal outside on the patio. And when serving family and friends I like to make things easy here at StoneGable! And nothing’s easier than self serve! Today I set up a drink bar on my potting bench! My family and guests can help themselves to a drink and a little nibble while they are waiting for dinner.
(I have been compensated for this post. All the opinions are my own.)
My garden is so full of brilliant colored marigold and zinnias this fall, they just had to be part of the drink bar. So I pulled many of my galvanized pieces and used accents of blue, green and orange to compliment the flowers! The effect is quaint, country and saturated with gorgeous color!
Two garden bouquets found their homes in pitchers from my farmhouse kitchen.
What would fall be without a pumpkin? Isn’t this little orange guy adorable!
Golden Apple Punch is served from a large galvanized beverage dispenser from Birch Lane. I added a ring of faux fall foliage around the bottom of the glass for a fun fall look!
The recipe for this yummy drink is at the bottom of the page.
Look at these little vintage dairy bottles! Who could resist drinking punch from these through a straw?
Did you notice the mason jars on the bottom shelf of the potting bench? Mason jars and dairy bottles (Birch Lane) make outdoor dining simple and so enjoyable!
The stashed away mason jars are for the sparkling water, sodas and wines chilling in a galvanized beverage tub with a stand from Birch Lane next to the potting bench! The drinks are icy cold!
My vintage wash stand is taking on a fall look too! This summer it held a kitchen herb garden. Now only the hardiest of the herbs are left and happy mums have replaced the spent herbs. To see what they looked like this summer click HERE.
I hope to put greens and maybe even a small evergreen tree in it at Christmas!
A cut-out galvanized container holds the straws. Next to it, a large galvanized lantern corrals beautiful pewter colored napkins (Birch Lane) gathered up in green straw napkin rings. I love to think up interesting ways to present thing! Who knew that a lantern could be used to hold napkins?
I covered the potting bench table with a couple of blue and white tea towels. The colors and the patterns are pure farmhouse inspiration!
I’ve learned the importance of layer upon layer when styling a table or vignette! The tea towels bring a big splash of color and add a nice textural feel! And they really pop against the charcoal grey potting bench!
While guests are getting their drinks they can take a handful of goodies! A galvanized utensil caddy (Birch Lane) works as a little snack station! Two savory nibbles and one sweet! Just the right amount so no one will ruin their appetite. And yes, one IS candy corn!
I find that serving a little snack by a beverage station or bar instead of on a table near everyone keep people from overindulging and being full at dinner time!
As I was planning this fall drink bar I collected all the elements together in the beverage tub and kept it in my study. It was so convenient to keep adding to it every time I thought of another thing I wanted on the drink bar. So, when it was time to set up my fall drink bar I brought almost everything outside in the beverage tub! Don’t you love easy-peasy?
As the evening grows darker I’ll hang votive candles in mason jars on the little hooks at the back of the potting bench!
I hope I have inspired you and given you lots of ideas that you can use when entertaining family and guests!
Here’s the recipe for delicious GOLDEN APPLE PUNCH…
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