Bar Cart Series ... No. 12 Tiffany Erickson

Its Fri-Yay!!!  I was beyond waking up this morning and realizing that relaxing with those I love was merely hours away!!  I have a treat for you today.  My darling stylist Tiffany is posting today about a recent event she hosted with a designer.  Tiffany styled all of the baubles and Rosemary styled an amazing barcart.  I absolutely love seeing how so many tastemakers style their barcarts and how many of you believe they literally work every single place you put them!!

It's Bar Cart day with Tiffany ... 

This summer TE Style and Ash Street Interiors teamed up to host “Baubles and Bar Carts”, an event held in the North Shore of Chicago. The party, held at a wine bar, provided a forum on accessorizing bar carts – and yourself – for summer soirees.

Here are some highlights from the items featured at our event and, of course, why we chose to showcase these finds and these amazing companies.

Moon and Lola was also front and center at the event. Known for their acrylic monogram pieces, they also have fun and flirty styles that are a great way to add a pop of color for the season.

Luxe Wearhouse is one of my go-to spots for reasonably priced, on-trend jewelry. With this Summer being all about finding global inspiration, Luxe has tons of great eclectic and expressive pieces – tassels, fringe or woven metals…all at great price points!

No one does affordable statement pieces like Bauble Bar! From statement earrings to of-the-moment chokers, BB is the king of fashion jewelry that celebrates your personal style.

Run do not walk to get “bowtied” with stacks of these Bourbon and Bowties bangles. Each piece is handcrafted and adorned with beautiful stones from all over the world. Can you say arm party?

A Styled Bar Cart

A great bar cart is like a party on wheels, and this Madison Mixer Barcart by Society Social is no exception. In the summer I love moving my parties outdoors to lawns, patios and porches, or in this case, to a fabulous wine shop for a stylish summer event. The Madison holds all my must-haves and more and the removable cane tray is the perfect backdrop for styling.

I always include a customized element whether it's a unique, monogrammed bar towel draped over the front for the occasional over pour or pressed foil cocktail napkins. I love The Blush Label and Emily McCarthy Shoppe for their custom trays, tumblers and cocktail napkins in fresh summer colors and patterns. Emily McCarthy's new shop not only offers all that you'll need to stock a gorgeous custom bar, like this gold and white striped ice bucket, but she'll create a couture monogram just for your event!

I like to offer guests a "cocktail buffet", skipping the everyday mixers and offering craft tonic, soda, ginger and pink lemonade from Boylan Heritage. I add fresh mint, basil and rosemary from my garden and grapefruit slices alongside the expected lemons and limes. And small, portable bottles of refreshing infused water to keep everyone hydrated is a must!

Flowers, like cocktails, make people happy, so I always have a fresh, seasonal display on my barcart. Adding a fun cake topper or laser cutout, like this gold beauty from Moon & Lola, can take a simple hydrangea arrangement up a notch.

These clever cocktail napkins from August Morgan are not only a great hostess gifts if you are the party-goer, but they are always a huge hit at the bar if you're the party thrower. Everyone leaves the party wanting some of their own!

Just a splash, or two or three ...

If you've ever mixed a drink from one of my barcarts, you know I always have a sweet gourmet treat out for sampling. Colorful macaroons are always a good idea and, in my opinion, taste delicious with a refreshing G&T!

I love seeing so many amazing ways to use a barcart ... and of course anything Tiffany works on makes my heart skip a beat!  She is back next month with a post giving us the preview on what we should be wearing this fall!

Happy Friday lovies!!


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