I picked up a copy of one of my favorite mags; Canadian House and Home magazine (December issue). In the Design lessons section (page 72) they featured an article titled; Open House Secrets. The entertaining ideas were fabulous and useful. One that I really liked was the use of an inexpensive wicker trunk from Ikea to use as a discreet beverage fridge. They place two Styrofoam coolers inside to keep bottled drinks frosty and free up space in the fridge for food. I tried unsuccessfully to download the image so instead I picked up a wicker trunk on one of my jaunts to Ikea. Here is a shameful attempt to reproduce a similar look. I’m definitely doing this for Christmas. My husband loves to use coolers in the house to store beer and the likes (for parties), and I’m not a fan of the look. I’ll take pictures and share the after with you. I’ve also included some of my other favorite entertaining items. Happy Christmas to each and every one of you. Love, kelly
I love these little trivets of wood from Winston Flowers in Boston. I use them for everything, they look great when layering or placing a hot pot onto.
Small white square dishes from Crate and Barrel are inexpensive and work really well as hors d'oeuvres dishes.
Vintage jelly jars are a great gift and a perfect way to display my collection of coin silver
Inexpensive wine glasses ($1.99) from Ikea...I buy them by the crate.
Wine decanter from Pottery Barn, I love them for wine but they are also a great vase for a ilex berry branches.
My favorite wine makes everyone feel festive...J vineyards , pinot gris ...yum