Monday, September 22, 2014

Birthday Party Supplies

Before "birthday month" officially comes to a close, I thought I'd share some of my favorite birthday party supplies. These items come from a few wonderful designers and small shops that you can feel great about supporting: Hattan Home, Waiting on Martha, The Flair Exchange, Sugar Paper, and Shop Sweet Lulu

Monday, September 15, 2014

End of Summer Bar Cart Design Featuring Onli Beverages

One of the highlights of my summer was our weekly share of fresh produce from the local Dumbo CSA, which I volunteer for. We decided to have a potluck as our end of summer gathering, and I offered to host it (naturally). Imagine my excitement when Onli Beverages generously offered to send us some of their beautiful drinks to try! Their "chef-inspired" flavors were a perfect fit for our members. Since we have been receiving watermelon in our farm shares, I thought the watermelon-lemon flavor paired with vodka or prosecco made a perfect cocktail for the event. Bonus: the packaging is beautiful! These are my new favorite bottles to display on my bar cart. Check out all their different flavors and buy a few for your own bar cart! Cheers!

Friday, September 5, 2014

Weekend Links: The Latest in Birthday Celebration

To me, birthdays are about friends, cake and champagne...

BAKED is releasing a new cookbook all about celebrations, or "occasions" as they call them. I've obviously pre-ordered this one.

7 ways you've been drinking champagne wrong - I'm only guilty of one! Phew. (Now what do I do with all my fancy flutes?! Oh, use them anyway.)

Custom. Confetti. Need I say more?

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Royal Purple Birthday Party

I love throwing a party for a guest of honor - planning the theme based around their personal preferences is such a fun gift to someone. In this case, the birthday boy was British, so I decided on a color scheme of royal purple with gold accents. Plus lots of British chocolate and his favorite dessert, chocolate mousse, in lieu of birthday cake. (Which nearly killed me, but I managed.)
Giant Round Balloons - they could have been blown up bigger but I was worried they wouldn't fit through the door! 
Perhaps the biggest hit of the party were these photo party hats. I followed the tutorial found on Sugar and Charm.
British chocolates from Dewey's Candy in Dumbo were supposed to be party favors, but the birthday boy insisted on keeping them all for himself! 
The cocktail of the evening was a gin-spiked tarragon lemonade.
Guests were ask to fill out these pre-addressed cards, complete with vintage stamps from Verde Studio, that prompted them to fill in their wish for the birthday boy's upcoming year. 
Chocolate mousse with fresh whipped cream and strawberries in individual cups with wooden spoons
Purple m&m cookies, recipe by Bake or Break

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

3 Free, Pretty September Downloads for Desktop & Mobile

Heiday for Design Love Fest
Well, hello! I'm terribly sorry for disappearing for the past few weeks. I wrapped up the summer with a week-long vacation in Napa/Sonoma, my favorite place in the US. And I'm so excited to return back home to September - or "birthday month" as we call it in our home. My husband and I have birthdays 11 days apart and (now that I've learned to share) we love celebrating for a solid 2 weeks straight. So of course that means you can expect a lot of birthday festivities highlighted on A Bar Cart in Brooklyn this month! I'm working on a masculine bar cart design with the help of Susty Party that I can't wait to share with you. I'm also co-hosting our local Dumbo CSA's end-of-summer potluck. And I'll be attending an Outstanding in the Field dinner for the 2nd year in a row! Tomorrow I'll share with you some photos and details from a royal purple & British candy-filled birthday party I threw for a friend last month.

Here are a few desktop & mobile backgrounds for September. As always, click the links in the captions to go to the designers' sites to download.

Oana Befort
Sugar Paper

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Weekend Links: The Latest in Summer Celebration

I'm definitely bringing out my ice cream maker this week, so I'm glad I saw this: Homemade Ice Cream Mistakes and How to Avoid Them (Bon Appétit)

No one can judge you for putting ice cubes in your rosé if they're made of rosé: How to Make Rosé Ice Cubes (Tasting Table)

Furthering my belief that the French do everything better: Hospital in France to Open a Wine Bar (PUNCH)

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Picnic Essentials: Part 2

TOP: Maldon Salt Travel Tin I'm completely hooked on finishing salt - I've even started carrying one of these tins in my purse in case I end up at a restaurant that only provides regular table salt. (Yes, I just said that.) | Mobile Foodie Survival Kit A compact way to carry all your favorite spices (also great for rental houses). If you'd rather fill your own, you can buy an empty set here. | Roll-up Bartender Set for those serious about their cocktails no matter the venue.

MIDDLE: Cutting Board | Cheese Knife | Flameless Tea Lights to help you create ambiance without getting kicked out of the park! | Pareo as a blanket that takes up minimal room in your picnic basket | Personalized Wine Opener via Summit Engraving Ltd on Etsy 

BOTTOM: Corkcicle Vinnebago promises to keep your wine cold for up to 25 hours | Corkcicle Original | Tip: when you're technically not allowed to bring alcohol, a Pellegrino bottle holds exactly 1 bottle of wine. Shhh! | Working Glasses with Lids for packing up salads or spreads | Roll-up Backgammon