February Bar Cart Edit


Valentines day bar cart decor | A Fabulous Fete

I love love love when holidays fall on the weekends. I feel like it gives you more time to celebrate and you aren't rushing through because of work (ugh, work, jk, i love my job). And also you can drink all the champagne and not have to worry about getting up early the next day;) I've been slacking on my bar cart game. Honestly, we haven't been using it as much as i'd like to. I guess we can blame in on winter. We haven't exactly been entertaining that much (and not quite sure what winter has to do with it, the cold? the rain? i'm lazy?).

Anyways, wanted to spruce it up a bit for vday, and February in general. Here are my go to tips for an easy bar cart update if you need a few last minute guidelines for your own!

Light box bar cart decor | A Fabulous Fete

The light box is back! I kind of forgot about it for a few months, but it was too perfect to add a little love note for my valentine.

Mini trophy match holder to decorate your barcart | A Fabulous Fete
How to decorate your bar cart | A Fabulous Fete

Don't display ugly matches. It's the easiest accessory you can add almost anywhere in your home. Put them in a bowl or any shallow vase to make them extra fancy. I usually cut off the strike strip and glue it to the bottom of whatever I put my matches in (actually shared a whole post about it here!). There's also an abundance of adorable match boxes these days, so stock up.

Valentines day themed bar cart decor | A Fabulous Fete
DIY mini eyelash notecards | A Fabulous Fete

I make lists ALL over the house, so having supplies on the bar cart is not strange at all for me. You can also use these for jotting down recipes or ingredients you need to grab for your fave cocktail! I made these with some paper scraps and the stamp from one of our Wilde House boxes.

Rose and Candle decor | A Fabulous Fete
Swan illustration from Wilde House Paper | A Fabulous Fete

Add some art. I love this print so much, Megan illustrated it for our Feb Box. Framed art, quotes and pictures are always something I add to our cart. You can see some more ideas I shared here too!

How to decorate your bar cart with things besides booze | A Fabulous Fete
The February bar cart edit | A Fabulous Fete

And lastly, sometimes the bar cart can feel a bit harsh, so 2 things I ALWAYS add to soften it up are fresh flowers and a pretty towel or napkin on the handle. Simple touches change it up so much!

 

What are your tips for simple bar cart styling? I would love to hear them in the comments!

Hope everyone enjoys their weekend and valentines day;)

Cucumber Grapefruit Valentines Day Cocktail


Valentine's Day Cocktail Recipe | A Fabulous Fete

Like I mentioned yesterday, we will most likely be hanging around the house for the big VDAY. So for those of you that are doing the same, I have a delicious cocktail that you must shake up for whoever you are spending it with. Going out? Mix one before. Ya, you can pregame before your valentines day dinner date. Tell them I said it's ok.

Back to the cocktail. I hate grapefruit on it's own, but omg, this has got to be one of the best, simple, cocktails I have made to date. Plus you serve it with flowers, SO... it must be good.

Pink and Marble Kitchen | A Fabulous Fete

Ingredients (makes one serving):

Valentine's Day Bar Cart | A Fabulous Fete

Mix all ingredients except flowers in a shaker with ice. Add fresh ice in your glass and pour the drink over. Top with flowers and a slice of grapefruit for garnish. Serve. Drink. Celebrate that you just found your new fave cocktail.

Grapefruit and Vodka Cocktail | A Fabulous Fete
Date Night Drink Recipe | A Fabulous Fete
Flowers and Drinks for Valentine's Day | A Fabulous Fete
Pretty Drink Recipes | A Fabulous Fete

Do you guys like grapefruit cocktails? Maybe i've been missing out all these years. If you have a good recipe, share it in the comments!

Skinnygirl Vodka provided in consideration for this post.

Weekend Style | The Valentines Day Edition


Weekend bike rides | A Fabulous Fete

I'm not going to rain all over your plans for those of you that have them, but, I don't really like going out on Valentines Day (anymore). Sure, the first time we didn't, I was probably super annoyed because someone forgot to make reservations. As the years passed and we started making dinner at home, I started to enjoy having a higher quality meal (at a fraction of the cost) in the comfort of my pj's. There's lots of other reasons (like, please don't rush me through my meal to move on to your next reservation) but I will skip over that and focus on what I really want to share. The outfit that I would spend my ideal Valentines Day in.

Weekend Neccessities | A Fabulous Fete
Future State tees, weekend wear | A Fabulous Fete
I'm bananas for you tee | A Fabulous Fete
Champagne and roses | A Fabulous Fete

I really am bananas over these tees from Future State. Perfect, for my perfect day of spending time outside, grabbing champagne, roses and cupcakes, then kicking back to enjoy it all. The cheeky little embroideries looked best paired with a skirt and converse... in my opinion. How are you guys spending love day this weekend?!

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Galentines Day | Entertaining


A guide to a galentines day gathering | A Fabulous Fete

Valentines Day has never been something I dreaded. Although I can't remember every year, I don't ever recall being bummed because I didn't have a special someone to celebrate with. For me it's always been a time that all things girly and pink and sweet are totally acceptable for the first 2 weeks of February... so, YES. I'm in. When we were kids (and even adults) my mom always gave us vday gifts (speaking of, hey mom, totally ok with still getting those gifts). Through high school my friends and I always gave each other valentines. It's just always been a fun time to share the love. So I absolutely love the idea of bringing back that fun and gathering your girls for a Galentines Day party. I've partnered with Seven Daughters Wine to share my 7 steps to hosting a fabulous little flower shop party for you and a few friends. At least this way we'll all be guaranteed a few roses when the 14th rolls around;)

Galentines day celebration | A Fabulous Fete
White roses wrapped in kraft paper | A Fabulous Fete
Treat your galentines to a DIY bouquet bar | A Fabulous Fete

1. I've always wanted a flower shop and this seemed like the perfect chance to create a mini version in my home. Pick up a few bouquets in different shades of red and pink from your local grocery store. Separate them by color or flower type in individual glass containers, just like a real shop.

Dusty roses | A Fabulous Fete

2. This should actually be number one as it's arguably the most important part of this party, the wine. The Seven daughters Moscato is sweet and bubbly and can be mixed with a bit of Rose Lemonade to make a festive and easy cocktail. The whites all seemed appropriate for this light and fun party, so I also set out the Crisp White and Chardonnay.

Pink lemonade, the perfect decor and mixer at your galentines day party | A Fabulous Fete
Wine and candy for your galentines and valentines | A Fabulous Fete
Custom stamped merci favor bags | A Fabulous Fete

3. Favors! Yes, the flowers are definitely a favor in itself, but a little candy never hurt anyone. I stamped small muslin bags, perfect for guests to grab and raid a candy bar and take to enjoy the next day. Plus, any way to get friends to reduce the amount of leftovers is always good.

Mini bouquet favors | A Fabulous Fete
Wooden candle holders to tone down all the pink that comes with vday | A Fabulous Fete

4. Set the mood with candlelight. To contrast all of the pink and red, I picked up these rustic tealight holders. A little contrast in style or color is the best way to add some interest to your table.

Gold plated cups | A Fabulous Fete
Heart shaped candy as decor | A Fabulous Fete

5. Did I mention the candy? Yes, but I'll say it again. Make sure it is abundant, and in cute jars or even champagne coupes like I did here. It's fun for friends to snack on, adds color and is decor on it's own.

Wildfox sweatshirt for lounging with your galentines | A Fabulous Fete

6. Dress the part and ask your friends to as well. I'll admit, I've already worn this sweatshirt more times than probably acceptable in the last week, but how perfect is it for a Galentines party? Or February? Or life?

Text invites instead of paper for your Galentines gathering | A Fabulous Fete

7. Well, okay maybe this is the most important part, invite your gals. Galentines Day isn't exactly a paper invitation holiday, let's keep it casual. Download this invitation for your mini flower shop get together, text it to your friends and add your details in directly after. Done (and you know they saw it, so now they have to respond;)

Wine and flowers, a winning combo for Valentines day! | A Fabulous Fete

Once your girls have arrived, open the wine, devour the sweets and put together a better bouquet than any guy could ever pick out for ya.

Will you be valentines-ing or galentines-ing this year?

Post in partnership with Seven Daughters Wine.

Weekend Notes | Get Crafty + Some Vday Links


Wilde House Paper Giveaway | A Fabulousfete

Happy Friday! This week has been one of those, I know I worked my butt off but barely made a dent in the stack of projects sitting on my desk, types of weeks. Anyone else with me? Monday's are always so hopeful, even if there are a lot of things to get done... you still have 5 full days to do it all. Then Friday rolls around and panic sets in. Good thing the team is growing otherwise I might just crawl back under the covers today and hide;)

Have you stopped by the Wilde House instagram this week? We're hosting a really fun contest called Treat Yo Wilde Self and giving away a pretty cool prize at the end of the weekend. Basically we've given simple prompts for you to follow and treat yourself. All you have to do is gram it and win! The photo above was from our 'get creative' prompt. Not only has this been a fun contest to plan and host, I've actually had fun participating as well! I picked up a few mini canvases, some acrylic and played around for a few, something I never take the time to do otherwise. I can't wait to make more of these small paintings, aren't they cute?!

And last but not least, with only a week away, I wanted to recap some of my favorite love day projects from the past in case you have some free time this weekend. Enjoy your weekends!

  • Decorate your party or home with this DIY flower garland
  • Customize this banner with your fave candy heart saying, would be super cute in your work space or to give as a gift!
  • My quick tips on how to create a simple vday arrangement
  • Printable valentines for your loves, all time favorite collab!
  • 4 quick wrapping ideas for small gifts. Seriously, grab some candy or another treat and you're set because the wrapping is so darn cute on it's own.
  • Printable pocket love notes. Stick in pockets, wallets, lunch boxes or under windshield wipers and share the love.

Image via the Wilde House Paper instagram feed.