Ready for Summer Entertaining + Giveaway

I welcome this time of year, the transition from a regimented school schedule to a relaxed summer schedule – June and July are months we take it easy and invite friends into the backyard for much merriment. We had a group over to our house yesterday and my brother’s family stopped by for a barbeque. Knowing guests were on their way I spent Saturday cleaning and planting and then Sunday preparing food and drinks.

I was invited by World Market to participate in their summer campaign focused on outdoor entertaining, so with gift cards in hand I paid a visit to my local store on Friday to stock up. In summer I like to use my potting bench as a beverage bar on our upper patio, it has a nice view of our hobby vineyard and is a great place to lounge and chat with visitors.

beverage bar wine barrel side table

World Market is an easy one stop shop for food and drink items too, I picked up some cheeses and savory treats, sparkling juices, mineral water, and two bottles of wine and they make it so easy to fill a large drink dispenser with sparkling soda or juice infused with citrus for a sweet summer refresher.

outdoor beverage bar


sparkling limon over ice


white wine ice bucket


tray of glasses

Bugs bug me, especially swatting them away so I purchased a few domed and covered containers for local cheeses and homemade chipotle hummus – pictured are the willow dome (in stores), painted food dome, and striped storage bowl.

domes and treats


crackers and hummus




food domes


potting bench bar


To spruce up the yard with botanicals, I added plants in trios of containers from my stash and mixed them at different levels: herbs, succulents, annuals, ferns, the medley keeps it interesting.

wine barrel end table


trio of plants


trio of container plants


On the round dining table I used a fringed striped picnic blanket that caught my eye as a tablecloth, also a genie lantern, the lagoon beaded chargers and paisley napkins.

picnic blanket tablecloth


drink please bell


The cheeky little “drink please” bar bell makes me laugh since anyone in need is two steps away from the beverage bar… it may turn itself into a drinking game. 🙂

potting bench beverage bar


sodas in bucket


If it’s sweet instead of savory you prefer for your beverage bar, this video offers more inspiration:


This week is your chance to win a $200 gift card from World Market to welcome summer to your home, enter via the Rafflecopter widget below:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

*This post was sponsored by World Market, thank you for including me in the #worldmarketlove4outdoors campaign, all styling, photography, and opinions are my own!

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