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A Serve-Yourself Summer Drink Station

Create a Summer Drink Station for your backyard or patio!  Have everything set up so your family and friends can easily help themselves. 

This summer we are going to be celebrating my husband’s 40th birthday!  And this means that we’re going to be having a party with friends and family to celebrate the big day! So in between camping trips and summer outings we’ve been working on a few projects around here to get ready for the big event.  I’m really hoping the weather cooperates for us so we can have the event outside on our deck.  I’m planning on having everything – all the food, the visiting, everything outside.  So to make my life and party preparations easier I’ve been thinking of ways to organize food and all the party supplies.  We have a fairly large deck so it shouldn’t be a problem.

Make your own drink station by giving old furniture a makeover!

One of the projects I wanted to tackle was to put together a hostess cart, you know the ones?  They roll around where ever you need them so they are super handy for entertaining.  Well, as luck would have it I’ve got just the thing!  I’ve had a kitchen cart for many many years, but have never really used it.  In fact it’s been sitting in my basement for the better part of ten years.  Then all of a sudden while I was looking at my deck furniture and my colourful seat cushions, I thought of the cart again, and decided I needed it for my summer patio as a summer drink station.  And it also needed to be hot pink.  I know, it’s weird right?  I don’t know why these things pop in my head but they do and I just go with it!  🙂  And when I told my husband he kind of looked at me all crazy like, but I told him to just trust me…I had a vision and I was about to make it happen.

I love a good Before and After!

So thanks to my friends with CIL I got busy with my project!  And because every paint project needs a before and after, here it is…actually it was a stroke of luck that I managed to capture a before.  I was so gung-ho on getting this cart painted that I nearly forgot to take a picture!  Anyway, it wasn’t a terrible cart to start out with, it just needed to be pink.  Because well, pink.

Hostess Cart Before and After {A Pretty Life}

Before  //  After

Don’t be afraid of colour!

What a difference!  It certainly is brighter…but wait, it will all come together.  Although I do have to admit that I panicked just a little as I painted this cart…the colour is certainly outside of my comfort zone, but I painted my way through my worry.  Wait until you see it all filled up with party supplies, and next to my aqua deck furniture and gorgeous floral cushions.  It works.

Summer Drink Station

Ta da!  See how festive and bright it is!  The colour of it just matches all the dishes and decor I already had around.  I love it.

Summer Drink Station

Next to my deck furniture it’s perfect.  Why not have bold colour around…it makes me smile!

Putting Together a Hostess Cart {A Pretty Life}

What a cheery little sitting area isn’t it?

Summer Drink Station

Tips and Ideas for your Summer Drink Cart:

I had a lot of fun adding all the supplies to my newly made over cart.  Come party time I will load it up with drinks, napkins, cups, straws, cutlery, treats, condiments, pretty much anything and everything that I can fit on it!  Here are some tips:

  • Place your hostess/drink cart in an easy to access place on your patio.
  • Fill a large self-serve jug with homemade lemonade or flavoured waters.
  • Use jars or cutlery baskets to store straws and utensils.
  • Set out napkins.
  • Put out a selection of reusable cups.
  • Set out a basket of bottle openers and cork screws.
  • Offer a bucket of ice with a scoop.
  • Bring out your patio dishes and put them all on your hostess cart for easy access.
  • This cart would also be great as an ice cream station or bbq station!
  • Keep your station out of the direct sun, so everything stays cool.  Bonus if you can put it under an awning in case you party gets rained on!

Summer Drink Station

Pretty pretty pretty!  Go bold or go home I guess right?  😉

Putting Together a Hostess Cart {A Pretty Life}

And I LOVE LOVE LOVE how it looks with my newly painted deck door!  So cheery and fun!

I should add that I will be taking this hostess cart inside during extreme weather conditions to keep the paint job looking beautiful! Plus I get the added benefit of a splash of colour indoors in my eating nook!

Painting Details and Practical Tips:


So, what are you painting today?  Do you love bold colours?  Or do you like more subtle colours?

Have an inspired day!
SignatureDisclosure:  I have been sponsored with product by CIL brand paint for PPG to write this post, but the thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.  Really truly.  I’m loving the transformation of CIL paint in my home!

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  • Reply
    Bette @ Somerset Lane
    July 30, 2014 at 8:12 AM

    It totally works. I love your use of bright colours! Perfect for summer!

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    Sheila S.
    July 30, 2014 at 9:15 AM

    This looks fabulous and goes so well with your aqua deck furniture. Last year I went out of my comfort zone and painted 2 Adirondacks apple green. Our patio looks 10x better with bright vivid colour!

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      [email protected]
      August 10, 2014 at 12:01 PM

      Thank you Sheila! Isn’t it great to have pops of colour around – it just makes everything so cheery!

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    Jessica Dimas
    July 30, 2014 at 10:16 AM

    Soooo pretty! I love it! It’s super cheery and I would feel so at home sitting there, you did an awesome job!

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    Virginia Fynes
    July 30, 2014 at 2:28 PM

    LOOKS AWESOME!!! Love the bold color, it really completes your outdoor set!

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      [email protected]
      August 10, 2014 at 12:02 PM

      Thank you Virginia! It really ties everything together – I’m loving the pink!

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    Michele @ Alwayzbakin
    July 30, 2014 at 5:49 PM

    LOVE it! It looks so pretty with your furniture. Pink is my favorite color!

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    July 31, 2014 at 1:24 PM

    Wow, it looks great! What a difference a little paint, creativity, and TLC can make.

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    Dannyelle @
    July 31, 2014 at 2:01 PM

    Love your hot pink! Of course I would though, since pink is a fav for me. It looks amazing with the aqua. Beautiful project.

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      [email protected]
      August 10, 2014 at 11:55 AM

      Thanks Dannyelle! I wasn’t sure about the pink at first but I’m loving it now SO much!

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    CIL Paints
    August 6, 2014 at 3:22 PM

    It turned out beautifully! Great job…

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    August 7, 2014 at 11:27 PM

    I don’t know how I missed this post, but I have to say that I LOVE this cart, Jo-Anna! It’s so adorable. I want one!

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      [email protected]
      August 10, 2014 at 12:03 PM

      Oh thank you Tara! I’m loving this cart…it’s going to make outdoor entertaining so easy!

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    heather meads
    August 18, 2014 at 9:17 AM

    It looks great in pink and perfect against your blue chairs too, what a happy space!!

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      [email protected]
      August 18, 2014 at 9:33 AM

      Thank you Heather! It certainly does make me feel happy when we’re out there! Colour is fun!

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    August 18, 2014 at 9:18 AM

    This is adorable! It turned out great!

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    August 18, 2014 at 9:31 AM

    Love love love the pink! Anything outside grey is beyond my comfort zone so I totally understand your hesitation but once you pull the trigger it’s so worth it. But seriously….those succulents in the crate are beyond gorgeous!!

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      [email protected]
      August 18, 2014 at 9:32 AM

      Thank you Meredith! It’s so funny that my deck is so colourful because inside my home everything is so muted! Maybe I need to start getting colourful inside too!

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    Becki @ The Uncommon Law
    August 19, 2014 at 6:08 AM

    Love this! What a nice bright color for summer!

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    August 20, 2014 at 5:16 AM

    This is so cute! What a great idea ,especially so you don’t have to go back and forth to the kitchen as much when you’re using your patio.

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    Tash @ The Dreamhouse Project
    August 20, 2014 at 5:17 AM

    What an adorable little cart!! I love the colours. So bright & summery. If only the weather could be so bright & cheerful, lol!

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    August 20, 2014 at 9:31 AM

    What a fun way to bring color to your outdoor space! I’m seeing these carts and think I could really use one for extra storage. We seem to always be running back and forth when people are over.

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