WEEKEND MAKEOVER: PARTY CENTRAL
Transform a new or used potting bench into a tricked-out sideboard that organizes all your outdoor entertaining essentials.
Create a cart to ease outdoor entertaining.
Make backyard hosting easier by keeping all your supplies in a convenient do- it- all buffet. Here’s what you’ll need.
1 STURDY BENCH
A potting bench with a generous countertop will provide more space for food and drink. Look for a unit with a shelf wide enough to hold a drink dispenser. The tough galvanized metal finish on this bench complements a range of styles.
2 EXTRA SHELVES
Boost storage with a low shelving unit on wheels. Tuck it underneath your potting bench to hold items, then slide it out so guests can help themselves to food and beverages.
3 LIDDED BINS
Store glassware and serving pieces near your outdoor dining area in a plastic bin with a lid. A zippered round case keeps a set of plates clean and dry.
4 SMART INSERTS
Use organizers in large bins to help group smaller items that could otherwise get lost. Keep flatware, candles, toothpicks, and cocktail napkins in a tray with sections. Or employ glass jars to hold utensils or tongs upright so you can quickly see and grab them.
5 EASY HOLDERS
Shop your local office supply store to fi nd convenient updates for your potting bench. For example, snap a magnetic pencil cup onto one of the bench’s legs and you instantly have a handy (and unobtrusive) way to keep cocktail tools within reach.
6 DOUBLE DUTY
Make the most of available space by using containers for multiple purposes. When it’s time for the party, transform the bin you use for barware and serving pieces into a large ice bucket. When the party is over, simply dump the ice, dry it, and pack it up.
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