TGIF! It’s been a really busy week for me so I’m stoked that it’s Friday. My brother is actually flying into town tonight from Massachusetts so I’m really excited that we’re going to get a whole week with him since he hasn’t even met Riley yet. And since he’s in town, we’re having some friends over and I’m looking forward to hosting! We haven’t really had a big get together with friends since we moved into our house, so I’m excited (and nervous!) to host for the first time. I decided to do recipe testing today and have Kevin be my taste tester/guinea pig! He didn’t mind since he got to sit back and eat yummy food and drink Moscow Mule’s. Ha!
I made really yummy strawberry Moscow Mules that I had never made before, so I wanted to test them first and they did not disappoint! All I did was puree strawberries with some water and sugar and add to a regular Moscow Mule recipe. Then I topped them with a lime, strawberries and mint! I think they came out pretty great!
Anyway, even though our house is fully decorated and ready for company, I definitely didn’t have a ton of things to use to serve appetizers or for drinks. So I hopped on eBay’s website to grab everything I needed. You’d be shocked how many items are available on eBay! Even if I’m on another website and I find something I want to buy, I always go to eBay and search for it to see if I can get a better price. And I honestly usually always do find a better price! And it’s a huge misconception that they only have used items that you bid on. The majority of their items are actually brand new from vendors like any other website. You just usually get better deals!
Right now they’re actually having their End of Summer Sale so they have so many great prices on things you would use for summer entertaining! Plus, even though it’s technically nearing the end of the season, with the heat we’ve been having I feel like summer is really only beginning so it’s awesome to get the sale prices. I ordered a few pool accessories like this lounging pool float for me and this ducky float for Molly. She is going to flip when she sees it! She’ll think the pool is one big tubby!
Back to me being the hostess with the mostess! I got these really pretty Moscow Mule cups that are absolutely essential if you’re going to serve Moscow Mules. Plus they’re just really gorgeous. I’m always impressed when I go to someone’s house and they serve a Moscow Mules in these cups. It just seems fancy to me or something. Ha! It doesn’t take much to impress me! And so many of you had told me that you think there’s too much white in my house, so I’ve been trying to buy more things with wood-tones. Because to be honest, I kind of agree with you. I need to branch outside of the all white home decor zone! So I got a wood serving tray and this gorgeous wood serving bowl.
And I wanted to serve some of the food on something a bit more special than just a plate, so I thought a cake stand would be a cute idea to serve these crostinis. All I used to make them was a baguette that I toasted with some butter in the oven, goat cheese layered with walnuts and cranberries and drizzled them with a balsamic glaze that I bought at the store. They are soooooo good! I also got some cute blue and white striped napkins. I’ve decided now that I have a grown-up house, I should use grown up napkins instead of using paper napkins. Plus I’m trying to be better for the environment.
And so many of you have asked me about the signs I have hanging on the wall in my dining room. My designer bought them for us from an antique flea market, but I found super similar ones on eBay! I will link them all in thumbnails below.
Anyway, just wanted to share these great finds with you guys and give you details on the drinks and appetizers I have planned for tomorrow. Do you guys have any suggestions for another easy appetizer or drink I could serve? Also, let me know if you find any really great deals when you’re browsing the eBay End of Summer Sale. I know fans are on sale and I really want to get one for our bedroom. Just because we don’t keep the AC on too cold because of the baby, but I’m always sweating so I need a fan to be pointed at me. Let me know if you guys find a good one that’s part of the sale! And wish me luck entertaining tomorrow!
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