We challenged 5 of our favorite entertaining bloggers to create the ultimate home bar, inspired by their signature cocktail and favorite pieces from our summer collection. Today, we’re featuring the fantastic design from Stephanie Frazier Grimm at Creating Couture Parties. We asked Stephanie about her inspirations for this design as well as her secrets to hosting a great cocktail party.
What was your inspiration and theme for your cocktail party?
The whale shaker of course! Living by the ocean my whole life, I am drawn to anything nautical. Any time I design a party, it seems to have a beachy flare to it.
Which Pottery Barn products really made this party pop?
I think keeping with the nautical theme of navy, red and blue and using the red napkins bring this table together and make it inviting. Adding the surprise details of the whale bottle opener, whale cocktail shaker, and lanterns really create the beachside experience I want my guests to enjoy.
What do you think are the most special or unique details from your cocktail party?
I love the fact Pottery Barn products can be used for a sit down dinner party, or a lakeside camp out. Also being able to have them as staples (for example the galvanized carry all) to be used for many things, like on this inspiration it was used as a beer cooler!
What’s your favorite summer spot for staging a cocktail party?
Of course the beach! Being in Newport, RI, it’s everywhere, so any place that has a harbor view with boats in the background gets me excited to entertain!
What’s your favorite way to elevate a cocktail and turn it from ho-hum to fabulous?
Fresh ingredients! Adding fresh herbs, or freshly squeezed fruit to a cocktail will certainly bring that refreshing flavor that accompanies the relax feeling of the beach.
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To celebrate our Mystery Box Challenge, today we’re giving away the Galvanized Metal Party Bucket and a set of 4 Red Dotson Napkins. You can find the official rules here. To enter, just fill out the form below!
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