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  1. More great ideas! I managed to find a cool vintage bar cart at a yard sale for $13. It needed a little TLC but has turned into a conversation piece too!
    Brenda, regarding your potting table: I saw an idea on Pinterest for adding those little lights that you push on and off under the top shelf. It was cute! You could use string lights on it too.

  2. I love bar carts! Every time I see one in a store I have to go over and take a look. Not sure what I would use it for but one of these days I will buy one.

  3. Our house is modestly sized. When we invite a crowd, it’s in summer, when people can spread out in the yard. However, we do a pre-Christmas party for the Festival of Light with about three dozen people. It isn’t possible for everybody to sit–if there aren’t enough seats for everybody, then make sure a good portion of the guests are standing–you don’t want only three or four poor souls without chairs. Standing cocktail parties are quite normal. We do an apéritif dinatoire–a dinner of appetizers–that are easy to eat from small plates while standing–nothing that needs to be cut with a knife and fork. We use real plates–dessert-size white Ikea plates that go with our good china (they have gotten a crazy amount of use over the decades). We don’t have “bad” or “everyday” china–that is a big space saver. I posted about this party before Christmas, with recipes.

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