Everyday Entertaining

An At-Home Bar Upgrade

Mixing up at home cocktails with Garden & Gun and Blade and Bow
Filed Under > "Hostess with the Mostest"

I’ve always been a fan of a great at-home bar. I strongly believe it’s a must-learn life skill to mix up classic cocktails, and as an avid host, it’s important to provide an array of libations for your guests at a moment’s notice.

Now more than ever, with the amount of time we’re spending at home, a great home bar has truly become a necessity. While I have a few bar carts and drink stations set up around my home, nothing has upgraded the experience quite like my recently acquired Field Bar, a collaboration between Garden & Gun and Blade and Bow.

This bar is unlike any you’ve ever seen. Handcrafted in York, South Carolina, by the father-son team at Leake Furniture Makers, this expandable bar is made from cherry wood and brass. When closed, you’d have no idea what treasures are held inside: four crystal rocks glasses, a bar set by Lost Cove Jewelry, a custom throw and a custom set of napkins, both in Blade and Bow plaid. It’s also equipped with plenty of drawers and compartments to stow your other cocktail accouterments.

A true showstopper, the Field Bar reminds me of antique curio cabinets—the kind you would fold out to sit down and pen a letter. This is a true piece of art, but one that can travel. (When we’re allowed to travel again, that is).

If you’re looking for a last-minute holiday gift that’s sure to wow, put the Field Bar on your list. And don’t forget to add a bottle of Blade and Bow Bourbon as spirits aren’t included! Truly, MKR

In partnership with Garden & Gun, photography Kathryn McCrary

Waiting On Martha’s Build-Your-Own Charcuterie Board

With my very first ever designed product I wanted to put the easy back in entertaining!
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In the 8 years that I’ve had my Blog I’ve written a lot of great posts, I’ve had a lot of amazing partnerships, and I’ve traveled to a lot of dreamy places. Truly, this blog has allowed me to do, see and experience things I never would have imagined in a millions years. But today my Friends, today is one for the books. Today, I’m thrilled to be sharing my first ever designed product; a Build-Your-Own Charcuterie Board. Yep, you heard me right I’ve created a map to the perfect meat and cheese board.

With my first EVER designed product I wanted to put the easy back into entertaining! And there’s nothing more entertaining than a great charcuterie board, but easy they are not. Especially lately when it seems boards are becoming larger and more intricate than ever. So I thought, why not create board that had it all laid out, a map if you will. So thats just what I did, with a little help of course.

First we started with my favorite board that we sell at Waiting On Martha Home, a beautiful 30 x 10 maple wood board from Maple Leaf Designs Texas. We then had the map hand stamped/engraved on to the board in our handwritten font that was made just for Waiting On Martha.

Finally, we had the board fired in the kiln until it reaches a deep walnut brown coloring and finished off with butcher block conditioner. While I originally wanted to keep the board its original light maple color I quickly realized it gets messy. By darkening this thermal ash board you can lay everything directly down on the board then simply wash it away at the end of the night keeping it as functional as it is beautiful.

And that’s it, simply follow the step by step instructions engraved on the board and you’ll have the perfect appetizer board every time! And trust me when I say it will be perfect as I tested it many, many times even measuring out cheese wedges to try to make everything the perfect size. And if you consider yourself an expert we’ve got you covered too. The engraving is easily covered up as so you can feel free to get creative. However, you will find plenty of suggestions and definitions on our map such as: olives, vehicles (with suggestions for different crackers & breads), stinky cheese (with a listing of some of our favorite stinky cheeses), honey, sliced fruits (with suggestions of different fruits), salami with definition of salami, seasonal (with some ideas for seasonal foods), hard cheese (with a listing of some of our favorite hard cheeses), jam,  (with suggestions for different crackers & breads), soft cheese (with a listing of some of our favorite soft cheeses), nuts,  and prosciutto with definition of prosciutto.

This really is the perfect gift to give to yourself or to the host you love the most this holiday season. And from the bottom of my heart thank you to all that have supported me on this journey. It’s been a ride! xo, MKR

Setting the Table with Schumacher for Williams Sonoma

A classic print gets a whole new look
Filed Under > Entertaining
Dragon Ice Bucket, Double Old Fashion Glasses, Decanter
Ikat Serving Bowl, Dragon Platter, Cheese Knives
Schumacher Table Cloth & Ikat Ginger Jar
Schumacher for Williams Sonoma Ikat Charger, Ikat Dinner Plate, Dragon Salad Plate, Napkin
Schumacher for Williams Sonoma Ikat Ginger Jar

It’s amazing how a quick change in tabletop can make a room look completely different. Case in point setting the table with the new, jaw-dropping Schumacher for Williams Sonoma Collection.

Have you seen this collection yet? For those of you not familiar at all with Schumacher let me give you a quick run down. Schumacher was founded in 1889 by Frederic Schumacher, and quickly became the industry leader in textiles, wall coverings and trimmings. This legendary American design house is renowned for its unwavering commitment to beauty, artistry and quality and is a go-to for designers all over the world. So when they joined forces with Williams Sonoma, I knew the collaboration would be iconic.

This exclusive collection is the first time ever Schumacher has allowed their iconic patterns to be available in dinnerware and entertaining pieces and by how beautiful the collection turned out they’ve all got to be asking, why didn’t we do this sooner?!?!

I cannot tell you how much fun I had setting this table. This collection, at its heart, is a pattern and color lovers dream which is was waited with bated breath for it to launch.

Not only was I anxious to see which iconic Schumacher patterns were going to make the collection, I loved knowing that I would be able mix and match all of the different Schumacher patterns such as ikat, dragon, and chinois fret and the end result will feel cohesive and effortless. This is what I’m always talking about when mixing patterns…be bold, don’t be afraid friends!

Plus, from an entertaining standpoint this collection is so full and colorful there was no need to crowd the table with additional decor such as candles and loads of florals. I kept it simple by combining an orchid I already had potted at home and a few white hydrangeas from my garden combined in the Schumacher Ikat Ginger Jar.

While the entire collection is stunning, my personal favorites have to be the dragon ice bucket that is literally so large it can hold 3 bottles of wine! The amazingly intricate dragon decanter and matching double old fashioned glasses. And lastly all of the fabrics, specifically the napkin collection. They’re so beautiful and at such a great price!

At the end of the day every Schumacher for Williams Sonoma piece can completely stand on it’s own, but my suggestion…have fun with this one because the collection is truly meant to be mixed, matched, and swooned over. Truly, MKR

P.S. Come back this weekend when I’ll be sharing my recipe for the easiest ever Korean Ground Beef recipe as pictured above.

Photography Rustic White Interiors | This post is sponsored by Williams Sonoma, a brand I love and adore. All opinions and images are 100% my own

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