Class up Summer Cocktail Hour with a Tidy Tray

Class up Summer Cocktail Hour with a Tidy Tray

Aug 9, 2011
Welcome to Megan, who's trying out for a spot on our editorial team. Enjoy!

Late summer is exactly the right time, ice tinkling in glasses, to stroll across the lawn towards laughing friends with a well laden tray of beverages. Did I not just describe your summer? Well, I had a piece of that last weekend and the tray was a key component. I have a dear old enamel beer tray that kicks around with my barware and does very well for presenting mix-your-own Bloody Marys. Pick up your own vintage tray for not too many dollars, then invite your friends by for a refreshing iced beverage and impress them with your mad-classy hosting skills. I rounded these up on Etsy but you can also find darling vintage trays at thrift or consignment stores. Cheers!

Shown above the jump, from left to right

1 Engrave Silverplate, $28.00 from 22BayRoad: perfect for swankier homes and gatherings.
2 Green Sailboat, $25.90 from tparty: this tray is perfectly summery. Wouldn't a round of mint iced teas or G and T's look extra good on green?
3 Budweiser Tray (very much like my Becks version), $22.00 from rutabagasix
4 Sweet Orange Lacquer, $14.75 from AmeliaBedelia: so simple and bright you could use this tray anywhere in the house and it would be pretty. I see it holding a folded magazine and jewelry next to the bed.
5 My casual tray set up lakeside to greet friends as they exit the water.

Thanks, Megan!

(Images: as linked, except 5. Megan Irving)

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