Date Night In: At the Bar Dining

My husband and I love to sit at the bar when we go out to eat. I think the fact that we get to sit next to each other (without the smirks that same-side table sitting draws) makes for an intimate dining experience. We like to share small plates with each other and that’s easier to do at the bar. Plus it’s something you absolutely can’t do when dining with kids, which is exactly what we’re trying to accomplish when out for an evening by ourselves. So I’d love to recreate that set-up at home for a date night in. We already have a bar in our kitchen, but here’s what else I’d pull together for a nice evening ….

A Feteful Life: Date Night In At Bar Dining

1. While we have a breakfast/wine bar in our kitchen, we haven’t invested in any bar stools yet. I love these CB2 acrylic ones — they’ll keep it nice and open (and I hate when bar stools don’t have a foot rest for us not tall people!)

2. Bar snacks are a must and this mix of smoky popcorn and Japanese rice crackers looks fabulous.

3. My husband and I both love Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown — it’s a great mix of culture, food, politics, and travel. And booze. I think it would be fun to put this on an iPad on the bar as background while we eat. Just like a bar.

4. We almost always order oysters on the half shell when eating at a bar (as long as it’s the right place to order such things). I haven’t dared try to do these myself, but I think I might have to. Plus, crushed ice.

5. I’m normally not much of a champs girl (it gives me a headache), but lately I’ve been drinking a lot of French 75s when we go out. They pair perfectly with oysters and include my other favorite spirit: gin. (I’m seeing a Green Hat Gin French 75 in my near future).

6. I still have a stack of monogrammed paper cocktail napkins from when I set up my husband’s bar tray for him. They’d be a fun addition to date night.


Party like it’s the… 1920s

Side Car Bar Cart

Happy Birthday, Jim! What do you do for a guy who is the best husband and dad for his birthday? Why, you throw him a party of course! A party inspired by his favorite drink, the Old Fashioned. Not the Old Fashioned of the Mad Men era but back to its popularity in the speakeasies of the 1920s; thus converting our house into the Shipe Juice Joint for the evening. In addition to the Old Fashioned, we served a couple of other prohibition era drinks like the Side Car and the French 75 (believe you me, that one packs a punch). Add a few good friends, some canapés and a little Jazz music and the night was made.

I know what you’re thinking, you want to throw a speakeasy party of your own. Well, lucky for you, we have our very first party pack at our Etsy store where you can buy a lot of the paper decorations from the party! Check out the invitation here and the party pack here and fete on!

Bar Cart OverheadTinsel StirrersBubble FireplaceOld Fashioned CartFood TableChampagne Jello Shots