The design in this snack center instantly delivers a sense of fun and creativity. Blue cabinets and a yellow leather bench vie for attention, and the sheen of the concrete floor reflects the sparkle of the imaginative lighting fixtures.
Just off the pool deck, this utility space is stocked with a beverage fridge, custom cabinetry and Caesarstone countertops. The transitional space's light gray walls complement the dark cabinetry and floating shelves.
Biz Ellis and Theresa Thorne, who host the podcast One Bad Mother, stash snacks everywhere they go. “I have them in my car, my purse, diaper bags, under the couch cushions, everywhere,” says Ellis, whose go-to snack is granola bars. “I keep a stack of Trader Joe’s fruit leathers in my purse for emergencies because they’re cheap, lightweight, non-perishable, take up no space and my kids love them any time,” says Thorne.
Create a more functional kitchen pass through by adding a sturdy shelf and barstools. Standard shelf depth (12-16 inches) will provide plenty of space to accommodate an impromptu snack sesh or a kid-sized place-settings when entertaining larger groups!
Skip the frozen bagel pizza bites and let your children customize their own mini pizzas using healthier ingredients. Set up a pizza bar with mini whole wheat bagel halves, marinara sauce and toppings like chopped vegetables, ground beef, diced ham, pepperoni, shredded mozzarella cheese and feta cheese crumbles. Once your child creates his own personal pizza snack, bake for around 10 minutes or until the cheese has melted.
Located in the heart of the ritzy shopping complex The Shops Buckhead, Biltong Bar has added Tiki Tuesday menu to its offerings, with classic drinks like Mai Tais, Fog Cutters and Rum Barrels rounding out the already copious, clever boozy options from beverage director Sean Gleason. This South African gastropub bills itself as "beef jerky and booze" (biltong means beef jerky and is a traditional South African snack) a with Indian, French and Malaysian dishes on offer and a creative bar menu with exotic French-Caribbean sips like a trendy Chartreuse Colada, a mezcal and lavender soda Summer Dresses and other imaginative offerings.
Diverse seating for many cooks, it’s easy to feel left out when slaving in the kitchen. This dilemma is solved by adding plenty of functional – and super-stylish – seating around a central island. Here, versatility is the operative word. Two trendy bar stools create a small, informal eating area – ideal for a quick snack any time of the day.
It’s no secret: Hosting isn’t always easy. “With everyone home during the summertime, my mission is to find ways to make hosting easier on myself,” says Jenny, who suggests creating a one-stop-bar-cart-shop filled with snacks, drinks and other party necessities that guests can grab.
Feeling ambitious? Theme-up your bar cart up! Above, Jenny created a s’mores bar, perfect for a backyard camp out with kids or a neighborhood bonfire.