The Organized Life, Outdoor Serving Station

Sometimes HH and I just laugh and say that we need an automatic door, like the ones at the grocery store, to accommodate the heavy traffic going in and out of the house…

summer bar cart 1

One thing that cuts down on the flow is setting up an outdoor refreshment station, it really helps slow down the coming and going, and the inning and the outing…

outdoor bar

This rolling cart is so handy, it usually stays inside holding toy baskets and other random things

kids storage

but it easily rolls out the door when it’s needed for entertaining or for busy summer family weekends

bar cart

Customize the accessories according to who you’re serving

snack bucket

This bucket could be full of beer, or full of snacks!


I like to keep individual snack bags on hand not only for convenience, but humidity is brutal on crispy things

water jug

I try to keep some things kid friendly like this plastic beverage server full of ice water so the kiddos can help themselves

summer bar

The adults get fancier choices

martini corner

A glass of wine or a martini perhaps?

wine boat

A boat makes a handy bottle holder!

colorful bar accessories

Lots of colorful accessories


And a fruit filled pitcher ready for sangria

sangria pitcher

We do keep a big cooler of juice boxes, beer and bottled water on hand outside too

summer entertaining al fresco

Something for everyone~


Full of temptations


and tasty treats

snack bucket with cover

If you make it easy for everyone to help themselves, you get to sit around and relax!  🌴  😎  🌴

All I need now is a dishwasher that loads and unloads itself!

Do you have any tips or favorite ways to serve summer time treats?


I will be sharing with the fabulous parties and blogs on my side bar and

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24 Responses to “The Organized Life, Outdoor Serving Station”
  1. Mary says:

    I love how you repurposed your rolling cart for an outdoor serving station Jenna! Super cute idea for summer entertaining. I bet the kids love helping themselves to the goodies and snacks 🙂

  2. What a great idea! Have a feeling if I did something like this my kids wouldn’t actually go and play, they’d be sitting there eating everything.

    • ha! I must admit that last summer during a family weekend the kids ate ALL the snacks I had purchased for the whole weekend on the first afternoon! So that’s the downside to serve yourself 🙂

  3. Judy Pimperl says:

    Great ideas for easy entertaining…The individual chips bags is one of those things where I want to slap myself for not figuring it out first! My porch is not too far away from yours, so we share that humidity problem…and it’s just not appetizing when a chip doesn’t crunch when you bite into it!

    I have one of the antique baby bathtubs from Europe that I use for drinks on the porch in the summertime…It’s one of my favorite “porch” things.

    Thanks for sharing with us!

    • oh what a cool way to serve drinks, Judy! I have seen a claw foot tub in someone’s back yard full of drinks and thought that was the cutest thing ever, an antique baby tub would be even better! >

  4. Carole says:

    I do this same thing! I found a vintage tea cart at an auction. It wasn’t in the best condition, but it is perfect for outdoor use on the covered veranda. From My Carolina Home

  5. Lynn says:

    I like that the handles on the basket help keep the napkins from blowing away Jenna! Your drink station is not only functional it’s fun:@)

  6. Sarah says:

    Clever idea, Jenna. Not only is it very useful, you have it appointed perfectly for the beach.
    Oh, how wonderful it must be to live that close to the beach.

  7. Jenna…love that beverage and food cart!…a great way to keep the flow outdoors and ones can stay and enjoy that gorgeous view that you have!…

  8. What a great idea! This is cute and functional. 🙂

  9. Jenna, love your serving station and it seems, you thought of everyone. It is nice that the cart can move outdoors! Blessings, Pam (

  10. Susan says:

    Love all of your fun beachy entertaining pieces!

    Big Texas Hugs,
    Susan and Bentley

  11. Kim says:

    What great ideas! I guess you do have to do things a certain way because of humidity. You’ve come up with wonderful ways to encourage self-serve situations. Smart lady! 🙂

  12. Bev says:

    Love all the blues and aquas…cool, perfect summery color scheme. Great layout…love it!

  13. Emily says:

    When it’s not so hot we set up iced beverages in big tubs outside on the veranda, it looks pretty I think. When it gets this hot everything is set up in the kitchen. Love your white table and how you use the beach theme.

  14. Julie says:

    Oh Jenna it sounds like you are such a great hostess and thanks for these entertaining tips. Thanks for sharing at Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  15. Kelly Deal says:

    I love this cart and your entertaining tips Jenna!

  16. JESS44903 says:

    This looks fantastic! So festive!

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

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