At Home With: Roxy Te of Society Social
Meet Roxy Te of Society Social, furniture designer, business owner, Mom, and summer hostess extraordinaire.
Below, we spoke to Roxy about creating the perfect bar cart, her go-to cocktail recipe, summer style, and more.
5 Tips for Creating A Summer Bar Cart
1. Keep it simple. Don't feel pressured to stock every last fancy schmancy liqueur or bitter. All you need are a few quality spirits to make the classics, a good set of cocktail tools (lime squeezer, muddler, strainer, mixing tin) and some interesting glassware.
2. Use the space surrounding the bar cart to your advantage. Don’t be afraid to add personality and flair to the wall behind it. You’ll be surprised how nicely a piece of art or oversized vase can compliment your cocktail corner.
3. Style with decor from around your home. Non-alcoholic decor like fresh flowers, small lamps, artwork, trays, coffee table books and glassware are all great ways to add style to a bar. Garnishes and lemons or limes are also a great way to add a pop of color. Cloth cocktail napkins are a small touch that can go a long way and something you might already have at home that can be reused.
4. Organization is key to having a perfectly curated and visually balanced bar cart. Use trays to help you divide the bar cart into zones and dedicate each zone to a specific essential, whether it's glassware, bottles or your own brass menagerie. This keeps its contents neat and together. Style your smaller accessories like stirrers, straws, bottle openers and wine stoppers in decorative bowls.
5. Make it very “you”! As functional as a bar cart may be, it should also be a reflection of your personality. Think patterned straws, cheeky coasters, a colorful vase, liquor bottles with a consistent color palette, etc. Only display your best looking liquor and pour the contents of not-so-pretty bottles into sophisticated decanters. Don’t hesitate to include those quirky elements or feminine finds that make your design aesthetic unique.
Roxy's Favorite Summer Cocktail Recipe
Gin Basil Cucumber Smash
1 basil leaf
2-3 slices of cucumber
2 ounces gin
4-5 ounces tonic water
Steps to make:
1. In a lowball glass, muddle sliced cucumber & torn basil.
2. Squeeze in lime juice.
3. Add crushed ice, filling the glass 3/4 of the way.
4. Add your choice of gin (my go-to is Hendricks!)
5. Fill the rest of the glass with tonic water. Fevertree tonic water has always been a favorite of mine but their cucumber tonic water is new to me and makes a world of difference. When the majority of your drink is tonic water, it's so important to buy a quality tonic.
6. Stir well, garnish with a cucumber slice.
more on Roxy’s Blog:
Roxy's Summer Motto
This quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson has always resonated with me. It's the epitome of summer!
"Live in the sunshine. Swim in the sea. Drink in the wild air."
Summer Style Pick
I absolutely adore all the wicker bags in the summer collection. Society Social has always been a champion of woven furniture from wicker to rattan and cane so this collection especially speaks to me! We launched this collection over the weekend and the woven rattan detailing reminds me of the beautiful lace detailing in my top and short set!
Get Her Look:
Outdoor Party Soundtrack
I love the "Feelin' Good" playlist on Spotify! Think Natalie Cole, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Jackson 5, The Temptations, The Supremes- it's the happiest upbeat playlist perfect for a summer soiree!