When the weather is nice, it's time to move the party outside! Whether you're taking advantage of a sunny afternoon or enjoying a warm evening, you want to make sure that everyone is having a great time. At any party (indoors or out) I try to make things as easy as possible for myself and my guests by setting up a drinks station so everyone can serve themselves. When entertaining outside, I like to keep it casual and fun. I love adding pizazz to any casual get together by using unique serving pieces. I decided to head to Camille's, a gift shop in Bristol, to see what funky serving pieces I could find that would be perfect for outdoor use.

Whenever I'm out shopping, I'm always looking for pieces that can serve multiple purposes. I think that's a great way to get the most bang for your buck. I call it my "cost per use" strategy. If I can find an item that I will use a lot, then every time I use it, I'm getting more of my money's worth. And who wants to spend money on three different objects for three different purposes when you can buy one object that serves multiple purposes?

Luckily I spotted a trio of metal cans with lids in fun bright colors. I love these because they are a modern take on the classic metal waste bin. The bright colors make them feel fresh and party ready.  And they're practical; anytime you're entertaining outside, it's important to have waste skip bin hire with lids to keep bugs and smells away.

But I was in search of serving pieces that could be used at a drinks station and these could easily be re-purposed as drink coolers! Simply fill them with ice and your favorite bottled beverage and enjoy chilled drinks all afternoon! Since they have handles and lids, why not fill them with ice, load them in the car and take them to the beach? They also could be used to store pool toys, garden supplies, or any miscellaneous items that may be hanging about in the shed.

There really are so many possible uses for these cans and that's what makes them a great buy. So next time you're out at your local stores, look for pieces that are unique and that can serve many different functions. After getting all that value for your money, who wouldn't want to get the party started!? Camille's of Bristol Camille's of Bristol 502 W. Vistula St. Bristol, IN 46507 574-848-4904 CamillesFloral.com Find on Facebook Monday-Friday 8:30-5:30 Saturday 9:00-4:00 Closed Sunday