Our DIY Bar and housewarming!

Last weekend we finally had our housewarming party and celebrated our new home with family and friends.  We’ve been in our house since late February, and fairly quickly furnished it and made it livable.  We worked really hard for a few weeks and then switched our attention to other things the last few months.

My husband Charles is finishing his degree and is set to graduate in December (hallelujah!).  We had the toughest semester of his/our life (January to June of this year) during which we moved, got a puppy, and tackled home ownership.  I was working full time, and Charles was working around 30 hours/week and taking a full time course load including an Artificial Intelligence course and many upper level Computer Science courses.  To say it was crazy would be an understatement.  So many lessons were learned, and I am in many ways grateful we weathered those few months, because it did make us stronger.  Our sweet little Zora was a huge blessing while he worked late, but she was also a crazy puppy, so we both breathed a sigh of relief when his summer break came.

We put a lot of projects and major purchases on the back burner and opted to have a housewarming in the summer.  I’ve mentioned before that my husband is a home brewer, and we love mixing cocktails, cooking dinners, and having people over to our home.  As soon as we saw our den, we knew it was the perfect place to showcase his home brew and build a space for laughter and get-togethers.  Our house is small (only about 1300 square feet), but it has a great flow and larger common areas with vaulted ceilings.  The ‘den’ is right off the kitchen with a door to the patio, perfect for having people hang out, especially on California summer nights.

Our big dreams of making this bar came true a few weeks ago, when Charles hunkered down and made the entire bar with his own two hands.  I don’t mean to sound overly braggy, but man is he a talented guy, and I am one proud wife!  He custom built it to hold his beer and serve it (the taps are fully functioning), and even picked out the shelving and built a wine rack on the side!  My contribution was the decor, which I have been collecting slowly for months.

We scheduled a housewarming party for July 20th, in order to have something to work toward, and he busted that thing out.  It is so wonderful to have the room finished.  It is so lively and has such a good energy!


Oh and p.s. Zora helped too… but only by being cute. 😉

All done!  (Our bar was crowded with party stuff when I took this though!)
Our (somewhat loose) theme for the party was… Puerto Rico! (Would you expect anything else!?)  Since it is so close to our anniversary and so many people couldn’t make it to the wedding, we brought a little island life to them.  We served island barbecue, Puerto Rican beans (my wedding photographer passed some great recipes on to us!), tostones (fried plantains), and of course a custom mojito bar!  There were lots more details, but of course I got caught up in at all and didn’t get all the photos I wanted.



Our little house was packed, and it was a great night with drinks and good conversation flowing.  Wow, our friends and family were generous!  We got some wonderful gifts… from a vintage cocktail shaker (from our friend’s personal collection) to local olive oil to to a sushi making kit to the fanciest bottle of gin I’ve ever seen.  I never would have thought of all the perfect housewarming gifts they came up with.  I felt so spoiled!  Zora even got a cute toy!


Here is the rest of the bar decor on the walls you can’t see in the main photos….


I am so excited to share more projects with you as we work on them.  We’ve barely scratched the surface of what I envision, and I haven’t had time to paint anything yet.  I am SO not a DIYer, but I am trying to get creative and I love sharing them here.  I think the bar is done, but I would love to slap some paint here and there.  We’ll see.  It is true what they say… having a house means you’re never truly done with anything. 😉

I love that I can go home and have a drink or dinner at my own little private bar.  What a dream!  I know I am lucky, and thank you for letting me share that with you. :)  I hope it encourages you to incorporate places of fun into your home, whatever they might be, because being a little ridiculous sometimes makes life a whole lot better. 😉

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  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/13523388699198877104 Jamie Sefcik || Hello Little Scout

    What a fun party, everything looked perfect!

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/05946381056890879072 Darby Hawley

    Wow that looks awesome! So very impressive!

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/10888956203263380230 Susannah

    I love the bar! My hubby homebrews too and we would LOVE to have a bar! Someday…

    Also, I totally know the feeling about the hubs being in school. Nate is in his hardest semester right now and I'll be so glad when it's done and when HE'S done next August!

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/06200118828260732172 Katrin

    Your husband built that bar all by himself? Wow, that is really impressive! It looks fantastic!
    Your house is really cozy!

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/10500929811457428397 Marlen

    holy cow, i am impressed! go hubby! maybe he should meet my boyfriend marc and teach him a thing or two, haha. i also really like all the cute chalk labels you made for the party setup- so cutE!

    xo marlen
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  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/00910922625450910731 Robin

    The bar looks awesome! I like all of the food and decorations.

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/11851435478630045969 Cece

    I'm totally impressed by that bar. Brag away. And all of the money you saved. That's great. You look like quite the DIY'er to me! What a cute theme for your housewarming.

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/05677524896746887123 Katie

    I am so impressed with that bar!!!! So cool that you can say that he made it. Looks like it the housewarming was a success! So fun.

  • http://www.selenatheplaces.com Selena @ Oh, the places we will go

    I really, really need to be invited to a party at your place! Fantastic spread and the bar is fabulous!!

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/15614940560800247144 Faith

    I love, love your bar! I'm telling Sean I want one, haha!

    Everything looks perfect! Looks like a great party! I'm starving now.

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/10218086821318824932 Arni @ Travel Gourmande

    Congrats on the lovely bar and a fun housewarming. It's such a great fulfillment to see your home transform..ah our own spaces will always feel like a work in progress but it's nice to come home to find a bar like yours :)

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/12050447967374041694 Rachel

    Oh wow, this bar area is so awesome! I especially love all of the prints on the wall. :)

    Just thought I'd let you know that you're a no-reply blogger. I tried to respond to your comment on my blog and couldn't.

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/09853701953706800873 Pegster

    Wow that bar looks amazing. Can't believe you did that yourself. Amazing job for sure, can't wait to see some of your other fun house projects.

  • http://ofpolkadots.wordpress.com/ ofpolkadots

    That is an excellent looking bar. A job well done. Love the chalk board idea a lot.

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/09670446457829193892 rooth

    Everything looks wonderful and kudos to you two on the homemade bar!

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/17810752235082725343 Megan

    Seriously impressive that Charles built that bar all on his own, and seriously fun, beautiful details you added with the décor! I kind of want to eat all of that food from your party off of the page. It all looks incredible — you sure know how to throw a party!