"Clean house" is always the last thing to be checked off my to-do list. But, that might not be the case if I were the proud owner of the Conran Shop Turquoise Cleaning Bucket ($29.50, reduced from $59). Made of iron coated in a vibrant shade of blue, the durable bucket will last until your cleaning days are over — which will be never. OK, maybe it won't make scrubbing my floors more pleasurable, but it'll lessen the blow a bit, reassuring me that I look good while I'm at it.
Moving into a new house is stressful. You're finally cured of the headache of packing, and then it occurs to you that you still have to unpack! Then, something inevitably goes wrong. The faucet only gives off hot water, the movers break something, etc. Then, you think you're all set and ready to settle in and you realize you're out of t.p. Ugh! So, as much as a warm apple pie or a batch of your specialty cookies will taste delightful to your new neighbors or a friend who's just moved, a more useful (and migraine-relieving) housewarming gift is a bucket of the essentials she'll need to get settled. Think about the things that were most helpful to you when you moved. Then, pick up a handsome galvanized bucket, or even a colorful scrub bucket, and then comb the aisles of at the hardware store for those items, as well as any tools and practical items they might need. If you happen to throw a cold Corona or a black-and-white cookie in there while you're at it, I don't think you'll face any opposition.
"Elegant simplicity" isn't the best adjective for this Six-Gallon Beverage Dispenser ($35.75) but it certainly is simple. The spigot-equipped bucket would solve one of my biggest party headaches: My pitchers are relatively small, so I end up mixing batch after batch of whatever drink I'm serving and miss part of the party. Would you use this bucket (perhaps with some added adornments) or is it too ugly for you?
I'm planning on doing a lot of outdoor entertaining in the next few weeks. Instead of putting bottles of beer in a boring old everyday cooler, I desperately need a chic little beer bucket. I'm always writing about them when I plan the look for my parties, and yet I do not own one of my own. The time has come for me to buy one and I want you to help me find it. I want the bucket to be versatile (one party it may hold beer and the next party it may hold mini champagne), durable (it should last all summer holding the weight of ice and bottles), and fabulous (no corny designs or beer logos please). Bookmark the beer buckets you find in the Yum Market on TeamSugar tagging them with the keyword Beer Bucket.
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