Thrift Store Score and Summer Dreaming

While I was waiting for my son to finish his workout at the gym the other day, I meandered through the Salvation Army thrift store which I pop into occasionally to check out their furniture {despite the fact that we just got back from vacation and I am on a self-imposed spending freeze}.  And what do I spy?  
A herald of the summer.  A sign of warmer days to come, in the form of this Drink Dispenser Urn from Pier 1
$49.99 in the store.
$9.99 at SA!
Brand new, with tags, and even a gift receipt inside!  I hemmed and hawed because of said spending freeze, and it’s not like I NEED this item, but I just could not leave it there.  I could probably return it to the store and recoup my investment and then some, but no way Jose!!!

Since we spiffed up our deck last fall, and particularly since we returned home to snowy weather after our trip, I’ve been daydreaming about outdoor spaces.  I have a whole board on Pinterest dedicated to this very subject.  I live for the warmer weather and I love having friends and family over.

I am already planning a little DIY action for entertaining on our deck inspired by these photos:


Can you see how I just couldn’t leave my thrift store find behind?

While I’ve been pining away for a glass drink dispenser of my very own, they can be ridiculously expensive, like this one from Pottery Barn that hails for $79.   It was as if the one at Salvation Army was just waiting for me.  Like a puppy in a pet store looking at you with sad eyes.  I had to take it home with me.

So what to use a beverage dispenser for, you might ask??  Can you imagine a pretty sangria in here, like this one that I made last Easter?

Or a hefty batch of pineapple infused vodka for a Stoli Doli station at your next party?  I have already bookmarked Sharon’s Sparkling Cranberry Punch over at Elizabeth & Co. for next Christmas.  This non-alcoholic Party Punch from Chef In Training has only three ingredients and is a crowd pleaser for kids and adults, or try this fruity Summer Punch from The Sweet Things Queen that sounds delicious with or without alcohol.

If you realize you can’t live without a glass beverage dispenser too, but can’t find a fabulously cheap one at your local thrift store, here are a few affordable and cute options for you, all under $30.

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If you have a beverage dispenser already, has it changed your life??  No?  Okay then, do you have any fun drink recipes to share with me for my new acquisition?  
Party at my house this summer – you’re all invited!