Tricked out right, an ordinary potting bench becomes a leave-it-out-all-summer sideboard for storing and serving.
To create an outdoor party station, first pick a sturdy potting bench with a large counter for serving and a shelf wide enough to hold a drink dispenser. This version has all that, plus a simple design and galvanized-metal finish that meshes with any style or color of deck, porch, or patio.
If your potting bench doesn't have bottom shelves, add a low, sturdy shelving unit, preferably one on wheels. Slide it out to hold a beverage tub during the party; slide it back to store party gear.
Sleek plastic boxes store outdoor glasses and serving pieces right where you use them. A zippered pouch keeps plates at the ready.
Utensils need a place they can be kept within easy reach for frequent use. Snap a magnetic pencil cup to your metal potting bench, and your cocktail tools will always have a home. Use multiple containers to separate tools by function for extra organization.
A compartmentalized storage bin is great as a party tackle kit—holding supplies needed for bartending or table setting. If your bin is not made with smaller sections, get a partitioned insert to break up your large box. Put the lid on when you're not using it to keep candles dry and tools clean.
You don't have to store a bulky drinks tub. The same big bin you use to stash glasses and barware between parties transforms into a great ice bucket. When the party is over, dump, dry, and repack with supplies.
Keep an eye out for helpful accessories that can make your potting bench a storage hub. Easy add-ons like stick-on lights, a magnetic hook, and a sliding basket make the bench even handier for impromptu parties. Plus, these add-ons are movable for easy reorganization at different types of gatherings.