Stimulate Your Senses with Hanging Herbs
In the course of designing our GC Baby Shower we discovered a cool trick to add beauty and functionality to limited kitchen space. One of our favorite DIY kitchen tricks is to make an “herb wall” during an event or holiday, in order to add a dose of green and a dash of aromatherapy. This project is literally “as easy as it looks”– simply cut a few fresh herbs and tape or tie them to the desired wall. We chose to use metallic tape in this particular instance, but twine or any other aesthetically-pleasing string will also do the trick. For best results, make your herb wall functional: tape it over a cocktail bar where guests can tear off a leaflet of their own favorite herb and use it to flavor their drink (we recommend providing basil, rosemary, and sage, as they often pair well with bitters and simple syrups).
When added to a home bar setup, herb walls appeal to the DIY-er, the cocktail lover, and anyone who prefers to add fresh ingredients to non-alcoholic drinks. Lavender is a nice addition to this kind of configuration as it perfumes non-alcoholic drinks like seltzer, tea, and water really nicely (it adds a subtle flavor, and since the seeds float to the top of the liquid, they won’t get stuck in a straw). Hanging herbs upside-down also ensures their longevity, so that they’ll stay fresh and perky-looking without water. The best part is, after the party, an herb wall is easy to remove– and you can compost it (or, in our case: save the herbs for future use by placing them in a jar with a little fresh water at the bottom). Hanging herbs like peppermint is also a good way to dry them out if you have limited space– in those instances, there’s no need to remove the wall at all. Trust us: it really is that simple.