Saturday, December 29, 2012

Tending bar ...

Parties large and small generally begin at the cocktail bar. Every New Year's celebration I can think of has been christened with hosts and hostesses crafting and serving festive drinks for party guests.

Image of Suzanne Kasler home via Trouvais.

I'm not complaining that our home has a built-in bar, as do many houses these days. But, somehow those little bar carts of yesteryear and clever re-purposing of vintage furnishings seem far more seductive.

Image via Sweet Designs.

Tables called in to do double duty work well. Throw a table shirt over a round library table or an entry sideboard, and viola, a drink bar is born.

Image via Bryn Alexandra Interiors.

Image via Le Petit Chou Chou.

While we are skipping the entertaining this year, I find oodles of inspiration for our next soiree from party hosts with an eye for hospitality design.

Image via Cote de Texas.

Even with minimal space an experienced host will call an occasional table into service as a champagne station, serving flutes on heirloom silver trays.

Image via Indulge Decor.

A easy 'come-as-you-are' party keeps it casual with drink service on a trunk or vintage chest.

Images above via Pinterest (left) and Pretty Stuff (right).

If weather isn't a factor, fill a wire basket with liquor and mixers for a tropical party atmosphere with refreshments on the porch or patio.

Image via Riches for Rags.

With no party to ring in the new year, I'm inspired to belly up to the bar and begin plans for our spring soiree.

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