You know how I like to take an idea and then explore every last option for it, right? You’ve caught on to how I obsess over something before letting it go?
First up, you and I chatted about having a designated beverage center built into a kitchen design, complete with small sink, stemware dishwasher drawer, and cabinetry to store glassware and liquor. That’s one of our dreams for our future kitchen…..a dream that will become a reality sometime around 2018. 🙂
Yesterday I shared my love of bar carts …
Since the holidays are right around the corner (Thanksgiving is 11 weeks from this Thursday – it’s going to sneak right up on us!) today I thought it would be fun to chat about creating a beverage station in your home for entertaining, even if you don’t have a cute bar cart or a fabulous built-in for that purpose.
This is one of my very favorite ideas…..use an open hutch in your living room or dining room as a help-yourself bar. I can imagine this piece is used to display platters and dishes normally, but for a party, it’s outfitted with glasses, a tray of beverages and an area to set a glass down to pour a drink.
How about a bookcase with a cabinet base as a bar?
For a small space, a petite bookcase cabinet like this one from Ballards would make a fine beverage center for your guests to help themselves.
I love the idea of the inside of the secretary painted a fun color. Barware would look so pretty against this bright green, wouldn’t it?
The moral of this story is that you don’t need a fancy built in cabinet or even a cute bar cart to be the most fabulous hostess ever! Just think about where you would like people to gather when you entertain, a spot that is not right in the work zone of your kitchen (because we don’t need the host to be sweaty and flustered, right?). Use your entry table, a bay window sill, a console table, a bookcase, or a folding table with a tablecloth.
Styling tips for beverage areas soon to come (that’s the fun part!)