Designating a beverage station is a great way to keep the buffet table less crowded and carry the theme to other areas. To continue the party subtle menswear theme, search your favorite vintage store for a Mad Men-era decanter and vintage ice bucket. Be sure to stock the bar with plenty of cocktail napkins, ice and garnishes.
The living room features a mirrored oval end table trimmed in gold, the perfect metallic accent to the deep blue hue used throughout the space. The table provides just enough room for a dramatic gold lamp and a small glass hard liquor decanter with a matching pair of glasses.
Decanters can instantly dress up open or half-finished bottles of spirits and add a measure of sophistication to that impromptu bar. To ensure a well-balanced look, create a grouping of decanters ranging in heights and in a variety of shapes.
Basic wooden shelves can turn an empty wall into a showcase of farmhouse style. The interiors of this 18th century home, featured in “Past Present: Living with Heirlooms and Antiques,” has a curated collection of glass decanters on one shelf, then plates and glasses grouped by color on the other shelves.
White chairs with a small sky blue pattern and nailhead trim surround a silver-leaf dining table in front of a roaring fireplace. Simple glass decanters and floral arrangements atop a low round copper try make an elegant centerpiece.
A large gray rug with a purple pattern becomes the main attraction in this sleek contemporary living room where the furniture is all white, gray or clear. The glossy tiles of the fireplace add an extra layer of texture.
A clean and organized dry bar is a great option for a small nook. Here, a wine refrigerator and cabinet create the base of the bar. Above, built-in shelving and glass-front cabinets provide wine bottle and glass storage.
A brown leather sofa matches a dark wooden coffee table in front of the neutral living room walls. Orange throw pillows and a contrasting patterned blue pillow add color to the room. Two scenic photos and a bright blue breakfast tray pull repeat the hue.
A tray with high sides placed on a stand makes an excellent bar. Placing a mirror behind it shows off all the pretty bottles and different colored liquids. Add a cozy armchair and voila - instant relaxation.