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.
Add bubbly and metal accents for an instant update to a bar cart when entertaining. Here, interior designer Jade Joyner, co-owner of Metal + Petal in Athens, Ga., paired a foxtail fern in a gold pot with vintage-looking amber decanters. For height and an eclectic accent, she selected a larger decanter with a brass bug cap.
To get a coastal look for less, hit estate sales, flea markets and garage sales to find cool, kitschy items like the Jim Beam commemorative decanter, hand-carved wooden fish and blue glass bottle used on this beachy bar.
Utilize small spaces like this cubby by incorporating a wet bar. A tall, slim wine refrigerator supplies ample bottle storage, while glasses can be stored hanging upside down or in the cabinets. Finish the space with a stylish decanter and an ice bucket.
Uncooked rice grains are abrasive, so they are great for scrubbing hard-to-reach surfaces like the inside of a decanter. Add about a 1/2 cup uncooked rice, soap and water, and swirl around until all the dirt and grime is gone.
This dining room's bar area is in a New York state of mind. The floating cabinet holds wine lying horizontally and liquor bottles behind mesh-front cabinets. Wine glasses hang from a shelf overhead, where New York City prints also rest — but could hold cookbooks, a decanter or other accessories. Succulents and flowers bring life to the space.
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.