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.
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.
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.
Selecting a piece of furniture with enough space for stocking spirits, glassware, mixers, garnishes and decanters is also key. Make sure the furniture you choose, be it a buffet, chest, console or table, provides not only adequate length, but also depth. Choose something in the 16 inch or better range.
As seen on HGTV's Design on a Dime, this vibrant space packs multiple uses into one small living room. A green table offers a spot for family game night, while the brightly-colored ottoman doubles as a coffee table. Orange and green accents tie the space together.
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.
A 19th century English folding table with a cocktail tray showcases a pair of crystal decanters and drinking glasses. The traditional bar area sits in a dining room corner that features medium wood grain wall paneling and green curtains.