Hosting a staycation is all about hospitality, and nothing says hospitality like a cocktail and that icon of Southern hospitality: pineapples. I found this drink tray and cocktail set at a local thrift store. When paired with your favorite cocktail, you have the makings of a relaxing happy hour. If you can’t find a tray or pineapple glass, opt for drink stirrers from your local home accessories store to create a tropical inspired look that you can use all weekend.
You can unify a shelf display by function, too. Mary Carol Garrity, author of Feather Your Nest: It's All in the Details and the owner of Nell Hill's, an accessories emporium in Atchison, Kan., likes to turn a shelf into a bar or a serving station. "Take out the shelf above to create more room, then top a tray with pretty cut-crystal decanters and glassware," she suggests. Design by Emily Henderson.
Stop by your local antique store to stock up on trays for your staycation. If you plan ahead, you can ask your local baker to personalize your macarons with a monogram or the date of your staycation. You can also ask them to create a flavor to match a signature drink that you make for your guests.
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.
Designer SuzAnn Kletzien's client requested a starburst mirror in the design plan, so Kletzien positioned a starburst mirror collage on a navy accent wall in the living room. She also reupholstered an egg chair in a deep blue velvet fabric and had a custom ottoman built with a removable tray in the center for drinks and snacks.
A coffee table can make a statement in a room, such as this tufted beauty. When using an ottoman, designers suggest finding one with a thick enough top that can safety hold a tray with a vase or drinks when entertaining.
A color palette of muted gray, cream, black and vibrant yellow tells a modern mountain design story in the living room from the HGTV Dream Home 2014. A leather ottoman serves as a coffee table in the space, but can be cleared and double as seating when entertaining guests. Raised wooden trays offer a flat spot for electronics, food or drinks.