Spray paint empty wine bottles gold to create your own beautiful menorah centerpiece. You’ll need one bottle for each of the eight nights of Hanukkah as well as a larger bottle for the Shamash candle, which is used to light the other candles.
For the wine connoisseurs, select your favorite bottle for guests to write on with a gold or silver permanent marker. When you open it is up to you – but it could be a neat memory to open the bottle on your first anniversary. Once the bottle is empty, rinse with soap and water, let it dry and display it on a mantel or bookshelf as a keepsake.
Now that your bar is beautiful, what should you serve your guests? Christian May of Maison 21 suggests mixing the practical with the unexpected. "Have a selection of basic liquors: vodka, gin, bourbon or whiskey and vermouth," May says. "Round these out with a few funky liquors in bottles with different shapes for visual appeal."
Reuse a Christmas card holder (and spray paint it gold or black) to hang ornaments or non-holiday party decor, depending on when you’re entertaining. Fast and cheap black and gold accessories include tassel garland, which is inexpensive to buy or which you can make out of tissue paper.
On this wall, designers used some of the homeowner's keepsakes (including vintage candleholders) as the starting point for a pretty display. The salvaged shelf on the radiator was sanded, clear coated, then embellished with gold foil. The little glass bottles on top were dipped in white paint, the embellished with gold foil as well.
Coordinate small extras with your existing black and gold palette. Interior designer Jade Joyner, co-owner of Metal + Petal in Athens, Ga., placed matches with black tips into small apothecary jars, and arranged them on a gold bar cart. She selected other entertaining essentials, such as straws, in gold as well. Even the champagne bottle’s gold seal fits into the look, and pops against the black and white modern art backdrop.
A gold splatter paint effect on the accent mirror wall compliments the metallic doors on the contemporary buffet fitted into this nook. The wood frame of the buffet offers a warmth against the gray and metallic finishes. A table lamp and red glass bottles decorate the countertop.
Drinks, anyone? Because the bar is located just off the dining room, the designers used gold wallpaper and black cabinets to make the two spaces look cohesive. A mini fridge keeps wine bottles at the perfect temperature as well.
With its chartreuse leaves and purple bottle-brush flowers, Agastache foeniculum 'Golden Jubilee' is a pretty ornamental for a sunny garden. Dry the aromatic leaves while they're still young to make a minty tea.
Kit out your bar cart for the busy holiday season. A gleaming gold wine holder adds verticality. Crystal decanters are a more glamorous alternative to liquor bottles. Crystal pieces reflect light and add glamour and sparkle to your winter room with relatively little investment.
Camille and Joe both have a love of entertaining. Joe has a hobby creating homemade craft beer and Camille loves to collect pretty wines for parties. The two entertain often at home, and put their bar cart to good use. A vintage cart in gold is perfect for displaying pretty glassware, appetizer plates and bottles of wine and liqueurs for guests to sample at parties.