Whether you're planning a winter birthday party, simple play date or large-scale holiday party, gathering the kids around a warm fondue station full of sweet treats is an easy and fun way to celebrate.
While a sleek bar cart is nice eye candy, you don't need one to create a functional & stylish serving area for guests to prep a cocktail. Any space can be transformed into a makeshift bed station. All you really need is some barware, a cutting board and a few holiday decorations.
While a sleek bar cart is nice eye candy, you don't need one to create a functional and stylish serving area for guests to prep a cocktail. Any space can be transformed into a makeshift beverage station. All you really need is some barware, a cutting board and a few holiday decorations.
Repurpose a bar or garden cart into a rolling breakfast station complete with gourmet coffees and a variety of newspapers. It's the perfect time of year to loll away the morning over the paper, sipping hot java and noshing freshly baked pastries.
Bar carts are one of the most efficient design elements to arrange impromptu serving stations for holiday guests. Roll a weather-resistant bar cart out onto your covered porch and set it up however you best entertain. Throw in some decorative holiday touches to keep it festive.
A super simple solution for outdoor-friendly finger foods that requires no cooking skills is a kettle chip station. Supply your guests with strawberry baskets, a large bucket of kettle chips and a variety of toppings including seasonings and cheeses. This will allow guests to roam freely while munching on no-fuss goodies.
A 16-foot-long granite island hosts six bright yellow bar stools for extra seating and a display of restaurant-style appliances. The outdoor dining area and grilling station are easily accessible via a sliding glass door, which can be opened to facilitate traffic flow between spaces during parties.
The pool house kitchen often serves as a wet bar and food prep station for the family's pool parties, so the small galley kitchen has been decked out in Ann Sacks tile and custom shelves. The tile backsplash gives the room a textured feel, while the open shelving helps keep the modern look of the space.
Even the tiniest wet bar will be a boon for entertaining if you choose the right spot for it. “It makes sense to fit the bar near the traffic pattern of the party,” says Gretchen Brown, who created this diminutive 3 ½-foot-wide by 2-foot-deep drinks station using custom cabinetry painted in Benjamin Moore’s Snowfall White.
Let your buffet serve double duty as an outdoor focal point by dressing it with fun and festive colors. To lure guests out of the house and onto the patio, set up a no-fuss food and drink station that will spur conversation and unify different party zones with a cohesive color scheme.
To create a comfortable space for entertaining, the team at Synthesis extended patio space from the door leading from this home's kitchen where stairs once led directly to the yard. A retractable awning on the trellis allows the homeowners to control the amount of sun exposure to the patio, and a built-in cookout station with counter space keeps the whole party outside.
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.
What do a cement bowl and restaurant-quality steel wok have in common? This ingenious DIY fire pit by Bob and Sydney Kanaga. Because the cement bowl is so heavy, it's supported by a custom-welded steel base. In the summer, the family removes the wok and fills the bowl with ice to create a drink station for parties.
Since many kids are picky eaters, it’s easier to present their favorite foods in fresh ways than it is to encourage them to try something new at a party. Put a clever twist on the classic meat and cheese tray by creating sandwich kabobs with meat, cherry tomatoes, basil, cheese and white bread. This can also be turned into an activity by setting up a kabob station and letting each child create his or her kabob.
As more and more homeowners abandon the notion of the dedicated dining room, designers are coming up with clever new ways to make this space multipurpose and suitable for daily life (not just special occasions). This dining room by Dana Lynch Design could do double duty as a home office, homework station or simply living room party overflow. A chandelier from Circa lighting offers a little mod attitude within a space defined by twin etageres, a vintage dining table and Milo Baughman chairs.