This calfskin topped oak bar is perfect for serving and entertaining. An Ed Ruschas LEGS painting hangs above while an antique vase and serving plates adjoins the nineteenth century rock crystal obelisks for a picturesque table setting. Even the family pet will enjoy this area!
This multipurpose room functions as a laundry area and craft space. A bold blue island with cabinet space features a butcher block countertop that works great for messy crafts. In one corner, a niched wall works well for a stackable washer and dryer, and on the other side of the door, a built-in bookshelf displays art and knickknacks. A quaint powder room is nearby for convenience.
With a backdrop so breathtaking it's hard to look away, this seating area is the perfect spot for long conversations and lazy afternoons. Contemporary armchairs and a streamlined coffee table look crisp and clean, ensuring the view is the main event.
This colorful eclectic kitchen, designed by HGTV Design Star contestant Jason Champion, features warm wood cabinetry, marble countertops, caned barstools and colorful Moroccan pendant lights. The narrow kitchen island provides a handy prep serving area.
A rich cherry wine dessert server functions as an ideal serving area for fine dining and parties in this traditional kitchen. Plus, the pantries on either side are ideally located for food storage while underneath chilled wine waits for the right occasion.
A built-in wine refrigerator turns this butler's pantry into a convenient storage and serving area. The kitchen of this 1920s home got a glam update that preserves its historic feel. Furniture-style feet on the cabinetry are among the period touches that bring character to the space.
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.
Angelica Henry cleverly designed this gorgeous bar area with custom sliding, barn-like doors that work to conceal its inner workings when not in use. The wall unit's glossy black finish and decorative glass panels replicate the free-standing serving area, both acting together in allocating functional space right off the foyer.
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.
Carved out of a non-functional wall space, an intimate bar and serving area was designed for a family that entertains guests. A mirror wall continues the design from behind the couch while making the space feel bigger. Two ottomans were added for extra seating; they can be tucked away under the serving table when not in use.
As you prepare to serve guests buffet-style this season, consider creative ways to put practical items such as napkins or dishtowels on display. To add color and pattern to this serving area, a cake stand topped with bundled rolls of cloth napkins adds seasonal flair and also serves as a conversation piece, striking up conversation among guests.
Local parks, vineyards and barns are good options for a winter picnic. Find a place that will allow you to reserve the area exclusively for your party. Make sure to visit the venue well ahead of time, taking note of amenities like BBQ areas, regulations and restrictions. Since weather is an extremely important factor when hosting outdoors, be sure there is a covered area in case of rain or snow.