The month of December has arrived and with it comes warm weather, end of year celebrations and a lots of festive cheer!
Entertaining is top of the list (well maybe second to the Christmas shopping), as such the team at House of Home have been thinking of ways to ‘wow’ and impress our guests at our next soiree. After little debate we all agreed that serving delicious cocktails is the best way to make guests feel special and there’s no better way to create a sense of occasion than to serve a signature cocktail.
Bar carts are hugely popular at the moment and look fantastic when styled. However, while they can make a great talking point at your next party, we understand that not every home has space for one, or if serving cocktails isn’t something you do that regularly it can be a bit of an investment piece.
The good news is a console table can be easily converted into a cocktail serving station! You can style your console glam for the festive season and once the celebrations have come to an end, your trusty console can go back being its sensible self, displaying lamps, décor and the like again.
Whether you are styling a bar cart or a console table we have put together some tried and tested tips on how style them both fabulously!
The trick is to create a vignette with your bottles and barware acting as the hero pieces. Vignettes are a collection of items grouped together in a visually pleasing arrangement that tell a story, evoke a feeling or set a mood.
Pick a Theme or Style
Think about what theme you would like to create. Is your theme Christmassy, or tropical, vintage or glam, feminie or masculine. Vignettes are a collection of items grouped together in a visually pleasing arrangement that tell a story, evoke a feeling or set a mood.
Choose Your Poison
Select bottles that work back with your theme. For example, don’t just buy any bottle of vodka, look at the options and select a bottle design that works back best with your style and choose spirits that fit your theme.
Invest in the Right Equipment.
Fake it till you make it. If you want to look like a pro mixologist you’re going to need to the tools of the trade.
Strainer (separate from cocktail shaker top).
Jigger (An hourglass-shaped stainless-steel measuring device).
Colour it Up
Colour texture and pattern can be introduced through accessories such as glassware, straws, coasters, napkins, serving trays. A little colour goes a long way, try experimenting with 1 hero colour and 2 accent colours.
Bring in the Bling
Don’t go overboard. Just a touch will do the trick. Introducing brass, copper or silver accents is a great way to create visual interest and will work really well with other materials such as wood, glass and metal. Combining objects with both matte and shiny finishes will help to create a balance. These finishes can be brought in with champagne buckets, servingware, candle holders etc.
Get Fresh with Fruit
Depending on your choice of cocktail, adding a bowl or small platter of fresh-cut fruits such as Lemons, Limes, watermelon or berries with add colour create a delicious scent to tantalise the taste buds. Whole pineapples can look great for decoration.
Keep it cool
Serving warm drinks is the number one no-no (unless they are tea-tails) and no bar cart is complete without wine cooler, champagne bucket, funky shaped ice cubes or whisky stones.
Brandish with Books
Introducing a variety of shapes will help to create interest, adding a cocktail recipe book or three with look great stacked on your console or bar cart will bring in another shape and is of course essential to perfecting your favourite cocktails and learning how to make new ones.
Some tea light candles will add a soft glow and help to create a warm ambiance. Perfect if you’re serving Smokey cocktails with whisky and cinnamon spices. Don’t forget the Finger Food. It’s always a good idea to serve drinks responsibly. Styling with a few simple snacks is a cost effective way to add texture and interest to your bar cart. Think nuts, gourmet chips, dried fruits, wasabi peas crudities, strawberries etc. Try presenting them in little cylinders or cups on a tray.
Don’t forget the Finger Food.
It’s always a good idea to serve drinks responsibly. Styling with a few simple snacks is a cost effective way to add texture and interest to your bar cart. Think nuts, gourmet chips, dried fruits, wasabi peas crudities, strawberries etc. Try presenting them in little cylinders or cups on a tray or a trivet.
Finish with Florals
Add plants or flowers for a beautiful natural element. Flowers look and smell amazing and are great for adding a pop of colour, while a plant is great for a tropical theme to create a welcoming oasis!
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For more advice on styling your console table after the festive season check out our article How to Style a Console Table
Image credits: popsugar.com & all other images styled by the team at House of Home.