Dear Diva Readers,
top: 5px; float: left; color: white; background: #781300; border: 1px solid darkkhaki; font-size: 60px; line-height: 50px; padding-top: 1px; padding-right: 5px; font-family: times;”>Does anyone else find it hard to believe that the holiday season is upon us? Where has the year gone?! Christmas is next week and there is always an excitement that comes with the holiday season. It seems that each weekend plays host to a holiday party where we all get to see friends and loved ones. If you’re planning to host a fete of your own, I’ve got some ideas for you! Throwing a cocktail party is a fun way to usher in this special time of year and I want to share a few ideas on how to set up a gorgeous bar cart. And as always, I’ll leave the cocktail mixing to my husband—the man knows how to make a good drink! All photos below are examples of his brilliant creations.
Set the stage with a gorgeous vintage bar cart. Brass is hot right now and you can certainly find vintage brass bar trolleys at antique shops and flea markets. I found mine in Paris as at a “depot vente” – essentially that’s a used or second-hand store. Would you believe I paid 35 Euro for this treasure more than 10 years ago and I love this bar cart today as much as I did that day I carried it home on the Paris metro!
Next you’ll need bar tools like a martini shaker, bottle stoppers, an ice bucket and decanters. And while you can purchase them new, why not start a collection of antique pieces? They are great for collecting! (and make great Christmas gifts for men).
Antique cocktail picks can be quite charming and affordable. This past spring I actually found a beautiful vintage martini strainer at the Tongeren flea market and picked it up as a gift for my husband. Our ice bucket comes from Sweden and our decanters are mostly from Belgium or France… years of presents all displayed together. By selecting antique & vintage bar tools, you’re making your home bar stand out and reflect your unique taste!
Of course you’re going to need something to serve the drinks in as well! Cocktail glasses, a set of old fashioned glasses, a set of highballs, and a set of stemmed wine glasses are a great start. And if you’re anything like me, you’re constantly on the hunt for beautiful stemware so you’ll most likely be storing all these glasses in another cabinet. Oh, and don’t forget the champagne flutes!
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Next on the list is linens. Be sure to have a set of pretty cocktails napkins along with a few thicker kitchen towels (to have on hand incase of spills). Last but not least, stock up on your favorite cocktail ingredients including mixers and garnishes. And Voila! It’s party time!
I’d love to see what your home bar looks like and if you incorporate any antiques into it. Post photos to The Antiques Diva & Co Facebook page! Until next time, cheers from all of us at The Antiques Diva & Co!
The Antiques Diva®