Unless you keep a year-round party bar in your home — and cheers to you if you do! — for the holidays, you'll need a temporary bar that will still be beautiful and useful when the party's over.
Habitually Chic had a great post about creating a bar as part of holiday decorating the other day, with lots of design inspiration.
We're looking at furniture that makes a perfect party bar for the holidays and won't be out of place the rest of the year.
- If you're decorating for year-round parties, invest in a bar cabinet or a wine cellar. But if you're only thinking about one big drinking occasion for the year, a piece that's dedicated to the pleasures of alcohol might not be very practical.
- Serve drinks from a sideboard or buffet with a stone top. No ugly rings on your wooden surfaces if you have a marble or granite surface for your bar. And it will make sense in the dining room all year. A rococo revival buffet from the Natchez collection or an elegant buffet inspired by nineteenth-century English design each make an ideal bar in a formal dining room.
- A console table bar can help bring traffic away from the dining room into the rest of the house. Choose a console table with a stone top or a sofa table with a glass top and you won't have to worry about table clothes or coasters. Or set up the bar on a mirrored console table and your bar will look twice as festive when all the bottles are reflected back.
- An expandable or flip-top table or sideboard is also a great idea. Expand the flip top on a console table for the holiday bar and fold it right back up after the party is over. Or unfold a buffet's flip top in the dining room and then store the bar accessories inside the same buffet the rest of the year.
- Never underestimate the functionality of a tea cart. Set up the bar on a cart and the wheels allow you to relocate the bar whenever you need to. And it works for tea and cookies during the rest of the year or as a side table wherever you need it.