30 December 2012

Decorate Your Wet Bar

How to decorate your wet bar for New Year's Eve? Here are some easy tips and ideas...

 
Make it colorful and add a wink to where you are...
palm leaves in the tropics, skis in the mountains,
flowers in the country, pineapples in Hawaii.
 
Don't push the theme though...
you can ruin a good thing with obvious decor.
Keep '2013' to one place, not on every table and napkin!

 
Organize your bar for your guests with trays, baskets
and bowls for lemons and limes. This is easier for your guests
and shows them you are organized, hopefully relaxed
and ready for company.
 
Nothing is worse than a yucky, sticky bar top!

 
I love a fancy, vintage bar cart. It's such a rare yet chic party piece.
Showcase it and really use it- move it from one space to another
throughout the evening.
 
Greet guests at the door with a bar cart full of champagne flutes,
then move it to the patio or living room with serve your self selections
and then finally to the dining room with dinner wines.

 
This is a pretty bar...
I love the potted orchid which always makes guests feel at home.
And the sliced lemons and limes are a real treat.

 
Use a credenza, dresser or unique piece of furniture
 that you wouldn't otherwise notice.
Move it from your bedroom or the dining room
to a more prominent place so your guests can see it.
 
Not every bar has to have a sink-
a dry bar is just as useful
and presents many more opportunities to put it!

 
I love lots of silver during the holidays and New Year's Eve.
All that sparkle really sets the mood and
it's nice to appreciate all those pretty pieces you have collected
or been given over time.
 
I like how this bar hosts everything
in just white, red and green.
It really makes a pretty statement
without the clutter of too many choices.
 
Don't offer the liquor store to your guests!
 
Pick a couple drinks and let your guests choose from fewer options.
 

 
Use a tray or bedside table and offer a martini bar.
Just a simple bar station set across the room-
believe me, your guests will find it.
It's small but for martini lovers, much appreciated.
 
I love the simplicity of this bar-
just a couple of glasses,
pretty silver that sparkles
and martinis ready at the pour.
 
 
 
 
 
Wishing you a happy, healthy
and prosperous New Year.
 
Entertain often, celebrate everything
and decorate your life
with pretty patterns, color and many friends.
 
Cheers! Katie

20 December 2012

Connecticut Christmas

It is hard to know how to support the community
of Newtown, CT and being so far away-
it is hard to reach them and let them know
how very much they are in our daily thoughts & prayers.

I hope that Newtown can have a bit of Christmas this year
and with time, many more holidays-
each filled with more memories and less sadness.

Here are some snapshots of the beautiful New England town...







Newtown, Connecticut
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