The Mix and the Marvel: Home Bar Styling Ideas

An epic update to a classic home bar styling ideas post.  

Home bar styling ideas for a chic cocktail station go stylishly beyond a portable card table or kitchen counter space.  The home bar serves up more than just cocktails when the spirits, wine, glassware, decor finds and beverage accouterments are displayed on a styled cart, cabinet, accent table, bookshelf, inside an antique armoire or atop a mid-century modern credenza.

Steven Gambrel

Let me expand on that thought.  A stylish home bar can begin atop a portable card table, kitchen counter or patio wall.   The mix and the marvel is in the decorative details, proportion and placement.  Styling a home bar works off the same principle applied to styling a coffee table.   X marks the center spot- the prime location for a medium or low height object placement.  The “outer” areas balance the method with graduated heights to continue the flow, theme and visual engagement.

bar-cart-Chairish-Brian-Hart-HoffmanBrian Hart Hoffman ~ Photo by Stephen DeVries

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Sheridan Ice Bucket

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Rue Magazine


Moto Silver Polished Pitcher

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Vintage Neoclassical Highball Glasses

red-clear-glass-decanters-bourbon-and-scotchVintage Scotch and Bourbon Decanters

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Scotch ~ Rye ~ Vodka

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old+and+Antique+Mirror+Vanity+TrayGold Antique Mirror Tray

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jiggerTwo of a Kind Less/More Jigger ~ kate spade new york


Jewel Silver Stemless Martini Glass


Newport 18 Oz. Cocktail Shaker

Shaken or stirred?

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Stop me if you’ve heard this one.   A tabletop, a tray, and a spirited set up walk into a home bar…

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Garnish your home bar with a hint of the whimsical.

iw-harper-decanterI.W. Harper Decanter


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Cheers to the glamorously chic home bar, stylish and responsible entertaining and the holiday sip and social season.


Making spirits bright this holiday social season starts with the well-appointed home bar.


Traditional Home

When you just love the look of the holiday-

Guy Chaddock Collection Acorn Chest

Guy Chaddock Collection Acorn Chest



Plymouth Woodland Birds Mixed Appetizer Plates, Set of 4

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Holiday Cheers in Spirited Celebration Home Bar Styling Ideas


Kelly Emerald Green 4-Drawer Accent Chest

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Hiball Red Glass Set of 4

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Have you been naughty or nice?


House cocktail stirrers, straws, mixology tools and accessories in vintage candy dishes.


Vintage Green Hazel Atlas Colonial Block Depression Glass Candy Dish Set


Holiday Raffia Tree


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The art of the style courtesy of simple yet elegant statement pieces.

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Cado Aluminum Ice Bucket with Scoop

Zodax 12 in. diam. Cado Aluminum Ice Bucket with Scoop


Pewter Deer Goblets, Set of 2


Deer Bust Bar Tools Set

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Porta Romana


flamingo-catchallIt isn’t a party without a touch of pink, and the Pink Flamingo Catchall  from British fashion designer Matthew Williamson for CB2 will ruffle all the right feathers.  Under the “feathers” is a secret compartment perfect for housing cocktail snacks and the like.

pineapple-decanterPineapple Decanter

The pineapple is the symbol of hospitality.

pineapple-etched-double-old-fashioned-glassPineapple Double Old-Fashioned Glass, Set of 4


Pineapple Cocktail Picks with Holder, Set of 6


gold-palm-tree-glass Gold Palm Tree Highball Glass


Banana Leaf Stemless Martini Glass

Banana Leaf Stemless Martini Glass

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Leopard Wine Cooler


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Ardsley Acrylic Klismos Upholstered Chair


Leopard Velvet Lumbar Pillow



Regency Eagle Bevel Mirror

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Molly+Martini+Bar+CartMolly Bar Cart

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Shelly Rectangular Glass Pitcher

Before many of us became smarter and healthier and the laws of the land changed, the ash tray was part of the cocktail bar landscape.  A vintage ash tray repurposed as a cocktail spoon holders or cocktail stirrer discard bowl makes a great conversation piece.


Vintage Hand Blown Ash Tray


Fred SWIZZLE STICKS Twig Drink Stirrers, Set of 24



Emmaus Buddha Head Spreader

Rebecca+Metal+3+Tiered+Tray+Bar+CartRebecca Metal 3 Tiered Tray Bar Cart


Louisiana lagniappe reflects a sense of home state home which reflects a sense of my personal style.


How chic is this DIY bar tray?  Click on the link for the DIY scoop tutorial from Honestly Yum.


arthur-court-ice-scoopArthur Court Alligator Ice Scoop


Arthur Court Alligator Pilsner Glasses

Crocodile+Decorative+BoxCrocodile Decorative Box

Decorate with and display collected items that stand as memories from wonderful life and travel adventures.


Restaurant Antoine Creamer

I use a vintage Antoine’s Restaurant creamer as a jigger, and it never fails to start a “where did you get this?” conversation.

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Take the home bar styling ideas outdoors.  This outdoor grill area easily converts to a Bloody Mary bar.  Talk about contrast!  Rustic surroundings strike a chord of Southern charm.


Bali Collection Glass Carafe,  All Natural Handwoven Rattan Wrapping

Gold+Accent+TraySilver Accent Tray


Southern entertaining and the home bar go together like Tabasco and tomato juice.  A proper Southern Bloody Mary bar is well stocked with silver trays, bowls and containers to house and hold the sauces, seasonings and spicy garnishes that kick up the flavor with just the right amount of c’est si bon zing.


A Taste of Louisiana



Metallic High Balls & Coasters  ||  Empire Silver Bowl  ||  Double Old-Fashioned Set  ||  Lidded Silver Turtle  ||  Stoneware Bowl Set

A hint of Mardi Gras always adds Louisiana style to the mix and the mingle.


Signed Mid Century Modern Fornasetti for Rosenthal Court Jester Porcelain Vase


Two-of-a-Kind Mask Bottle Opener  – kate spade new york



“Beauty Queen” High Ball Glass



Your Highness Iridescent Crown Bottle Stopper

Textured clear glass elixir bottle Glass “Elixir” Bottle 



Rock Candy Sticks


Mardi Gras Monogrammed Napkins


Lace Canapé 6.5″ Appetizer Plate


Crawfish Dip



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burl-wood-rectangular-trayBurl Wood Rectangular Tray

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How very Mad Men mid-century modern.

bar-cart-mad-menEverything that’s old is new again.  Cocktails and conversation take place around unique home bar pieces.


Nosh and nibble appetizers mix well with cocktails.  Just add friends.



Godinger Wooden Airplane Cheese Board


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Do You Like Nuts?

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Spicy Rosemary Roasted Nuts

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Entertain these home bar styling ideas for a finished result that’s one part glamour, one part personal style and one part fabulous now being served.

New Year’s Eve Soiree Suggestions

Pop a good time for New Year’s Eve with casual fair and flair.  These New Year’s Eve soiree suggestions center around hosting a great get together that is as simple in prep and serve as it is in style and taste.  I think host and hostesses shy from the concept of simple thinking simple translates to open bags of chips tossed about with a if you want it get up and get it yourself party vibe, not that there’s anything wrong with that. No, simple entertaining is the first cousin to comfortable times spent at home with friends over good eats and drinks mixed with great conversation, music and merriment.  Simple takes the lead of the evening setting the tone, the feel and the mood.  It’s a perfected manner of entertaining that should appear to be exactly what it is intended to be- a casual and comfortable gathering of friends with the emphasis on let’s have fun.

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I love the casual glam look created by pairing a denim shirt with the sparkle, glitz and glamour of holiday appropriate jewelry and accessories. Apply that same philosophy by pairing up otherwise ordinary goodies with serveware befitting an all that glitters New Year’s Eve celebration.

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For example, these porcelain dip bowls in gold and silver from Target retail for $2.99 each. I also noticed a Nate Berkus serving tray on clearance for under $10. Make new and affordable entertaining friends while ringing out the old, a few in silver and a few in gold.

New Year's Eve Soiree Suggestions

Cocktails & Mocktails refreshingly go with ringing in the New Year. Presentation draws ’em in!  Who doesn’t love to sip a cocktail or mocktail from a salt or sugar-rimmed glass?


Cheers to my very favorite unleaded drink of choice.  A good- no, a great Shirley Temple takes me back to Southern summers spent sipping sparkling Shirley Temples served in tall frosted glass tumblers poolside at The Broadwater Beach Hotel in Biloxi, Mississippi.  Delicious mocktail memories, y’all!

Homemade-Fortune-Cookie-RecipeHomemade Fortune Cookies

Festive fortune cookie favors carry out the theme of good luck and fortune for the New Year and New Year’s Eve party goer.  Della Gossett, executive pastry chef at Wolfgang Puck’s Spago Beverly Hills, shares her recipe for homemade fortune cookies with the readers of POPSUGAR.  Talk about luck!

black-eyed-peas1New Orleans Style Blackeye Peas

A midnight black-eyed pea buffet is always a part of our New Year’s Eve party plans.  Starting the New Year off in a simple and casual setting with a bang of tradition, a dash of festive ritual and a dish of good luck is resolution number one.

Love your style!

New Year’s Eve Appetizer And Beverage Suggestions

New Year’s Eve appetizer and beverage suggestions are everywhere, including Places In The Home.


Allow me to entice you with a few favorite recipes old and new for your New Year’s Eve spread consideration.

Sugar and Nut Glazed Brie


¼ cup packed brown sugar

¼ cup chopped macadamia nuts or pecans

1 tablespoon brandy

1 (14-ounce) round brie

Apple wedges, for serving

Pear wedges, for serving

2 to 3 tablespoons lemon juice

Crackers, for serving


In a small bowl stir together the sugar, nuts, and brandy. Cover and chill for at least 24 hours or up to 1 week.

Preheat oven to 500 degrees F.

Place the brie on an ovenproof platter or pie plate. Bake for 4 or 5 minutes or until the brie is slightly softened. Spread the sugar mixture in an even layer on top of the warm brie and bake for 2 to 3 minutes longer, or until the sugar melts. Brush the fruit wedges with lemon juice and arrange them around 1 side of the brie. Place crackers around the other side.

~The Food Network

Stuffed Mushrooms, Baby!


24 ounces, weight White Button Mushrooms

⅓ pounds Hot Pork Sausage

½ whole Medium Onion, Finely Diced

4 cloves Garlic, Finely Minced

⅓ cups Dry White Wine

8 ounces, weight Cream Cheese

1 whole Egg Yolk

¾ cups Parmesan Cheese, Grated

Salt And Pepper, to taste


Wipe off or wash mushrooms in cold water. Pop out stems, reserving both parts. Chop mushroom stems finely and set aside. Brown and crumble sausage. Set aside on a plate to cool. Add onions and garlic to the same skillet; cook for 2 minutes over medium low heat. Pour in wine to deglaze pan, allow liquid to evaporate. Add in chopped mushroom stems, stir to cook for 2 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste. Set mixture aside on a plate to cool.

In a bowl, combine cream cheese and egg yolk. Stir together with Parmesan cheese. Add cooled sausage and cooled mushroom stems. Stir mixture together and refrigerate for a short time to firm up. Smear mixture into the cavity of each mushroom, creating a sizable mound over the top.

Bake at 350 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes, or until golden brown. Allow to cool at least ten minutes before serving; the stuffed mushrooms taste better when not piping hot.

~The Pioneer Woman

We had these at a cocktail party a few years ago and I was thrilled to rediscover the recipe.  Rich & indulgent, exactly the way appetizers on New Year’s Eve should be!

Pecan-Crusted Artichoke Spread


1 tablespoon butter

½ cup finely chopped onion

3 cloves garlic, minced

4 cups coarsely chopped fresh spinach

1 14 ounce can artichoke hearts, drained and chopped

1 8 ounce package reduced-fat cream cheese (Neufchatel), softened

½ cup fat-free mayonnaise dressing or salad dressing

2 cups shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese (8 oz.)

½ cup grated Parmesan cheese (2 oz.)

2 dashes bottled hot pepper sauce

¼ cup finely chopped pecans

Baguette-style French bread slices, toasted


Preheat oven to 350 degree F. In a medium saucepan, melt butter over medium-high heat. Add onion and garlic; cook for 3 minutes. Add spinach; cook for 3 to 5 minutes more or until onion is tender and spinach is cooked, stirring frequently. Remove from heat. Stir in chopped artichoke hearts, cream cheese, mayonnaise dressing, cheddar cheese, Parmesan cheese, and hot pepper sauce.

Transfer to an ungreased 1-½-quart casserole. Bake for 40 minutes. Top with pecans; bake for 10 minutes more.

Serve with toasted bread slices. Makes 4 cups spread (sixty-four 1-tablespoon servings).

~Better Homes and Gardens

Party Crab Puffs


1 cup water

½  cup butter, cubed

¼  teaspoon salt

1 cup all-purpose flour

4 eggs


4 hard-cooked eggs, finely chopped

1 can (6 ounces) lump crabmeat, drained

4 ounces cream cheese, softened

¼ cup mayonnaise

2 tablespoons finely chopped onion

2 tablespoons prepared horseradish, drained

Minced fresh parsley, optional


In a large saucepan, bring the water, butter and salt to a boil. Add flour all at once and stir until a smooth ball forms. Remove from the heat; let stand for 5 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Continue beating until mixture is smooth and shiny.

Drop by teaspoonfuls 2 in. apart onto greased baking sheets. Bake at 400° for 18-22 minutes or until golden brown. Remove to a wire rack. Immediately split puffs open; remove tops and set aside. Discard soft dough from inside. Cool puffs.

In a large bowl, combine the filling ingredients. Just before serving, spoon 1 teaspoonful filling into each puff; sprinkle with parsley if desired. Replace tops. Yield: 8 dozen.

~Taste of Home

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Mr. B’s Barbecued Shrimp


3 tbsp. unsalted butter, plus 12 tbsp. cut into ½ ” cubes and chilled

2 cloves garlic, finely chopped

½  cup Crystal hot sauce

¼  cup Worcestershire sauce

2 tbsp. fresh lemon juice

1 tbsp. Creole seasoning

4 tsp. ground black pepper

1 ½ lb. head-on large shrimp, unpeeled

Kosher salt, to taste

French bread, for serving


Heat 3 tbsp. butter in a 12″ skillet over medium-high heat.  Add garlic; cook until soft, 1-2 minutes.  Add hot sauce, Worcestershire, juice, Creole seasoning and pepper.  Bring to a simmer; cook until sauce is reduced by half, 5-7 minutes.  Add shrimp; cook, flipping once, until cooked through, 3-4 minutes.  Reduce heat to medium-low; stir in chilled butter to make a smooth sauce.  Season with salt.  Serve with French bread.


I prepared these for Christmas dinner and the reviews were rave!  The recipe is balanced correctly for a not- too-sweet side dish for baked ham, scrambled eggs, or as dessert.

Butterscotch Pears 


4 large firm pears

1 tablespoon lemon juice

¼  cup packed brown sugar

3 tablespoons butter, softened

2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

½  teaspoon ground cinnamon

¼ teaspoon salt

½  cup chopped pecans

½  cup pear nectar

2 tablespoons honey


Cut pears in half lengthwise; remove cores. Brush pears with lemon juice. In a small bowl, combine the brown sugar, butter, flour, cinnamon and salt; stir in pecans. Spoon into pears; place in 4-qt. slow cooker.


Combine pear nectar and honey; drizzle over pears.  Cover and cook on low for 2-3 hours or until heated through.  Serve warm. 

~Taste of Home

Wine and Cocktail Suggestions

apothicApothic Wines


Cupcake Vineyards Prosecco

Bon Appetit

Prosecco- Raspberry Gelée


2 cups (9 ounces) fresh raspberries

¾  cup plus 2 tablespoons. sugar, divided

2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, divided

1 750-ml chilled bottle Prosecco (Italian sparkling wine), divided

3 ½ teaspoon unflavored gelatin (measured from two 1/4-ounce envelopes)

¾  teaspoon orange-flower water (optional)


Place raspberries, ¼ cup sugar, and 1 tablespoon lemon juice in a medium bowl; toss gently to combine. Let stand at room temperature until raspberries release their juices, tossing occasionally, 20-30 minutes.

Place ½ cup Prosecco in a small bowl. Sprinkle gelatin over and let stand 5 minutes to soften. Bring 1 cup Prosecco to a boil with remaining ½ cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat; add gelatin mixture and stir until dissolved.

Transfer gelatin mixture to a large pitcher. Add raspberries with juices, remaining Prosecco, remaining 1 tablespoon lemon juice, and orange-flower water (if using), stirring to dissolve any sugar.

Using a slotted spoon, divide raspberries equally among coupe glasses or other small wide, shallow glasses or cups. Divide Prosecco mixture equally among glasses, about ¾ cup per glass.  Chill gelée until firm, about 3 hours.


This is my favorite~


Dr. Loosen Riesling

A perfect spicy alcoholic or non-alcoholic cocktail  for New Year’s Eve and/or New Year’s Day!

Creole Bloody Mary Cocktail


1 tsp. celery salt

2 ounces vodka

1 tsp. Pickapeppa sauce

1 tsp.  Worcestershire sauce

1 dash hot sauce

6 ounces Clamato juice

2 lemon wedges

1 tsp. lime juice

Celery hearts, for garnish

*** for an extra spicy garnish, spicy pickled green beans are delicious!***



Run lemon wedge around rim of a glass.  Fill glass with ice. Pour in vodka(or delete for non-alcoholic version), Pickapeppa sauce, Worcestershire sauce, and hot sauce; top with Clamato.  Add celery salt, lime juice, and lemon juice from wedges into glass.  Stir well and garnish with celery heart or spicy green bean.  Serves 1.

© Dave Lauridsen via Food & Wine

Emerald Palmers


8 Persian cucumbers, chopped

2 cups mint leaves

1 ½ cups fresh lemon juice

½  cup agave nectar

1 tablespoon matcha green tea powder

Kosher salt



In a bowl, toss the cucumbers with the mint leaves. Transfer half of the mixture to a blender and puree until chunky.

In a large pitcher, combine the lemon juice, agave and matcha powder with 5 cups of ice water. With the blender on, add half of the lemon mixture to the puree and blend until very smooth. Transfer to a punch bowl. Blend the remaining cucumbers, mint and lemon mixture until very smooth and transfer to the punch bowl. Season the drink lightly with salt and serve in ice-filled glasses.

~Food & Wine