Home Bar Styling Ideas

Today’s post is an updated version of Home Bar Styling Ideas featuring new finds and classic favorites.

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

Let me expand on that thought.

bar-cart-diary-of-a-holiday-soiree-Domino

Domino

The mix and the marvel is in details, proportion and placement.  Styling a home bar works off the same principle applied to styling a coffee table.

X marks the center spot which is the prime location for a medium or low height object placement.  The outer areas balance the method with graduated heights to continue the flow and engage the eye.

Metal Mirror 2-Tier Bar Cart, 34"x34"

Metal Mirror 2-Tier Bar Cart, 34″x34″

 

Badash Crystal Chelsea Ice BucketBadash Crystal Chelsea Ice Bucket

 

Artland Milano Cordial Glass - Set of 6

Artland Milano Cordial Glass – Set of 6

Cocktail stirrers, straws, mixology tools and accessories house well in vintage candy dishes.

westmorland-argonaut-pink-milk-glass-footed-candy-dishWestmorland Argonaut Pink Milk Glass Footed Candy Dish

Take the party and the home bar styling ideas outside.

old-man-by-the-sea-home-barDomino

Garber-ice-bucket

Garber Ice Bucket

a-weathered-sea-captainA Weathered Sea Captain Oil Painting Reproduction Print

clear-wine-glass

 

Rope Bar Ice BucketRope Bar Ice Bucket

claw-bottle-opener

Claw Bottle Opener

You can’t go wrong with classic blue and white porcelain vases and accents.

Amanda Reynal Interiors

Amanda Reynal Interiors

Goldinger-Dublin-gobletGodinger Dublin Goblet – Set of 4

blue pane

Blue Pane Framed Print

Marbled Swirl Ginger Jar - Blue/WhiteMarbled Swirl Ginger Jar – Blue/White

Porcelain Helmet CanisterPorcelain Helmet Canister

The secret to successful entertaining is creating an ambiance of effortless elegance.  This image exemplifies just that as the simple yet elegant touches set the tone and the style for an evening of sips and toasts.

foyer-bar Martha Stewart – Photography by Paul Costello

 

Dorset Toasting Flutes, Set of 2

Dorset Toasting Flutes, Set of 2

 

Gold Rim Coupe Glasses

Gold Rim Coupe Glasses

Christmas-walnutsHouse & Home

chinoiserie-home-barHouse Beautiful

 

Moses Console Table

Moses Console Table

Ellis Art Print 23 Beautiful Antique Sea Ocean Red Coral Ellis Art Print 23 Beautiful Antique Sea Ocean Red Coral

 

Artland Inc. Iris Ruby DOF Glasses - Set of 4Artland Inc. Iris Ruby DOF Glasses – Set of 4

 

Viv-all-purpose-big-wine-glass

Viv All Purpose Big Wine Glasses, Set of 8

red-lacquer-trayRed Rectangular Lacquer Serving Tray

 

Red Murano Glass Bowl w/ Infused FlakesRed Murano Glass Bowl w/ Infused Flakes

antique-armoire-bar

Rue Magazine

Vintage Stieff Historic Newport Decanter Tags - Set of 4

Vintage Stieff Historic Newport Decanter Tags – Set of 4

ford-decanter

Ford Decanter

Antique Silver Sentiment PitcherAntique Silver Sentiment Pitcher

 

silver-hammered-pitcher

Hammered Straight Pitcher

Garnish your home bar with a hint of whimsical.

 

Vintage Irish Mist Liquor Soldier Decanter

Vintage Irish Mist Liquor Soldier Decanter

 

1960s-vintage-jim-beam-white-bowling-pin-decanter1960s Vintage Jim Beam White Bowling Pin Decanter

Beethoven's Fifth Whiskey Decanter with Pour Spout, Vintage Liquor Bottle Man Cave Bar Decor

Beethoven’s Fifth Whiskey Decanter with Pour Spout

 

Katrina Dog Shaped Liquor Whiskey DecanterKatrina Dog Shaped Liquor Whiskey Decanter

 

Vintage Political Decanters Vintage Political Decanters

Mix and mingle classic accents and barware essentials with modern with vintage, metals, colors, textures, and patterns.  Unconventional pieces shake and stir up interest.  I use a vintage creamer as a jigger, and it never fails to start the “where did you get this?” conversation.

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Disaronno Limited Edition Roberto Cavalli and Versace

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Art, stunning glassware, liquor, wine bottles and decanters heavy on color and pattern, a bouquet of fresh flowers or greenery in a vase, jar, or bottle, and one front and center conversation piece pull the look together.

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Mong 3 Drawer Accent ChestMong 3 Drawer Accent Chest

Console, cabinet, chest, or cart- cheers to the glamorously chic home bar, stylish and responsible entertaining and the holiday sip and social season.

Uttermost Amaranto Gold Serving Tea Cart

Uttermost Amaranto Gold Serving Tea Cart

Lagasse Bar CartLagasse Bar Cart

 

Rondo Crystal Whiskey/Liquor Rectangular 25 oz. DecanterRondo Crystal Whiskey/Liquor Rectangular 25 oz. Decanter

Pryce Gold Rocks Glass Pryce Gold Glassware

 

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

 

vintage-heisey-gold-accent-candy-dishVintage Heisey Paneled 22 kt Gold Accent Candy Dish

 

The Eye Match Set, Black

The Eye Match Set, Black

 

hollywood-regency-brass-shell-ashtray-dish

Hollywood Regency Brass Shell Ashtray Dish

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 or stirrer holder makes a great conversation piece.

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Duggins DecanterDuggins Decanter

 

Anchor Hocking Fairfield Green Glass Pedestal Bowl

Anchor Hocking Fairfield Green Glass Pedestal Bowl

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

Holiday-Happy-Hour-Bar-cartHouse & Home

 

Melania 9 oz. Stemmed Wine Glass

Melania 9 oz. Stemmed Wine Glass

toasting cocktails

Better Homes & Gardens

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Tadcaster Bar Cart

Tadcaster Bar Cart

Plastic Wine Bottle Rack

Clear Wine Bottle Rack

The essential pop of color welcomes style home.

Double Old Fashioned Glass 9.4Oz Edo Kiriko Design Cut Glass Kasane Yarai - Blue Double Old Fashioned Glass 9.4Oz Edo Kiriko Design Cut Glass Kasane Yarai 

gentlemens bar cartSouthern Living

S/6 Whiskey Neat Note CardsSet of 6 Whiskey Neat Note Cards – Lana’s Shop

 

boxwood-wreath-ribbon

 

DecMode 18 in. Aluminum Wine Cooler Ice Bucket

DecMode 18 in. Aluminum Wine Cooler Ice Bucket

 

Rattan Rectangular Tray with Rounded Corners and Cutout Handles

Rattan Rectangular Tray with Rounded Corners and Cutout Handles

In Spirits of the Holiday Style-

Colvin 2 Door Accent CabinetColvin 2 Door Accent Cabinet

Desmond Resin Glitter Sitting Reindeer

Desmond Resin Glitter Sitting Reindeer

Godinger Serpentine Gallery Tray

Godinger Serpentine Gallery Tray

 

Badash Crystal Rimini Gold Serving TrayBadash Crystal Rimini Gold Serving Tray

 

 Ruby Etched Decanter

 Ruby Etched Decanter

 

Renaissance Holiday Santa Pitcher

Renaissance Holiday Santa Pitcher

 

Red Tumblers with Gold Jewel

Red Tumblers with Gold Jewel

 

Crystal Stemmed Wine GlassCrystal Stemmed Wine Glass

holiday cocktails book

Workman Publishing Holiday Cocktails Book

 

 Candy Dish Collection from Godinger Candy Dish Collection from Godinger

 

Holiday Gatherings Tartan Plaid Appetizer Plates Set of 4Holiday Gatherings Tartan Plaid Appetizer Plates Set of 4

bar menu mirror Southern Living

butler console tableRothwell Butler Console Table

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Casual Tier Console TableCasual Tier Console Table

Britta Optic 3-Gallon Punch Bowl

Britta Optic 3-Gallon Punch Bowl

gold-Christmas-woodland-tree-cocktail-napkin

Woodland Tree Gold Beverage/Cocktail Paper Napkins

Dollar store nickel-plated serving trays make a lovely presentation and prove budget-friendly.  I use these trays for everything from serving trays to cocktail napkin holders to coasters.

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waiting-on-martha-bar-trayWaiting on Martha

 

Queen+Anne+Small+Oblong+Gallery+Tray

crystal-cut-glass-bowl-honeysuckleRoyal Brierley Honeysuckle Crystal Bowl

The art of farmhouse style courtesy of casually elegant pieces.

Cattle Graze I Hand Embellished Canvas Art Print

Cattle Graze I Hand Embellished Canvas Art Print

Gold Metallic Double Bulb Scroll Table Lamp

Gold Metallic Double Bulb Scroll Table Lamp

Henriksen Coastal Inspired 2 Door Bar CabinetHenriksen Coastal Inspired 2 Door Bar Cabinet

Torched Copper Ice BucketTorched Copper Ice Bucket

Tuscany Classics - Whiskey 3pc SetTuscany Classics – Whiskey 3pc Set

Prosper Iron Round Accent Tray

Prosper Iron Round Accent Tray

Black Marble Board with Copper Finish Edge

Black Marble Board with Copper Finish Edge

Super cute idea for a farmhouse style home bar shot glass or jigger.

all in good taste piping hot creamer Kate Spade

kate spade new york All in Good Taste Piping Hot Creamer

Home Bar FYI:

Shot glasses range in size from 1 to 1¼  to 1½ ounces.

A pony shot equals 1 fluid ounce.

A jigger equals 1½ fluid ounces.

Vintage Hotel Waldorf Systems Jackson China Pitcher Creamer

Vintage Hotel Waldorf Systems Jackson China Pitcher Creamer 

industrial style home barSlesinski Design Group, Inc.

 

pinecone-base-lucite-lampPine Cone and Crystal Table Lamp

 

stag-cocktail-shakerStag Cocktail Shaker

 

Angus Cocktail TumblersAngus Cocktail Tumblers

 

Ken Fulk Retriever JiggerKen Fulk Retriever Jigger

bar-cart-lucite-chair-leopardBliss at Home – Bloglovin’

8 Oak Lane Black Bamboo Bar Cart

8 Oak Lane Black Bamboo Bar Card

 

Leopard-Print Wine Cooler

Leopard-Print Wine Cooler

 

Ardsley+Acrylic+Klismos+Upholstered+Dining+Chair

Ardsley Acrylic Klismos Upholstered Chair

 

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Leopard Velvet Lumbar Pillow

 

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Regency-eagle-convex-mirror

Regency Eagle Bevel Mirror

 

Small Gold Mirror Ornate Americana Federal Style Eagle Plastic Home DecorSmall Gold Mirror Ornate Americana Federal Style 

A small plastic framed gold Federal style mirror with a significantly lower price may be of decorative interest to you.

brass-bar-cart-stockedBetter Homes and Gardens

Molly+Martini+Bar+CartMolly Bar Cart

Maddox 2 Door Accent Cabinet

Maddox 2 Door Accent Cabinet

 

Crystal Dublin Ice BucketCrystal Dublin Ice Bucket 

 

Villeroy & Boch Boston Rose Claret, Set of 4

Villeroy & Boch Boston Rose Claret, Set of 4

 

American Brilliant Period Water Wine Liquor Decanter CarafeAmerican Brilliant Period Water Wine Liquor Decanter Carafe

 

clear-glass-pitcher

Shelly Rectangular Glass Pitcher

bert the peacock gold spoon restBert the Peacock Gold Spoon Rest

 

decanters

Suave Glass Pitcher  ||  Twirl Decanter  ||  Odette Handcut Glass Decanter

crinkle-pink-gold-bowlCrinkle Pink and Gold Bowl

prowl gold cocktail stirrers set of 4Prowl Gold Cocktail Stirrers

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

 

Stainless Steel Leather Console Table

Stainless Steel Leather Console Table

 

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arthur-court-ice-scoopArthur Court Alligator Ice Scoop

 

Silver Crocodile Tray

Silver Crocodile Tray

 

croco-ice-scoopCroco Ice Scoop

 

alligator-Pilsner-glasses

Arthur Court Alligator Pilsner Glasses

 

Bistro Croc Glass Highball Glass

Bistro Croc Glass Highball Glass

 

Crocodile+Decorative+BoxCrocodile Decorative Box

 

laveau-crocodile-skull

Laveau Crocodile Skull

Southern entertaining and the home bar go together like Tabasco and tomato juice.

holiday-home-bar-outdoor-entertainingSouthern Living

Take the home bar styling ideas outdoors.  Cocktails on the front or the back porch strike a chord of Southern charm.  I love how a bit of imagine results in an outdoor grill becoming a Bloody Mary bar accessorized with vintage serving pieces of silver, crystal, pottery, and porcelain.

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Bali Collection Glass Carafe,  All Natural Handwoven Rattan Wrapping

 

 band round glass pitcher

 Band Round Glass Pitcher

 

Be Social Monclava Double Old-Fashioned Glasses - Set of 4

Be Social Monclava Double Old-Fashioned Glasses – Set of 4

Sugar Magnolia Sandwich Serving TraySugar Magnolia Sandwich Serving Tray

Magnolia+Foliage+in+Glass+Vase

 

Libbey Southern Comfort Set of Four 22K Gold and Aqua Riverboat Highball Tumblers circa 1968

Southern Comfort Set of Four 22K Gold and Aqua Riverboat Highball Tumblers

Cane Mixing Bowl by Mason Cash

Cane Mixing Bowl by Mason Cash

 

Gold+Accent+TraySilver Accent Tray

table-top-bar-Caitlin-Moran

Glitter Guide

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

mask-bottle-opener

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

 

Rubi Wine Cooler, Brass

Rubi Wine Cooler, Brass

Macdougal Gold Accent Tray

Macdougal Gold Accent Tray

 

 sebastian decanterSebastian Decanter

 

Giada Acrylic Wine Glass - Green - Large

Giada Acrylic Wine Glass – Green – Large

 

Vintage Culver Mardi Gras Jester Glasses

Vintage Culver Mardi Gras Jester Glasses 

 

Grassingt Clear 14 oz. Acrylic Every Day Glasses

Grassingt Clear 14 oz. Acrylic Every Day Glasses

 

elixir-bottle-clear

Glass “Elixir” Bottle

 Emerald Collection Diamond salad plate from Coton Colors Emerald Collection Diamond Plates from Coton Colors

 

Thirstystone Appetizer Pick, Fleur de Lis S-four

Thirstystone Appetizer Pick, Fleur de Lis 

A candle holder is a stirrer holder is a candy dish is a …

Vintage Gold Crown Candle HolderVintage Gold Crown Candle Holder

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Domino

Everything old is new and in style again.

Breene 2 Door Accent CabinetBreene 2 Door Accent Cabinet

 

Jack Nicholson @ China Town Framed PrintJack Nicholson @ China Town Framed Print

 

Mayton 17" Table Lamp

Mayton 17″ Table Lamp

 

Zhori-Midcentury-Modern-bar-cartZhori Midcentury Modern Bar Cart – Holly & Martin

 

Beck Ottoman/Coffee Table Tray

Beck Ottoman/Coffee Table Tray

Drake Metallic Double Old-Fashioned Glasses

Drake Metallic Double Old-Fashioned Glasses

 

burl-wood-rectangular-trayBurl Wood Rectangular Tray

 

Mid Century Orange Party Bowl

Mid Century Orange Party Bowl

 

franklin-double-old-fashioned-glassFranklin Double Old-Fashioned Glass

 

Lion Wine Bottle HolderLion Wine Bottle Holder

Cocktails and conversation take place around unique home bar pieces.

Steven Sclaroff

Steven Sclaroff

 

radius-decanter

Radius Decanter

airplane-cheese-board

Godinger Wooden Airplane Cheese Board

Airplane 5 Piece Bartool Set

Airplane 5 Piece Bartool Set

 

Harrison Round TrayHarrison Round Tray

hammered-bar-ware

 

Steady-Temp 8 oz. Martini GlassSteady-Temp 8 oz. Martini Glass

Alsten Pillow - Ralph Lauren Home

Alsten Pillow – Ralph Lauren Home

 

Vintage Military Hats Ashtray

Vintage Military Hats Ashtray

 

pointdexter silver cocktail picks with hat set of 6Pointdexter Silver Cocktail Picks with Hat Set of 6

 

Faux Wood Ice Bucket with Lid

Faux Wood Ice Bucket with Lid

Hammered Candy Nut BowlHammered Candy / Nut Bowl

stovetop sugar free candied nuts Stovetop Sugar Free Candied Nuts 

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.

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A Gouda Idea: Fall Entertaining

Those of you who are in fall entertaining, pumpkin, color, sweater, and comfy throw heaven, please do share, show, and tell with us what fall looks like in your corner of the world.

hey-there-pumpkin-fall-door-mat

Hey There Pumpkin Fall Door Mat

Our Canadian snowbird son called home this past Saturday to show and tell what fall looks like in his corner of the world.   He and his lovely wife were welcoming several friends in for an evening of fall entertaining featuring fireside cocktails and fall themed food and drink.

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We discussed what cocktails and dishes would be served, the fall decor touches his bride was adding to the mantle, how good of an idea it was for his mom to suggest a first fire of the season to warm up both home and hearth, and at the moment it just happened to be snowing.

fall-snow-Canada

Louisiana temperatures can’t see fit to drop below 83 degrees with 98% humidity.  Meanwhile, the Canadian snowbird is not only enjoying fall, but winter to boot (or should I say aboot).

winnipeg-maple

Cool, crisp, and cold weather signals it’s time to pull out the blankets and throws, start a fire in the fireplace, bedeck the abode to fit the season, and invite friends over to gather together for a it’s fall y’all celebration.

fall entertaining

Part of the fun of entertaining is coming up with festive and creative ways to put a festive spin on the presentation of drinks, snacks, entrées, sides, and desserts.

all-party-pumpkin-chip-holderBetter Homes & Gardens

Better Homes & Gardens shows how using a hallowed-out pumpkin lined with a fall themed kitchen towel as a serving bowl for chips brings the fall harvest serving A game to the table.

hello-fall-kitchen-towel

Hello Fall Kitchen Towel

fall entertaining

Better Homes & Gardens

Apples and cheese make tasty pairing partners, and these appetizing apple-shape cheese are so simple to make.

Begin by rolling your favorite choice of soft cheese into a ball.

Coat the cheese in smoky paprika, finely crushed pecans or walnuts, minced fresh herbs, or crushed gingersnaps.

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Harvest Wood Pumpkin Charger

Press the top of the ball to create a spot for the stem.

Finish the “apple” by inserting a branch with leaves or a pretzel, bread, or cinnamon stick paired with a bay leaf to create a stem completing the apple look.

Silea Cheese Markers - Set of 6

Vintage Silver Plated French Silea Cheese Markers

Fall, winter, spring or summer- farmhouse chic is a Gouda look.

farmhouse-cheese-knife-set

Thirstystone Urban Farm 3 Piece Cheese Set

It’s Pumpkin Time

pumpkins fall arrangment

My daughter-in-law is a loyal Michaels Stores shopper whereas her mother-in-law spreads the loyalty around in the name of the best deal.  This past Sunday, I lucked up on a super Sunday sale at our local JOANN Fabric and Craft Stores.

I’m stocked and ready to fall to Thanksgiving tablescape.

pumpkin-pillows

Several fall decorating-entertaining-tablescapes show and tell emails between the two of us garnered ideas and inspiration across the miles.

She suggested I take a look at the fall into Thanksgiving themed pillow covers available from Wish.com.  The grateful and the autumn pillow covers are on the way, and I can’t wait to see how the pillow covers in real fall decorating time will complete the look I have in mind.

I suggested she print and frame this lovely colorful fall printable from Refresh Restyle as fall favors for her guests.  The link to the free printable is provided under the image.

Colorful-Fall-Printable

Colorful Fall Printable from Refresh Restyle

Our favorite time of the year season easily inspires a celebration. Fall entertaining is a crisp breeze when good ideas, finds, and friends come together.

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State Dinner at the White House (Now with Updated Videos)

Company’s coming to a State Dinner at the White House.  As the White House welcomes President Emmanuel Macron and Mrs. Brigitte Macron of France for the first state visit of the Trump administration, the dining, dishes (china and cuisine) and decorating details intrigue me.  The White House released the details of the State Dinner complete with china settings, color scheme, and menu selections, and I do color myself impressed by it all.  Let me assure you this post is apolitical in nature, opinion and content.  Trump, Obama, Bush and Clinton will be referenced, but only in terms of presidential china patterns, a State Dining Room renovation and the present First Lady’s attention to detail selections for the State Dinner.  Months of preparation, tasting, placing, selecting and practice makes perfect pays off in a grand and regal way.

Dinner (see menu below) will be served in the State Dining Room.  Former First Lady Michelle Obama unveiled the renovated State Dining Room in 2015, and the room is well-appointed in an updated color palette of light and peacock blue, ecru and various shades of white.

White_House_State_Dining_Room_2015

Gold accents and accessories lend  a new traditional tone while the look of the dining armchairs and side chairs emulate similar design traits of dining chairs designed by Georgetown cabinetmaker William King, Jr. in 1818 for President James Monroe.  The dining table and chairs will be removed and replaced with skirted round tables and gold Napoleon Chiavari chairs- ten to the table.

Gold-Napoleon-Chiavari-Stacking-Chair

A color scheme of cream and gold takes the predominant palette lead.

Lenox-presidential-china-patterns

Lenox on Pinterest

Spring colors of green and white will be represented by the green color palette detailed in the Bush china and spring green and white flower centerpieces and arrangements placed on the fireplace mantle flanking the portrait of Abraham Lincoln.

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American Silver from the White House Collection and pieces from the Vermeil collection from Tiffany & Co. and S. Kirk & Sons will complete the place setting and tabletop presentation.

Tiffany-Co-gold-flatware

Tiffany & Co. 18K Gold Flatware Set

Rosenthal Meets Versace Gala Prestige White Wine Glass

Rosenthal Meets Versace Gala Prestige White Wine Glass

I would love to show actual sneak peek images of the place settings for the state dinner, but those pesky copyright laws do get in the way of that idea.  For that reason some of the images in this posting are in the style of interpretations of the actual pieces.

clinton china pattern

Southern Living

The large gold rimmed plate from the Clinton Service will serve as the baseplate.  Pieces from both the Bush and Clinton service will complete the dinner service.

gold-candlesticks

Tiffany & Co. Gold Over Sterling Silver Candlesticks, Reproduction After Fenton & Creswick, Sheffield, 1762 – 12″

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A trio of gold candlesticks will be placed on most of the guest tables while the tables towards the front of the State Dining Room will have a centerpiece candelabra carrying the desired look of elegance that is befitting such a stately occasion throughout the State Dining Room.

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The Bush Service ~ Architectural Digest

Cherry blossom branches grown in the United States and placed in black urns atop pedestals will line The Cross Hall.

Cherry-Blossoms

Cherry Blossoms ~ Washington, D.C. 

Decorative urn

Gorgeous!

Grand hall White House

First Lady Melania Trump ~ Facebook

More than 2,500 white sweet peas stems will share the fragrant spotlight with approximately 1,000 stems of white lilac in the State Dining Room.

sweet-peas-white

Sweet Pea White Supreme

Stephanotis vines from California along with a variety of mixed garden flowers will be featured in the parlors.

Manet, Edouard - Lilacs In A Vase, c.1882

Edouard Manet ~ Lilacs In A Vase, c.1882

The menu for the State Dinner is a mélange of America’s dishes and traditions deliciously seasoned with flavor hints of French influences.

First Course:

Goat Cheese Gateau
Tomato Jam
Buttermilk Biscuit Crumbles
Young Variegated Lettuces

Main Course:

Rack of Spring Lamb
Burnt Cipollini Soubise
Carolina Gold Rice Jambalaya

Dessert:

Nectarine Tart
Crème Fraîche Ice Cream

UPDATE****

USA Today has shared the following video on their Facebook page.  I am thrilled to share it with you all, and may I just say the room is stunning!

New Orleans celebrates its Tricentennial this year.  New Orleans was founded in 1718 by Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne, Sieur de Bienville, and remained a French ruled city until 1763, when the city was taken over by the Spanish.  In 1803 the French took back control of New Orleans, and in the same year sold it to the United States in the Louisiana Purchase.

NOLA-flag

The French influence runs deep throughout the city of New Orleans as well as the whole of Louisiana as seen in its historic homes, notable architecture, and regional dishes.

state dinner

The c’est si bon taste of Louisiana and the French-infused heritage of New Orleans will be  well represented at tonight’s State Dinner.  Buttermilk Biscuit Crumbles, Tomato Jam, and Carolina Gold Rice Jambalaya tempt the Southern, French and Creole taste of Louisiana.   White House Executive Chef, Christeta Comerford, will prepare the main course of Rack of Spring Lamb and Carolina Gold Rice Jambalaya in a true New Orleans seasoning tradition.  The dishes will feature the spice trio Cajun trinity of celery, peppers, and onions, and will be spiced with herbs from the South Lawn.

C’est si bon!

Domaine Serene Chardonnay “Evenstad Reserve” 2015, Domaine Drouhin Pinot Noir “Laurène” 2014, and  Schramsberg Demi-Sec “Crémant” will be served.  Selected to complement, these wines emphasize tradition, provenance and the historic friendship between the United States and France will pair well with the menu.

white house

The White House

From a state dinner at the White House to a dinner soirée at your house, attention to detail and good taste influence the selections we make when we entertain.   An impressive presentation with the accent mark on attention to detail never fails to make a lasting impression.

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Chinoiserie Themed Tablescape

The epicurean is devoted to the enjoyment of great food and comfort.  The first four letters of the word epicurean spell epic, and epic is what this Chinoiserie themed tablescape feature has turned out to be.  Color, pattern and texture sets quite the impressive Chinoiserie themed tablescape.  Believing and adhering to the notion we eat first with our eyes, the visual appetizer is the tasteful first course of a palatable dining experience.

Chinoiserie

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noun, plural chinoiseries

1.  a style of ornamentation current chiefly in the 18th century in Europe,
characterized by intricate patterns and an extensive use of motifs identified as Chinese.

2.  an object decorated in this style or an example of this style: The clock was an interesting chinoiserie.

Chinoiserie themed tablescape

Veranda

The lines and color palette of Chinese and East Asian influenced dinnerware and decorative accessories create beautifully Chinoiserie themed tablescapes.  The retail selections available make it easy to set your table as Chinoiserie chic casual or formal as you wish.

Rosser+1222+Charger

Rosser 12″ Charger – Set of 4

 

trop-charger

Bordallo Pinheiro Vista Alegre Tropical Charger Plates (Set of 2)

 

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Bordallo Pinheiro Cabbage Dinner Plates in Beige – Set of 4

 

Jacqueline-dinnerware Jacqueline Salad Plate~ Set of 4

 

Si- Kiang-Cocktail-Plate

Si Kiang Cocktail Plate

 

Aveline+Double+Old+Fashioned+Glass

Aveline Double Old Fashioned Glass

 

Three Star Cristalleria Fratelli Fumo Wine Glasses in Amber (Set of 6)

Three Star Cristalleria Fratelli Fumo Wine Glasses in Amber (Set of 6)

Color, Pattern, Texture Options:

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Echo Design Parvani 52-Inch Square Tablecloth

I own this table runner and I love it!  The design is versatile and the quality is exceptional.

table-runner

Sherry Kline China Art Table Runner 

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Options make the decorating world go round.

East of the Moon Cinnabar

East of the Moon Cinnabar

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Bed Bath & Beyond Beaded Placemat in Jute/Coral

gold-square-placemat

Matte Golden Beaded Square Placemat

Chinese-bowl-on-teakwood-stand

Chinese Bowl on Teakwood Stand

Cambridge Silversmiths 20-Piece Bamboo-Style Flatware Service

Cambridge Silversmiths 20-Piece Bamboo-Style Flatware Service

Leopard love it and the Chinoiserie themed tablescape – an excellent pull from one to complement another choice.

desert-leopard-NIKKO-plates

Desert Leopard Plate (Set of 4)

 

martini-glass

Animal Print 8 oz Martini Glass

 

geometric print napkin

Geometric Design Dinner Napkin

bamboo-flatware-cabbage-charger

Traditional Home

 

Gien Set of 4 Jardins Canape Plates

Gien Set of 4 Jardins Canape Plates

 

Christian Lacroix Sol y Sombra Dessert Plate

Christian Lacroix Sol y Sombra Dessert Plate

 

Ricci Argentieri Bamboo 5-Piece Place Setting

Ricci Argentieri Ricci Bamboo 5-Piece Place Setting

 

cabbage-serving-bowlFigural Cabbage Bowl

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Michael Aram 2-Pc. Palm Serving Set

Petrus-Regout-Maastricht-Platter

Petrus Regout Maastricht Platter

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Meakin “Jamaica” Octagonal Plates – Set of 6

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Thibaut Gazebo Collection ~ Masquerade

Thibaut Gazebo Masquerade marks the genesis of my decorating fascination with the colors, patterns and textures of Chinoiserie finery.




 

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Aliza Teal Dinner Plate Set of 4

 

Lenox Pleated Colors Aqua Salad Plate

Lenox Pleated Colors Aqua Salad Plate

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Vintage Mismatched Fine China Luncheon Plates – Set of 4

 

Hybrid Cloe Porcelain Fruit Bowl design by Seletti

 

Classic Touch Tumblers with 24K Gold Artwork in Assorted Colors (Set of 6)

Classic Touch Tumblers with 24K Gold Artwork in Assorted Colors (Set of 6)

 

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Byzantine 24 Karat 5 Piece Flatware Set

Osaka Bamboo Trellis / Tea

Osaka Bamboo Trellis / Teal

 

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Havana Jacquard Napkins

 

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Julie Accent Plate – Set of 4

 

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Modern Chinese Porcelain Bowl w/Hand Painted Iris

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Rose Medallion Bowl

vintage-chinoiserie-foo-dog-dragon-ceramic-platter-hand-paintedVintage Chinoiserie Foo Dog Ceramic Platter

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Foo Dog Lion Statues

Mix patterns and textures while incorporating whimsical details.  Selecting pieces and accents in complementary colors creates visual flow and ensures continuity.

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Apple Green Monogrammed Check Chinoiserie Napkins

 

pink-charger-plate

Vietri Pastel Glass Collection Pink Service Plate/Charger

 

red-dinner-plate

Lenox® Pleated Colors Dinner Plate in Red

 

Pip Studio - Spring To Life Side Plate - Pink

Pip Studio – Spring To Life Side Plate – Pink

 

Elephant Theme Thai Celadon Ceramic Plate

Elephant Theme Celadon Salad Plate

 

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Resler 5 Piece 18/10 Stainless Steel Flatware Set

 

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Pretty In Pink Napkin

 

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English Staffordshire Style Poodles

 

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Succulent Bowl

 

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Succulent Painted Glass Serving Bowl

 

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Elegant Covered Vegetable Server

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Bamboo Parsi Serving Tray

Dana Gibson 22″ Fret Tray

 

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Kate Aspen 12ct Kate Aspen “Double Happiness” Place Card Holders

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Chinoiserie chic meets On the Lanai.  Home decor pieces and fabrics and Dual purpose similar aesthetic characteristics

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Bamboo Lattice in Peach Fizz

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Gladys Glover Vintage Bamboo-Style Chopstick Rests, S/5

 

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Juliette Pink Wine Glass

 

cranberry-high-ball-glassesQ Squared Aurora Ruby Double Old-Fashioned Tumblers, Set of 4

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Coordinates Drinkware Set with Cherry Blossom Design

 

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Jusalpha Fine China Tea Cup and Saucer Set

 

Pip Studio - Spring To Life Teapot - Pink

Pip Studio – Spring To Life Teapot

 

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ming-tray-table

Dana Gibson Ming Tray Table 

 

Chinoiserie-bar-decor

Chinoiserie Chalkware Couple  ||  Cinnamon Bowl   ||  Fred & Friends Twig Drink Stirrers  ||  Porcelain Palm Tree 15″ Table Lamp  ||  Gien Oiseaux de Paradis Paper Cocktail Napkins  ||   Clover Round Large Rectangular Tray   || Cocktail Napkin Tray in Navy   ||  Tobacco Leaf Tin Plate 10″ Set (4)  || Q Squared Aurora Ruby Double Old-Fashioned Tumblers, Set of 4  ||  Tracy Porter for Poetic Wanderlust Reverie 3-D Monkey Pitcher 

 

Madcap-Cottage-Windy-Corner-Rhubarb

Madcap Cottage Windy Corner Rhubarb

vintage-hollywood-regency-chinoiserie-ginger-jarsVintage Hollywood Regency Chinoiserie Ginger Jars – A Pair

 

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Veranda

 

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La Gallina Matta Parentesi Placemat

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Staffordshire Red Old Willow Chinoiserie Dinner Plates

 

Siam-salad-plate

Juliska Siam Dessert/Salad Plate

 

Loveramics - Willow Love Story Salad Plates - Set of 4

Loveramics – Willow Love Story Salad Plates – Set of 4

Nature Table Dessert Plate

Nature Table Dessert Plate

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Classic Blue and White Dinner Napkins

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Chinese Pagoda Embroidered Linen Hemstitched Cocktail Napkins

Argent Orfevres Orava 5-Piece Flatware Place Setting

Argent Orfevres Orava 5-Piece Flatware Place Setting

 

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Blue & White Chinoiserie Glasses

 

VIETRI Accordion Tall Tumbler

VIETRI Accordion Marine Tall Tumbler

 

Churchill Blue Willow Round Vegetable Serving Bowl

Churchill Blue Willow Round Vegetable Serving Bowl

 

NORITAKE BLEUFLEUR OVAL VEGETABLE SERVING BOWL

Noritake Bleufleur Oval Vegetable Serving Bowl

 

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Indigold 13″ Serving Bowl

 

Chinese-five-claw-dragon-bowl

Chinese Five-Claw Dragon Bowl

 

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Vintage Blue Willow Steak Knifes – Set of 6

 

willow-serving-trays

Handled Willow Platter   ~    Willow Platter

Vivid colors, rococo styling, and sumptuous patterns are the hallmarks of the Chinoiserie themed tablescape.

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Tobacco Leaf Tin Plate 10″ Set (4)

 

Portmeirion-Sara-Miller-Gold-Plated-Assorted-Plates

Portmeirion Sara Miller Gold Plated Assorted Plates

 

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Thirstystone Jewel-Tone Salt & Pepper Shaker Set

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East of the Moon Porcelain

Williamsburg OD Dunmore Dragons Cobalt

Williamsburg Dunmore Dragons Cobalt

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Ralph Lauren Home

Atmosphere is an important aspect of the memorable dining experience.  A table lamp(s) on the dining table promotes soft lighting beneficial to mood and tone.  The height of the  East Enterprises LPBFW088N Table Lamp, Multicolored  is dining tabletop friendly at 19.5 inches tall.

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East Enterprises LPBFW088N Table Lamp, Multicolored

Classic blue and white porcelain accessories instill the all important touch of elegance.  Use decorative picture frames and easels with a bamboo motif for displaying a printable menu or place card.

 

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Blue and White Porcelain Pagoda  ||  Blue and White Porcelian Vases   Bamboo Frame  ||  Double Bamboo Frame  ||  Bamboo Easel

 

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Charlotte Moss ~ Architectural Digest

Charlotte-Moss-Mougin-Linen-Coral-fabric

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Benzara 57519 Pagoda Lanterns

orchids

Accessories

 

foo-dogs-green

Elegant Green Foo Dog Statues

oriental-base

Oriental Furniture Rosewood Carved Pedestal Stand 

sandalwood-fan

Sandalwood Fan

Italian-Ceramic-tureen

White Ceramic Tureen

 

Decorative Picture This Chinoiserie

Decorative Picture This Chinoiserie Decorative Wall Art

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demitasse-cups

 

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Newport Mansions Chelsea Bird Mug

 

foo-dogs-salt-pepper-set

Foo Dog Salt and Pepper Shakers

As previously stated, destination decorating creates a passport to dining adventures, where the dining table top becomes an inspired canvas.  From place setting to ambiance to gracious detail, a Chinoiserie themed tablescape travels well.

 

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Super Bowl Get-Together Ideas

A Super Bowl get-together is a tradition for the football loyal, and Super Bowl get-together ideas buzz is all around.  What team will you be rooting for to become victorious as Super Bowl LII champions?  Our beloved Saints were so close, but ultimately, defeat was to be.   I do not have a dog, Saint, Eagle or Patriot in the fight, so the focus of my Super Bowl get-together ideas is on what drives the party down the field to score a win for the movers, shakers and Super Bowl get-together partakers.

Scrumptious foods.

Halftime show extravaganzas.

Commercials of advertising gold.

The commercials have been known to be more must see tv than the game itself.  Super Bowl commercials make for interesting post-game observations and Monday morning quarterback conversations.  Country Living Magazine features The 50 Best Super Bowl Commercials of All Time.  Can you guess my favorite?

Clydesdale

Anheuser-Busch

I’ve selected Super Bowl get-together ideas and items with comfort zone wow factor in mind.

sound-bar

Sleek style teams with full, rich sound with the VIZIO sound bar.  Enhance the entire Super Bowl experience by boosting the audio experience.  Comfortable seating options are essential game watching components and score big points in the comfort zone.

seating

Toddman High-Back New Velvet Club Chair  ||  Crimson Red Eco Leather Club Arm Chair  ||  Isabelle Square Tufted Ottoman  ||  Eclipse Series Home Theater Recliner (Row of 2)

game-day-food-lineup

Comfort is the name of the game at the buffet, coffee, and decorative side table as well.  The America’s Plate-by-Plate Game Day Food Lineup infographic shows popular Game Day recipes pulled from Betty Crocker, Pillsbury and Tablespoon websites.  Favorite game day foods in each state shows just how much Super Bowl game watchers love their game day snacks.  Sliders, tater tot casserole, cowboy caviar, stuffed mushrooms, root beer chicken and butter cake bars deliciously represent our sister states coast to coast, region to region.  Crab au Gratin represents Louisiana as the favorite game day dish.  Chicken and sausage gumbo rules the game day buffet table at our house, but I don’t believe anyone would object to a tray full of crocks housing individual servings of Crab au Gratin.

C’est si bon!

crabmeat-au-gratin

Crabmeat Au Gratin 

Ingredients

2 tablespoons butter

½  cup chopped onion

1 tablespoon dried parsley flakes

2 tablespoons flour

1 cup milk

1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese, divided

2 teaspoons ZATARAIN’S® Creole Seasoning

Hot pepper sauce, to taste

1 pound lump  crabmeat

Directions

Preheat oven to 350°F.  Melt butter in medium saucepan on medium-low heat.  Add onion and parsley; cook and stir 3 minutes or until onion is tender.  Add flour; cook and stir until lightly browned. Slowly stir in milk; continue cooking until mixture begins to thicken.

Stir in ½ cup of the cheese, Creole Seasoning and hot pepper sauce.  Reduce heat to low; cook and stir until cheese is melted.  Gently stir in crabmeat. Pour mixture into greased 1-quart baking dish.  Sprinkle with remaining cheese.  Bake 20 to 30 minutes or until mixture begins to bubble around the edges.  Makes 3 cups.

~Zatarain’s

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Play off team colors when selecting tableware, serving pieces, and home decor accessories to accent Super Bowl spirit.

Super Bowl Get-Together Ideas

Super Bowl get-together ideas and decorations need not be an exercise in difficulty or expense.

vases

For a centerpiece, grab a vase or jar, fill it with vase fillers in team colors, add mascot appropriate embellishments, and let the centerpiece games begin.  Fill in the blanks with cuttings from nature’s arts and crafts store (your yard) or floral gatherings from the floral department at the local market.

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Scrapbook paper makes great placemats.  There’s a time and a place for china, silver, quality linens and crystal glassware.  A Super Bowl get-together is not one of those times, in my humble opinion.

scrapbook-paper

Football Field Scrapbook Paper – 12″ x 12″

Repeat after me my Super Bowl get-together ideas entertaining mantra:

Casual.

Comfortable.

Easy.

You can find plenty of party items that fit the casual, comfortable and easy bill online as well as local dollar and discount stores.

Inexpensive.

Yep, that’s another point scored on the Super Bowl get-together ideas scoreboard.

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Footballs Scrapbook Paper – 12″ x 12″

You can’t go wrong with items that avoid team colors or logos.   Granted, some Super Bowl get-together items are one-time use winners, but I like to buy some items that easily fit with other occasions and themes.

tablewaresFinger foods and disposable wares go with sporting events and concessions, so why not incorporate that theme into your menu and party decor?

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Black and White Popcorn Boxes

I love this look!  These black and white striped popcorn boxes make a good call for serving popcorn, nuts, and party mixes.   Paper scoop cups with newspaper design add an extra! extra! snack all about it! fun to the food festivities.

hot-food-holders

Choice Large 7.5 oz. Paper Scoop Cup with Newsprint Design – 50/Pack

Menus will vary from Super Bowl get-together to Super Bowl get-together, but serving delicious food is the goal.

Soup.  Chili.  Beef stew.   Yes, please.

Fries.  Nachos.  Mozzarella sticks.  Onion rings.  Yum!

beer-fizzing

Pulled pork sandwiches.  Fried catfish and hush puppies.  Slow-cooker Southern barbecue chicken.  Creole French fries.  Ice cold beverages with just the right amount of fizz.  Mardi Gras King Cake.   What time do we eat?

Frozen pizza.  A large salad made from fresh ingredients.  Barq’sRoot Beer or Cocoa~Cola ice cream floats.  A drop by the supermarket spread made for good times and gathering friends.

Whatever works for you works best for your Super Bowl get-together. That’s the winning point of these Super Bowl get-together ideas.

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Southern Hospitality: Please Join Us For A Bridal Shower

Happy midweek all!  Today, because I am a proud mama and weddings are all around, I thought I would bring you into The Places In The Home fold by sharing with you this photo gallery from the please join us for a bridal shower we hosted for our son and his lovely fiancée when they were home for our nephew’s wedding in May.  Seeing that the happy couple live in Canada, it is difficult to be live and in person for the showers and luncheons celebrating the couple.  Skype and FaceTime amaze me, but pales in comparison to actually being in attendance in the moment.  It didn’t take long for me to come up with the idea of throwing the couple a surprise bridal shower.

bridal shower

The future Mrs. is not only taken with our son, but with Fixer Upper, Waco, Chip and Joanna Gaines and Magnolia Market.  What better way to surprise a Southern farmhouse chic girl at heart than with an afternoon Southern farmhouse chic-Southern charm-Southern hospitality eat, drink and we’re getting married bridal shower.

Magnolia Market

Clear glass jars brimming with fragrant magnolias captured the farmhouse feel and lent a simple yet elegant touch.  When entertaining, I find it helpful to know your audience and to play to their taste.  The thought is in the decorating and entertaining details, and it’s that attention to detail that brings about a rave review.

southern magnolia flower

Faux flowers have their place, and in the bridal/wedding weekend celebration that place was inside an antique porcelain pitcher placed in the center of the dining room table.   I’ve been known to pre plan the s*%! out of a soiree or celebration.  Pre planning affords me the opportunity to find theme appropriate decor pieces and impressive dinner and drinkware at a price point that makes me very happy.

I always like that theme!

It also gives me time to shop sales and order items with plenty of shipping time to spare.  A case in point is the tulip bundles found on eBay.  You must allow at least three weeks for arrival when ordering from China, but the price savings makes it an appealing option.  The quality is apple to apple when comparing the faux tulip bunches to the ones I see in my retail rounds.

pink tulips

The bride-to-be admired the tulips several times over the course of their visit which pleased me to no end.  It was obvious the tulip bundles captured the essence of her preferred decorating style, and that signaled decorating success.

antique porcelain pitcher

Crochet doilies and lace napkins dressed the table in vintage style.

vintage crochet

Tulle is my gift wrap ribbon and bow material of choice.

blue tulle

Tying the knot in white wedding and something blue tones is simple in theory, beautiful in delivery.

bridal shower gift

wedding gifts

Gifts for a newlywed kitchen filled with love.

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Vintage handkerchiefs make lovely wedding and bridal gifts, and my almost daily Etsy search for just the right one for each recipient became second nature.  I purchased vintage monogrammed handkerchiefs for the bride and groom-to-be, her mother, and each member of the bridal party- a to/from gift from me and Dave the Builder.  I also purchased vintage monogrammed handkerchiefs for my nephew, his bride, his brother who was his best man, and for my brother- the father of the groom.  Did I forget anyone?

mens handkerchiefGroom

We began the bridal shower nibble and nosh with a cheese board featuring several cheeses, fresh Louisiana strawberries, blueberries, fruit dip, mixed nuts, dried cranberries, dates and figs.  The future groom loves my chicken salad so chicken salad it is.  I served the chicken salad with a tropical fruit salad garnished with avocado slices, Greek yogurt and a drizzle of honey.  We also dined on a true Southern favorite, buttermilk biscuits and honey ham sandwiches.  I made a mayonnaise and Dijon mustard dressing to go with the sandwiches.  The beverage station featured water with lemon slices, raspberry tea, almond peach tea, Riesling and Merlot wine.

white wedding cake

For dessert, we decided to surprise the couple with a cake in true bridal shower fashion.  The cake decorator and I got together and came up with an abbreviated version of the above wedding cake.  The icing color was a soft shade of ivory and the cake decorator suggested a “bouquet” of roses to top it off.  Dave the Builder thought the silver wedding bands added a nice touch, and the monogrammed cake topper was an on trend accent.

cutting cake

It’s become somewhat of a tradition to give each bride and groom in the Places In The Home family a heirloom silver sugar spoon as a wedding gift.  To this we added a silver-plated wedding cake server set and the monogram wedding cake topper to complete the gift package.

wedding cake server set

The bridal shower was a big surprise and a big hit.  Our son finally figured out why I kept insisting he bring an extra suitcase with him. The extra baggage fee charge is a bargain compared to what it cost to ship items from the US to Canada.  I was informed the Kate Spade cutting boards were used the night they arrived back to Canada.

That’s all the thank you needed.

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Keep It Summer Simple: A Summer Entertaining Mantra

Memorial Day weekend welcomes keep it summer simple entertaining, outdoor living, backyard cookouts, and the picnic packing times that go so well with summer.  Summer entertaining ideas o’plenty are filling up my notepad file marked hot style in the summertime.

summer entertaining

Who remembers when the crudite tray ruled the appetizer course?  The ultimate crudite crate is a super cute summer entertaining idea.

Farmhouse chic is for sure the trend with staying power and one tailored-made for summer entertaining.  Millennials, brides-to-be, kitchenistas, decoristas, outdoor living entertainingistas love, love, love the ease of entertaining farmhouse chic brings to the table.

Silos Magnolia Market

Our Millennial son aka the Canadian snowbird and his bride-to-be completed their trip with a quick trip to Waco and the uber popular Magnolia Market.  They give the market, bakery and the metropolis of Waco a glowing review.

Magnolia MarketOkay, let’s get back to the crudites crate ideas.

Hand Made Modern Small Wood Tray

Hand Made Modern Small Wood Tray

As far as appetizers go, especially in the heat of the summer, I practice the rule of less is more.  Small bites and nibbles make the perfect edible complement to a cold beverage.  With that in mind, I think the Modern Wood Shadow Box from Target will make a big summer entertaining statement.  Like a picnic basket- pack it tight with fresh veggies for summer snacking.

Modern Wood Shadow Box ~ Target

Potato salad is a picnic-pot luck staple.  I don’t know if I would go so far as to categorize it as a vintage side dish, but potato salad has graced the summer picnic table of my great grandmother, my grandmothers, my aunts, my mother and my mother-in-law.

You get the picture.

vintage picnic basketChairish

Recipes for potato salad vary in ingredients and styles, serving warm or cold is in the palate preference of the fork or spoon holder, and to add mustard or not add mustard is a whole nother potato salad issue.  I came across Doris Day’s recipe for German Potato Salad, and thought it would make a great addition to this post.

Doris Day

Doris Day’s German Potato Salad

Ingredients

6 medium-sized potatoes

1 large stalk of celery, chopped in small pieces

3-4 scallions (white part only), thinly sliced

4 slices lean bacon, cut in small strips

2/3 cup water

½ cup cider (or wine) vinegar

Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

Directions

Cook potatoes in their skins until tender.  Cool slightly, peel and slice into a large bowl.  Add celery and scallions.  Fry bacon in saucepan until crisp. Add water and vinegar.  Pour over potato-celery-scallion mixture, toss lightly.  Cover and marinate thoroughly (several hours or overnight) before serving.  Serves 4.

Julia Child is deliciously correct.  To her words I add entertaining well doesn’t mean entertaining fancy.  I’m coming to realize the correlation between vintage and comfortable is undeniable.

Crosley-patio-glider-chairCrosley Veranda Metal Patio Glider Chair

blueberries pineapples pears

I served this fruit salad at the bridal shower and the crowd went yum.

Easy.

Delicious.

Pretty presentation.  That’s what counts.

tropical

Tropical Fruit Salad

Ingredients

2 cans tropical fruit, drained

1 can pear halves, drained

1 pint blueberries

juice of one(1) lemon

1 large ripe avocado, halved and cut into slices

1 small container plain Greek yogurt

2 Tablespoons honey

black pepper

Directions

In a mixing bowl, toss together canned fruit with juice of one lemon. Cover and chill 1 hour.  Add to a small container of Greek yogurt two Tablespoons of honey and you’ve got the dressing.  Garnish with avocado slices, yogurt dressing and black pepper.

fresh fruit salad

Dollar store wine goblets in the style of oatmeal glass make a lovely serving presentation.  I am snacking on this fruit salad as I write up this post. Delicious, if I do say so myself.

textured pitcher

By now you’ve realized vintage style glassware is a favorite.  Inspiration is everywhere, especially at the movies.

Scarlett O'Hara

Sparkling Spiked Peach Lemonade

Ingredients

1 cup sugar

1 cup of water

3 large peaches

6 cups sparkling water

1 cup fresh-squeezed lemon juice

1 ½ cup vodka

Directions

In a small pot, combine the sugar and 1 cup of water. Bring to a simmer over medium heat, and simmer until the sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and cool completely.

Remove the skins from 2 of the peaches, reserving the third.  Cut an “X” in the bottom of each one, and place them in a pot of boiling water for about 30 seconds. Transfer the peaches to an ice bath, and peel when cool enough to handle.  Slice each peeled peach in half and remove the pits. Cut peaches into cubes, place them in the blender or food processor, and puree until liquified.

In a large pitcher, combine the pureed peaches, the cooled simple syrup, the sparkling water, the lemon juice and the vodka.  Stir to combine.  Add ice and stir again.

Cut the remaining peach into thin slices.  Stir a few of the slices into the lemonade and use the others to garnish the glasses.  Serves 4.

The Kitchn

Are you ready for summer entertaining?  Enjoy this Memorial Day weekend, practice the entertaining rule of KISS by keeping it summer simple, and bon appétit.

enjoy

 

Summer Entertaining Suggestions

Summer entertaining suggestions and information is always worthy of repeating, and I am happy to share these suggestions new to the Places In The Home summer entertaining repertoire.  Summer is in our sights , arriving with the summer solstice gift of extra daylight.  Talk about the ultimate summer entertaining hostess gift!   Invite vibrant color, easy entertaining tips, and fun home decor touches to the party and prepare to impress.

lantern luminaries

John Jacob Interiors

Summer nights frame the art of entertaining with a canvas of color and hosting ease.  For an evening under the stars, bring down the house lights and light the night with soft accent lighting.  A casual yet dramatic effect can be easily achieved by strategically placing lanterns or glass jar luminaries along a walkway.

lights-in-trees

House Beautiful

For extra ambiance wrap, hang, drape or string white twinkle string lights from trees, in shrubs and around columns.  Stunning!

yellow paper lanterns

Maze Yellow 8″ Paper Lanterns

Tiki torches, table lamps on loan for the evening from your interior home decor, garden chandeliers, and decorative paper lanterns also make great options in the quest to create a comfortable and inviting atmosphere.

outdoor-lanterns

Outdoor Lanterns

Considering a summer soirée diy project to light the summer night? Here’s several simple, effective, colorful and refreshing summer entertaining diy ideas.  Click on the link below each image to get the diy how-to scoop.

RECYCLED WINE BOTTLE TORCH

Recycled Wine Bottle Torch for Outdoor Use Only

summer entertaining tip

Invite the wow factor to your summer soiree.

It’s the consummate guest.


DIY party ice buckets and ice cubes serve a gorgeous and delicious purpose.

DIY-ice-bucket

DIY Ice Buckets

Ice ice baby too cold too cute!

The Ball Jar is a versatile party decor darling.

ball-jar

Light them up, fill them up, or chill them down.

ball-jar-purpleThis is my idea of a party 6 pack!

ball-jar-green

A midsummer night’s entertaining dream becomes a reality with these quaint and stunning homemade hurricanes.  I discovered this impressive look last week in the new issue of Ladies Home Journal and pinned it to my Pinterest account.

jar lanterns

Simply fill clean canning jars with dried beans to hold the votive candles in their upward position.  Securely hang the mason jars at various heights from trees with twine.  A simple and affordable look to add to the perfect summer evening.  The vintage look fits right in with the KISS of summer- keep it summer simple.  Glass is slippery when wet and breakable to boot, so summer soiree with caution.

DIY summer citronella candles how to video from Southern Living show us how to make a DIY bug-be-gone candle that is not only visually impressive, but an essential must for comfortable summer soiree nights.

clay-pot

If you’ve hung out at Places In The Home in person or in readership, you are aware of my entertaining relationship with the clay flower pot.  Give me a reason to turn a flower pot into a serving piece and it is summer soiree party on.  I’ll never forget the look I got the first time I announced we were having pot brownies at our pot party to a co-hostess.  I don’t believe I have ever clarified something so quickly before or since.

Vidalia-onion

Anywho, clay flower pots are an inexpensive and summer appropriate alternative to traditional serving pieces.  Baked beans, barbecued wings, Creole seasoned french fries, baked Vidalia onions, summer sausage- all great “pot” options.

House Beautiful

An average patio table pops a pretty party look when topped with a stylish outdoor tablecloth and paired with chairs, cushions and outdoor pillows decked out in bright summer colors.   Decoristas have long had a trusty trick up their sleeve.  Home decor and furnishings that work gorgeously inside our homes will rock an outdoor living space like a Led Zeppelin concert!

Domaine

Love your inside dining chairs and know they will be the key to pulling the entire outdoor tablescape together, but don’t want the chair legs to get dirty?

outdoor-table-setting

Architectural Digest

Wrap the bottom of each chair leg with clear plastic wrap.  It may be a tad time-consuming, but it will save time on the clean up end of the party.  Be as pre-party proactive as possible with certain tasks.  It’s a summer entertaining essential skill for the host and/or hostess to hone.

hello my name is

Hello, my name is summer.

Hello summer.  It’s nice to see you again.

With the very, very good points of summer outdoor living and summer entertaining comes the very real concern over controlling mosquitoes.  It is suggested that burning sage or rosemary repels mosquitoes.  The mosquito killing power is in the smoke so I’m thinking summer fire pit or campfire natural necessity.

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Pure Wow

I like the point in the party when the food and drink has hit the spot, the music is summer smooth, the outdoor party life is kicking up a notch and the company and the conversation is hitting all the right notes.  Now comes summer relaxation party pail time.  I make up these party pails beforehand and add the chilled and cold items before handing them out.

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I fill plastic beach pails from the dollar store with his or hers flip-flops, individual aluminum spray bottles filled with chilled homemade rose water (the guys love this stuff almost as much as the gals), cold cucumber slices in freezer bags and Burt’s Bees Cucumber & Sage facial cleansing towelettes (love the scent).  These always make a big splash.

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Enjoy the colors and celebrations of the season.  What better excuse for throwing a stylish summer entertaining soiree!