I have always liked the looks of a bar tray set up on a table in the right location of a living room or dining room.


A bar doesn’t have to provide alcohol exclusively, bottled water and soft drinks make an inviting bar as well, don’t you agree?


Even a bookcase can do double duty as a bar…this one (below) looks cheerful with the flower-filled blue and white vases.

It reminds me of the British colony look that I assume I’ve seen in many of the movies of a certain era.  {Many of my most inspired décor ideas originate from books, magazines or movies, very few original ideas in my brain!}  House of Fifty Winter/Spring online issue has a feature article on the topic of the resurgence of the cocktail party.  This issue also has some delicious recipes for new, fresh cocktails.

Flowers are a definite plus, something I failed to put in my image at the end of this post.


Yeager Antiques

The book case/breakfront below has been converted to a very practical bar.  {Point of interest, shouldn’t the red wine be stored on its side?}


When you’re really short on space you can improvise like the image below…very clever use of a chair and vintage suitcase.


I had thought about setting up a small bar in our dining room on the antique sideboard.  This past Christmas Lyn (hubby) received a couple bottles of very nice Scotch and while he doesn’t have a sip nightly, I thought I’d display the 3 varieties we own along with our scotch glasses.  {below ~ We only own 2 of these cute little vessels since when we entertain we generally serve beer or wine}.

I’m sure I’ll tire of the set up but it was a nice change for winter.  The little wooden wren was carved by my dear friend’s dad. 

To close, I came across this little computer message at casual-classic-home and thought it was cute:

Be sure to read it…I was a little alarmed when I saw it on my screen but its a joke!


I’m visiting Melissa at The Inspired Room for her linky party on small homes…join me.

and I’m over at The Polohouse sharing my table top bar.