your wine into a decorative decanter instead of leaving it in
the bottle, which encourages people to serve themselves. The
star anise adds an organic touch to the cheese platter.
Party guests may
be known to congregate in the kitchen but they will also migrate
toward the bar if you have it set for holiday entertaining.
Designís Stephanie Quinn set up this bar and offers tips for a
successful soiree that is both original and simple to prepare.
want a hodge-podge party. If itís well planned it will go more
smoothly," Quinn says.
food as decor, such as the coffee beans and rock sugar that
designer Stephanie Quinn places on the butcher block she uses as
a coffee platter.
She starts by
shaking up the color scheme with turquoise and a mix of browns instead
of the traditional red and green. "You can find a really
beautiful platter as an inspiration and work from that," Quinn
incorporates nature with juniper branches mixed with curly willow
twigs, pine cones and topiary balls covered in moss.
your festive bar in the color of your choice such as turquoise
For food and
drink service she suggests setting up distinct stations. "For
example, donít have the wine next to your mixes for coffee
drinks." Spread the stations out, some on the bar, others around
the room, so people donít stay in one spot.
A variety of
foods is nice, but donít overdo it. "Less is more, keep it
simple," Quinn says. She suggests planning a light menu of five
are coming to a cocktail party they donít need to overeat, they just
need something small to go with their beverages," she says.