Be ready to host a sophisticated soirée with a cool cocktail corner
Create an ephemeral ice bucket by freezing a bottle of vodka in foliage-filled water (freeze inside a bigger bottle or bucket). Change the colour of the contents depending on the theme of your do, or add herbs to match the garnish of the evening.
Webster drinks cabinet, £599, Marks & Spencer. The Soro stoneware side plate, £55 for four, Cox & Cox, is similar. Champus Marlies plank champagne flute, £19.50, Ritzenhoff at Trouva. Insect shot glasses, £22.95 for four, The Best Room; and Nativity Scene cocktail stirrers, £15 for 10, Auntie Mims, both at Notonthehighstreet.com.
Combine metallic hints with an Art Deco vibe for a professional touch.
On the top shelf, from left: for similar cocktail kit, try Oliver Bonas’ bar tools set, £60; Sferico No. 1 and No. 2 glasses, £32.75 each, Joe Colombo for Karakter at SCP; Bangle tumbler, £23 for two, LSA International; and Glitterati Glam party hat, £7 for six, Talking Tables. On the bottom shelf, from left: Crystal Head jeroboam vodka, £385, Harvey Nichols; for a similar champagne saucer, try Wine Culture, £50 for two, LSA International; G and Tea gift set, £30, Root 7 at John Lewis & Partners; and Newport ice bucket, £182, Jonathan Adler at Yoox.
Accessorise with retro cocktail umbrellas in the same hue as your tipple for a quick and chic way to add style to your drinks tray. Mirrored surfaces imbibe the area with even more vibrancy.
Straight-stem cocktail glasses, £39 each, English Antique Glass. Find similar cocktail umbrellas at Rex London, £1.50 for 24. For a vintage mirror tray like this one, try Brownrigg.
For a brighter feel, display multicoloured balloons, florals and glassware. This works perfectly in a more neutral scheme as it helps the cheery shades pop.
For a similar Roman blind, try Blinds 2 Go. Salvatore side table, from £2,344, Porta Romana. Try Dartington’s Teal wide trail vase, £65, for similar. The Giant Balloon Company has balloons like these, £6.95 each.
Go for gold with your bar area. Editing down the objects on your cart to a minimum keeps the look from feeling overwhelming.
The Balloon Workshop’s Circle foil balloons, £4.49 each, have this look. The Gatsby bar trolley, £299, Atkin and Thyme, is a match. Try Culinary Concepts for a champagne bath. John Lewis & Partners has a similar cocktail shaker, £30. LSA International’s Sorbet champagne flutes, £25 for two, are like these.
A vintage cabinet makes a sturdy bar for the eclectic home. Bright coloured glass adds to the fun, so decant spirits for stylish pouring.
Vintage Chinese lacquered cabinet, £995, Rouge. Flash rectangle table, £350, Tom Dixon. For decanters and bottles like these, try Joe Cariati. Heal’s has matching glassware. For similar lanterns, try JustLanterns.com.