Entertaining indoors and outside is easier and more impressive with the addition of a bar. While a built-in is the ultimate in style, it may be more practical to carve out a smaller space from which to serve favorite cocktails and wines. On the patio, in a sun room, in a living area or dining room, there are numerous possibilities for incorporating cabinets and shelving that work well for hosting. Wicker lovers can find many ways to create that perfect spot for storage and preparation with accessories that complement existing decor.
Going back and forth from indoors to outside is a nuisance that is easily resolved with a bar setup on the patio or deck. For casual entertaining, a bamboo tiki bar with or without a thatched roof is always in demand. Matching pub tables can also be part of the layout.
A cart is the simplest setup and is just as convenient for serving coffee or tea. Two-tiered roll-arounds with natural rattan or all-weather weaves also make terrific displays when not in use. Raised rim edging at top and bottom along with wheels that can easily move across doorway thresholds are components to look for. Some also incorporate slots to hold bottles upright. For larger gatherings, two or more mobile servers placed at strategic locations will allow guests to help themselves and will make restocking even easier.
Sun room Serving Spots
Sun rooms are prime spots for creating a bar area, but space is often dedicated to lounging and conversation with little room left over for a bar setup. Options that require a smaller footprint include adding a wall-mounted wicker cabinet with a matching serving and prep table below. Bottles and stemware remain concealed yet within easy reach. If space permits, a sideboard or console table is narrow enough to fit against a side or back wall.
Wedge-shaped tower shelves can come out of bathrooms or hallways and into sun rooms as stylish beverage servers. They not only save space, they provide multiple tiers to handle glasses, utensils and bottles. Out of their intended element, these wicker corner units are easily adaptable for many other uses.
Traditionalists will love the thought of adding old-fashioned drink tables. In earlier times, these specialty accompaniments were for afternoon teas or when gentlemen retreated to the library after dinner. Many of today’s designs feature a charming parlor style in rattan wicker inspired by heirloom tables found in coastal mansions of the early 1900s. Ovals and rectangulars feature dense weaves and sturdy cane feet wrapped in rattan. Round-topped French country tables with crossover three-leg supports were once provided for outdoor sports spectators and participants on grassy or uneven surfaces. Today, they bring their rustic charms to indoors spaces along with their smaller tops that will fit into the tiniest nooks.
Dining and Living Areas for Prime Time Entertaining
Buffets are common companions in dining areas, but their bulky cabinetry can offset the balance of smaller spaces. Adding bar space in living or dining rooms is easy to resolve with an open bakers rack. While these are still classic kitchen accessories, their staggered shelving is ideal for organizing and serving beverages. Lower shelves are also large enough to accommodate serving trays. For larger areas, credenzas and wine storage cabinets are elegant appointments. Available in wood with wicker components, they offer bountiful storage options along with top serving space.
Large or small and classic or modern, any room can be accessorized with convenient bar space. With its great versatility, wicker offers a host of style and storage selections to create just the right tone for entertaining.