Portable Party

BARCARTS BLEND FORM AND FUNCTION

BY KELLY NEUMANN

Bar carts? Highballs? Is this the ’60s or something? OK, this is better: entertainment units. How does that work for everyone?

It certainly should, because we all entertain, whether you’re a Martha Stewart or because it’s your turn for Thanksgiving. Whether you are a seasoned entertainer or a humble host or hostess, these pieces can make the party flow with ease.

Does the piece have to be so literal? An entertainment armoire can stock an entire make-shift bar and double as an off-season storage piece. You can also transform a cabinet or chest into a beverage center.

For the serious host, choose a high-design bar cart for your fabulous condo, or a fully loaded bar armoire for that mixologist extraordinaire. In small spaces, choose a counter height table to use by day for eating and for the evening, a martini mix. These pieces can be another great way for displaying your handmade appetizers and desserts towering on a beautiful cake stand, or to show off your vintage tea set or barware.

This bar cart is on casters and can be stored away when the party is over. Metal frame in seven powder-coat finishes; body in microfiber or leather, $1,399, Bachman Furniture, www.bachmanfurniture.com.


John Richard tuxedo cabinet is veneered in Macassar Ebony with shagreen panel insets; black marble top with shagreen panel upstand. $2,739, Thomasville,
www.thomasvilleofwisconsin.com.



Multipurpose deco period industrial table by Blackwatch68, $668; industrial stool pair, custom reupholstered in red plaid by Blackwatch68, $334, Cranston, Milwaukee, www.cranstonaccents.com.



Howard Miller bar cabinet with locking door; “smart” light switch that turns on when door is opened; power strip; storage for 22 wine bottles; $1,875, Steinhafels, various locations, www.steinhafels.com.



The Chelsey natural limed oak bar with bifold linen doors opens to glass shelves and a mirrored back with a recessed light. $5,500, Elektra Lights and Fans, www.elektralights.com.



The Bryant zebra veneer/wood solids bar shown in espresso/ green lacquer finish, $1,499, Elektra Lights and Fans, www.elektralights.com.




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