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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Holiday Bar Decorations & A Festive Cocktail

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Crate & Barrel Bar | Gold Christmas Tree | Festive Paper Coasters | Deer Figurine | Glitter Spray | Copper Mugs

Have you started thinking about Christmas decorations yet? Or have you already started to decorate your home? I typically like to wait until after Thanksgiving for the outside lights and tree to go up, but I did start a little early with bar decorations so I could share some ideas with you! If you have a bar, a bar cart or another small space in your home, I have some ideas that can add the perfect amount of holiday cheer, not matter what size your space is!

A few years ago for Christmas, my parents bought us this bar for our house. While I saw it more as a piece of furniture, my husband saw it for what it really was and completely embraced his inner mixologist! In the three years we have lived in our house, he has successfully filled the bar with basically anything you could ever dream of. You name it, he has it! And it's a good thing he is an expert when coming up with festive cocktails, because he is sharing one below!

*Decorating Tips*

* For me, less is more. I know that clutter is difficult to avoid during the holiday decorating season, but when decorating your bar, it's important to keep things relatively simple. I don't know about you, but I have visions of bottles, glasses and/or decorations being knocked over and spilling all over the floor and furniture, and that would be a complete mess! I think when you are working with liquids close to furniture, it's best to limit the number of items displayed.

*Festive coasters. I'm a stickler when it comes to coasters. We have our everyday ones that are always present on our living room table, but I love these festive coasters, especially if you are having a holiday party. Not only are they cute, but they are paper and can be easily tossed once used!

*Wine Corks. My husband and I have been collecting wine corks since we first started dating. I have a vase in our dining room of hydrangeas that I have filled with the collected wine corks, which makes a great display for all year round. But, for the Christmas season, I like to move the vase over to the bar and add festive glitter spray, which adds the perfect holiday touch.

*Holiday Cocktail. The Moscow Mule is one of the hottest drinks right now. It's one of my husband's favorite to make and even one that I enjoy! To put a Christmas spin on this new favorite, he created the Cranberry Moscow Mule. Not only is it festive in color, it truly is a taste of the season!

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Cranberry Moscow Mule

{what you will need}

1 1/2 ounces vodka
1/2 ounce cranberry infused simple syrup {see recipe below}
Juice of 1/2 of lime
6 ounces ginger beer
Handful of fresh cranberries
Lime peel, for garnish
Ice cubes

{instructions}
In a copper mug, combine the vodka, simple syrup and lime juice. Fill the glass with ice and top with ginger beer. Garnish with cranberries and lime peel. For the cranberry infused simple syrup: Combine 1 cup sugar with 1 cup water in a small pan and bring to a boil, whisking constantly. Add 1 1/2 cups fresh cranberries and remove from heat. Allow the mixture to sit for 5-10 minutes. Transfer syrup to a bowl, cover and refrigerate overnight. The next day, strain the cranberries from the simple syrup and place syrup in glass container. 
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cocktail napkins | old fashioned glasses | ice bucket | snowflake bottle stopper | glitter coasters | wine bottle tags | gold dot shaker

Thanks for dropping by and happy decorating!

17 comments:

  1. Gorgeous decorations! Love all of the accessories!
    Fashion Soup

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  2. Loving the gold so much!! What a perfect little bar area!! I need one of those, all our beverages are stashed in a pantry. This is so cute and festive, especially with a Cranberry Moscow Mule, YUM!!! Happy Tuesday lovely!!

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  3. i love bar carts and the accessories SO much. you chose some really awesome pieces that speak to me! hehe. that cranberry moscow mule would be so perfect!

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  4. LOVE your bar cart girl and my husband would go nuts for all that great liquor you have!! I love gold accessories - we have tons of those! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

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  5. Loving those copper mules- what a pretty + festive cart!

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

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  6. Love this! I might need to try that moscow mule recipe. It's one of my favorite drinks, and I asked for copper mugs for Christmas!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

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  7. Obsessed with those gold coasters! Perfect for the holidays <3

    Green Fashionista

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  8. I need to redecorate our bar so this is perfect timing! We love Moscow mules, the cups are so cute!

    Xoxo,

    Whitney & Blaire

    Peaches In A Pod

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  9. Oh I love this! I need to update my bar cart - it is still in fall mode :) Seriously so pretty!

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  10. what a fun post! looks perfect for a great party!

    kelseybang.com

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  11. Love the gold dot shaker!
    http://www.silkypearl.com/

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  12. YUM that looks amazing! I love this and all of the goodies for my own bar!

    XO Chelsea http://www.shesaidhesaidfashion.com

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  13. I love those Moscow Mules mugs! We were just talking about how those are the number one item stolen from bars because they're so cute!

    Chelsea
    Chow Down USA

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  14. So cute! We have the same copper mugs! The cranberry moscow mule is such a good idea!!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeat Soles

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  15. Your holiday bar is so cute! I wish I can fit a bar in my place haha!! That cranberry moscow mule sounds delicious! Totally trying it!

    www.rdsobsessions.com

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  16. I love Moscow Mules. I make them every time we go up to our ski house in Vermont. However I've never made it with cranberry's. Also, I use crabby's ginger beer. Thank you for introducing me to a ginger beer I've never heard of before. (never too old to learn new tricks).

    www.stylegonerogue.com

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  17. I'm down with anything gold (and the alcohol helps too)!!

    Laura
    www.24-7style.com

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