For years, one of my biggest concerns when hosting Thanksgiving dinner for our extended family, was deciding who had to sit at the little kids' table.
That was then.
Now, most of those kids are young working professionals, college graduates and soon-to-be college grads.
The little kids' table? Not a worry. But a well stocked bar? Yeah, that could be a real issue!
So this Thanksgiving, I'm going to re-up my beverage IQ to better fit our Phase Three lifestyle. It's time to create a more updated, sophisticated bar area to suit my grown-up kids and guests.
And I'm taking a lead from designer Tom Scheerer's open bar concept on Pinterest ( see The Phase Three Home, and House Beautiful ). His thought? Organize bar essentials in an open area that makes access easy and encourages guests to stop by.
Scheerer says a bar set up out in the open "expresses Welcome". And I tend to agree.
Add a bit of interest--such as this rattan tray-- colorful napkins and just the right lighting, and you have a stylish alternative to the usual back-deck cooler concept from Thanksgivings past.
Having a bar area that's functional, attractive and meets the needs of our changing family dynamic will be basic holiday protocol from now on. And the little kids' table? No matter how old they get ….they'll always be welcome!
Photo Matthew Hranek for House Beautiful