Monday, May 24, 2010

Rustic Italian :: Martini Bar


For the cocktail portion of our Rustic Italian party we created a “ make your own “ Martini Bar where guests were invited to mix a drink to their liking with Vodka, Vermouth, soda water, “ dirty water, “ and various garnishes ( cucumber, olives, + lemons ). In case guests weren’t confident in their martini making abilities we included a beautiful hand-stamped, coffee stained how-to sign by the very talented Liz of Linda & Harriett (more on that later).
Partially because our buffet had a lot going on visually, we kept the bar much cleaner. We used a beautiful neutral woven table cloth, and a lot of glass for a crisp, clean look. We purchased our decanters at Moon River Chattel here in Brooklyn (often a go-to for Sunday Suppers décor !) We loved their unique simple shape, with a perfect neck for hanging nametags on (also L&H). Glass was a must for our garnishes because of how beautiful simple individual ingredients are in this form. Don’t hide them ! The piece happens to be a terrarium from Terrain at Styer’s ( mail-ordered ). Of course, there are plenty of clean glass vessels in every home you could use instead—buying is certainly not a necessity. With these orderly, more modern shapes, we were sure to incorporate rusticity. To this end we used lovely tarnished silver pieces for our ice bucket, our dirty water, and out stirrers. Again, the dirty water container is simply a creamer, and the “bucket” an old bowl. Be creative !


Styling and Photography by Karen Mordechai
Styling Assistant: Lizzy Sall

21 comments:

  1. Such an amazing layout! Great job!

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  2. your photographies are sublime.
    Gaelle

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  3. amazing...the photography is beautiful & i'll take a martini now

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  4. Beautiful and Brilliant. Totally want this at my next party.

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  5. How can you make such simple ingredients looks so fabulously intriguing!

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  6. What a FAB idea!!! LOVE IT! New to u and thrilled! Now a follower! ;-)

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  7. thank you all for these wonderful comments !

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  8. I love this idea. It just seems like a fun way to have cocktails.

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  9. your photos are amazing...I love the concept of this party, I wish I could make one like that too :)

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  10. Oh that table is simply gorgeous! Thank you for doing such beautiful and inspiring work!

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  11. i had no idea martinis were Italian--just another reason for me to be passionately in love with that country!

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  12. The clean and crisp layout of the bar is gorgeous! I'm loving all of the containers!!

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  13. My first time here and I am in love!

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  14. This is stunning. I am going to use these ideas for my next party. Finally a use for the tarnished silver pieces I have tucked away in a box somewhere.

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  15. what a chic, clean bar! I love!

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