This post is sponsored by NESTEA.
If you’ve yet to create a functional and stylish beverage entertaining area in your home (or just want to refresh the one you have), then this post is for you. Today I’m excited to share a few tips to put together your own simple and stylish beverage station.
As you may know, I’ve been working with NESTEA as they launch their delicious new and reformulated iced teas that have fewer ingredients and a simpler recipe. If you haven’t yet sampled their new real brewed iced tea, you really should. It’s great stuff. My personal favorite is the Slightly Sweet Black Tea. Anywho, through this fun series, I’ve shown you the NESTEA Tiny House (which I helped design), shared a simple summer table setting, and given you three beautiful ways to style your coffee table. Today, I’m back with a new (old) piece I purchased for my Pittsburgh digs and how I styled it.
Let’s get to it!
1. Be Different
In the early phases of planning for this space, my thought was to have some sort of rolling cart. Carts seem to be a popular option these days, and I do like the look of them. But given that my kitchen island is on wheels, I realized that would be too many rolling carts. So, when I came across this vintage piece, I knew it would be the perfect solution for my space.
In its former life, this cabinet was a pie safe. The door panels, which are now glass, were originally tin. I prefer the glass because it’s lighter visually and showcases what’s inside.
2. Shop Vintage
Whenever you’re accessorizing a space, one of the things I recommend is hitting up your local thrift store and vintage shops. While new pieces are nice, there’s something special about giving old items a second life. They have a backstory that the modern ones don’t.
Plus, you’re also more likely not to have something that everyone else has. Shopping vintage is a one way to make your home unique.
3. Think Multipurpose
I also like to use pieces in unconventional ways. For example, if you need bowls to hold garnishes for your drinks, what other containers do you have that are more interesting?
Here, I’m using a cream and sugar set for garnishes that go great with iced tea. I put lemons on the tray and raspberries in the sugar container. When I filled the creamer with water, it became the perfect place to tuck fresh mint. I also found this mini letter opener which can be used as a little pick to grab the lemons.
Having things that do double duty lessens clutter and is a smart move if your home is tight on space. My creamer set can return to its original function once it’s done here.
4. Mix Your Glassware
When it comes to glassware, I find it best to mix things up. To make this work, start with classic, clear glass. Every drink will look great in it. Plus, it matches everything and will work for any occasion.
Also, it’s okay to break the rules in certain situations. If you’re hosting a party and serving NESTEA, try offering it in a stemmed glass to make it feel even fancier or serve your beverages in small glasses so your guests can sample all of the offerings.
To add interest to your traditional glassware, mix in a few unique finds. Vintage and thrift stores are loaded with glassware treasures, so start there. These work for special occasions or look great when put on display.
5. Embrace Change
If you know me well, then you won’t be surprised that I’ve changed the look of this cabinet about a half a dozen times since I brought it home. And that’s okay. No matter what you’re decorating, have fun with it and keep trying new things until you love the results.
So what do you think of my new beverage station? Rolling carts are so 2016, right? Haha. I kid. The point is to find what works best for you and your space. I hope these tips were helpful.
Now, I’m off to enjoy a cold NESTEA with a sprig of mint and slice of lemon. Be sure to swing by NESTEA.com where you can get a free bottle of their new real brewed iced tea to sample yourself.