Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Entertaining In the Kitchen--The Portable Beverage Center


If you missed my guest blog with Debi Shawcross, here it is for you:

Pleasant conversation with friends, nibbling on tasty appetizers, sipping a refreshing beverage; these are the moments we crave most when we entertain in our homes. More often than not these moments occur in the kitchen. The host and hostess can enjoy their company and attend to food prep easily when a beverage center is provided for guests to help themselves.

This beverage center is not something you need every day, just when you entertain. Easy set up, easy storage and portability are key—I like to see that beverage center move to the dining room and even the living room as the evening progresses. (A separate after dinner beverage center should be considered as well.)

Here are a few of my recent market favorites that will do the job handsomely:

These trays are from JM Piers and can be customized for your decor or interests. They are a sturdy metal construction; the stand folds for easy storage.

“Leon” is natural iron and antique mirror, it is 37” high and skinny--just 18 x 12. Think of all the places you could squeeze it in to. The middle shelf allows for tall bottles, maybe even an ice bucket for beverages. Extra glasses can go on the bottom shelf. It is made by Arteriors.

This one is a classic: “Porto Tole Accent Table”. It will fit many decor styles. Note the tiny picture showing how it neatly folds for storage. It is a brand new product by Chelsea House.

This “Oval Drink Table” by Woodbridge does not fold or roll. At 24” high and 14.25 x 25 in a light pine finish it will double as an end table.

The “Clover Mirrored Tray Table” is just not Grandma’s style, your Mom’s either. Put on your mini skirt and high heel boots, a sequin accented top and serve up something in a martini glass! Another look from Chelsea House.

For more information or to purchase these products, contact

Kathy Corbet of Kathy Corbet Interiors in Richmond, Virginia creates beautiful, functional, and personal interiors that satisfy every aspect of her clients’ agenda and vision. “We believe in the power of good design to transform the experience of daily life.” Kathy blogs about design and can be followed on Facebook and Twitter.

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