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 d?cor !) 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

  1. Chubby Chinese Girl says: May 25, 20102:13 pm

    beautiful as always!

  2. Susan Crabtree says: May 25, 20102:24 pm

    simply beautiful presentation!

  3. decor8 says: May 25, 20102:29 pm

    Very nice, and dirty!

  4. Sarah M says: May 25, 20103:34 pm

    Such an amazing layout! Great job!

  5. Ga?lle says: May 25, 20103:45 pm

    your photographies are sublime.

  6. nikolina100 says: May 25, 20104:56 pm


  7. postcards and pretties says: May 25, 20106:18 pm

    amazing…the photography is beautiful & i’ll take a martini now

  8. The Thirty-Something Bride says: May 25, 20108:34 pm

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

  9. Kristin Hjellegjerde says: May 25, 201010:15 pm

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

  10. Asubiame says: May 26, 20108:08 am

    This is perfection!!!!

  11. Genevieve Le Bel says: May 26, 20101:35 pm

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

  12. Sunday Suppers says: May 26, 20101:58 pm

    thank you all for these wonderful comments !

  13. Stephanie says: May 26, 20108:32 pm

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

  14. Marinka says: May 27, 20105:56 am

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

  15. Melissa says: May 27, 201012:29 pm

    Love this idea. How fun.

  16. Les petites excuses says: May 27, 20102:22 pm

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

  17. tawc says: May 28, 20105:15 am

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

  18. Maureen @Notes on a Visual Life says: May 28, 20106:19 am

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

  19. Amy says: June 6, 20106:45 am

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

  20. Tanya Sharkey says: June 15, 20105:19 pm

    I’m not a martini drinker, but this is such an incredibly beautiful set-up and the photographs…. Makes me want to set this up and have guests over:-)

  21. nichole says: June 24, 20108:00 pm

    this is absolutely divine! i am in love with the terrarium – is the one in the photo really only 18 inches long like it states on the terrain website?? many thanks!

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