Tuesday, June 5, 2012

2nd Floor Menswear: Cocktails Are Now Being Served

Give dad the gift of relaxation on Father's Day weekend, a chance to gather with some friends and family and while enjoying his favorite libations.  Set Dad up with a cocktail station even Don Draper would envy.  If you insist on giving Dad a tie this year -- present it in a new way :)

The Boilermaker

If whiskey & beer are on your hubby's most wanted list, treat them to a boilermaker set-up they can't resist!
Is it 5 o'clock somewhere?

a centerpiece worthy of your Dapper Dad!
Put your husband / father's tattered shirts & trousers to use.  My husband had a few shirts and a pair of trousers that even a tailor couldn't save, plus they were not fit to be donated.  So here is what I did . . . 
More ideas to come -- we don't leave anything to waste!
I cut off the collars, pockets, and sleeves -- and even repurposed the shirtail into a tablerunner (more on that later).

The collars of his shirts dressed up our hurricanes rather nicely.  The larger of the two hurricanes was too wide for the collar initially, so we gave it an 'after 5' {loose collar, loose tie} look that was fitting for the occasion.
After 5 o'clock, and it's time for Dad to loosen up!  Even the belt comes undone!!
Large Galveston Hurricane glass resting on Eclipse Reversible Riser
Leave a 'tail' of buttons for the 'after 5' look -- the button tail will be hidden by the tie.
What does Dad normally keep in his shirt pocket?
Using some small magnets . . . we attach a cut out shirt pocket to the beer bucket.
My hubby is always writing down his next great idea -- so a handy pen is essential!
I love the Willow House Entertaining Bucket with Tray -- it has been a multi-year best seller for a reason!  It's leak-proof, and comes complete with a drip tray to collect condensation before it makes a messy puddle.
Condensation?!  No Problem!
I raised the bucket up on a 2-tier plate stand, and used the bottom tier to house an Italian Stitch Salad Plate and monogram cocktail napkins (from Wisteria).  
Thumbs Up!
The Estate Vanity Tray, also works great to corral dispensers at a sink, or decanters, bottles & glassware. The shot glasses are vintage glasses from my parent's collection.  Denim koozies are from Frontgate.

Who's ready for a COLD ONE?
The tabletopper is a remnant of houndstooth fabric and the banner is from Hello Lucky!
I loved the retro look they created with their printable Father's Day cards & labels -- so I printed several cards per page and trimmed them out to create a banner -- attaching the cards to a piece of twine.
A FUN, Easy Father's Day Bar!
Moving the party indoors?  Check out . . . 

Wine & Cocktails:

For a more 'traditional' bar set up complete with wine and cocktails.  
Our butler's pantry is our bar area, mainly because our actually wet bar is direct in the line of traffic during much of our entertaining.  This pantry is more convenient. 
Liquor tucked away above -- still easy to reach and browse the selection :)
Don Draper can stop by anytime :)
The Abingdon Butler's Tray is gorgeous and makes a perfect wedding gift (have something special engraved on it)
More cocktail napkins from Wisteria -- this one is my hubby's favorite. Annabelle Napkin Holder shown.
Line a glass-topped tray with wine corks -- perfect for stashing bottles of your favorite vintage for a party.
Just a few fabulous Willow House Wine Accessories. 
The wine bottle 'sleeve' is made from the sleeve of the tattered shirt.  Make several to have on hand for gift giving -- so clever.  I followed the tutorial from Adventures in Dressmaking.

Create your own personalized wine charms for your next dinner party with alphabet beads -- so fun!

Don't forget to change up your mantel display for dad's special day . . .

Father's Day Mantel Display: 

Using the same Hello Lucky printables for a banner, dress up a mantel to include pictures of your cherubs or of your family's dads.  
We have a wrap-around fire-place in our den, so the mantel decorating also goes around the side.  All the more room to display my dear.
Who's that baby drinking whiskey?!
Paper airplanes were created out of old & yellowed pages from a paperback book.  A few unbound books were stacked to vary the heights of the framed photos.
A simple way to help celebrate Dad's important day.

I hope you enjoyed these Father's Day decorating ideas.  If your husband has a collection of LOUD ties that haven't seen a father's day in quite a few years, perhaps it is time to bring them out again.  Thanks so much for stopping in!
Psst.  Don't forget to check out my latest post -- Eight Great Ways to Set a Place for Dad!

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  1. What a fun idea. How creative of you!

    1. Thanks Morgan, so happy you stopped in and I appreciate the follow! Can't wait to see what you've been up to. ♥ Susie

  2. Susie, I simply don't know how you get all of this and other beautiful and cute projects done. This is absolutely darling!!!!! I see that ice bucket and renaisance trio I never got. It's all great. Love the denim koozies, and I get Frontgate maggie. Love labels and bottles, but I never get anything made. Hubby George takes his shirts and pants to charity. I just might have to put some charity "here." Thanks for sharing!!!! Sally~

    1. Thanks Sally! The clothes were beyond donation and repair. You can always pick up a shirt at Goodwill if you wish to recreate :).
      So glad you stopped in! ♥ Susie

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  4. OMG I love all these ideas. My favorite is the glass top try with wine corks. I'm your newest follower. I hope you will come check out my blog and follow me back. http://sister-number-5.blogspot.com

    1. WoW Thanks Geri! So nice to see you stop in -- and follow :) I followed you right back! Hope you are having a fabulous week!
      ♥ Susie
      Psst. That Cork Topped Tray has been a HUGE Seller for me. Many wine stores (that host wine tastings in the area use them). The tray itself is no longer being manufactured but I am hoping to find a similar one soon.

  5. Great ideas! Thanks for inviting us for a peak. Cherry Kay

  6. You need another wooden arm so that I can give you two thumbs up! Seriously. Adorable!



  7. Thanks so much for linking up to Ta-Da Tuesday This is so creative and fun!
    413 Sparrow Lane

    1. Thanks for hosting! Happy to have found you!
      Take care, Susie

  8. <3 from your newest follower, I'd be delighted if you'd follow back!
    413 Sparrow Lane

  9. What great ideas! Thanks for linking this to Things I've Done Thursday!

  10. It looks great! What a lucky Daddy! Thanks so much for coming out to the party at Clean and Scentsible. I'll be featuring this tomorrow. I hope you are enjoying your weekend!
    Jenn :)

    1. Wow! Thanks Jenn - that is fantastic! Thanks for hosting a fabulous party, I am finding so much inspiration.
      Take care, Susie

  11. These are such great ideas. I love that shirt collar and tie decor. Everything looks amazing and we all know how difficult it can be to craft for the men. Thanks for sharing at our party this week.

  12. This is SO much fun - I totally love all of your decorating ideas for Father's Day!! :)

    I featured this on my blog today:

    I also pinned it:

  13. Wow, this is just amazing! All of those ways to reuse the old shirts and pants are so creative, and both setups turned out great! Thanks so much for linking this up to The Fun In Functional and sharing your ideas!

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I love reading your comments! Thanks so much for sharing with me.
♥ Susie