Soup’s on! When the weather turns cold, gather friends for a cozy night in and serve a heartwarming buffet of savory soups. And don’t forget the beverages. Set up a libation station several steps away from the buffet to avoid congestion while guests serve themselves.

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To give your bar character, look for something out of the ordinary to serve drinks. This vintage ironing board is the perfect height for a makeshift bar.

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Topped with a soda crate full of liquor, a Mason jar cocktail shaker, and a quirky owl ice bucket, and flanked by a copper boiler full of cold drinks, it’s fully stocked so everyone will find something to sip.

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Corks and bent copper tubing leave no doubt where the cocktails are.

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Mix up a signature drink in a mason-jar shaker for guests who prefer pour-and-go simplicity. Try this seasonal sipper.

BOURBON APPLE CIDER

1 gallon fresh apple cider
6 12-oz bottles of ginger beer (Like Bundeberg or Free People)
Bourbon
Crushed ice
Apple slices as garnish
Add 1 cup apple cider, 1 cup ginger beer, ice, and ½ cup bourbon to cocktail shaker and mix. Pour into glasses filled with ice. Garnish with apple slice.

Note: You can leave out the bourbon for an alcohol-free beverage.

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In keeping with the midcentury mood, update your decor easily and give the sofa a cozy makeover with the addition of seed sacks turned cushions. The vintage sacks fit over standard bed pillows for a quick facelift. Increase the vintage vibe with a collection of paint-by-number masterpieces in woodland themes.

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A heated sunroom extends the space where guests can mingle. This seating area shares the same color palette as the living and dining rooms and more seed sack pillows enhance the visual tie. An old cooler pulls double duty as coffee table and storage for shawls or throws in case it gets a little chilly. Paper lanterns add a party spirit.

Photography by Chris Hennessey
Produced by Brenda Wegner

© Caruth Studio

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