What can you do with wine barrels? What can’t you do, we say!
What is it about wine barrels that make them such lovely statement piece at parties? Is it the mix of a rustic form and function? Is it the essence of the delicious vintages that have developed inside them? Is it the barrel’s size, which seems to be perfect for cocktail tables and buffets?
“Wine barrels — especially if they’re authentic ones that actually held wine — are great since they already have hints of age and stains,” said Rachel DeSchepper, senior web editor for Country Living Magazine. “Their wood-and-metal combo is super trendy in design right now — you see it on coffee tables and shelving everywhere from Restoration Hardware to Crate and Barrel. At parties, they’re great surfaces for drinks and appetizers. Or, you could group a bunch together with a board on top to create a buffet table.”
Wine barrels can be used for permanent furniture or as party pieces. Here are a few ideas to get you inspired.
Buffet Table (from Pinterest)
Side Table (from Pinterest)
Bar (from a Please B Seated party)
Coffee Table (from Country Living)
Dessert Table (from Southern Wedding)
Cake Display (from Style Me Pretty)
Do these ideas inspire you to incorporate wine barrels into your next event? Take a look at our wine barrels for rent which were used in the Long Island Vineyard Wölffer Estate
A few years back, John Dawson, Please B Seated’s principle, walked by a wedding ceremony taking place on a Long Island beach where guests were seated on bright white church pews. The scene was striking. When he saw a local Queens congregation was refurbishing their church and selling their pews, he knew he needed to rent them at Please B Seated.
We now have beautifully refurbished 8-foot church pews in white and stained oak for your next event. Cushions rented separately.
It was a scene like this one from MMD Events and Southern Weddings that inspired John Dawson to rent pews.
Leonardo DiCaprio in the Great Gatsby
The tall, stemmed champagne flute has been a regular at so many of the parties of the past few decades. But the cocktail coupe, its broad-bowled buddy, which was popular years ago, has starting fighting for a renewed place at the table.
Rumor has it that the coupe shape was modeled after Marie Antoinette’s bosom, but the glass actually dates back to before the queen’s time. Monks created the coupe during the mid 17th Century, but the glass gained popularity during the post-prohibition 1930s. During this time, sweeter, less bubbly champagnes reigned supreme, and it wouldn’t be unusual to see a tower of coupes stacked high at a wedding reception. Often champagne was poured over these coupe towers to fill the glasses.
Flash-forward to modern day, and it’s the champagne flute, not the coupe, that’s the toast of today’s soiree. Some say it’s better at keeping dry champagnes fizzy. These narrow glasses are seen at events large and small.
Our Coupe Cocktail Glasses
But with help from movies like The Great Gatsby and shows like Downton Abbey, the coupe cocktail glass has been invited back to the party. The 1920s and 30s-based sets prominently feature coupes at grand affairs, and we couldn’t be more excited that these glasses are now popping up at contemporary celebrations.
Champagne toasts are, of course, a great option for the glass, but we’ve seen the coupe used for inventive cocktails as well. We love the Rhubarbara, a pisco, rhubarb concoction served at Back Forty West in SoHo. We’ve even seen coffee served in a coupe. Whatever you pour, this glass is a party starter. Cheers!