December 5, 2010

His Bar at Christmas


Welcome to His Bar.
It's His Bar. It's not mine. It's not even a teeny bit mine.
Long ago I entered into an agreement that seemed like heaven at the time. I would adopt a hands-off policy concerning the area occupied by His Bar, and in return I could redecorate the living room without interference.
I redecorated the living room without interference. Ever since then I've been trying to renege on the deal.

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The following is a guide on how to arrange holiday dishes and decorations for His Bar while still maintaining Peace on Earth. (Well, if not Peace on Earth, at least Peace on Coronado Street.)

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RULE # 1
Thou shalt never forget His Bar is a Sports Bar.
It's not a wine bar. It's not a coffee bar. It's not a salad or a sushi bar. It's a Sports Bar. Added decorative items must relate to the theme.
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RULE # 2
Thou shalt not touch the pictures and paraphernalia hanging on the wall.
No rearrangements, substitutions or alterations are allowed.


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I tried this once.


I'm lucky to
be here to
tell about it.



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RULE # 3
Thou shalt not obstruct His Line of Sight.
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Although centerpieces can be quite nice,
if they are taller than 12 inches,
they must become sidepieces (at least for
the duration of the game.).


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RULE # 4
Thou shalt avoid putting cutesy items on the bar whenever possible. Cutsey items may include, but are not limited to, place cards, napkin rings, and small individual bud vases.

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I suppose you could say
that the remote acts as
a kind of place card.
Is there any doubt who
occupies the place with
the remote control?

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In place of napkin rings,
I get "my fix" by folding
the napkins into odd shapes.



(I use a paperback book, Napkin Folding by Irena Chalmers. I've had it for more than 30 years. It's just a little bigger than a folded napkin and I keep it in my napkin drawer so I always know right where it is. As of this posting, Napkin Folding can be found here - and it's super cheap!)



Admittedly, I fudged a little here with the candle.



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RULE # 5
Thou shalt keep the foods simple, handy and hot.
Functionality always trumps aesthetics.

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Food must be attainable without moving from the chair.

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Plenty of smaller bowls are needed to hold dips and solid things to dip into the dip.

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RULE # 6
Thou shalt not disturb His Tree.
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TOUCH NOTHING!
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Ahhh. Comfort and Joy!


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Dinner plates: Aplico, Williams-Somona
Salad plates: Ruby Star Plate, Pfaltzgraff
White bowls: Elements, Crate and Barrel
Red bowls: Waechtersbach, Crate and Barrel
Placemats: Yard sale
Napkins: Sur la Table
Tumblers: Dollar Tree
Casserole: Temp-tations Snowflake 2qt. Baker, QVC

30 comments:

  1. Too funny, Denise. I think several of us have areas with similar "don't touch" rules! At my house, it's his "office".

    I'd say you've worked around all those rules pretty well, and the decorations and dishes still look very festive and cute--errr I mean colorful. Good job!

    Kay

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  2. Great post, OA! I love "His Bar" area! Cutest Santa Hats on the bb boys! (glad you are still alive to tell about it!) LOL! Love the display above the tv...truly a work of appreciation for DH & fans! TFS! Jeanne S.

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  3. OA,

    This post makes me wish I had a sports bar! I've always loved your bar tables. Being a tennis player I can't get over the tennis ball tree topper. What a hoot!

    Beautiful job as always. Keep it up, we love reading your hilarious adventures.

    - Magpie

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  4. Love, love, love "his" bar. And the way you work around his rules is a hoot.
    This is the bestest bar in town...or anywhere else IMO.

    your purple fan,
    Karen

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  5. Denise,

    Love your narration! Your ideas are delightful and fun. You are off to a great start to your blog.
    Your blog is not just a "pretty face" it has humor!

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  6. That looks great, Denise! Love your rules. I think you made HIS bar very festive indeed. Hope he is a good SPORT about it!

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  7. How cute-now getit all put away before he gets home! LOL

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  8. OA, I just loved this post! So fun and so true - us "decorators" eventually make our way into every space in the house! The "rules" are wonderful and I'm sure HE is happy you abide by them!

    DD

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  9. Okay, I am still laughing!! Even with all the rules, it turned out just great. My husband's hobby is hunting/fishing so I have to decorate around the animals!! Great job!

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  10. Hi, thanks for visiting me. The bar looks great.

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  11. Hi lovely lady I love the Holiday bar for your Husband! You did a great job. I did a Tablescape for My HUSBAND and this Buddies before heading out to the deer lease! You need to come see it in my old post on my Blog.~~Im your newest follower come be one of mine, you have a great day.
    diane

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  12. It may be his sports bar, but it definitely shows your touch (you probably shouldn't tell him that). I think you've done a wonderful job making the sports items look like they belong in a Christmasy setting. If you go to my blog post dated 11/16/10, you can see the photo cubes much closer. Hope this helps.
    CAS

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  13. You had me laughing out loud. I can relate to all those rules. You did a WONDERUL job without breaking any of them! Thanks for the laugh!

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  14. Are you kidding me? This is the cutest danged bar I've ever seen and I don't mind you telling him!! :))

    Your tablesetting is just precious..and you might know that ...I do love red and white. :)

    Thanks for coming by..hope you signed up to follow. We can have some fun..:)
    I am your newest follower..maybe we can meet in the middle.:)
    xo bj

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  15. Oh my goodness, this is the cutest thing I have ever seen. Just unreal. I love all of the sports things and the way you've totally worked them into Christmas. Just wonderful. Thanks for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

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  16. Hi Denise, Thanks for stopping by my blog; it helped me find yours! I love your bar area, your tongue-in-cheek look at what you should and should not do with your husband's sacred area, and the way you've decorated. Love the mantel with the football etc. I really like your place settings too - the reds and whites are just gorgeous. Love the red star and the glasses. It's fabulous!
    Now, to answer your question about the reindeer napkin rings. I purchased them from my grandson's school fundraiser. They probably wouldn't be too tough to make. They have a little piece of elastic on the back.
    Blessings, Beth

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  17. I laughed through out reading this post! You are too funny but yet very accurate on the rules, which makes it even funnier! The bar is gorgeous and the placesettings are so much fun! I love that score is being kept on the football! Again so cute and I loved every minute of it! I hope you will come by and visit me!
    Lacy

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  18. This is just great! I smiled all the way through. While I was smiling, I was nodding at all the great decorating ideas and fun creativity.

    I really enjoyed this!

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  19. This is just darling!! My guys would love this, they are huge sports fans!!

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  20. I love it! I think the bar looks great and "his" tree just proves that there is still a little boy in all men-enjoy:@)

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  21. I am laughing and laughing as I read this. I think you did a great job playing by the rules but adding a festive touch. So much creativity!

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  22. I am laughing my head off cause I can so relate!!! This is hysterical! I also am sending this link to my GF who's hubby has a HUGE sports bar ans is, shall I say, a BIT "fussy" about it:):):) I am SO glad I found you blog!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! XO, Pinky PS, I am NEW to blogging, please stop over and MAYBE follow me???

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  23. I think we can all relate to your dilemma!!! Alas, I have no suggestions for you since you have entered into a "Legal Agreement" that shall forever not be broken...but you sure did a cute job with this one!!!
    The cutest post I've ever read, keep up the good work !!!

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  24. Whew! So glad that you were able to work around all the "rules" -- this bar is wonderfully decorated -- just perfect!

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  25. Too funny. I love this and understand. However, my husband has thrown in the towel after 36 years. He is tired of negotiating!! Your decor is wonderful. And it all fits. perfectly. Score one for the home team!

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  26. Maybe there will be a fire, confined just to the bar...a smokeless fire that wouldn't involve anything else in the house...LOL. I feel your pain; I'd be trying renege, too. Someday I'll show your our television room that Sweet Mister arranged all by himself. Eek! That said, you've done a fine job fitting his masterpiece for Christmas. Oh my...this is really something...I'll bet that the living room is wonderful! Thank you for sharing your charming design. Cherry Kay

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  27. I like Cherry Kay's idea...a lot!!! But what on earth were you thinking when you entered into this unholy alliance??!?!! Never, never, NEVER enter into such an agreement without an ironclad loophole that will save you when the waters of His Bar reach your nose! If ever there was a time to find and consult with a smarmy, underhanded, slimy attorney, that was it!!! (Save the good, honest, above board attorneys for less important matters!) :-) Cute story! Enjoy your weekend! Oh, by the way...I will NEVER let my husband see your post. He might think it's open season to make such agreements, and THAT ain't happenin'!!! :-)

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  28. This is so funny because we all know it's SO true!!! It looks great the way you've worked around the rules!

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  29. What a cute story. I know how men want their own space. you did a great job working with the rules. Linda

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