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.
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.
RULE # 2
Thou shalt not touch the pictures and paraphernalia hanging on the wall.
No rearrangements, substitutions or alterations are allowed.
I tried this once.
I'm lucky to
be here to
tell about it.
RULE # 3
Thou shalt not obstruct His Line of Sight.
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.).
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.
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?
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.
RULE # 5
Thou shalt keep the foods simple, handy and hot.
Functionality always trumps aesthetics.
Food must be attainable without moving from the chair.
Plenty of smaller bowls are needed to hold dips and solid things to dip into the dip.
RULE # 6
Thou shalt not disturb His Tree.
No matter how wobbly the tree, no matter how caddywompus the tree-topping tennis ball, no matter how uneven the garland,
Ahhh. Comfort and Joy!
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