Refreshment Stations Take Center Stage
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You will have noticed the extravagant sophistication that has taken over the good old barbecue. Well, that is kind of old hat now. If you want to be on the edge of the social entertaining trend, your outdoor space needs a “refreshment station,” which is another way of saying offering food is cool but hosting drink parties is the new must.

I was therefore not surprised to learn about Alain Gilles’ newest design for Qui est Paul? His new “Garden Party” is such a great centerpiece to encourage informal occasional drinks to spruce up long summer evenings at home and give them a little extra oomph and a bit of a bar attitude.

Available in a variety of colors, this high table has a center piece that works as a drinks/champagne bucket or a flower pot. Ladies, note the clever little hook under the stools for your bag  ;-)

If you are already set up furniture-wise, then a true refreshment center is your next buy.

I love this creation from Metalco Home — the mobile air-conditioned outdoor wine cart. Kefren is a trolley bar that comes with an integrated dual-zone wine cooler. Its upper compartment temperature is set for white wines and the lower zone is ideal for reds.

And for beer lovers, this beer cart by Alpina is a serious commitment to backyard beverages. You can fit a whole keg underneath and more! Alpina also makes a mobile wine bar.

These are just a few examples of the new “refreshment station” — so what are you waiting for? Go get your drink on!