Steal This Look: The Instant Cocktail Party Kit

This week we’re revisiting some of the most popular summer stories from the archives. Here’s one:

A few years back, while working on our latest book, Remodelista: The Organized Home: Simple, Stylish Ideas for All Over the House, we became obsessed with kits. Travel kits, tool kits, spice kits, kitchen wrap kits, clothes care kits, cleaning kits. Show me an empty drawer and I’ll show you how to create a neatly organized group of complementary objects that will prevent you from ever asking yourself: “Where did I put that thing again?”

One of our favorite kits for the kitchen is the Instant Cocktail Kit. It’s arguably the most fun to assemble and (not surprisingly) to use. Our theory is this: You’re more likely to throw an impromptu drinks or dinner party when your tabletop elements are kept at the ready in one place.  Here’s a look at what’s inside (feel free to improvise and expand on this list).

photograph from the organized home by matthew williams; styling by ju 14
Above: Photograph from The Organized Home by Matthew Williams; styling by Julie Carlson and Alexa Hotz.


the l’atelier du vin stainless steel and beech timbale bucket was p 15
Above: The L’Atelier du Vin Stainless Steel and Beech Timbale Bucket was previously available at March in San Francisco. You can now source it via Made In Design UK for £104.

jasper morrison’s glass family goblet is available at hive: $44 for a s 16
Above: Jasper Morrison’s Glass Family Goblet is available at Hive: $44 for a set of four.

designer deborah ehrlich’s simple crystal straight champagne glasse 17
Above: Designer Deborah Ehrlich’s Simple Crystal Straight Champagne Glasses are $75 each at March. For more on Deborah, see our post House Call: At Home in the Hudson Valley with Designer Deborah Ehrlich.

The Trays

we used cb2’s vienna stainless steel tray, which is no longer avai 18
Above: We used CB2’s Vienna Stainless Steel Tray, which is no longer available; the Blomus Basic 8-Inch Stainless Steel Tray is a good lookalike; $29.99 from 2Modern.
the fog linen work gingham navy check tray is available through clove & cre 19
Above: The Fog Linen Work Gingham Navy Check Tray is available through Clove & Creek; $16 for the small and $32 for the large.
the white enamel trays featured in our book remodelista: the organized hom 20
Above: The white enamel trays featured in our book Remodelista: The Organized Home are by Japanese company Noda Horo. We sourced them from Dover Street Market in New York City, but you can also find them on Amazon. Shown here is the largest of the trio, the 2.4-liter Food Storage Enamel Container for $31.99. For more see our post, In Praise of Trays: 10 Trays in Fiberglass and Enamel.