The holidays are quickly approaching, so before the stress of the season sets in, let’s talk bar essentials. A party isn’t a party without alcohol, and a well-stocked and well-presented bar is a little thing that can make a big difference. Sure, it’s easy to just point your guests to the liquor cabinet, but your holiday shindig is not a frat party, so act like it! Setting up a proper bar is simpler than you think, just follow our lead…
Find a sturdy surface to set up your bar. Whether you use a bar cart made for this specific purpose or a piece of furniture you already own, just make sure that there is enough space for guests to gather while pouring drinks.
Round up the goods. After you’ve chosen your bar area, find a complimentary tray for assembling basic liquors. Bourbon, gin, scotch, and vodka should all be present. Don’t forget mixers like club soda, fruit juices, tonic water, and soft drinks. And for your cocktail-savvy guests you’ll want to make sure you have appropriate flavors and garnishes like bitters, simple syrup, sugar, olives, lemons, limes and cherries.
Select your glassware. We’re loving Williams-Sonoma’s gold-banded lowball glasses ($96). They look much more expensive than they are and are versatile for a variety of drinks and occasions.
Add pizzaz. Choose a fun tray, a unique bottle opener, or even inspire your guests to get creative by setting out a book with cocktail recipes. We recommend The PDT Cocktail Book ($15.63), written by the owner of the Please Don’t Tell, the East Village speakeasy.
Be accommodating. Not everyone enjoys a cocktail, so don’t forget to stock up on wine and beer as well. Make it fun by purchasing wine from local vineyards and beer from craft breweries in town.
That’s it! Just 5 easy steps to make your party a little more luxurious. Check out the slideshow for some of our favorite bar-enhancing products.