Create a Fabulous Bar Space for Easy Entertaining
When you’re entertaining a group you want to be sure everyone will have what they need with little impact on you once your party begins! Whether you’re hosting business associates, family and friends for special occasion or holding a fundraising event in your home, having the right drinks at the ready will enhance your guests’ experience.
Ideally your party will have a dedicated bar space to make your life easier! The bar can be located on a cart, a side cabinet, the end of a table or on a dedicated bar space. It doesn’t matter where the bar is set up as long as it’s easy for guests to access and has everything they will need in the drink department.
I love getting the basic menu and items together for drinks then adding some style to the bar. Function before form! If you are making a signature cocktail you will want to have a pretty pitcher to serve that from (with extra mixed up in the fridge for easy refiling). You may also want to make and frame a card with the drink name and ingredients so your guests know exactly what they are pouring!
If you are serving beer and wine select your favorites and make sure you have bottle openers and wine keys on hand for easy opening. A small container for guests to toss their bottle caps in is handy. If you want to make a really big impact, consider hiring a bar tender for the evening.
I always suggest having several non-alcoholic options available at any event. Sparkling water comes in beautiful bottles and there are many great craft sodas available now, too. Cranberry juice, seltzer and lime make a great drink if somebody wants something besides soda or water. An ice bucket will ensure guests can put any drink on the rocks.
Trays and pretty bowls are great ways to organize and style your bar. Trays can hold your bottles and/or glasses. Small bowls can hold cut citrus, bottle caps or drink makers (to attach to wine glasses to ID your glass). If space allows, I love a plant or small accessory at a bar to add some life and personality. Custom napkins can also be a nice touch — with your monogram, special message or organization name.
To make life easier on you, the hostess (or your bar tender), I suggest keeping extras of all items close-by for quick restocking as the party progresses. A little planning and creativity on your part will go a long way toward creating a relaxing evening for you and your guests, who will enjoy the efforts you put into creating a bar for easy entertaining. Cheers to that!