A holiday home bar is essential for throwing a memorable and enjoyable party. Home bars are easy to dress up and make any occasion festive. They draw the crowd together and invite effortless mingling. Also, a home bar offers a wide range of drinks; they even stir guests’ creativity as they mix their own concoctions. You can’t afford not to have a home bar if you want an impressive celebration.
Below, we’ll share five essential tips to having the perfect holiday home bar. With just a few essential things to remember, you’ll easily amaze your guests and entertain them for as long as the celebration lasts.
Make sure your home bar is stocked with traditional beverage staples that most of your guests will enjoy. Ask your guests which beverages they like the most if you’re unaware. Staples can include wine, beer, bourbon, and spiced rum, for example. Also, consider guests who don’t drink alcohol. While water is a great option, they may want something additional. So, add soda, fruit juices, and sparkling water to the mix.
Mixers and Garnishes
Allow your guests to create their own special drinks, allowing you a break from having to be the bartender. Include essential mixers and garnishes like club soda, tonic water, pop, fruit juice, and liquors like amaretto and grenadine. Have citrus slices, cherries, and fresh herbs like mint and basil.
Ultimately, don’t worry if your glassware doesn’t all match; just make sure you have enough. Depending on the drinks you plan to serve or have the supplies for, include stem glasses, rock glasses, martini glasses, and highball glasses. Even if you anticipate your guests creating a lot of different drinks, as long as you have short and tall glasses, that will suffice.
Food and Appetizers
This is probably an obvious one, but you can’t have only beverages at the celebration. Though your home bar will mostly feature drinks and mixers, having finger food and appetizers to snack on will be appreciated by your guests. Also, this will tie them over until the main course or offerings are ready to be served. So, include items like spiced and candied nuts, pretzels, cereal mixes, and popcorn.
Accessories and Decorations
This is really where you turn your home bar into an extravagant holiday home bar. Dress it up for the season with a bright tablecloth in a color scheme fit for the occasion. Include lights around the bar or the space it’s in. Have serving trays, snack plates, and beverage napkins in decorated holiday designs and shapes. Make things stand out more with metallic and sparkly food picks and stir sticks.
The Foundation to Any Great Home Bar
When it comes to creating a memorable home holiday bar, your home amenities, space, and style, really make the difference. Craftmark Homes is one homebuilder that considers all the roles a home can play. We develop homes with a wide variety of bar styles and spaces, such as island bars overlooking wide windows for ample light, wall bars with open spaces for accommodating many guests, and corner room bars for displaying food and beverages.
While it’s great to stock everything, it can also be overwhelming. Plan your party with one or two themed drinks like mulled cider or moscow mules. Then, make sure you are well stocked with their ingredients. You can even present a pre-prepared mixer (like ginger beer and lime juice and for the moscow mule) and alcohol on a festive tray. This takes some of the stress out of planning, and presents a polished look.
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