Guest Picks: 20 Chic Bar Essentials
Toast the new year in fabulous style with ice buckets, glasses, coasters and other barware worth showing off
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With New Year’s Eve approaching, chances are that you’ll have a few friends and family over for some fun. If you need anything from cocktail stirrers to coasters, you are sure to find it in this ideabook — these picks will make your bar the best on the block. You could even translate these options into fabulous gifts for your favorite hostess with the mostest. Above all, count on these 20 items to make your bar both festive and functional. — Alison from Long Distance Loving
Grosgrain Border Cocktail Napkins, Set of 4 - $34
Consider your party served. Mark and Graham nails it with these cute cocktail napkins with grosgrain borders. Your bar will be protected and colorful.
Cheers Shooters, Set of 4 - $38
While they may be shot glasses, these are anything but collegiate. These shooters from Cathy’s Concepts will bring cheers (literally) from anyone who uses them.
Tortoiseshell Glasses, Old Fashioned, Set of 4
Tortoiseshell is popping up everywhere, so why not add it to your barware? Look no further than these perfect cocktail glasses. Your old-fashioned will never have looked better.
Set of 4 Slate Bottle Tags - $9.95
Keep your guests from guessing with these slate bottle tags from Crate & Barrel. Write names, what’s in the bottle or personal messages.
Set of 6 Orb Cocktail Picks - $7.97
Crate & Barrel makes it easy to take your martinis to the next level. These pretty Orb cocktail picks will definitely up the ante for olives and more.
Monogrammed Stir Sticks, Set of 50 - $44
What is the sign of a serious host? Monogrammed stir sticks on the bar cart. Design Darling keeps every host prepared for a cocktail party.
Gatsby Bar Tools with Ice Bucket - $59.95
Every proper bar setup needs the right tools. Problem solved! You’ll love this classic and chrome Gatsby bar tools set from Crate & Barrel for many years to come.
Kate Spade New York Pierrepont Place Corkscrew and Bottle Opener Set - $50
Leave it to Kate Spade to transform a simple bottle opener and a classic corkscrew into chic bar accessories. With a few stripes and polka dots, these two little tools will be a perfectly preppy purchase for your bar.
Nambé Twist Coasters, Set of 6 - $101.25
These twisted Nambé coasters are anything but ordinary. Though they are bit of an investment, they are worth every penny for the decades of life they have in them.
Glitter Coasters, Set of 24 - $35
A little bit of glitter never hurt anyone. These glittery Kate Spade coasters will add a dash of sparkle and a smile.
Leather-Wrapped Cocktail Shaker - $79
The man (or monogram lover) in your life will be very happy to see this cocktail shaker on your bar. This stately leather-wrapped piece will be a conversation starter at every party.
Tall Crystal Decanter - $220
Decanters aren’t only for Mad Men fans. Every whisky lover will swoon for this crystal standard. Add a monogram or initial to the top of this tall decanter, and you’ve made an instant classic.
Krups Wine Dispenser - $499.99
Give your guests the true wine bar experience with this Krups wine dispenser, and you’ll become the most-respected wine lover on the block. While it may seem a bit over-the-top, it could be considered a practical way to treat guests of both red and white persuasions.
Lacquer Wine Rack - $39
Clean up your bar in a snap with this lovely lacquered wine rack from West Elm. Add one to your bar, and you’ll give six of your favorite bottles a very chic home.
Stockton Wine Rack - $119.95
Though it may look like a hammock, this contraption is actually a wine rack by Crate & Barrel.
Lucite Serving Tray - $36.50
Furbish Studio has entertaining down pat. Long after the celebrations are over, this modern Lucite serving tray will be one of your favorite party pieces.
American Mini Cheese Board, Rectangle - $25
With this personalized mini cheese board from Mark and Graham, you will be the champion of cheese. And because wine and cheese go hand in hand, your party will go from drab to fab in a snap.
Brushed Gold and Lucite Ice Bucket - $44
Give your ice cubes a stylish home with this brushed gold and Lucite ice bucket from Furbish Studio. Whether you pull it out for a casual gathering or a chic get-together, you’ll feel like you hit the jackpot every time you display it.
Punch Bowl With Ladle - $49.95
Enchant your guests with a pretty punch using this glass ladle and punch bowl from Crate & Barrel. It’s less than $50, and you can use it long after December.