Guest Picks: Styling the Bar
Be prepared for festive entertaining with 20 dashing drink accessories
It's the most wonderful time of the year, and that can only mean one thing: entertaining! The best hosts keep their guests' bellies full and a drink in their hands. Here are our favorite essentials for keeping the bar stocked. — Kristy and Beth from Design Chic
Spirits have a way of getting everyone in, well, the spirit. But who wants all those unattractive bottles junking up their bar? An elegant set of decanters such as these would be our pick for a formal affair.
When entertaining a crowd, having a bar in only one room can be a bottleneck waiting to happen. We would use a beautiful antique bar cart like this one to set up a drink station in the living room, right beside the Christmas tree.
This elegant ice bucket makes a wonderful complement to a dressier bar cart. Guests can help themselves and make sure their cocktails stay as chilly as the weather.
Gold and mirrors make a stunning combination for the most formal rooms in any house. To keep "clinking" at bay and to avoid broken glass, we'd use a bar cart like this one to house hors d'oeuvres instead.
Nothing ruins a great bottle of wine like a bad wine glass. Not at your house! We love Reidel's glasses for their thin lips and elegant stems. Plus, the bowl is well-proportioned: it's large enough that frequent refills aren't required but not so big that you feel like you're drinking out of a fish bowl.
One of the trickiest parts of being a host can be making sure everything stays stocked. This bar cart remedies that problem with holders perfectly sized for wine and liquor bottles.
This Reidel decanter is as useful as it is beautiful. Wine simply tastes better once it has been allowed to breathe a bit, and this decanter's pour spout keeps wine drips to a minimum.
These shot glasses are both festive for the holidays and practical for year-round use. We would use them to make sure our guests' holiday drinks were just the right amount of merry!
Every good holiday party should end with a champagne toast. Instead of gathering guests in another room, why not bring the champagne to them? This bar cart is a perfect way to do that. Plus, it looks beautiful in your home either empty or accessorized.
No toast is complete without a festive champagne flute. We love how unique and fun these glasses are. They're perfect for a more formal event or just kicking back.
This faux-alligator tray and stand make a wonderful bar in the den or library or an out-of-the-way place to stash discarded plates and glasses. We love it so much we would use it even when we weren't having guests over.
We would use this ice bucket on the alligator tray above. The deer add such a masculine touch, and the shape of this bucket lends itself perfectly to chilling a bottle of wine, making it very versatile.
A handsome set of decanters like these is an essential accessory for any bar. Plus, personalized decanters make great holiday gifts for the man who has everything!
Crocodile is one of our favorite prints for a silver tray. We would use this one for serving appetizers off of an ottoman.
Nothing goes with a cocktail better than a handful of nuts. Our choice for holiday entertaining is a spiced pecan. An artfully designed dish like this one ensures that they look as delicious as they taste.
The weather might be cold but that doesn't mean your guests' hands should be. A decorative holder keeps cocktail napkins readily available for drinks or snacks.
This bar cart is absolutely divine. We love the color of the glass trays. Plus, the wheels make it a breeze to move to any room or, for those in warmer climes, outside on the patio.
There are, of course, always guests who might prefer water. There's no reason their beverage should be any less stylish than the rest. The shape of the handle on this pitcher is so unique and fabulous. We'd use it every day to make our eight glasses feel a little more special.
This beautiful decanter and glass set is perfect for a special occasion. We would use it while catching a few moments of calm amidst the holiday chaos with a couple of close friends.
These bar glasses make such a statement. We would fill them with a signature cocktail. Mocha nog punch, anyone?
Next: 20 Essentials for the Home Bar
Next: 20 Essentials for the Home Bar
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