In summer, we’re all about relaxed, effortless entertaining. One thing that can make all the difference? A stylish home bar that’s ready to party at a moment’s notice. Here’s everything you need to set up your own chic drinks station. Cheers!
A Fabulous (and Versatile) Bar Cart
Hosting is that much easier when all your barware is in one place. With room for drinks, glassware, cocktail napkins, and accessories, a bar cart is your entertaining command central—and with so many styles and sizes available, you’re sure to find one that suits your space. If you love to entertain outdoors, consider a bar cart on wheels, which can easily be moved to your porch or patio.
After the party, your bar cart can tuck away into any small nook. Or make it a decorative focal point: Just swap out glassware and garnishes for books and accents.
A Stylish Beverage Dispenser
In other words, your key to actually enjoying your own party. Simply mix up a batch of your favorite refresher (we love a good summer punch or fruit-infused water) and let guests top up their glasses as they please. It’s totally hands-off—and makes for a showstopping display.
There’s always a place for the basics, but a little embellishment will make your bar setup feel extra special. Look for glassware with metallic detailing (golden pineapples? yes please!) or vibrant hues—they’re sure to garner oohs and aahs from guests.
It’s also smart to have a variety of shapes on hand for different types of drinks—think highballs, old-fashioned glasses, and shot glasses for measuring.
The Right Tools
Embrace your inner mixologist: With the right tools on hand, you can craft a whole array of flavorful summer cocktails. Stock your bar with the essentials, including a jigger, a shaker, a strainer, and a stirrer. As for your bottle opener and corkscrew, why not upgrade to a playful shape or a fun, luxe material? After the party, corral all your tools in a stylish cup or a tray.
Plenty of Ice—and a Chic Ice Bucket!
Keeping ice right next to the rest of your ingredients makes it even easier for guests to fix their own drinks without you lifting a finger (no more runs to the kitchen!). It’s also a great excuse to snap up a chic ice bucket. Whether you opt for a punchy, graphic design or a sleek midcentury style, this is one bar accessory that’ll come in handy for all kinds of occasions.