Holiday Hosting: How to Set Up a Home Bar

Are you entertaining this holiday season?

If you are, it’s very likely that your guests will want to partake in some festive libations.

At Good’s Furniture, we believe the simplest way to make sure all your friends and family have a glass of their favorite drink is to have a well-stocked home bar. That’s why we’ve created this handy guide to setting up your very own drink-serving space. Read on to discover all the tips you need to ensure happy holiday hosting and create an exciting asset to your home that you can use for years to come.

Find Your Space

First of all, you need to find a place to set up your home bar that makes sense for your home. Think about where you usually entertain your guests and set up your bar in one of those areas. Many home bars are set up in the dining room, kitchen, living room, or basement for this very reason, but the location of your bar also depends on its size.

If you want a large and elaborate bar with features that include a refrigerator and sink, remember you will need a supply of electricity and water. A smaller home may not have the space for this kind of setup, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a home bar at all.

A bar cabinet takes up less room in your home and serves as a beautiful piece of furniture you can enjoy all year round. A bar cart is another functional solution that’s also much kinder on your wallet than a full home bar. Keep in mind that while a mobile piece of furniture is very handy for getting your drinks to your guests, you should still find a permanent place for it in your home. This way you won’t have to get it out of storage for every party, or trip over it if you leave it out.

Get Your Equipment

If you’re new to bartending, don’t worry; mixing drinks isn’t nearly as daunting as it may seem. The key is to get the right equipment.

Basic barware includes the following supplies:

  • ice box
  • bar spoon
  • muddler
  • jigger
  • cocktail shaker
  • strainer
  • ice cube trays

Depending on the length of your guest list, you should invest in an even number of the three basic types of glasses: short glasses, tall glasses, and stemmed glasses. If you’ll be serving wine, you can buy white wine and red wine glasses too — although a single set of wine glasses is just as acceptable. And don’t forget straws and napkins!

It’s also a great idea to have a guide for mixing cocktails to help you understand how to make a variety of drinks. Alternatively, you can invite your guests to make their own brilliant beverages — just be sure that all of your barware is easily accessible. For a very special event, you could even hire an expert bartender to take care of everyone’s refreshment needs.

Stock Your Shelves

When it comes to choosing your beverages, a good rule of thumb is to buy mostly liquors that you enjoy and will drink after the festive season has finished. Of course, if you know what your friends like to drink and find yourself entertaining regularly throughout the year, you may opt for a wider selection.

Besides beer and wine, you will also need spirits and mixers to make delicious cocktails. For a well-stocked home bar, choose a few of the following options:

  • vodka (for vodka tonics, screwdrivers, vodka martinis)
  • gin (for martinis, gin and tonics)
  • tequila (for margaritas, sunrises)
  • rum (for daiquiris, mojitos)
  • bourbon (for Manhattans, whiskey sours)
  • scotch (for Rob Roys, rusty nails)
  • cognac (for sidecars, smashes)

Finally, make sure you have plenty of mixer materials on hand: water, fresh lemons and limes, ice, simple syrup, bitters, and club soda. When hosting, it’s also nice to offer some non-alcoholic alternatives for guests who don’t want to drink. Once you have everything you need, you’re ready to start practicing making some cocktails. If you’re feeling adventurous, why not create a fabulous signature drink for your upcoming holiday party?

Not sure what kind of home bar is right for you? We’d love to help! Contact Good’s Furniture today and speak to our friendly team about how you can find the perfect furnishings for your home bar right in time for the holidays.