There's always a festive feeling with a little bar setup at home. They say a lot about you - just having one (even if it's a couple of bottles you love, a glass or two and some napkins on a tray) implies that you're thoughtful. You'd like to entertain. You've got a discerning eye and a bit of a knack for styling. Those are just the basics - we all know a bar / bar cart game can be extra-elevated - I bet most of us have a board on Pinterest devoted to nothing but.
I'm working through my own setup in kondo. I admit, I've been on a slow boat to China with this new place, but I've added an engine to the back and, lo and behold the murky waters are parting - and I'm figuring out how to jigger this whole domestic realm of mine. My bar has withstood several dinner parties, a big cocktail shindig, and an errant passer-by, and has proven effective. Let's talk details on what the essentials are, and how to style them. If you're entertaining this holiday, listen up! All of Furbish's Holiday Bar Collection is 25% off today only! That includes gems like the candy-colored Modena glasses, the neon fringe coasters I can't get enough of, and our large trays (just the thing to get your bar started!). Use code HOLIDAYBAR when you checkout.
MODENA TUMBLER SET
I've got a set in Raleigh and one in New York - they just make me happy, and they're so fun when you have guests over. SHOP HERE
An ice bucket is an essential - guests can't go fishing in the freezer every time they need a refill.
Trays are a great base to start your bar - they can create one just about anywhere. By corralling all the shiny bottles and pretty glasses, they instantly elevate could-be-clutter into a chic statement, that's pretty and practical.
I've had a few bars that did the trick over the years, from my gone girl apartment to the lovely bungalow I rented on Glenwood, and a throwback - to the old zebra bar at my starter house with Brian Meares.
BRASS EYE CANDLESTICKS
It's good to have a little height, and a love a spot for a neon taper.
Whitley Neon Bowl
These are perfect for serving nuts, or chips. They can also hold limes and lemons.
I love a mini mixer - Coke or Pepsi and Ginger Ale are my go-tos. These days, it seems like just about any soda you want comes mini. I keep two of each out, along with a small bottle of tonic, and club soda. I've also been throwing in a couple of Blood Orange Pellegrinos, and they always disappear first.
Don't get me wrong, I'm still teacher, these guys are the masters. These are the bars I studied when I was a young warthog wanting to be fancy. Miles Redd sold me on tiny cans, first. He's the most masterful of the impromptu cocktail corner. Dig into some eye candy, and if anything strikes you in the Furb foundry, use HOLIDAYBAR when you check out to save save save.