Top 10 Home Bar Essentials Every Hostess Should Own

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bar cart, bar, bar cart essentials, entertaining, how to stock a bar

bar cart, bar, bar cart essentials, entertaining, how to stock a bar

bar cart, bar, bar cart essentials, entertaining, how to stock a bar

We all know that a key part of entertaining (like a pro) is being prepared and having all of the essentials to offer your guests what they want and need. I don’t know about you, but having a well equipped bar is a must in the Sky household! I love keeping my bar cart stocked or styled based on an event or season but not everyone has a bar cart – and trust me, you don’t HAVE to have one. To me, you just need to have the bar essentials, so that when playing hostess you can create the perfect set up. There are a few items that every hostess with the mostest should have. Here are the top 10 items for your home bar and where to find them:

When setting up your home bar with a bar cart, I’d reommend

Top 10 Home Bar Essentials:

  1. Glassware: my favorite everyday glasses are from Crate and Barrel

    • I’d recommend having wine and champagne glasses, beer glasses, copper mugs (for me, a must – the boys love moscow mules), martini and margarita glasses, brandy snifter, shot glasses
      • Tip: If using a bar cart, style with the glasses you use the most or those that you will be using when for a particular night of hosting
  2. Cocktail Shaker: Because I love housewares, I have them in silver, gold and copper but definitely have at least one

  3. Champagne Bucket/Ice Bucket: for obvious reasons this is a must on my list

  4. Decanter

  5. Bar Tools

  6. Wine, Champagne Bottle Opener & Corkscrew

  7. Coasters

  8. Straws – I love decorate paper straws, but have read more and more about metal straws and their health benefits (more info here and here)

  9. Cocktail Napkins – I’ve really been into cloth cocktail napkins lately, especially because they can compliment cloth dinner napkins

  10. Serving Tray

Other Bar Tools You Could Add:

Cocktail umbrellas and picks (perfect for garnishing your cocktails), whiskey stones, ice cub molds (they make so many fun ones now, like these and these), jigger, strainer, muddler (think mojito), pairing knife, peeler, and cocktail recipe book (like this or this). Really hoping our next home has a butlers pantry so I can store all of my goodies!

photos by Anne Kim of Laura Metzler Photography

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  1. Great post! Love the rose gold shaker and serving tray. I’m not sure if this fits your blog’s scope but could you do a wardrobe essentials post? I would love your opinion on the must have wardrobe basics, seasonal, etc.