Holidays can be a time when guests drop in unexpectedly, you’re entertaining friends for a cocktail before dinner out, or you may be hosting your own holiday bash. A well-stocked bar is a must for any at-home entertaining. Whether you have a built-in wet bar especially for that purpose or are gathering the accoutrements on a bar cart that says you’re ready for a party, there are certain essentials you’ll want to have on hand. Let’s get you started.
Trays are transformative. Corralling the liquor, glassware, and bar tools in one place makes a statement—you’re prepared to entertain. A classic navy-and-white lacquer tray with the surprise of a Shibori tie-dye pattern on the inside surface ups your game. $85, Webster House (Crossroads)
GLAM IT UP
Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams Art Deco-inspired bar cart flaunts stainless-steel trim and acrylic posts with built-in casters to roll it right into the action. $2,070, Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams (Town Center Crossing)
Glass or crystal always, never plastic! And the better the glassware, the tastier the drink. Really. Reed & Barton’s double old-fashioned glasses (a classic cocktail every budding bartender should be able to pour), designed by Thomas O’Brien, are crafted in rich lead crystal and available in a four-piece set. $150, Halls Kansas City (Crown Center)