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A Well Appointed Bar for the Holidays

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With the holidays just around the corner (yikes, really? It’s eighty degrees here today) having a drink station is a ultimate ‘do’ for those festive occasions and the often unavoidable spontaneous shindig. If you don’t have a bar cart, creating a similar space can easily be achieved using a tray on a stand or a spot on your kitchen counter.

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Amp up the appeal of your bar with fresh flowers and decorative accessories. We loved the quirkiness of the tall relic that Andrea found amid her travels in Central America and decided to use it as our keystone for the other trimmings. The acrylic trays are fantastic for maintaining order and tidiness, as well as keeping condensation from the ice bucket compartmentalized and easy to clean up. Reflective materials such glass or metal lend a bit of sparkle and gaiety when the lights are low. But don’t turn the lights down too low-you don’t want your guests to accidentally pour gin when desiring vodka.  Add a small table lamp, votives, or tapers to brighten things up just a bit.

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Keep it easy by having glassware, ice, liquor, mixers, tools, and garnishes in view to encourage your guests to help themselves. We suggest using locally produced liquors in addition to more well known libations for an interesting variety. In addition to liquor, have wine and chilled champagne on hand.  There is a famous quote by Hester Brown that in part says, “Sometimes the special occasion is that you’ve got a bottle of champagne in the fridge”.  We couldn’t agree more!

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Please see below for links to the fun bar accessories that we found.  

And check out http://www.foodandwine.com/cocktail-recipes for cocktail ideas.

We have so much to be thankful for and we hope that you do as well!

Cheers!

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