Sarah Copeland, author of Feast, knows something about hosting a party—and keeping it simple, so that you spend more time enjoying yourself with friends, and less frantically trying to get everything ready.
One of the best things you can do, she says, is set up a stylish, well-stocked bar cart ahead of time, to keep the drinks flowing. Here, she shares five tips for making your drinks setup bar none.
1) Anchor It Under a Festive Wreath
A wreath sets a focal point for the bar itself. My favorite kind of wreath to source for an indoor landscape is loose and long-lasting, ensuring low-maintenance throughout the season and a seamless clean up. Try any kind of wreath that incorporates evergreens and eucalyptus.
2) Add a Floral Arrangement
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I never want the floral arrangements to upstage the meal. Keeping them low and tight leaves room for wine, candles, and nibbles.
3) Make It Self-Serve
Each year, I always try to outdo myself for my FAVORITE holiday ever — #Friendsgiving, by adding new and improved recipes and décor ideas into the mix. ? This Friendsgiving, I decided to give Refinery29’s Cotton Candy Surprise drink recipe a try and it didn’t disappoint! ? Thanks to my #BlueCashEveryday Card from @AmericanExpress, I earned 3% cash back on all the groceries I needed to make them (and style this entire bar cart!) at my local US Supermarket. ?? Head to the link in bio or visit americanexpress.com/friendsgiving to try it yourself. #AmexAmbassador #ad
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A self-serve bar invites friends to make themselves at home and frees me from pouring all night.
4) Light Candles
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Candlelight is a quiet touch that cues guests to relax and linger for a while.
5) Sprinkle In Inexpensive Accents
Today on the blog, Jodi is sharing how she styled her bar cart for her upcoming Thanksgiving dinner! Everything is super affordable and linked in the post. Check it out in the link in our profile. ??
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Pine branches scavenged from the yard stretch my flower budget. I use them all through the house.
This story originally appeared on Cooking Light.
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