This time of year, many people are considering throwing their first-holiday party, but aren't sure they have the wine glass sets, crystal glasses, or discount barware to handle the task.
That shouldn't be a detriment, however, because there are plenty of stores and online sites that have all the supplies needed at reasonable prices. All that's left is determining what kinds of supplies are needed to throw a great holiday party.
The list below contains the five items needed behind the bar to throw a good party.
The glasses – This really depends on how extravagant the party thrower wants to be. Some parties call for those red plastic cups that work pretty well with any type of beverage. Other parties are more drink specific, so they need the proper type of glassware. Wine parties, for example, shouldn't be held without wine glass sets. Champagne parties should have crystal glasses. Martini parties, well, you get the picture…
Discount barware – Sure it's nice to have a good set of bar tools and accessories, but if this party is a one-time deal, there is no need to spend too much money. Make sure there is a corkscrew, bottle opener, drink stirrer, and plenty of swizzle sticks on hand.
Cocktail napkins – Prevent rings on wooden furniture with a good supply of napkins. They can be fancy or inexpensive, depending on the type of party. If serving the drinks in crystal glasses, a nicer cocktail napkin is more appropriate. But napkins with jokes on them also tend to be a good way to start conversations.