A NEAT Hostess with the Mostess

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

October immediately puts us into Fall mode, and you know what that means?! Warm chunky sweaters, a killer pair of boots, endless football games (or at least until February), and spiked apple cider. With colder weather upon us, the majority of our fun activities are forced to be moved indoors. With that being said, now is the perfect time to make sure your bar cart is stocked and organized NEATly for entertaining friends!

First and foremost, if you don’t have space for a full-fledged bar, you will most definitely need a bar cart to organize the perfect mixing station. The Society Social Bar Cart seems to be blowing up Pinterest and like most, we just adore it ::

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The whole point of keeping an organized bar is so that you can have the perfect gathering on any given day! In regards to actually stocking the bar, you will need a few bottles of wine, bubbly, and four main spirits on hand :: whiskey, gin, tequila, and vodka. A few key mixers include :: club soda, tonic, ginger beer, simple syrup, bitters, and if you are like Heather – “Fresca, not coke.”

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Now that you’ve stocked up on the goods, you need to make sure you have the proper utensils! This includes an ice bucket, wine opener, a cocktail shaker, strainer, bar spoon, and of course straws! You will also need chic bar glasses (preferably stored in a cabinet away from dust).

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As for the few details of “personal character,” we recommend beautiful cocktail napkins, coasters, and a little extra touch of you! Here are a few suggestions, including Heather’s personal bar trinket (drink specials framed from her wedding) ::

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The NEAT girls love a good list, and HouseBeautiful has a great one! We also recommend a stylish tray to arrange everything together ::

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Our last and most important tip is to always check the expiration date! Nothing says “Bummer Host” quit like stale wine and a bad tasting Gimlet. If you need help polishing off that bottle of gin before it goes bad, do not hesitate to invite us over!



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