If you like to entertain, you absolutely need a home bar. Especially if your family is anything like mine. We start almost every family get-together by heading straight for the fridge or bar. I don’t know what it is, but there’s just something so special about sharing a drink with your family while catching up on missed time.
What’s not fun, is hunting around for the alcohol, mixers, beer salts, and other drink items while everyone already has their drink on hand. That’s why I love having a bar area in my home. It’s a great way to divert traffic away from the main cooking space avoiding many arguments over “too many cooks in the kitchen.” It also creates a fun, convenient space for everyone to create their desired cocktails.
How To Create Your Home Bar
Creating the perfect home bar really depends on your own personal preferences and needs. Does your family all have their own drink options? Or do you all mostly drink wine together? Do you drink a lot or a little? The answers to these questions will dictate what kind of bar you want.
Curating a home bar that fits your family’s needs, will create a memorable space that all of your family will love. Follow along below for my 5 tips to help you create the luxurious home bar of your dreams!
Tip #1: Find The Right Spacce
The key to a stellar home bar is finding the perfect nook for it in your home! This space doesn’t have to be huge, but it can be if you want! The trick is to find a space that works for your storage needs.
Do you need to store a bunch of liquor bottles? Find a nook with lots of cabinet space or shelves to display your bottles. If you have a lot of gadgets or ingredients to set out, look for somewhere with a lot of counter space.
Still wracking your brain on which cabinets you can empty for your home bar? Don’t overcomplicate it. Grab a bar cart and find a small corner in which you can set it up. No matter the size of the home, you can fit a bar in it. You just have to know how!
Tip #2: Find Some Storage For Your Bottles
One of the most important parts of creating a bar is finding out how or where to store your bottles. They don’t have to just be shoved into cabinets, but they definitely can be (I know many of mine are). Instead, think of using your bottles as an opportunity to curate an artistic display while keeping them easily accessible to your guests.
Here are a few solutions for ways to display your alcohol bottles:
- Wine Rack
- Open Shelves
- Liquor Cabinet
- Wine fridg
Each of these have a wide variety of options to choose from so you can find one that fits your personal style, storage needs, and space. If you’re interested in learning more, leave a comment below and I’ll write a blog on some unique bottle storage options!
Tip #3: Add Fresh Ingredients As Accents
I love decorating with fresh accents in a modern farmhouse, and that certainly extends to decorating a bar space. Both practical and beautiful, fresh accents allow for the perfect pop of color in your home bar. Most guests love indulging in some specialty cocktails or spicing up their beers when they’re at an event. Having fresh fruit ingredients at the ready will wow your guests and have them remember you as the hostess with the mostest.
A few fresh cocktail ingredients you may want to have on hand include:
- Mint leaves
Tip #4: Include Bartending Necessities
Now for the decorative accents! Need help deciding what to decorate with? Well, that’s really simple when it comes to your home bar. Although you can add in the typical accents such as greenery, artwork, and vases, it’s also the perfect opportunity to make your bartending tools readily available.
I love the idea of having a few matching “bartending necessities” that you leave out as decoration as well as for guests to use. Below are some of my favorite home bar goodies that you can use:
- Ice bucket
- Shaker bottle
- Bar spoons
- Cocktail muddler
- Wine opener
- Citrus Press
Again, what you set out should be dependent on what you use the most. If you’re a huge cocktail drinker, the muddler, strainers, and citrus press may be a good option. Align your decor with what you and your guests will enjoy and use the most.
Tip #5: Add Some Final Personal Touches
Finally, don’t forget to make the space your own. Add a few decorative touches such as family photos, vases, candlesticks, and other accents. The more space you have, the more you can play around and decorate it. If you have an empty wall, feel free to include a fun backsplash or some beautiful open shelves. The home bar is the perfect place to go a little crazy with your decor!