Send out an evite, pull out your favorite cocktail napkins, and crank up the music. We think it’s time to throw a backyard party! The first order of business? Set up the bar — or at least figure out where you’re going to serve the drinks. After all, it’s the first place people gravitate towards when they come over. We’ve got 10 ideas for setting up a drink station … and no, it doesn’t include a plastic cooler on the back porch.
1. Use a Beverage Stand or Raised Planter
We typically use our French Zinc Dough Bowl as a planter or potting stand, but for entertaining, it makes a perfect beverage stand or chic spot for chilling wine! Our Hayden Beverage Stand is another great option.
2. Use an Outdoor Console Table as a Bar
It’s funny how we outfit our indoor spaces with so much thought, but when the focus moves outdoors, we aren’t sure how to complete the space. A console table is a no-brainer in your dining room, so why not have one outside too? It’s perfect for serving drinks when you’re having a party!
3. An Outdoor Tray is a Must-Have
If you’re casually entertaining in your outdoor living room, use a tray to bring glassware and drinks outside. The galvanized finish on this outdoor safe tray feels unexpected and fun, and if you leave it on your patio, it won’t mind!
4. An Outdoor Bakers Rack
A tall storage piece can be a huge help in an outdoor space, especially if you have certain entertaining favorites you only use when you’re outside. Our Ceylon Bakers Rack perfectly fills a space just outside French Doors, can store all sorts of necessities like garden tools, outdoor accessories, and even plants, but if you’re having a party, it’s easy to set up as a bar!
5. Pull Up a Bar Cart
We love an outdoor bar cart with wheels because it can move from outdoor room to outdoor room as your party does. During cocktail hour, park it next to your outdoor living room, and as the party progresses to the dinner table, bring the drinks with you! In this space, we used Suzanne Kasler’s Directoire Bar Cart.
6. Need A Last Minute Serving Space?
When you’re in a pinch, a folding table and a long tablecloth can be a lifesaver. We used our Edie Block Print Tablecloth in Indigo. It’s easy to set up at the last minute, doesn’t take up any space when not in use, and with a new tablecloth, you can switch up the look to suit your party theme!
7. Don’t Sweat It — Use a Beverage Tub
No need to worry about where the drinks will go, our Avalon Double Walled Beverage Tub is the perfect solution. It’s big enough to hold several bottles of wine and beer, and it’s sturdy construction means it won’t sweat on your tablecloth!
8. Dress Up Your Potting Bench in Its Finest
If you already have a potting bench, we suggest dressing it up for your next party with all the barware and drinks! We used our Willow Potting Station, but any garden bench will do. Clean it up with a flower arrangement, glassware, a beverage tub with drinks, and your guests will know what to do!
9. Upgrade Your Plastic Cooler to a Beverage Trough
If you’re no longer in college, then quit using the plastic cooler you bought your freshman year. It doesn’t cut it for parties anymore! Instead, we suggest a beverage trough. Our Farm Trough Beverage Tub can be placed on a dining table, coffee table, or even on the ground for a more stylish way to serve drinks at your next get together.
10. Up The Drama with a Tented Bar
Our striped Towel Cabana is great to keep poolside so all your necessities are handy, but when you’re hosting friends, give it a makeover with drinks, ice, glassware, and any other refreshments you like to keep on hand. With this dramatic focal point, your guests will never have to ask, ‘where’s the bar?’
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