If you’re the entertaining type, then you’re probably in your element during the holidays. All the parties, the people, and the food are exciting to think about and plan for.
Personally, I don’t host parties — but I do attend them. My favorite parties are the ones on my dad’s side of the family, because in the valley where our ancestors were born, there’s a family vineyard — and sure enough, about ten people have ordered family wine and brought it to the party. By the end of the night, almost everyone is a bit too giddy to drive themselves home, so half the relatives take a cab to the nearest hotel, and the rest crash with the host and those who live nearby.
Regardless of who is hosting the party, they always have some kind of home bar. (I mean, we are Italian. We love wine. We always have some around.) The host stores their supplies somewhere else in the house, and the guests provide the alcohol, which they store in the bar. This way, everyone knows where to go when they want a drink. Once, a cousin asked to host the annual Christmas party, and my grandma wouldn’t let him when she found out he didn’t have a bar. It’s a serious thing.
If your parties don’t get quite as rowdy as ours, that’s totally fine (actually, it’s probably good). But having a home bar is a great way to send a silent message to your guests that they’re going to have a good time. It says that you’re a good entertainer and that you care about your guests. It’s also a great place to spice up your eggnog, or to give a friend some liquid courage to say hi to the lady by the ficus.
Whether or not you believe me, take note of the bars at the next few parties you attend. Is there a bar? If so, how do people react to it? What does it add to the party, and the room overall? You may find that a home bar is the best party accessory you can have.