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How to Set Up a Festive Holiday Bar

Properly display your delicious holiday cocktails with our cocktail party table spread that has all you need for a hard-working bar.
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Holiday Cocktail Bar

For a pretty bar setup, you don't have to have a complete set of glassware. Start a collection of interesting glasses by hitting up your local thrift shops and garage sales. Unify the look by keeping to a color theme: gold-accented glasses, blue-accented glasses or all clear. Plus, a variety of glasses helps your guests identify which glass is theirs!

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Festive Ice

Freeze cranberries or lemon zest in ice cubes to add color to your ice bucket and turn ordinary cocktails or plain water into a colorful drink.

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Homemade Stirrers

Use holiday tinsel to make stir sticks for your cocktail station. Cut a small swatch of tinsel from an inexpensive garland available at any party store. Dab a drop of glue or wrap double-stick tape around the sharp end of a bamboo shish kebab skewer and simply wrap the piece of tinsel around the stick.

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Good for Groups: Punch

Cider, mulled wine and punch are great options for groups. Add star anise and cinnamon sticks to the bowl for extra flavor and a fun look.

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