Serving pieces, local libations and fun accessories for your summer-themed home bar.
The lazy days of summer have arrived, so why leave home for happy hour when you can set up your own bar and have the party come to you?
Open the windows, deck out the deck or just pull up a patch of grass and get ready to sip your summer cocktails in style, indoors and out. We’ve rounded up fun and functional barware and accoutrements to get the party started.
Set the bar
Get things rolling with a stocked bar cart on wheels for cocktail hour at a moment’s notice.
RH Restoration Hardware’s 1930s French Trolley Bar Cart ($1,295 at restorationhardware.com) is roomy and elegant, with a chic Parisian design, brass finish and two tempered glass shelves.
An affordable, mod version can be found in World Market’s Asher 2-Tier Rolling Bar Cart ($170 at worldmarket.com), with mirrored shelves and wide round sides in antiqued silver or gold metal.
If you plan to mainly entertain outdoors, consider the all-weather, wicker Stratford Insulated Cooler Cart ($250 at bedbathandbeyond.com). Two stemware racks and folding shelves accompany an 80-quart cooler with an insulated galvanized steel tub, plus a drain hole and hose for easy cleanup.
Serve in style
Set the stage for summer entertaining with Rosanna Inc.’s Paradise Botanical Leaf Tray ($46 at rosannainc.com), designed in Seattle, and made of porcelain and gold. It can hold snacks and tools, or just stand alone as a pretty and seasonal bar accessory.
Play it safe on the patio with Bed Bath & Beyond’s Tritan Shatterproof Drinkware Collection ($4 each), which re-creates traditional glassware — including margarita, martini and wine glasses — in unbreakable acrylic. Or introduce some aloha with the textured plastic Bed Bath & Beyond Tiki Drinkware ($3 each), in fun, vibrant hues. And don’t forget the Parasol Picks ($2 for 24 at World Market) for tropical flair.
Tote those drinks out to the party in a four- or eight-glass Easy, Tiger Glass Carrier ($25–$40 at easytigerco.com), which lets you transport a slew of slim beer or cocktail glasses with one hand and looks chic on the table once it’s unloaded.
Top it off
Help your guests keep their cool with individual ice straws you can make at home with the Ice Straw Mold Tray ($14 at urbanoutfitters.com).Home T
Perk up your pool party with the Seattle-designed TrueZoo Shark Tanked Bottle Opener ($9 at truefabrications.com), a mini great white shark whose jaws pop caps.
Set out the cheeky fiberglass Easy, Tiger Consider Yourself Served Tray ($30 at easytigerco.com) to encourage guests help themselves, or go hipster with the Portland-made, wooden Trixie & Milo Gentleman Octopus Serving Tray ($60 at trixieandmilo.com), featuring a cephalopod in a top hat.
Don’t cry over spilled milk, lemonade or beer — mop it up with handy Paper Source Birds Tea Towels ($17 for two at Paper Source, U District), which have a colorful bird design and bright blue tassels.
Keep your sips local and serve up 2bar Spirits’ Bourbon Whiskey ($48 at 2bar Distillery, Sodo, and 2barspirits.com), handcrafted in Seattle from 100 percent local grains, or Seattle brewery Stoup’s Citra IPA ($12–$15 for a growler at Stoup, Ballard, and Chuck’s Hop Shop, Greenwood), aka “summer in a glass.”
Or, for a quick, refreshing cocktail, mix Seattle’s Oola Chili Pepper Vodka ($30 at Total Wine and Oola Distillery, Capitol Hill), infused with locally grown Hungarian goathorn peppers, with all-natural, sparkling Mr. Q. Cumber Soda ($1 at World Market). Cheers!