Cocktail Party Essentials
Whether you consider yourselves master mixologists or plan to occasionally host a few friends for an impromptu drink, you'll want a well-stocked bar. Glasses should be on the top of your list, closely followed by a bar set that includes must-haves, like a shaker, jigger, bottle opener and tongs. Don't forget the accoutrements too, such as appetizer plates, linens for your table, cheese boards and platters—all aimed at hosting a crowd.
Tip for the Taking: When it comes to entertaining, you'll want to add a few bigger-ticket items to your list—bar carts, for example, are trés chic. Planning on starting a wine collection? Why not register for a fancy wine fridge to stow all those bottles. While you're at it, you can even register for wine!
Photo: Barware, Lauren Ralph Lauren, Macy's; Bar Cart, Threshold, Target; Glasses, Mark and Graham