Check off the items on this list before throwing a party and you're guaranteed to please every guest at your party.
Stocked Bar
Credit: Abbi Masters

Save yourself some time and frustration by printing this organized list of bar essentials before you head to the store. You should be able to purchase everything on this list at your local package store, grocery store, and homegoods store. Feel free to tailor the list to your party specifications. Remember: when it comes to hosting a party it is wise to err on the side of over purchasing rather than under purchasing. There is a chance that you can return unopened items and unopened liquor and wine will keep well for future use.

  • Gin
  • Tequila
  • Bourbon
  • Vodka
  • Whiskey
  • Rum
  • Scotch
  • Mixers–Coke, ginger ale, club soda, tonic, cranberry juice, and orange juice
  • Wine–Red and White
  • Wine–Bottled Beer
  • Martini Shaker
  • Garnishes–Olives, lemon wedges, lime wedges, and cherries
  • Ice Bucket
  • Stirs
  • Napkins
  • Ice
  • Glasses–Shot glasses, wine glasses, martini glasses
  • Blender
  • Corkscrew
  • Bar Flair–Cocktail toothpicks and tiny umbrellas

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