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Summer Party: How To Set Up An Outdoor Bar

The best outdoor parties include a self-serve drink station so no one gets stuck tending bar. Here are three tips for your next event.

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The best outdoor parties include a self-served drink station so no one gets stuck tending bar. Here are five easy tips for your next summer party. [MUSIC] First, mix new and old. This bar has a mishmash of vintage and modern glassware. Choosing a single color brings the collection together. The pink-hued glassware coordinates with the table cloth, a simple cotton sheet dyed with berry colored stripes. Next, make the most of in-season fruit with a homemade punch. This sweet and savory mix combines a cup of sugar, two cups lemon juice, one and a half cup of peach nectar, four cups cold water, and four sprigs of lemon thyme. And of course, fresh peaches and lemons. Third, drape a pretty linen cloth over the drink container to keep bugs at bay. Tie weights at the corners of the cloth to anchor it, such as copper washers. Step four, choose a few summery white and rose wines, and keep them chilled on ice in a pretty bucket. Finally, in place of classic bar nuts, try iced fruit. Cherries, strawberries, or grapes make a fresh bar-side snack. They also make a fun garnish for drinks. Use these tips for your next outdoor bar, and you can spend the party mingling with your guests.