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Sweet Ways to Stack Your Bar for Summer

Sweet Ways to Stack Your Bar for Summer
Rayme Wells

If you love to entertain friends, you may be thinking of setting up a summer bar… or maybe you already have a bar set up, but it needs a serious upgrade. Either way, NFM is the perfect place to look for new gear, like outdoor bars, bar seating, bar carts, coolers, glassware, serve ware, cutting boards, bar towels or wine openers – and if you are shopping for a new granite counter top for your built-in bar, NFM can help with that too!

If you are planning to entertain a large group of thirsty friends this summer, you might want to use our Folding Trolley in Silver to transport all those heavy cases of beer, wine and whiskey. Bags of ice and the fruit for sangria can get pretty heavy, too. Don’t break your back before the party even starts!

To hold those delicious beverages, NFM offers a variety of drinkware like the Anchor Hocking Company 16-Piece Manchester Clear Glass Drinkware Set  along with wine glasses, plastic tumblers for poolside drinks, and even metal drinkware like the 2 Piece Hammered Copper Moscow Mules.

You can serve shots with lime, salt and true style thanks to the Cantinero Shot Glass Serving Tray in Acacia, and you’ll have your wine bottles ready to pour in three seconds with the Vertical Houdini Wine Opener in Metallic Red, leaving you time to polish the glassware with some white Cotton Flour Sack Towels.

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Where will you be serving all those drinks? There are so many choices!

For outdoor self-serve parties, you’ll love the standing Steel 20-Gallon Party Cooler Cart with plenty of room for bottled drinks, ice and extra supplies.  For a tropical atmosphere on the patio, how about setting up the Bali Hai Tiki Bar with Wood Slats in Eucalyptus? Another option is the sturdy and stylish Coco Palm Patio 3-Piece Bar Group which can also be purchased without the two chairs.

Remember, home bars don’t need to be used exclusively at night. Midday brunches with mimosas are great, too. I have never been much of a drinker, but if you offered me a mimosa, I would not turn you away.

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Home bars don’t need to be just for alcohol, either! There are other fun refreshment bar ideas you might consider, like an espresso bar. You can practice making those fancy swirls in your cup with the Espresso Expression 13-Piece set, made of durable stoneware.


Or how about a smoothie bar, or even a flavored “spa water” bar?

For that spa feeling, you might add some citrus or cucumber slices to your water — or take the time to freeze some fresh berries, cut fruit or edible flowers into ice cubes, to add natural color and unexpected flavor combinations. An elegant serving cart can help create that luxurious spa atmosphere.

Or how about a simple lemonade bar? Our Mason Jar Glasses with Straws would be perfect for some refreshing, ice cold lemonade, especially if children are included. Looking for that country feel to serve your lemonade? The 3-Tier Metal Kitchen Cart in White will have just the antique look you want. Agua Fresca and Arnold Palmers would also be delicious, served from a fun and colorful bar cart like the Loft Trolly Server in Yellow.

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Whatever your taste or style, NFM can help stock a bar that is sure to leave you and your guests feeling relaxed and refreshed this summer!

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