Party Planning

How to stock a bar for a holiday party

One of the biggest challenges facing a holiday hostess is how to stock a bar.

It’s impossible to plan for every booze request you might receive. Instead, fill your bar with the items you’ll need for the most popular holiday party drinks.

Home bar essentials for the holidays


  • Vodka (Screwdriver, Black Russian, Moscow Mule)
  • Rum (Mojito, Daiquiri, Pina Colada)
  • Tequila (Margarita)
  • Whiskey (Whiskey Sour, Highballs)
  • Kahlua (Black Russian, Mudslide)
  • Irish Cream


  • Cabernet Sauvignon (red)
  • Sauvignon Blanc (white)
  • Chardonnay (white)
  • Merlot (red)


  • Lime juice
  • Orange juice
  • Pineapple juice
  • Club soda
  • 7-Up


You’re on your own for this one since every region in the country has its own favorite brew. Tip: Ice down a few of the most popular beers from your local craft brewery, if you’re lucky enough to have one.

Create a signature drink

It’s a good idea to have a signature drink to offer guests who don’t know what to request or just want to try something different. Also, a featured cocktail that’s easy to prepare can make an amateur bartender look like a pro!

Try this delicious drink for your holiday party:

Candy Cane White Russian


  • 1 1/2 ounces Vodka
  • 1 1/2 ounces Peppermint Kahlua
  • 2 ounces vanilla milk or regular 2% milk
  • Whipped cream
  • Candy canes, crushed


Fill a 16 oz. frosted cup halfway with ice. Add vodka and kahula; top with milk and stir. Garnish with whipped cream. Sprinkle crushed candy canes over the whipped cream.

You’re almost ready!

It’s also a good idea to have soda and water on hand for guests who prefer non-alcoholic drinks or are driving home.

Christmas Party Favors & Supplies

Have you thought about can coolers, coasters or barware? Make your bash extra special by personalizing these party supplies. Guests can take them home as favors! Shop our Christmas Party Favors & Supplies section for high-quality products and unique holiday designs.

Totally Promotional also has a ton of great party ideas on its Christmas Holiday Inspiration and New Year Holiday Pinterest boards. Check them out today!

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