This week we’re revisiting some of the most popular summer stories from the archives. Here’s one:
A few years back, while working on our latest book, Remodelista: The Organized Home: Simple, Stylish Ideas for All Over the House, we became obsessed with kits. Travel kits, tool kits, spice kits, kitchen wrap kits, clothes care kits, cleaning kits. Show me an empty drawer and I’ll show you how to create a neatly organized group of complementary objects that will prevent you from ever asking yourself: “Where did I put that thing again?”
One of our favorite kits for the kitchen is the Instant Cocktail Kit. It’s arguably the most fun to assemble and (not surprisingly) to use. Our theory is this: You’re more likely to throw an impromptu drinks or dinner party when your tabletop elements are kept at the ready in one place. Here’s a look at what’s inside (feel free to improvise and expand on this list).
Other AccessoriesFor more entertaining ideas, see our posts:
- Steal This Look: Dining Room at Lidkøeb in Copenhagen
- Steal This Look: Tiina’s Summer Tabletop Setting
- Steal This Look: A Springlike Tabletop in Puglia, Italy
N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran on December 5, 2017.
Frequently asked questions
What is a cocktail party kit drawer?
A cocktail party kit drawer is a dedicated storage space or drawer that contains all the necessary items and tools for hosting a successful cocktail party. It usually includes glassware, barware, cocktail napkins, and other entertaining essentials.
What are the essential items in a cocktail party kit drawer?
Some essential items in a cocktail party kit drawer may include: cocktail shaker, jigger or measuring glass, mixing spoon, strainer, muddler, bottle opener, corkscrew, cocktail picks, ice bucket, glassware (martini glasses, wine glasses, etc.), cocktail napkins, and a variety of spirits and mixers.
Why is having a cocktail party kit drawer beneficial?
Having a cocktail party kit drawer provides convenience and ensures that you have everything you need in one organized place when hosting a cocktail party. It saves time and prevents the hassle of searching for various items throughout your kitchen or home.
How can I create a cocktail party kit drawer?
To create a cocktail party kit drawer, start by selecting a designated drawer or storage space in your kitchen or dining area. Gather the essential items such as glassware, barware, cocktail napkins, and tools. Arrange and organize the items neatly within the drawer, using dividers or trays if needed. Labeling or categorizing sections can also be helpful.
Where can I find stylish cocktail party kit drawer essentials?
You can find stylish cocktail party kit drawer essentials at various home and kitchen stores, specialty cocktail supply stores, or online retailers. Some popular options include Williams-Sonoma, Crate and Barrel, Sur La Table, and Amazon.
Are there any additional tips for hosting a successful cocktail party?
Yes, here are some additional tips:
1. Plan ahead: Prepare a drink menu, gather recipes, and ensure you have enough supplies.
2. Create a theme or ambiance: Set the mood with decorations, music, and lighting.
3. Offer a variety of drink options including non-alcoholic choices.
4. Prepare some appetizers or small bites to accompany the drinks.
5. Don't forget to have a designated area for guests to dispose of used glasses and napkins.
6. Enjoy and socialize with your guests!