Popping open a bottle of bubbly is a surefire way to get the party started. But keeping the party going is another story—even the most practiced sommelier will tire of pouring out bottle after bottle over the course of a night. Setting up a self-serve Champagne bar will not only stretch your bubbly supply with the addition of juices and liquors, it will also leave you free to mingle and actually enjoy your own bash.
So put some Champagne on ice, stock up on aperitifs and fresh juices, and gather some garnishes. Here’s how to set up the ultimate Champagne bar.
Step 1: Stock Up on Sparkling
Skip the high-end vintage Champagne. Instead, opt for a dry, non-vintage bottling, a domestic sparkling wine or even a good Prosecco or Cava. One bottle of bubbly is enough for about eight cocktails, so keep your RSVP list in mind when shopping.