You may be wondering why I'm writing about something so seemingly trivial as toothpicks, but think about it, toothpicks are essential to a bartender. More importantly, toothpicks are a crucial component to my favorite cocktail, the vodka
Classic Martini

. The olives float chicly on the side of the angular glass. Without toothpicks the martini is incomplete. Vital to creating cool, stylish garnishes, your bar is not complete until you have a small box of toothpicks. Toothpicks come in about a million varieties and it's fun if you are hosting a party to get a set that go along with your theme. However for everyday use, plain old wooden toothpicks work fine as long as you have a sleek little toothpick holder. I love this silver one by Target that runs for the moderate price of $9.80.

For more picks,

Want something more than just boring wooden toothpicks? How about filling a little dish with these beaded bad boys that resemble needles? They come in every color imaginable, so you can pick a shade that coordinates with the look of your bar or the colors of your favorite cocktail. Depending on the style and size they range from a pack of 100 for $10-15.

Finally just in time for Spring and Mother's Day, check out these adorable tiny tulip toothpicks. Get 250 for your next party for $25.

Check out your local party supply store for more terrific toothpicks.