We can say with certainty that a bar cart will be the best thing to happen to your home during holiday entertaining season. Here’ why:
For one, they’re mobile, so they turn any room in your home into instant party central, and they can be stored in a corner just as easily when you’re guests have gone home. Plus, a well-stocked bar cart makes your job as hostess easier. Put everything your friends and fam will need to make their own cocktails (including glassware, stirrers, and shakers) on the cart, and you’ll keep ’em out of your cupboards (and your hair). Last but not least, bar carts are trending in a major way right now, so when the party is over, you can leave your cute little cart in your entryway, in front of a window, in the kitchen, pretty much anywhere, and it’s guaranteed to look stylish and intentional.
Here’s what you’ll need to style a party-perfect, picture-perfect bar cart of your own.
1. The right cart. You can either buy one intact (we love this and this), or get crafty and DIY it (which is simpler than you’d think, check out these cool tutorials). Whether you go the store bought or DIY route, choose a cart that has at least two tiers for the right amount of storage.
2. Booze and mixers. We’d recommend putting out a well-edited selection that goes with the theme of your party, like the ingredients needed for the night’s signature cocktail, plus maybe a beverage dispenser with a mixed drink, or a few bottles of wine. This make the most of the limited space on the cart, and it’ll keep your party feeling well-planned and cohesive.
3. Glassware (or plastic-ware), shakers, and an ice bucket. A well-stocked bar cart includes all the glasses guests will need to be their own bartender. Another reason it’s a good idea to keep your drink selection limited, since it cuts down on the glassware options you’ll need to have on hand. Be sure to also set out anything needed to make the drink, like an ice bucket, a cocktail shaker, or stirrers.
4. Décor. When the bar cart is in use, add decorative elements with things that have a functional purpose, too. Think a tumbler full of striped straws, garnishes displayed in pretty glass bowls or vases, and decorative trays that can also corral the different serving elements. When it’s not in use, add coffee table books, fresh flowers, or candles. The best displays mix items in a variety of heights and styles to keep tings interesting, but maintain a cohesive color scheme.