Whether you’re hosting a dinner party, game night, or a morning brunch, a portable bar cart is perfect for your new home. A chic and fully stocked bar cart will not only impress your guests but also keep the conversation flowing naturally from room to room and the drinks flowing right along with it. We’ve compiled a few helpful tips to get you started in prepping the ultimate stylish bar cart.
Step #1: Choose Your Cart
When shopping for your cart, make sure to choose a cart that fits with the overall aesthetic of your home since you’ll be rolling it from room to room. There are tons of serving carts on the market today to choose from. Vintage styles can be found in antique or thrift stores, or shop new with LuxeDecor’s wide selection of gold and brass bar carts that add a touch of glamour to any space.
Step #2: Start With Glassware
Selecting the right glassware for your new home is a key step in setting up your bar cart. Having a variety of glassware on hand is good idea if you tend to drink a variety of spirits. You can store all your glassware in your kitchen and stock the glasses you’ll need for your party on your cart. Flute glasses are perfect for mimosa at brunch, while rocks glasses are essential in making a good old fashioned. When shopping for glassware, we recommend choosing a decorative set—perhaps gold-rimmed or patterned. If uniformity isn’t your thing, go for an eclectic mismatched look by choosing glassware in different colors and patterns.
Step #3: Stock Your Spirits
Instead of buying one of everything in the liquor aisle, curate your selection of spirits based on what you actually drink. Your bar-cart spirits should reflect your personal taste. If you hate gin, don’t stock it in your cart (unless you’re hosting a bunch of gin-lovers). For an extra touch, look for craft or artisan spirits from local distilleries. Your spirits will be a reflection of your hometown, and a great talking point at your next dinner party.
Step #4: Don’t Forget Your Tools
If you’re planning on making mixed drinks, you’ll need a few tools to make your crafted cocktails. Even if you’re a beginner bartender, you should have a shaker, a strainer, and a jigger handy. If you consider yourself more of a mixologist than a novice, feel free to stock more advanced tools.
Step #5: Add Personal Style & Accessories
A bar cart is such a fun element of your party that you should take every chance you can to add your personal style. Decorative paper straws and colorful cocktail napkins are an easy way to add flair to your cart. To make a bigger statement, spring for an ornate tray, small sculpture, or fresh flowers. A few decorative elements will go a long way, so don’t skimp on the details! Your new home will look fun and fresh with this must-have bar cart.