Nothing tastes sweeter after a long day in the hot sun than a glass of wine, mixed cocktail or cold bottle of your favorite drink. If you’re hosting an afternoon brunch or large social gathering in your home, we’re sure your guests will agree. That’s why having a home bar is such a treat. A designated space for serving drinks and socializing? Yes, please!
However, home bars take up a lot of room and can be difficult to integrate into kitchens or dining rooms. What do you do if your house is too small for a home bar, but you still yearn for the fun and stylish look a bar adds to your home? Create and style a bar cart for every occasion! Homemakers is here to help with bar cart ideas and styling tips.
5 Bar Cart Ideas & Style Tips
Creating a bar cart in your home adds a touch of luxury without taking up a lot of space. You can design one that fits a variety of design styles from rustic to contemporary. Whether you’re creating a gold bar cart like ours or building a DIY bar cart, you’ll love the convenience and style a bar cart adds to your home with these tips and ideas.
1. Choosing Your Trolley
Whether you’re hosting an afternoon tea with pastries and mimosas, a backyard summer BBQ or family get-together, having a bar cart is essential! Look for something that combines beauty with function, with features like wheels for mobility, shelves for storage and handles for easy maneuvering. Are you a wine connoisseur? Choose a bar cart with a wine rack and stemware storage. If you love making a variety of mixed drinks, choose a cart with extra shelves and drawers to hid tools, sodas and bottles.
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Though your bar cart has the convenient ability to be moved wherever the party is happening, you will want to find a designated space for it within your home for everyday use. Look for open spaces in your dining area or living room, placed against the wall or out of the way of traffic. It will add sparkle to the space that may otherwise be difficult to decorate.
2. Stocking Your Bar Cart
Much like your home design, your bar should be designed to fit your unique needs and tastes. Therefore, when stocking your bar cart with liquors and mix-ins, think about the drinks you love and will create most often.
You want to ensure you have the basics so that all guests have drink options they will love, but you also want to keep it simple by narrowing down and focusing on your own favorites. Start by choosing three basic liquors, adding a bottle or two of fun, flavored drinks and a handful of versatile additions. That way, you won’t fill every inch of the cart with bottles and tools. You’re the one that will use it most often anyway!
- The Basics: vodka, gin, rum, tequila and whiskey
- Extra Liquors: bourbon, vermouth, orange liqueur
- Mixers: orange juice, pineapple juice, grenadine, tonic water, bitters, soda
If you’re not a big alcohol drinker but still love the appeal a bar cart adds to your home, try creating a coffee station!
3. Essential Bar Cart Accessories
Having the proper tools makes a big difference in what drinks you serve and how wonderful they taste. Whether you’re serving mixed cocktails, margaritas or Moscow mules, you’ll want to have these basic tools and glassware available at all times. Since your cart has limited space, keep two to four of each glassware on your cart and store the extras in your kitchen or dining room for the larger gatherings.
- Ice Bucket
- Bottle Opener/Corkscrew
- Champagne Flute
- Wine Glass
- Shot Glass
- Martini Glass
4. Snacks and Sweet Treats
When guests are roaming about with drinks in-hand, you’ll want to make sure they also have plenty of sweet treats to snack on. That’s why we included a tiered tray on our bar cart, filled with flakey, fresh-baked pastries that pair wonderfully with cold mimosas. Whether they are homemade or store bought, displaying treats on your bar cart will make guests feel welcomed and at-home. Talk about a successful bunch gathering!
Once the party stops, however, you still want to add something to your bar cart that makes it feel fresh and ready for any spur-of-the-moment event. Add a bowl of fresh lemons and limes, a jar of hard candies or a tray of individually-wrapped cookies and crackers. Your guests aren’t the only ones who need to be spoiled and your family will thank you for the easily accessible treats.
5. Personalized Décor and Greenery
Space on your bar cart may be limited, but you should still add personalized décor that highlights your individual style. Try adding a stack of your favorite books or magazines, a decorative try or other quirky accessories. You can also decorate the area around the cart. Adding wall clocks, mirrors and artwork adds extra flair, completes the space and makes your cart look more at home.
Adding houseplants to your bar cart is another way of adding character. It also creates a fresh and inviting feel. Place a fiddle leaf fig or palm beside your cart or place potted flowers on the bottom shelf to add color. You can also add an indoor herb garden to your cart. Herbs like mint, rosemary and basil allow you to add unique flavors to your cocktails. Lacking the green thumb? We have permanent botanicals that give you a fresh look without the upkeep.
You can find all of this and more when you browse our seasonal marketplace! Our Des Moines showroom is filled with gorgeous décor for every personality, faux foliage to add life to every space and wall art for every room in your home.
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