If you’re lucky enough to have a full bar with well-trained and courteous bartenders, let us just say this to you: La Ti Da. Aren’t you fancy! We kid, we kid, but most of us are content to entertain with a bar cart. Between the bar cart itself and the various accessories you can include on said cart, it can be fun to let it be a reflection of your personality. Are you a newbie to this? Not to worry. Read on to find out how to adorn your first bar cart to go above and beyond in making an impression on your guests.
Bar carts are especially fun in the summertime so, if your party is during those warm months, take advantage of the season’s fresh greenery and flowers. Adorn your bar cart with draping plants and/or a sweet vase filled with gerbera daisies. People will “ooh” and “ahh” over the simple yet succulent touch that will take that ordinary cart to extraordinary.
Fancy Schmancy Booze Holders
It’s a bar cart, so of course it’s going to contain your beverages of choice. That doesn’t mean you have to serve it Plain-Jane style. Pop champagne and wine into an ice bucket with panache. Consider a stunning stainless steel option, or make a real statement with a truly unique copper ice bucket. Put your glasses on a magnificent mirrored tray and use a mason shaker pineapple tumbler in bright gold. Life is too short to be boring.
Have some craft beer aficionados coming to your soiree? Blow their minds with these statement growlers from Etching Expressions. Personalize them with a message like “Dan’s Fab 40th “ to commemorate the occasion, or go with a joke to incite laughs the whole evening. Wanna go big in making an impression on your guests? Go growlers.
Color Yourselves Happy
As thisHGTV article notes, a color theme helps your bar cart look sleek and sophisticated. Tie in those green plants with a bowl of limes, or match your tumblers to your ice bucket. Bring out your inner-Martha with a bar towel that matches your vase of daisies. Cuteness overload! Any which way that you go about it, your guests will know that you’ve gone above and beyond. Make sure to put it on display before the drinking games begin, however, as it might not make quite as memorable an impression otherwise.
Accessorize, Accessorize, Accessorize
Bar carts aren’t huge so you don’t have a ton of freedom to accessorize on top of your greenery and booze, but you can still bring a personalized touch here and there. Don’t go overboard, of course, as there is something to be said for keeping it clean and uncluttered. Small touches will make all the difference, however, like these cheeky cocktail napkins, or a votive with a lovely candle. Pinterest even has free printables that you can use to reflect whatever occasion you are celebrating.
If your bar cart will be in one place the whole evening, make sure to put in in front of something eye-catching. Think a contemporary piece of art, a modern mirror, a succulent wall (if outdoors!), or a chalkboard. Imagine how much fun it would be to have each guest sign it and send a message about the party.
Don’t Forget the Necessities!
We love to go above and beyond with artistic flair but, when it comes down to it, your guests won’t be happy if you forget the necessities! Make sure you’ve got the wine opener, cocktail shaker, jigger, bottle opener, muddler, and everything else you might need for entertaining. Hopefully, your bar cart also has the slots that allow your wine glasses to hang upside down. Again, this allows for more space for you to let your decorating personality shine through.
Wondering how to adorn your first bar cart? Follow these tips and you’ll be the belle of the ball, or at least the belle of the bar.