How To Style A Bar Cart: 10 Steps To Quite Literally Lift Your Spirits
Spring is in full swing and it is time to celebrate in style! Bar carts are quickly becoming a household must-have, and we have just the right ingredients for you to create a beautifully styled bar area perfect for throwing parties. We’re here to spill 10 easy tips & tricks that will have all of your guests toasting your bar cart style skills. Scroll on down to find out how to concoct the perfect cocktail station and shop the looks below for every drink-worthy essential needed to refresh your bar cart!
First thing’s first. If you don’t already have one, a bar cart is the number one item to check off on your shopping list towards drink dynasty! Every other element will be styled around this focal point. Be sure to invest in a bar cart that matches your design style and the space in which it will live in. Brass bar carts are not only a big trend this year, but it’s warm shine will reflect flawlessly with your multi-colored bottles of booze and shiny glassware!
Start by styling the surface area of your bar cart. How do you want to compartmentalize your barware? To create a visually pleasing scene, try layering your bar cart with various serving trays. Whether they differ in shape or color, these trays will add an extra dimension to your drink station while also functioning as an organizational accessory! These trays are also a great way to serve a few drinks to your guests on the go without moving your entire bar cart.
In order to make a drink, you need something to serve it in! Glassware is a bar cart essential. From vodka to champagne to wine to whiskey, every liquid requires a different vessel. It’s up to you which glasses you’d like to showcase. Whether you don’t have the storage or just want to display your unique favorites, glassware is a great way to get creative with design, texture, and color!
Since bar carts have open shelving, things can get quite messy. This is why it is great to have storage containers to keep everything organized in a fashionable manner! Mix it up with patterned bowls and boxes in order to hide corks or cigars. Decanters and wine racks are an alternative way to store your Merlot with much easier access.
There is so much that goes into making cocktails, you’re going to need all the tools necessary! Shake things up by incorporating different metal finishes for your barware. The quirkier the accessory, the cooler the appeal your bar cart has on your guests, like these pineapple shaped cocktail shakers and monkey handle tool sets.
Everything comes to life with a little decor! Add some life to your bar cart by displaying fresh lemons and vibrant floral arrangements. These fun finishing touches will bring softness to your space while also producing a yummy citrus garden aroma!
A bar would be nothing without the life of the party: booze! Collecting unique bottles from around the world is a great excuse to travel and get a taste of different cultures and their drink of choice. Even if you don’t drink Bombay Sapphire, it’s just so darn pretty to look at!
Top off your bar cart with a pop of art. Your stylish drink station can get a little lonely with all those bare walls. A statement piece is the perfect backdrop for your booze! Whether you want your artwork to scream “BAR” or not, filling that negative space would definitely give your bar some height and drama.
Hosting a party with little or no cocktail knowledge? Brush up on your bar-tending skills with these boozey books! Not every bar cart element has to be drink-related, so books of any genre is a great bar cart addition. They add some horizontal contrast to your predominantly vertical bottle arrangements and can be a great way to incorporate some color.
We can’t forget to light up this party! If you are dealing with a dimly lit space or just want to give your intricately styled bar cart the attention it deserves, incorporating a wall sconce or a table lamp is a genius idea. This also gives the bar cart more of a multi-functioning purpose as a side table for your living room.
So, there you have it! I hope this 10-step style guide has inspired you to design a bar cart worthy of fabulous parties and tasty cocktails! For more insightful tips, check out our friends at Havenly as they explain their bar cart styling ideas.
For even more inspiration, follow our Serving Stations Pinterest board!