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Seven Steps to Style a Summer Bar Cart

Posted on July 20, 2017

How to style a bar cart in seven easy steps

This late into summer, the evenings are getting longer and the days are getting hotter. That means the drinks need to get colder. Don’t settle for mismatched cups or lackluster glasses at your next summer gathering. Spark joy and swirl in a little fun by building the perfect bar cart to enjoy refreshing concoctions all summer long.

  1. Use Fresh Fruit

Fresh fruit, particularly citrus, like lemons, limes, and oranges bring a vibrant punch to any bar cart. Plus, they’re practical; keep fruits on your bar cart that you’ll use when making cocktails.

  1. Add Plants or Flowers (Or Both!)

Living things make any space feel more inviting, but on a bar cart, they spark the senses. The additional color and aroma is a tonic in itself. You can always grab fresh flowers, but we recommend adding herbs as well. A bouquet of fresh mint or basil is a refreshing and pretty way to garnish a summer cocktail.

  1. Bar Tools

You’ll need basic bar tools, some of which you may already have lying around in drawers: and ice bucket and tongs, corkscrew, bottle opener, shaker, strainer, and jigger.

  1. Glassware

Choose glassware based on what you enjoy drinking. If you love Moscow Mules (and  Kentucky and Mexican and Irish Mules, for that matter), grab copper mugs (and check out this amazing summer mule recipe). If you’re more into a gin and tonic or freshly muddled mojito, set out the highball glasses. Of course, you’ll always want a set of wine glasses on standby.

  1. Paper Party

Napkins aren’t the only attendees to the bar cart party. Replace plastic straws (which ultimately end up in landfills and the ocean) with paper straws. Not to mention, paper straws are infinitely more chic and can be purchased in a variety of colors and patterns to complement your bar cart decor.

  1. Spirits

A bar cart has five staples: vodka, gin, whiskey, rum, and tequila—take the latter at your own behest. In fact, take it all at your own behest. Fill your bar cart with what you enjoy, and maybe one or two other popular spirits for guests.

  1. Have Fun With It!

Love Art? Hang a painting. Bookworm? Toss a few of the classics on a shelf. Display whatever knick-knacks or collections you cherish to give your bar cart a personalized signature. Make it a space that incites joy every time your eye lands on it!

Of course, once you’ve styled your summer bar cart, you’ll want to invite the whole neighborhood over for cocktail hour. In need of a neighborhood? Let Brad Shoults help you find the perfect one today.

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