It's happy hour!
Baby, it’s cold outside! Time to trade light, summery salads for hearty, serious comfort food, and swap cooling cocktails for bone-warming beverages.
This time of year also requires extra supplies on hand, to be ready for unexpected guests as they emerge from the holiday hibernation.
Is your bar ready? Check out our tips below for how to style the perfect bar cart and warm-up that drink list for winter.
The Cart Itself
Start with this, of course! There are tons of options for carts out there, in different price ranges. A few things we recommend looking for: wheels, multiple shelves, and a bonus if you can find one with a lip or rail to prevent bottles or glassware from getting accidentally knocked off. There's a bar cart to suit every mixologist.
Every bar cart needs certain basics, but they don’t have to look basic. Opt for an uncommon decanter, or simply resort to beverages that come in striking bottles and make a big impact. Brass bottle openers, chic wine stoppers, and coasters should be enlisted, as should more colorful types of disposable items like straws and toothpicks.
A few random objects can be fun. Consider a brass piece to weigh down a pile of napkins or a candle to add some ambiance. The beauty is in the details.
Fresh Flowers and Fruit
Bring some life to the party. The addition of living things feels intentional and will do wonders in making your cart feel like it’s a part of your room’s design.
A Pop Of Color
Color, pattern, and texture all come into play when styling your bar cart. Most glassware you’ll find is devoid of color, but taking the time to find a few statement pieces in brighter hues will instantly make your bar car stand apart from the others.
The Midas Touch
There's something about brass that always keeps us coming back for me. Adding a touch of brass detailing to your cart instantly injects an element of warmth and texture.
Tell us your favorite tip in the comments below!