Nothing quite elevates your hostess status like a well stocked, well styled bar cart. But between all of the options out there it can be hard to find the look that best suits your tastes. You also want to be sure to have a good balance of stylish details and functional benefits – all the cute straws in the world aren’t going to make up for a lack of, well, booze! So we’ve rounded up 5 tips to help you on your journey to bar cart perfection.

1.) Choosing the bar cart that best suits your style


Image via Decoist

2.) Start with the essentials


via A Beautiful Mess

The ladies over at A Beautiful Mess have an awesome tutorial on the essentials for stocking your bar cart based on your budget. For those starting on a small budget, they recommend:  “Investing in three different base spirits (choose your favorites from Whiskey, Vodka, Tequila, Gin and Rum). If you aren’t sure what you like yet, google some of your favorite cocktails to see what they are made with.” Such a great tip! They also recommend one bottle of bitters. Might we add that lemons, limes and cherries are an absolute must – there’s nothing like a garnish to make that cocktail perfect.

3.) Glassware


Via Sara Du Jour

Your glassware collection will take some time to curate, and that’s okay. You don’t want to rush this process. Take your time, hunt your local shops for vintage beauties and your collection will grow over time. To start, however, you’ll want the following: martini and champagne glasses, highball glasses for highball cocktails and mixed drinks and lowball rocks glasses for scotch and other spirits. If you want to get started right away, Anthropologie has a beautiful glassware collection with a mix of everything you need. Eventually, if you really want to get serious, you can start collection glass decanters to store your sprits in. These creates such a timeless, classic look for your bar cart.

4.) Embellishments, details and extras (AKA all the cute stuff)


Via Apartment Therapy 

Now it’s time for the fun stuff 🙂 Here is where you can really get creative with design. We love having fun straws, stirrers and tooth picks available for guests. You want to the basics such as an ice bucket, cocktail shaker and shot measurer, but you can also add extra special touches like sugar for glass rims and mint to muddle for mojitos. Your decor doesn’t have to be limited to drink related items either – fresh flowers, clocks and photos can add a personal touch to your bar cart design.

5.) Perfect your favorite recipe


via The Skinny Confidential

Now that you’ve got the cart, the glasses, the booze and the details, it’s time to perfect some signature drinks. If you’ve got a bar cart, you better be ready to mix some cocktails. Get the basics down, either by practicing at home or taking a fun cocktail making class. Then, work on perfecting a few signature drinks. We love this homemade sangria recipe from The Skinny Confidential. Bottom line? Have a few tricks up your sleeve and shake that cocktail shaker baby 🙂 What did we miss? Share pics and tips of your bar carts in the comments below!

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