Having a functional bar cart requires some items to make it, well, functional, but it’s also fun to jazz it up a bit. This doesn’t mean that you have to buy extra items, buy items that are useful with a shot of whimsy!
Leave out your favourite glasses. Right now, I’m still using our Bride and Groom stemless wine glasses because newlyweds, yay! But, I’ll be switching them out for two adorably purple champagne flutes that just makes the whole cart more appealing. Instead of keeping them in a cupboard or on the shelf, display them for all to see.
Other useful items: a serving tray, ice bucket, wine bottle opener, corks, extra glasses, towel.
I know, I know, this is a hot topic. And, believe me, I’m not advocating the use of plastic straws. But, people love straws in cocktails. It’s hard to break out of that habit, and if a totally strawless home is something you’re doing, that’s great! Me? I’m going the more eco-friendly route. Paper straws (in pinks and golds!) and re-useable straws are happily bunched together in a big ol’ glass, ready for people to plunk into their drinks.
I have a painting (obviously a print) of Chanel over my bar cart that adds to the atmosphere. Hanging art above your bar cart, or putting a cute saying – I’m partial to Pop, Fizz, Clink – inside of a gilded picture frame right on the cart itself can jazz up the whole serving station.