Pop Fizzle Clink!!  Rosé All Day!! It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere!!  Specialty cocktails are on trend, so why not have a festive bar cart to bust out a  beverage or two. Check out these five ideas for outfitting a cart that looks as good as the cocktails you serve will taste.

1. Keep It Simple

You do not need to fill every inch of the cart with bottles—just focus on the essentials. You only need a few quality spirits to make classic cocktails.  Add in garnishes you love, a good set of cocktail tools, and some glassware and you are set. Buying fewer random pieces and decor means you can spend more money on higher-quality spirits. If you buy  multiple bottles,  choose only the prettiest or most interesting ones to display on your cart. You know the saying, Less is More!

2. Look Local

As long as the liquors taste good, try purchasing spirits from a small or local distillery that offers pretty packaging! You may find that your new favorite whiskey is from right across town.  Visit this site or this one for several well reviewed distilleries in Houston. If you are not staying local, it’s always fun to read the story behind the distillery or why it was created.  A few years back I was chairing a Kentucky Derby party and I loved learning about Four Roses Bourbon.

3. Use Accessories

Now is the time to play with color, pattern, and texture. Decorating with items like colorful straws or custom coasters can add a touch of your own taste while also being functional. I love Jacquelyn Reese cocktail napkins! These are a fabulous gift or a great way to customize your bar cart.  Fresh lemons or limes also add color while being useful. Vintage bar accessories such as cocktail stirs or picks are also charming additions.

4. Add Some Life

If there is extra space that needs to be filled, adding fresh flowers or greenery is a great way to bring interest to your cart, as well as fragrant scents. Add a small bouquet that complements your current decor or make room for a permanent plant. Trader Joe’s always has the best flowers at the most reasonable prices. If you are adventurous you could give your green thumb a try by growing your own herbs, such as rosemary, mint, or basil – these are perfect for adding to fresh cocktails!

5. Use Your Books

Cocktail recipe books are also a great way to decorate your cart.  They are functional in more ways than one.  The perfectly selected book can add a pop of color, or neutralize a busy display. Additionally, you can use them as a base to elevate a particularly pretty bottle. And of course you could use them to find your next favorite cocktail!

We are always having fun at Meadows Property Group and our office bar cart checks all these boxes!  Stylish and functional.  Stop by any time to celebrate with us!!