How and what you stock your bar cart with is a matter of personal preference. As long as you have the base — the bar cart — you can adorn it with all different fixings! Use our tips to build your perfect bar cart that will stand out for any occasion!

Start with the cart:

You can find beautiful bar carts in many stores and online. Stores like Target, Amazon and Walmart have a great variety of bar carts for every aesthetic and price range. Our personal favorite is this one from Target!

Next, the accessories:

The top of your bar cart should look classy and put together. You can put a number of bar cart accessories and items that will make the top of your cart beautiful and functional. Here are some thing that you might want to include:

  1. 5pc Bar Tool Set With Stand Gold $29.99, Target
  2. Keep a bowl of fresh fruit handy for garnishes or a splash of flavor!
  3. “Tequila Mockingbird: Cocktails with a Literary Twist” by Tim Federle $10.24, Amazon.com
  4. Keep glass cups upside down on the top shelf for whiskey and mixed drinks, and keep a stack of cocktail napkins handy.
  5. Decorate with a vase of white hydrangeas for an elegant touch.

Finally, the bottom shelf:

On the bottom shelf of your cart, you want to keep your assortment of alcohols, more glasses and a cocktail shaker. You want to be prepared to accommodate all of your guests tastes. Here are some of our tips when it comes to the alcohol you display:

  1. Poker night? Include a smooth bourbon, whiskey and scotch to share around the table.
  2. Hosting a game day party? No problem! Mix it up with vodka, tequila, whiskey and bourbon. You may also want to incorporate a fun mix of beer and ciders.
  3. If you don’t intend to share, don’t put it out. There’s nothing worse than having “giver’s remorse” on a favorite and hard to find scotch!
  4. Dinner party? Up the stakes with your higher end spirits for an elegant treat, and place a bottle of Champagne on ice.
  5. If hosting ladies night, you may prefer to have flavored vodkas, sweet mixers and a bottle of your favorite rosé chilling.

by Nicole Irving