If you are nearing or past your Quarter-Life, then gone are the days it was acceptable to just have a liter of Smirnoff and some leftover Franzia as adequate "entertaining" beverages. The great news is, building a reserve of liquor helps cut down on runs to the store, plus it means you always have spirits on hand should you throw together an impromptu apartment happy hour.
These days, bar carts are the latest and greatest when it comes to libation creation, and I am all about the trend. Not only does it help you stay organized, but it brings a lot of "wow factor" to your place. Since purchasing mine, I have gotten dozens of compliments from friends and family - here's how you can get the same love for your home!
CREATE YOUR OWN BAR CART:
- Select a cart. Mine is from this awesome Minnesota-founded boutique called Target (home state joke). It was love at first sight, but there are plenty of options out there, plus this is an awesome opportunity for a little DIY project. Here is the one I picked from Threshold.
- Start stocking up on alcohol. Let's be real, good liquor is steep, and not everyone can drop $250+ in one stop just to build their reserve. Set a goal to purchase one bottle each time you do a grocery run. Make sure you get a variety of the staples - vodka, gin, rum, tequila, whiskey, bourbon - even if you don't drink it frequently. Check out a great list of bar essentials from The Kitchn.
- Pick your tools: I found this beautiful tortoise cocktail shaker at Pier1 right as I was purchasing items for my bar cart. The best part: it was (and still is) on sale! That never happens. Be sure to pick a shaker you love, plus some other tools to help you whip up some stellar drinks. Check out the list of recommendations from Studio Neat.
- Display some glasses. I used some that my grandma gave me, but you can find great sets of bar glasses anywhere. Moscow Mules are one of my favorite drinks, so I naturally have to have some mugs on display. You can snag these copper beauties from Pier1.
- Add some decorative pieces. Be sure to leave space to add your own personal touch. I chose to add a small cactus in a mercury pot, plus some Anthropologie boxes to store some items such as straws and napkins, and a little globe for a pop of color. These finishing touches really make the whole display stand out.
- CHEERS! You are all set to be the host/hostess with the mostest! I expect an email invite to shortly.