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Want to impress your guests at your next gathering? Invest in a bar trolley.
These mobile beverage stations can be styled a ton of different ways and will always be adored.
There are a few essentials that every bar cart needs such as a decanter set, coasters, glasses, bar tools, drinks, napkins, and of course the trolley or cart.
Why a Bar Trolley is the Perfect Party Accessory
There are many decor trends that go in and out, but what seems to be ever-present in the background is a bar cart. They truly are the number one party accessory.
I recently threw a gathering without a bar cart and within moments of guests arriving regretted it.
Why? Because the beverage station (or corner of my kitchen counter) was not a user-friendly location at all.
You would think that putting the beverages in line with a buffet-style spread makes sense, but it doesn’t work.
Very few of us have the agility to walk from a buffet with a full plate, napkins, utensils, a beverage, and a cookie in our mouth back to a seat successfully. Every time I’ve attempted it, I wish I hadn’t.
It would have been so much easier if there was a drink station pulled right up to where we seated. Or, at least away from the buffet line so you don’t have to scoot and squeeze between other guests to get their drinks.
Why Use a Bar Trolley?
Not only is it a classic party accessory, the bar trolley it’s incredibly useful because of its mobility.
You can set up your cart, wheel it to a particular destination a the start of your event.
Let’s say, you’d like to offer everyone a drink as they enter. You can take their request, prepare their beverage while they get settled (find a seat, put their coat or purse down, etc.).
Or, you could offer to grab their coat and belonging and hang it for them and invite them to help themselves to the beverage station.
Later in the evening, you may move to another room or outside after dinner. The cart can go too!
If you’ve set up a fire pit and chairs outside to enjoy the summer night, have the cart nearby so you don’t have to interrupt the conversation by running back and forth into the house.
Most importantly, it will not get in the way of the food or force guests to make several trips back and forth to the buffet (or in my case, one very wobbly trip).
How Do You Style a Bar Cart?
You really can’t go wrong when it comes to styling bar carts and trolleys because much of it will contain are the essentials.
The beverages themselves (wine, beer, champagne, water, juice, etc) can be transferred into crystal or glass decanters. Glass or crystal decanter sets immediately make a statement.
They sparkle in the light and elevate every other decor piece around them. If you want to go over the top glam, pair crystal decanters with a mirrored tray and a stainless steel cart. It will be breathtaking.
Next, matching bar tools, ice bucket, and coaster set will help steer your overall look.
Then, add glasses, napkins, straws, and other cocktail accessories. Finally, add one or two decor accents.
Your cart will be pretty full at this point, so it’s a good idea to stick to a small flower arrangement or tray to bring everything together.
Do you have a bar trolley or a bar cart? Do you find it useful? Please comment below. I’d love to know.
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