Bar Cart Essentials

By catherine | March 27, 2013

I don’t know about you, but the unseasonably cold March weather in Dallas has me eager for spring-time! I’m ready to shed the layers and spend some time outdoors enjoying warm, sunny weather. Every year when spring rolls around I feel inspired to host friends and family for cocktails and dinner on the patio.

I’ve put together some organizing tips to help you prepare your bar for your first spring-time soiree!

First, you need to make sure your bar is stocked with all the right tools. House Beautiful has a great checklist of bar essentials. Assess what you currently have and make a note to add missing items to your collection!

Next, double check the cabinets. Display a few nice wine glasses, champagne and highball glasses. That way, they are easy to access when your guests decide to help themselves.

If you plan to make a specialty beverage for the evening, that’s great! I love these summer cocktail recipe ideas from Martha Stewart. Always make sure you have four main spirits: gin, whiskey, tequila and vodka as well as a few mixers.  That way, you have covered drinks for your most adventurous guests and those who simply want to stick to a basic cocktail. Also, make sure you have a bottle or two of wine (both white and red) and a few beer options.

Now that you have your basic components, it’s time to organize them!

I love using trays as a stylish way to both organize and store liquors and glasses. Displaying liquor in vintage decanters adds a touch of glamor and visual interest to your bar.

This is my current bar, I'm on the hunt for some glamorous decanters. The items on the wall are vintage flasks I collect! What do you think?

This is my bar, I'm on the hunt for some glamorous decanters. The items on the wall are vintage flasks I collect! What do you think?

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