Friday, January 18

Happy Friday!!

I don't know how your week was, but my week is ending with wine, cocktails and friends!  With it still being winter and all ๐Ÿ‘Ž we decided on staying in and inviting friends over to enjoy adult beverages and appetizers.  Why deal with the cold, rain or snow when you can create a fun bar-like atmosphere at home!

I love entertaining at home and it's pretty easy to set the mood, the ambiance and the scene with just a few simple things.  Now, I know not everyone has a bar cart at home, even though they are on trend right now and just about everywhere.  From Target, to Crate and Barrel, you can find a functional bar cart to park in a small corner of your home for little get together's like this.

When you're not using it for company or a party, bar carts are a really good home decor item!  You can set a cute plant to it, maybe a stack of hardcover coffee table books, an array of candles on candlesticks or use it to display wines and spirits.  Versatile it is!

I created the design board above to give you a visual of the few things you need to use the bar cart for a quick informal get together.  Obviously you need a bar cart but if you don't have one, setting up on a small table or kitchen island is fine.....but promise yourself that one day soon, you'll pick up a bar cart.

1. Bar Cart: No explanation needed here -- although a suggestion; pick one with wheels.  This way you can freely move it around your house, or in the warmer months, move it outside for BBQ's, maybe as a condiment station, or a moving bar.  Just be careful and use outdoor glassware.

2. Marble Coasters: Really any material will do, but adding the marble coasters adds a touch of class

3. Ice bucket: Never forget the ice!  If you're making cocktails, you're gonna need ice.  Keep the ice in one neat spot by purchasing a small stylish ice bucket.

4. Wine Glasses:  I am HUGE on using actual wine glasses.  I love a beautiful, large wine glass.  It makes drinking wine more enjoyable and to be honest, yes, it does enhance the experience.  I would suggest setting out both stem and stemless wine glasses and then letting your guests grab what they prefer.

5. Marble Wine Chiller: Attractive and functional.  Don't skimp out on this essential piece!  Especially if you have white wine lovers over.  The wine chiller will really help to keep your white or red wine chilled.  You're going to have to go with marble as it gets super cold, really fast and stays cold for a long time, hence keeping your bottle of wine chilled.  This piece is also super attractive on your bar cart, table or countertop.  *Tip - Don't forget to place the wine chiller in your freezer 30 minutes before guests arrive so that it has time to get nice and cold.

6. Wine Decanter: I love these things....they make the bar cart look so sexy and vintage!  If you are a red wine drinker and like for your wine to breath, you cannot go wrong with a decanter.  Add a second if you are opening multiple bottles.  You'll use the decanter to serve your wine, instead of wine bottle.  It also lends to the wine drinking experience (Can you tell I really enjoy a nice glass of wine ๐Ÿ˜Š)

7. Straws: Yes, you are going to need straws if you are making cocktails.  Grab some pretty straws guys, not plastic birthday party straws.  You can find these at Home Goods, T. J. Maxx, Target etc.  Often forgotten, but definitely needed.

So that's all that you need to set up a really attractive and functional bar cart.  I promise you, with these few key pieces, your friends will be impressed and your little bar cart corner will be the talk of the evening.

Cheers! ๐Ÿท๐Ÿธ

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