I just returned from a quick trip to Key West, so I have beachy style (and warmer days!) on the brain. So when Target asked Design Happens bloggers to dream up an ideal spring bar cart with a coastal twist, I thought of one word: Simplicity.
As spring days heat up, I love to host small gatherings with just a few friends. Full-size bar carts are gorgeous, but you don’t need to stock a full bar for a casual affair. That’s why I decided to transform one of my favorite side tables into an easy-to-create, affordable bar cart stocked with repurposed items. You may even have most of the materials on hand! Here’s the finished product:
Ready to style your own faux bar cart? Here’s how to do it.
Find the right table. A small table with two or more open levels is ideal for a pint-sized faux bar cart. (This one serves as my bedside table in the cooler months.) Once you’ve shopped your home for the perfect table, move it to your sunroom, deck or patio to give guests easy access to beverages. You can even add casters on the bottom to move it from place to place with even more ease.
Pick a theme. A loose theme ties your bar cart together and helps you choose the cocktail and the decor. I was inspired by both the hue and the flavor of in-season Meyer lemons. Since I have a lot of red-orange and turquoise pieces in my home, I decided to accent the cart with accessories in those hues.
Gather the essentials. With your theme in mind, shop your home for essentials. Here are the basics you’ll need to stock your cart:
- Signature cocktail ingredients
- 1-2 non-alcoholic beverages
- Bottled beer (optional)
- Shot glass or shooter glass for measuring ingredients
- Container to chill cold beverages
- Drinking glasses for the group
- A serving tray
- A hand towel to clean up spills or drips
- A piece of art or fabric to display behind the cart
Use what you have. Take a walk around your home and make a mental list of what you already have on hand. Don’t limit yourself to traditional barware: I repurposed a colorful tart pan as a serving tray, and hung a springy scarf as an impromptu curtain. Large terracotta flower pots make fantastic drink chillers. (Choose one without a drain on the bottom.)