While sitting in a restaurant having cafe in Vegas a couple years ago, I noticed a server pushing a bar cart around the restaurant that was filled with lots of different ingredients for mixing up a Bloody Mary or Mimosa to your liking. I remember thinking how a “mini mobile bar” like that would be such a fantastic element for a party too…. simply because it would add an element of out-of-the-ordinary FUN!
Well, I’m finally trying out a version of this idea myself, using a cool Wood and Brass Finish Bar Cart from Target. The concept is not exactly the same idea as what I first had in mind that day in the restaurant… because my house is about a football field or so smaller than that Encore cafe + has a couple stairs between all the rooms on the bottom floor, so “pushing a cart around the party” isn’t exactly super practical. ;) I still love the idea of having a mini bar station with a special drink in an unexpected spot that’s set apart from the rest of the drinks though – even if it needs to stay in one place! Added bonus – bar carts will double as fantastic home decor before and after your parties (styled up however you like)… and I’m pretty sure they’d be extra SWEET as the foundation for mini dessert stations too!
FESTIVE FOR FALL
Since fall holidays are in the air right now, I decided to start with a simple & festive fall party look here + a signature drink that’s perfect for both Thanksgiving and Christmas, not to mention so easy it’s almost ridiculous. (which I’m pretty sure is a good thing!) Here are some easy tips on how to pull this look together:
1. MAKE IT FUN
This cart is already pretty on its own, but I felt like it needed a detail added that definitively yelled “PARTY!”. The solution? Metallic paper circles punched from a sheet of gold scrapbook paper. I used glue dots to adhere them to the cart in random spots for a look reminiscent of giant gold confetti. (And yes, I’m already thinking this needs to reappear for a New Year’s Eve champagne toast too!)
2. SIGNATURE DRINK
It goes without saying that a bar cart should have a great drink to boast! And not only that – it should be the star of the show. I chose a super simple, yet tasty fall cocktail featuring spiced rum, sparkling apple cider, and pomegranate juice, then designed a quick signature drink sign to give guests instructions on how to mix it up. You can download the sign for free right here if you’d like to use it too! (more…)
/*posted by jenn s.
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