Beverages

Anatomy of a Bar Cart

how to style a bar cart

We love a well styled bar cart for lots of reasons, but mostly because they make your home look party ready 24/7. Here’s our step by step guide on how to style a bar cart to keep your home feeling like party central.

Step 1 // The Cart

There are so many styles of bar carts anymore, you’re bound to find one that fits your style and budget. We used a thrifted find for the shoot, but we’ve linked some other faves from around the interwebs below.

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Step 2 // Art

If your cart is set up against a wall or window, then you have a great opportunity to add some height to your display. Our vintage mirror collection overfloweth so naturally one of our faves found its home here.

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Step 3 // Trays

The trick to making any vignette feel put together is by adding layers. Bringing in trays is an easy way to do that while introducing a new texture or two. A metal bar cart can feel a little sterile, but add a woven tray? Hubba, hubba. Comfy cozy.

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Step 4 // Barware & Accessories

This is where we take it to the next level, kids. Grandma’s crystal decanter that’s been collecting dust? Boom, she has a home. Pro-tip: books are a cheap and easy filler, and if you turn them around so the pages are showing, the color of their spine won’t mess with whatever color scheme you have going on. Here are some more of our favorite accessory ideas:

  • vase w/ flowers

  • stack of bowls

  • basket

  • books

  • coasters

  • bottle opener

  • martini shaker

  • decanter

  • pitchers

  • tea towel

  • cocktail napkins

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Step 6 // Details

Almost there! Time to fill’er in. Fresh fruit is a cute addition and fun to change out with the seasons, maybe pears in the winter? Herbs in the spring? Go cray. Also I’m quite positive I’m not the only 30-something that still chooses a new wine by it’s cute label, so go ahead and put those cuties on display too.

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Camping Essentials for the Non-Camper

Camping. The very word makes me want to run straight to the wine aisle. Camping with kids? How many Black Boxes do you think I can fit in that tent trailer?

I kid, typically I have a pretty ok time roughing it for a couple days, but the logistics of taking it on with small children can get very overwhelming, very quickly. We've been spending a lot of time in the wilderness this summer, so I thought I'd share some of my favorite gear and tricks that keep this mama a happy camper.

summer camping essentials

Camping Attire Essentials

baseball cap // By day 3 my hair is a textural combination of dry shampoo, nature, and residual sunscreen. Just pull it back babe.

comfy shorts // I'm usually more of a dress gal myself, but the physical endeavors that camping requires (climbing in and out of a tent while hurdling sleeping bags and duffels could be an Olympic sport) means a little more coverage is needed in order to avoid the unintentional flash to your husband's uncle. Sorry, Bernie.

a bra that won't drive you crazy // On a related note, keep those girls in and happy with this cute option. Don't worry about the crazy tan lines it could cause - you will look like a disaster at this point anyway. 

What To Consume While Camping

wine in a can // Slightly more discreet than pulling straight from the box tab. #butblackboxforever

water in a very large bottle // Surely you'll need to hydrate because hiding from the heat is not an option. This bad boy packs a whole liter to keep over heating and hallucinations about hotel rooms at bay.

Camping Gear

something to keep you warm // You've been sweating it out all day, but inevitably by the time the sun sets, you're shivering like a leaf in October. I'm telling you, camping is not great for your health. Cover two bases with this towel that feels more like a blanket.

a floatie // Basic? Maybe. But give me a cute flotation device plus a cold beverage and I can endure even the most treacherous of camping circumstances. If you've ever had to change a swim diaper blowout in the middle of the woods, then you know what I'm talking about. Pass the wine can.

4 New Ways to Rosé All Day

Guys - the sunshine is here, and let me tell you: I am feeling fine. As much as I enjoy a good sweater snuggle sesh, it feels good to switch things up to the lighter and brighter, which, of course, includes my evening glass of vino. 

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That’s right ladies, rosé season is finally upon us and our growing obsession with that pretty pour is not in vain. What’s not to love about a varietal that’s affordable, versatile and, most importantly, delicious? Not that you need one more reason to love your go-to pink drink, but if you’re looking for a few new ways to get your swirl on this summer, check out my new favorites: 

In a Cocktail

Rosé is perfect on it’s own, but it’s pretty pink hues, balanced acidity and subtle fruitiness make it the perfect base for a cocktail. My suggestion is to keep it simple cause if it ain’t broke don’t fix it. This recipe is super tasty and your fridge is already likely stocked with La Croix. 

Sparkling 

Pop, fizz, clink… gulp? I’m pretty sure it goes something like that. A fun way to mix up your rosé habit is to get fizzy with it (Na na na na – nana na). Whether it’s straight up or combined in a cute concoction, it’s the perfect way to toast to warmer weather. This sparkling rosé with a rose petal garnish is giving me full heart eyes. Be still my beating boozy heart.  

Frozen 

If you didn’t catch on to the frosé trend last summer, fear not! There’s still time to get your slush on. You could try to make your own, but I hear that drinking the ingredients can really hinder the process. Thankfully, my friends (I like to think of them as friends) over at Pops have gone ahead and made them for us. Maybe they’re my best friends? 

40oz (For Real) 

In my experience, wine that looks like it belongs behind the counter at a gas station does not have ‘grapes’ as the first ingredient. So, understandably, it took me a while to get onboard when I saw that familiar forty ounce bottle. But, hey, I like a drink that doesn’t take itself too seriously. Not to mention the air of mystery you can create when drinking it curbside or on a park bench. Who’s the woman? Where’s she going? What’s in her (paper) bag?  

 

Cheers!