My Top 5 Steps to Making Your Bar Cart Party Ready

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My bar cart plays a couple of different roles in my home. Most days it serves as a simple vignette, but when it comes to entertaining, it’s a hard-working party machine. If it’s happy hour, that sucka needs to be fully stocked. Boozy basics and fun mixers for guests to shake, stir and sip need to be on display. But how does one still make it look pretty? Stirrings asked me the same question, so today I’m sharing my 5 top steps to beautify a hard working bar cart and make your next gathering extra Insta-worthy.

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Broke Another One — Wine Glasses

Ah the wine glass…or as I refer to it — Big Karl (thank you Cougartown). Boy oh boy does that particular glassware get a workout around this house. But with heavy usage comes breakage. Sometimes they bite the dust in the dishwasher. Sometimes The Boy a guest has butterfingers. Even this girl has broken her fair share of wine glasses.

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After last year’s New Year’s Eve party, we were down to only a couple that survived, so we invested in two Riedel sets from Target. Nothing super fancy or flashy, but they had thinner glass felt good in my hand. As a plus, they all matched.

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Orange Blossom Cocktail Recipe

A great drink for fall or summer. This orange blossom cocktail recipe contains orange vodka, lillet blanc and sparkling sake. A great drink for a party, signature drink or just gathering with friends on the patio. Click through for the complete recipe on House Of Hipsters Blog!

Tuesdays are for __________. My answer? Cocktail time! I know, I know, it’s been such a long time since I shared a fun cocktail recipe, but I’m going to make it up to you by hitting you with a doozy. Now, normally after a couple weeks, I get bored with my cocktail of choice, and I have to change it up. But, this one has been on heavy rotation since my New Year’s Eve party. I thought the Champagne Smash was going to be the cocktail of choice that night, but boy was I wrong. Everyone kept saying, “Hey Kyla! Can you make me another one of those orange guys?” Sure thing! Comin’ right up.

A great drink for fall or summer. This orange blossom cocktail recipe contains orange vodka, lillet blanc and sparkling sake. A great drink for a party, signature drink or just gathering with friends on the patio. Click through for the complete recipe on House Of Hipsters Blog!

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Bar Cart Styling

The awesomeness of the bar cart was first introduced to me years ago by the always fabulous Mrs. Lilien. Her boozy concoctions always resting on beautiful brass and glass. I longed to sit poolside with her highness, in Palm Springs, dressed in a bright flowy kaftan, sipping libations, garnished with a juicy chunk of pineapple and a pink umbrella. Yes, I know, that was very specific. But then I awake from my fanciness to face the reality of my two young children. Ha! I love them, but that party on wheels is so not happening. Besides, I partake in a drink or two, but not enough to require a full on bar cart. The Boy is primarily a beer drinker…German beer…specifically Kolsch. Bar cart styling was not in my near future. Whomp. Whomp.

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Hugo Cocktail Recipe

As most of you know, I recently returned from visiting family in Germany. Taking the kids across the pond was slightly terrifying, but when I entered my in-laws home, I was promptly greeted with a Hugo cocktail. I had never had one before, but it contained champagne and smelled delicious. Well, it was just what the doctor ordered. For the Hugo cocktail recipe and a few more details on my vacation, head on over to Live Laugh Rowe today. BTDubs, is it happy hour o’clock yet???

Hugo Cocktail Recipe

 

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