As a self-professed fan of a tipple or two, I love the fact that the so called “bar cart” is currently very much in Vogue and that there are whole forums dedicated to how best to style yours! Just genius!
I’ve re-named the bar cart my #tipsytrolley and if you follow my Instagram @fabnfitforty (don’t forget the n in the middle as fabfitforty was already taken on Instagram) then you’ll know that scouring the archives and curating a collection of stylishly created tipsy trollies is one of my on-going themes.
I have to admit that my home is currently sadly lacking one. I have what you would probably call a tipsy shelf instead! It is of course delightfully designed, displaying the obligatory few bottles of spirits, shot glasses, a few Mexican inspired Catarina’s, a sparkly skull and of course, the mandatory vase of fresh flowers that every self-respecting bar cart requires.
So today’s little blog piece is all about how to style the perfect bar cart for year round entertaining with some visual treats taken from my self titled Tipsy Trolley Pinterest board to inspire you to create your own.
The problem round here is that the bottles of alcohol on display tend to be mostly empty!! #lush
But first, before I get into bar cart styling for the 21st century, I remember only too well the wooden drinks cabinet of my youth. It was like an Aladdin’s cave. A treasure trove of temptation! Mum and Dad had a marvelous cabinet with pull down sections hiding mirrored paneling and various shelving where their pride of place Waterford Crystal was displayed, their B&D engraved tumblers from their wedding day and a veritable bevvy of bottles in all different colours, shapes and sizes that were so enticing (and of course completely off limits) to my sister and I.
We may, yes we may, have sneakily taken a taster of Southern Comfort when Grandad Harry was baby-sitting one Sunday night! So the bar cart for me stirs up strong memories of a wonderfully happy and joyful youth and of fabulous family times and get together's. As we got older, we were on whiskey duty for Grandma Dot! If she was looking after us, we’d open up the cabinet and fix her a whiskey and dry with a side chaser of pork pie!! Happy happy days!
So, back to today’s tipsy trolley!
First up, you need to get ORGANISED.
Just like planning out any space in your home, your tipsy trolley needs to start with a well thought out and executed plan. What theme are you going to adopt? Do you have trays or dividers to create dedicated zones! What glassware and other curiosities are you going to pull together to uniquely style your bar cart and imprint your personality and that of your home on it?
It should be simultaneously both stylish and organized.
COLOUR. Play around with different colours, patterns and textures. Add some prettily packaged bottles or shot glasses, napkins or coasters to give your trolley a pop of colour and eccentricity. Consider moving your favourite spirits into brightly coloured decanters to create a lovely theme.
PRESENTATION. Don’t be afraid to show off! Use your tipsy trolley to display more than just your liquor! Adding some fresh flowers will give it a finishing feminine touch or display your cart immediately under one of your favourite pictures or an interesting neon sign. A friend of mine has a fantastic GIN O C’LOCK one over her bar cart and it looks just fabulous.
VINTAGE can look just gorgeous – search flea markets and thrift stores for stylish vintage inspired or retro consoles and tables that can make great bar carts when given a little bit of TLC.
You should have all of these readily at hand!
Selection of glass ware and Flutes
IS IT ON THE TROLLEY?
Be prepared for guests and have a selection of the usual favorites to hand
and ALWAYS champagne!
So to summarise, your tipsy trolley should be an extension of your own personality and fit in with your overall home décor.
Make sure that you have pretty glassware, an interesting decanter, an ice/champagne bucket, various liquor bottles, cocktail shaker, a quirky piece of memorabilia, art work and something living (i.e. flowers or in the case of this image, a Cat!).
Most of all, have fun styling your tipsy trolley and even more fun taking a drink from it with your friends.