DRINKS A LA BAR CART
ADDING A BAR CART TO YOUR HOME
I have always had a passion for finding one of a kind treasures at antique and thrift stores. This is an activity that I still enjoy doing with my family and friends on the weekend. I think it’s perfect for making your home or whatever project you are working on unique. St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner, so I decided to share some of the vintage pieces I have recently added to my bar cart. Hopefully, this will give you some ideas to create your own unique statement piece to share at your next party!
Before I dive into the details, I wanted to give you some advice on places to look for your own hidden gems. I started creating this bar cart in Michigan before I moved, daring I know. Luckily all the glass survived the move! Typically you can’t go wrong with always checking Salvation Army and Goodwill. I have found a lot of great stuff at these stores but you have to be prepared to search. I found most of the pieces on my cart in Grand Rapids, MI at the antique stores listed below:
STEP ONE | THE CART
Whether you use a cart or a different display, that is up to you. I personally wanted something simple, that had two levels and casters so I could easily move it around while entertaining. One of the best things about shopping at antique stores is most of the vendors will tell you the history behind the piece. For instance, the old clerk that helped me with my purchase told me a story I’ll never forget. The cart I selected, was previously used at a funeral home for refreshments during services. While hearing the old lady tell me this, I couldn’t help but to feel a bit uneasy. Was I about to buy a haunted bar cart? Now that I think about it, late one night I swore I heard the cart roll straight across the floor, with the clinking of glasses toasting. Just kidding, this isn’t some B-rated horror novel. Nonetheless, I took the cart home with me that day. I hope it’s new use for entertaining and bringing people together over drinks will bring it back to life!
STEP TWO | STOCKING THE BAR
Just one of the perks of being a part of the military family, is the tight knit community. I noticed right away after moving, how welcoming everyone was. This is my first time not living in the same state as my own family, so the support I have gained down here really helps. In order to build new relationships we enjoy entertaining friends and family through the week and on the weekend. Below, are just some of the mixers and alcohols we have stocked in our bar.
Alcohol | Vodka, Tequila, Gin, Whiskey, Bourbon
Mixers | Club Soda, Ginger Ale, Ginger Beer, Coca Cola, Sprite, Red Bull, Margarita, Pina Colada
STEP THREE | GLASSWARE ESSENTIALS
Depending on what you or your guest like to drink, glassware is a perfect place to add some interesting pieces to your bar cart. Since we enjoy craft beers, whiskey and mixed drinks I wanted to find something one of a kind for those different categories. So before I moved, I made sure to get some tall beer glasses from my favorite brewery in Michigan, Founders. For whiskey, I found some classic glass decanters that help dress up the bar. Lastly, I found some vintage black and white, Ford automobile glasses for mixed drinks. These are personally my favorite, especially after growing up so close to the Motor City. I love to support and represent Detroit whenever I can.
STEP FOUR | BAR TOOLS
Although bar tools are mostly generic, there is still room for some creativity. Coasters are a great place to start if you like visiting different bars and brewery’s. Ever since I turned 21, I have been collecting different coasters. I love displaying them on my bar cart because it’s a great conversation starter with guests. Glass trays for limes and lemons can also help dress up your bar. My favorite item is the centerpiece of my cart. It is an antique scale that I bartered for at a road-side antique shop. It still functions properly believe it or not, how accurate I’m not so sure.
I hope my bar cart has inspired you to go out and find some treasures of your own! Feel free to share in the comments below, your vintage pieces and the stories behind them. Hopefully you don’t have any spooky encounters, like me 😉