A few weeks ago, we covered “The Art of the Bar Cart” event hosted by Macy’s Culinary Council at Macy’s in Walnut Creek, California. During this fun-filled event, mixology expert, blogger and stylist Ashley Rose Conway of Craft & Cocktails shared her expert tips on bar cart styling and inspiring cocktail recipes. In today’s entertaining guide, we share Ashley’s inspiring ideas on how to style a bar cart. Plus, learn how to whip up one of her tasty cocktails.

How To Style a Bar Cart - Inspiring Ideas from a Mixologist - Ashley Rose Conway of Craft and Cocktails

As a mixology expert, Ashley launched her blog in 2014, which is devoted to the art of making and shaking. For the past 5 years, she’s worked crafting & producing shoots for the craft blog Oh Happy Day, assisting with photo shoots, creating cocktail recipes, and working on social content for clients with Apartment 34, as well as managing Makeshift Society including social media, parties and day to day happenings. In addition to writing her blog and guest speaking, she also writes a column on Sugar & Cloth and contributes to a variety of online publications.

How To Style a Bar Cart - Inspiring Ideas from a Mixologist

How To Style a Bar Cart

If you enjoy entertaining, it’s worth your while to have a bar cart in your home. Not only does it make it easier to whip up drinks and entertain guests, it enables you to beautifully display your liquor, glassware, and bar accessories. From choosing a color of style theme to selecting glassware and accessories, here’s how to masterfully style a bar cart.

How To Style a Bar Cart - Inspiring Ideas from a Mixologist

Choose a Color or Style Theme

To style your bar cart, pick a color or style theme. Do you prefer vintage glamour or modern chic? Are you into luxe metallics or playful, whimsical accents? Whatever your style preference, having a theme in mind will help you select the best bar cart and accessories to suit your taste.

How To Style a Bar Cart - Inspiring Ideas from a Mixologist

Select Glassware & Accessories

Since a bar cart needs to be functional (as well as pretty), use it to stock your entertaining essentials. From shakers and mixing tools to tumblers and decanters, choose glassware and bar accessories that reflect your style.

  • Want to be witty? Use glasses with fun slogans (like “Call Me Old Fashioned”).
  • Want a little sparkle? Opt for glam gold-rimmed glassware and crystal decanters.
  • Practical storage items can be pretty too! Clear glass vases are great for displaying fresh fruits. Tool caddies help you keep your bar tools neat and tidy.

How To Style a Bar Cart - Inspiring Ideas from a Mixologist

Add Fresh Flowers & Inspiring Decór

Fresh flowers and inspiring decór are always a good idea. Add color, vibrancy, and style to your bar cart with these novel accents. Playful pieces like a shiny gold pineapple or a chic picture frame add a dose of personality.

How To Style a Bar Cart - Inspiring Ideas from a Mixologist - Cocktail Recipe

Inspiring Recipe: Just Peachy Bramble

Cocktail Recipe above by Ashley Rose Conway, Craft and Cocktails

Serves: 1

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1½ oz gin
  • ¾ oz creme de peche
  • 1½ tablespoons apricot jam 
  • 1 tablespoon plain greek yogurt
  • ½ fresh lemon juice
  • garnish: mint sprig and lemon slice

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Shake all liquid ingredients in a shaker with ice.
  2. Strain into glass with crushed ice.
  3. Garnish with mint and lemon slice.

How To Style a Bar Cart - Inspiring Ideas from a Mixologist - Ashley Rose Conway of Craft and Cocktails

For more entertaining tips and ideas, check out the Entertaining section on Inspirations & Celebrations.

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