It is freezing here in Georgia (this am it was 27) but I am wearing bright colors and ushering in spring every where I possibly can. I almost feel as if I am willing it here as quick as possible. A few weeks ago I changed over our bar cart from a winter feel to a happy colorful reminder of all things set to come. With the warmer weather around the corner (please Lord!!) I am envisioning lots of dinner parties and girlie happy hours where I will need a stocked space to be able to serve those I love and adore.
First of all you need a fabulous cart. Mine is the Audrey Butler cart from Ave Home and we love it. It is large enough for me to load it up and leave it. When I know people are coming over I add a small cutting board and a fun vase of flowers. Just a little freshen up and a place to cut citrus.
I love swizzle sticks! I have a huge collection of them and this summer I had to tell my assistant to keep me from ordering any more. I mean, they are just so fun to add to any cart! These are also from Emily McCarthy shoppe and I ordered them with my napkins. They are from the gift bar and are always available. I love to give them as hostess gifts and paired with a set of cocktail napkins they make a perfect birthday gift for a bestie.
I use this vintage blue and white monkey to hold all kinds of things but citrus is very favorite. He is perfect for the bar cart and plays so well with others. I found a few of them available on Etsy for you. Check out this one, this one and this one which is identical to mine.
Foo Dog Lamp || Shade (custom by me)
Secondly, it is another source for light in the room. We do not have overhead light in our den so we need all the lamps we can get. The bar cart is a perfect landing place for a lamp and this one is truly one of my favorites I own. Isn't he so fabulous?
Mixers are necessary! Depending on my guests and what they drink I trade them out. We always have tonic and club soda and the rest are seasonal for me. I try to keep flavored soda and orange and grapefruit juice on hand. I am also a huge fan of flavored Sanpelligrino soda because it mixes with vodka and gin so well. Since giving up sugar in January I tend to add nothing to my bourbon lately and I am adjusting. That first one was a doozie, I do miss my ginger beer, but the calories are not worth it. And since most times I choose to have a cocktail I am only drinking one it is easier to just pour it on ice.
The drinks you add to your bar cart are very personal. We always have bourbon, gin and vodka on hand and I grab champs when we entertain. I am allergic to yeast so we don't keep wine and beer on hand but I grab if we need to. The Hubs only drinks red wine so I grab a bottle of that if he has people over. My favorite bourbon is Bulleit, his is Woodford Reserve. I prefer Hendrick's gin and I have a friend who prefers Bombay Sapphire. We love Cathead Vodka and the honeysuckle is the best!! What you add is completely up to you. If your guests are all of the short kind I would grab some bottled water and bottled Coke and add fun straws and napkins. Perfect for all ages!
Since we are nearing the weekend I have a fun and yummy drink to share with you from a post I wrote last summer with Cathead Vodka. It is delicious and it will instantly make you think spring is coming very soon, even if you have to drink it in front of a fire!
(recipe via Cathead Vodka)
1 oz Cathead Honeysuckle Vodka
4 oz Champagne
3 fresh raspberries
Mint (my addition)
Happy almost Friday!