One thing that is absolutely true about me is that I love entertaining. I dream often about the spaces that we will have in our forever home and the people that will fill them and the memories that will be made there. I love gathering around a table. To me, a good, solid, kitchen table is one of the most sacred places in a home. I want the seats to be well worn. There are few things that I love more than when good friends come over and a bottle or two of wine are opened and we just sit, catch up, and have good conversation. I look forward to one day being able to give Rico the man cave of his dreams– with the coolest bar area you’ve ever seen. But, for now, we aren’t in our forever home and a man cave doesn’t exist, but that doesn’t mean that we cant make the best of what we have… and what we do have is a bar cart– it isn’t nearly as beautiful as the photos in this post, but they are here for inspiration and for my future dreaming purposes. Ahh, the world of Pinterest.
One thing that I do know is that with the Holiday season comes a few things that I love the most– but, mostly, entertaining. I love having a house full, I love when people feel comfortable in my home. It is seriously like the greatest compliment to me when someone feels comfortable enough to help themselves. I try to make it a point to always offer a drink before people make it to the living room– whether that be a bottle of water, a cup of coffee, or an alcoholic beverage of some sort. I also try to always have things on hand that people may like. For example, if someone fancies are certain cocktail, it makes me happy to know that I can direct them to my bar cart and 99% of the time I will have on hand what is needed to make that specific drink. I don’t pride myself on being a bartender.. to be honest, I am so not knowledgable about alcohol. I know that I like red wine and I know that I like craft beer..but, beyond that, it’s lost on me. So, what I have tried to do over the years is stock our bar cart so that those who do know a thing or two about mixing up the perfect cocktail are able to do just that when they’re over.
I remember when bar carts became all the craze. I want to say that it was like two years ago around this time that I started seeing them everywhere. I knew I had to have one. I found ours at Target on sale and it has been perfect (it’s actually linked below and it’s on sale). I try to decorate and stock it according to the season.. to be honest, sometimes it is decorated and other times it is used as a track for Luca’s cars. When I am on top of my game, the thing that changes the most are the mixers and the garnishes. For example, warmer weather calls for pineapple juice and tropical things whereas colder weather calls for ginger, cranberries, etc. Before you start panicking that Thanksgiving is in three days and you’re hosting and you don’t have a bar cart– any little corner, or side table can be quickly converted as long as you have the right things on hand!
I have listed exactly what I have found is needed for the perfect “bar cart” for the Holiday season and i’ve also included the cocktail recipe that I will be mixing up for Thanksgiving Day! It’s super simple and straight forward and takes less than one minute to make– which is going to be absolutely necessary considering that my number one focus needs to be on not burning the Thanksgiving dinner. Anyway. As always, you can shop directly from this post by clicking on the photos at the bottom. I use a majority of the glassware and barware linked, and I was so happy to find that my beloved bar cart is STILL on sale at Target. The BEST. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to leave a comment below!
STOCKING YOUR BAR CART
TOOLS AND BARWARE
- Bottle Opener
- Cocktail Shaker
- Ice Bucket & Ice Scoop
- White & Red Wine Glasses
- Old Fashion Glass
- Martini Glass
- Champagne Flute
- Whiskey: Whiskey & Coke, Whiskey Ginger, Old Fashioned
- Gin: Gin & Tonic, Martini
- Vodka: Vodka Cranberry, Cosmo, Bloody Mary
- Tequila: Margarita, Tequila Mojito
- Rum: Mojito, Dark & Stormy, Daiquri
- Red Wine
- White Wine
GARNISHES & MIXERS
- Lemons & Limes
- Tonic & Soda Water
- Ginger Beer/Ale
- Simple Syrup
Sparkling Vodka Cranberry Recipe
WHAT YOU NEED:
- 6oz Cranberry DRY Sparkling (I buy our DRY Sparkling at COSTCO, but it can be found at any specialty grocery)
- 1 1/2oz Vodka
- Fresh Cranberries
- Rosemary Sprigs
WHAT TO DO:
- Chill DRY Sparkling and vodka, then add both to your favorite glass. Mix well.
- Garnish with a few cranberries and a sprig of rosemary.
‘Tis the season to get a little tipsy. xo, Grace