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Bar Cart Ideas: 3 Rules for Picking the Best

Ask any hostess, and she’ll tell you — the No. 1 entertaining essential is a bar cart or bar cabinet. It’s a place to make delicious drinks, serve tasty snacks and, chances are, where your guests will mingle as the party really gets started.
 
But before clicking “Add to Cart” on your new entertaining BFF, check out these rules from the party pros for picking the best bar cart. After all, these lovely ladies — Monica, Melissa and Lana — know how to throw a party to remember. Check out their bar cart ideas and advice below.
 
1.     Pick a bar cart with the features you’ll need.

Spacious surfaces are ideal when preparing drinks or serving appetizers.

International Lux Bar Cart entertains with cocktails
Photos courtesy of Melissa George
 
International Bar Cart entertaining
Photo courtesy of Faith Towers
 
Lower shelves, doors or drawers add extra storage.

International Lux Bar Cart
Photo courtesy of Monica Benavidez 
 
International Lux Bar Cart entertaining
Photo courtesy of Melissa George 
 
Wheels! Face it, you never know where the party is going to move to next.

International Lux Bar Cart entertaining
Photo courtesy of Monica Benavidez 
 
2.     Put it where you’ll use it.

Living Room — The kitchen can get congested with last-minute food prep, so having a second area for serving food and drink is a nice option. A living room bar cart can mean plenty of extra space.

International Lux Bar Cart living room entertaining
Photo courtesy Melissa George 
 
In the dining room — Monica admits, “It’s like the jewel of the room — it adds a bit of drama and sparkle.”
 
Against a wall — Keep the flow of the party moving with an out-of-the-way bar cabinet. 

International Lux Bar Cart entertains with cocktails
Photos courtesy of Monica Benavidez and Faith Towers

In the middle of a room — Guests can grab drinks from any side so there’s no waiting in line for a cocktail. Thank goodness!

International Lux Bar Cart entertaining
Photos courtesy of Monica Benavidez 
 
3.     Find uses for it beyond tending bar.

Yes; the most fun your bar cart will have is serving drinks and food. But remember: There are plenty of great uses for it beyond parties! The best bar cart ideas are utilizing them beyond their standard use.
 
Think about using it …
 
In the foyer — As a small console table to hold keys, mail, a simple floral arrangement and baskets for shoes/bags. Mount a mirror over it, and you’re good to go.

As a vanity — To store jewelry and makeup.

International Lux Bar Cart multiple uses
Photo courtesy Sharon Garofalow 
 
In the master bathroom — Next to a soaking tub to store bath salts, candles and towels. (Hey, a girl can dream!)

In a guest room — To hold a basket with towels, extra blankets and travel essentials.

For storage or display — Holding plants or decorations or acting as a side table in the living room.

International Lux Bar Cart multiple uses

Or anywhere else — As a luxurious nightstand or as a side table in a small sitting room.

EXPERT PICK: International Lux Bar Cart 

“It’s the perfect blend of style and function. I love the art-deco-influenced glass that gives it a vintage feel while still having clean modern lines.” — Melissa George
 
“This bar cart is perfection! It’s wider than most I’ve seen, plus the gold finish and art-deco flair on the glass makes it look like a high-end item.” — Monica Benavidez

International Lux Bar Cart entertaining
Photo courtesy of Monica Benavidez

International Lux Bar Cart entertaining
Photo courtesy of Faith Towers

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