I've been planning on increasing the selection of drinks on my bar lately. Summer is margarita time in this household (which sometimes replaces my daily glass of red wine with dinner). After my trip to Paris, I'm daydreaming of sipping chilled rosé during this season. Plus, I have wanted to have an Italian drink on offer too, Spritz, a drink ubiquitious in Venice. Because I believe every single item has to have a home so it can be put away neatly, I have wondered where I would put it all. I currently have all my liquor bottles, my new bottle of blood orange syrup, a couple of bottles of San Pellegrino (fizzy water), a glass vase (for limes), my shaker, margarita salt, a margarita glass and a shot glass (for measuring) all on a tray on top of my small wine cabinet in a corner of my dining room. It's pretty full. And I still need to top the tray with Aperol for a Spritz.
At first, I thought I might want a bar cart and started to look at them. Ikea offers a cheap utility cart. Target's one is more expensive, yet is like 1/3 of the price of other bar carts out there. Then, I thought I just need a little more space than a tray for alcohol, and a more sturdy, solid furniture piece to hold more of my delicate glasses would make a bit more sense. I started to look for bars (or buffets) online, but didn't like anything I could budget for. Finally, I decided on the matching small 2-shelf bookcase that I will turn into a bar. So much of my furniture is from the Avington collection from Target. I've been watching the price and finally it was 20% off and offered free shipping today. I actually didn't work it into my budget (as usual), I charged the $110.23 to my credit card (it's most unusual, which I can picture Audrey Hepburn saying in the movie Roman Holiday). I love buying furniture as it's such a grown-up purchase.
I plan to place it on either side of my wine cabinet, perhaps on the left side where a chair wouldn't back up into it (based upon how I currently have the chairs arranged). Even though I don't think I'll be able to put out all my drink glasses, this will still free up some space in my linen closet, which is much more an entertaining closet to me. I have vases, cutting boards (as serveware), antique punch glasses (as candle holders), table linens (placemats, cloth napkins, table cloths), napkin rings, platters, bowls and other serve ware, pitchers, an ice bucket, a large lasagna pan, a couple of candlestick holders, surplus espresso cups and a lot more in there. I have a large tote in the walk-in closet in my hallway that is half full of outdoor decorations like string lights. I will store those in my entertaining closet so that I can see them more and as a result, hopefully use them more.
After assembling it, I look forward to styling my new bar. I've been looking at ways to style a bar cart on Pinterest. Check out my five favorites...
The Target bar cart option.
I also looked up those striped paper straws and these deep red and white ones are my favorite...
Although these polka dot ones are cute too. (And this shop has nice washi tape!) If I have space for a small decorative object, I might shop around my apartment for something to add.
Since this frees up the top of my wine cabinet, I have a fancy wire 3-wine bottle holder on top of my refrigerator that I can relocate. I also have two vases full of wine corks that are now on an end table in my living room that I can place over there too. All wine-related things could be in one place; imagine that! Why didn't I think of this before?
As you can see, I'm adding some things to my apartment when I hope to move soon and should be focused on subtraction. My home is already decluttered anyway. If I wasn't moving (which is so not an option!), I might wanna hostess a Stock the Bar Party so I could collect other basic spirits like vodka, mixers like cranberry juice cocktail, and fun little things like beautiful coasters (as I only own two basic cork ones).
I look forward to sharing a picture of the finished product! ...and apparently toasting the summer all season long...