Retro Style for Your Bar Cart


Class never goes out of style. That’s particularly evident at Pardee Homes’ new-home communities which honor sophisticated, modern design. In celebration of timeless decor and classic style, let’s take a closer look at a piece that adds an element of mid-century modern charm to any home, the bar cart!

Where It All Began
Origins of the bar cart date back to the 1930s. Prohibition had just ended, and Americans were finding new ways to enjoy their newfound freedom. For cocktail parties, hosts wheeled a fully stocked cart through the party, serving drinks to guests. For the next few decades, the bar cart was a staple at festive soirees, until the 1970s, when homes began featuring large, built-in bars. Now, mid-century modern style is enjoying a resurgence, and the bar cart is being rediscovered as well.

Consider channeling a cool ’60s vibe with your own bar cart. It’s easy to get one into party shape, and your guests are bound to love it. Here are some bar cart basics to get started.

Stock up on Beverages
This is the most obvious bar cart component. Stock up on mixers like juices, club soda, tonic water, simple syrup, grenadine, triple sec and bitters. And with a selection of vodka, gin, rum, tequila and whiskey, you’ll be able to make a number of classic cocktails. Remember olives and maraschino cherries to garnish. Here’s a list of retro drink recipes sure to come in handy.

Looking for a non-alcoholic, but on-trend approach? No worries! Stock your bar cart with classic sodas! TaB®, Fresca® and RC Cola are a few from the era that are still available today. You can also help throw your bar cart back in time by styling it with vintage bottles of Coca-Cola®, 7UP®, Nehi or other classic drinks.

Don’t Forget Utensils
Two things are essential: a shaker and an ice container with tongs. You also may want to add a bar spoon, a jigger and a muddler to your bar cart stock items.

Proper Glassware
Classic cocktails deserve proper glassware. Try adding glasses with varying shapes and sizes for a dynamic look. Must-haves include martini, margarita, tumbler, wine and Champagne glasses. For some added retro vibes, incorporate glasses with different hues like pink, blue and green in addition to classic transparent.

Non-Beverage Uses for Your Bar Cart
The bar cart is such a beautiful piece for the home, and it certainly isn’t limited to housing cocktail ingredients. Decorate it with flowers, create a coffee bar, or use it to set up your desserts and sweets for a party. Bar carts will work in many rooms in your home, and can even be used as a chic bedside table, media stand or stylish drop zone storage.

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