Hello, friends! St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner and I have something a little different for you today. I’m excited to share some bar cart styling ideas for St. Patrick’s Day. For many of us here in America, St. Paddy’s Day is just an excuse to drink and wear green. A couple of years ago, I fell in love with an Irishman, so I decided that I want to do something a little special this year for the Irish holiday.
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With the Coronavirus weighing on my mind these last couple of weeks, I found myself in need of a distraction – a fun project. Since we are avoiding crowds, we definitely won’t be visiting the Irish Pub on Saint Patrick’s Day. Instead, we’ll have our own little celebration at home with family and maybe a few friends (if they don’t have the sniffles). After eating our corned beef and cabbage, we’ll have a few drinks.
I recently purchased this 3 tier beverage cart from Amazon (just $99.99!) to keep outside on the lanai. I’ve been thinking that a small St. Patrick’s Day gathering would be the perfect occasion to really break it in. Thus, the idea formed to share some bar cart styling ideas with you.
When we moved last summer, I lost some square footage on the inside but gained a wonderful large screened patio with a lake view. We spend a lot of time out there, including our meals when the weather is nice. I really needed something like this beverage cart on wheels and love that the top shelf of this cart doubles as a removable tray. When choosing a bar cart you also want one with plenty of storage.
For my St. Patrick’s Day bar cart I mostly stayed with a green and gold color scheme and added a touch of whimsy. I tried to keep the cost of this bar cart styling to a minimum, and picked up most of my St. Patrick’s Day decorations from Michaels, Party City, and HomeGoods.
In true Angela form, I forgot to put a few things onto the cart when doing this mock up for next Tuesday. For example, I forgot to take the Bailey’s Irish Cream out of the fridge. And, of course, on St. Patrick’s Day there will be a couple of additional mixers to make drinks like Irish Lemonade. I’m going to try and get that recipe up on YouTube for you this weekend. It is SO good. In the meantime you can check out this Jameson, Ginger Ale with Lime video.
This is my favorite drink made with Irish whiskey. It is currently my favorite drink PERIOD. And, it is so easy make y’all!
How to Get Your Bar Cart Ready for St. Patrick’s Day
1. Tools of the trade. You’ll need some basic bartending tools, such as: a bottle opener, bar spoons, corkscrew (if you’re serving wine), cocktail shaker, cocktail strainer, small cutting board, jigger, muddler, ice bucket, and an ice kit. I have a set of silicone square ice cube molds that make extra large ice cubes that are perfect for drinks like whiskey. The larger ice cubes take longer to melt, so your drink doesn’t get watered down. I’m obsessed with these giant ice cubes! The sphere ice cube molds are nice also, and I just ordered a set of skull ice cube molds for Andy. This Mixology Bartender Set on Amazon has most of what you would need.
2. A St. Patrick’s Day banner or garland is a must. I purchased this simple felt shamrock garland at Michaels.
3. Decorate the bar cart with St. Paddy’s Day whimsy. Add a few more touches like the small plaques, flags and miniature leprechaun I found at Michaels. I filled a small bucket with green suckers from Party City and another container with chocolate gold coins from Target.
4. Dress up your bar cart with a green wreath. I added an inexpensive tinsel shamrock to my year-round wreath on the patio. Soon it will have plastic Easter eggs all over it.
5. Paper or plastic straws are an inexpensive way to change out decor. These shamrock covered straws will add a festive touch to our cocktails. I also picked up some cute green and gold cocktail stirs from Party City. My paper napkins came from HomeGoods.
6. Have a variety of interesting glassware. Pint and whiskey glasses are a must. I pulled out some of my grandmothers swan barware glasses that she left to me. She purchased them in Wales on her only trip abroad. The gold rimmed whiskey and cordial glasses adorned with white swans were among her prized possessions. I always think of her when I use them.
7. Stock the bar with a variety of Irish beer and spirits. I kept this fairly simple with a variety of Irish Whiskeys. Jameson is my preference, but they were doing a tasting for Kilbrin Irish Whiskey at Total Wine & More last week and I quite liked it… so we’ll be having that too. My trio of Irish Whiskey is rounded out with Johnnie Walker Red, which is the drink of choice for Andy’s mom. She likes it straight up with a drop or two of water.
Bailey’s Irish Cream is an absolute must, as well as some Irish beer such as Guinness. This St. Patrick’s Day bar car is also stocked with ginger beer and lemonade for the Irish lemonade, ginger ale, club soda, and a couple bottles of Perrier for the non-drinkers – plus they’re green.
8. Have plenty of limes, especially if you’re making Jameson & Ginger.
These bar cart styling ideas for St. Patrick’s Day are fun and casual and perfect for a relaxing evening with family and friends.
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I hope you enjoyed these bar cart styling ideas. Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!
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