how to style a bar cart

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If you haven't realized by now, I love to entertain (just like Britney). Having friends over is probably my favorite thing to do — plus, you can't play Cards Against Humanity in public. After talking about it for some time and writing several cocktail posts, I decided to take to finally "curate" my beverage collection. I highly suggest you do the same. Here's how...

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Step #1: First things first! The "bar cart" or in my case tray. I got the tray from West Elm because it was affordable and can also be paired with a stand. I also decided to grow up and buy the proper glassware: Collins glass, tumblers, Champagne flutes, and wine glasses (not pictured). They are all from Ikea! 

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Step #2: Add the important stuff. Now, my bar is only half stocked, but Rome wasn't built in a day, right? 

Here are the basics every bar should have: 

-Cognac  

White Rum

-Gin

-Burbon  

-Vodka

-Tequila  

-Coffee Liquor (if you're Irish like me!)

-S. Pellegrino (for mixing) 

 To keep in fridge: White wine, beer, and Champagne (for spur of the moment celebrations!).  

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Step #3: If you're going to play mix-master, you need the proper barware: 

- Cocktail shaker, strainer, jigger (aka: fancy shot glass), and stir spoon

-Muddler (key for mojitos!)  

- Straws (such a "blogger" touch)

-Garnish: mint, limes, umbrellas, etc, etc 

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Step #4: If you're only used to making jungle juice (did I just confess that?), you should get a basic cocktail book to get you started. Although the name is not original at all, I absolutely love VINTAGE COCKTAILS. The photography and typography are stunning and the recipes are the "classics" every guy and gal should know. 

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Step #5: What are you waiting for? It's 5 o'clock somewhere!  

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