The rise in open plan living means the home is used more socially than ever before.
From birthdays and Christmas to barbecues and games nights, the home has become a focal point for entertaining.
And it’s shaping our interior style too. From bifold doors which allow living spaces to extend beyond the home’s boundary and into the garden to expansive kitchens, because, as Jona Lewie once said: “You’ll always find me in the kitchen at parties”.
However, one of the biggest trends to emerge from our love of hosting, is the resurgence of the bar cart or drinks trolley, as it’s sometimes known.
Fuelled by the return of Art Deco influences, the bar cart is at the heart of home entertaining. More versatile – and let’s be honest – cheaper than a permanent bar, the drinks trolley is not just a practical place to store your booze and bar bits, it also adds to the aesthetics.
And if you want to score big in that department, here’s our pick of the eight bar accessories every bar cart needs.
BarCraft Pineapple 325ml Mini Pineapple Cocktail Shaker from Kitchen Craft
No bar cart would be complete without the obligatory golden pineapple.
And this one doesn’t just look good, it can help you shake up the perfect cocktail.
Made from stainless steel with a sleek brass finish and quirky
pineapple shaped shot glass lid, this shaker no only serves a very practical purpose
but adds a tropical touch to your bar cart – another key trend heading our ways
The airtight seal keeps the shaker firmly clipped together when it’s time to get shaking, so whether you’re a pro or a total cocktail beginner, this shimmering shaker will let you mix drinks all night long, with minimal spillages and maximum flair.
Silver-Plated Wine Cooler from Annabel James
An ice bucket is a must when it comes to entertaining. After all, who wants a glass of luke warm prosecco?
This silver plated beauty from Annabel James won’t break the bank, coming in at a smidge under £60, but it will look the part atop any drinks cabinet.
Large enough to hold a single bottle of prosecco, wine or champagne, it won’t overwhelm the rest of your bar accessories.
Glitter Cocktail Shaker from John Lewis & Partners
John Lewis & Partners have injected a whopping slice of 70’s funk in their Glitter Cocktail Shaker. Resplendent in a beautiful blue hue, this shaker commands attention – and rightfully so.
To complete the look invest in statement glasses and get practicing your best 70’s cocktails – Blue Hawaiians and Godfathers were both popular choices back in the day.
Gold Beetle Corkscrew from Audenza
When is a beetle not a beetle? When it’s a quirky gold beetle corkscrew! This cute little fella is sure to bring a smile to your face every time you pop open a bottle and his wings fly open.
The gold corkscrew is made from zinc alloy and stainless steel with a shiny gold finish.
Green & Brushed Gold Cocktail Set by VonHaus
Looking for the complete package? This gorgeous green and gold cocktail set from VonHaus has it all.
In an on-trend dark green and brushed gold colourway, there’s a definite sense of opulence about this glorious set. The modern metallics combined with the etched pattern body result in a truly iconic design exclusive to VonShef. Plus, it’s made from robust stainless steel to withstand even the most vigorous mixing and shaking!
It comprises: cocktail shaker, wooden muddler, bar spoon, Hawthorne strainer, 25ml/50ml measuring jigger, bottle pourer and recipe book.
Personalised Yellow Tiki Bar Runner by Artylicious Home & Gifts
Want to protect the surface of your liquor cabinet? Look no further than this personalised bar runner. This one pays homage to an Hawaiian Tiki Bar but Artylicious Home & Gifts have a huge selection of booze-inspired runners ready for personalisation.
So whether you’re a fan of all things gin, prefer your booze on the bubbly side or love mixing up a cocktail or two – there is a bar runner for you!
‘Given Enough Gin’ print by Of Life & Lemons
Looking for the ultimate backdrop for your bar trolley or liquor cabinet? Fans of all things gin will love this simple yet stunningly effective yellow and green sign.
If gin isn’t your tipple, online poster personalisation store Of Life & Lemons has a raft of posters to suit all tastes
Large Antique Gold Hexagonal Mirrored Cocktail Tray from Melody Maison
This mirrored cocktail tray cements the Art Deco theme with its mix of elegance and glamour.
Fabulous for serving drinks, or simply to protect your trolley top from spillages, it’s the perfect base on which to showcase your current favourite tipple or favourite glasses.