Wether you built your bar cart yourself as an A+ DIY project (in wood perhaps?) or took your inspo from one of these swanky styles you can find in stores, the next step is to deck it out with all the at-home bar essentials.
You'll need to prioritize certain things depending on how big your bar cart is, but having a shaker, jigger and set of glasses is the perfect place to start. From there you may want to add a variety of glasses for different drinks (coups and highballs and tumblers, oh... my!), as well as a pitcher, bottle opener and ice bucket.
To get you started stocking your dream bar cart (we suggest this beauty from Pottery Barn), we rounded up some of the coolest and most cocktail-worthy accessories. From fancy-looking Ikea glasses for less than $2 each to a snazzy, investment-worthy shaker, you'll be ready to shake and stir drink with the best of 'em!
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You can't make a proper mojito without a proper muddler, so be sure to add one of these essential wooden tools to your bar cart. Muddling helps extract and mix the flavors of cocktail ingredients like fresh herbs, fruits and simple syrups together—making for an expertly balanced drink.
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Get jigger with it! (Sorry, we couldn't help it.) When mixing cocktails with rather elaborate or specific ingredient lists, having a jigger is essential. The larger end is perfect for measuring out liquor, while the smaller is great for things like simple syrup and Triple Sec. We also happen to think this one from Kate Spade is especially cute.
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Coasters are one of those home accessories that sound boring until the moment you realize just how many incredibly cool options are out there. Home designers, stores and brands have taken the concept of the humble coaster and ran with it—creating prints, pictures, fresh shapes and designs that are almost too pretty to put a glass on. Almost. (And if you're feeling inspired, check out all these DIY coaster ideas you can make at home!)Continue to 5 of 8 below.
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Celebrations can happen any time, and we fully believe that having at least two champagne flutes (or coupes) at the ready is essential for any home bar. Plus—they will look gorgeous on your bar cart. These petite flutes from Anthropologie have delicate etching on the vessel and short stem, making them both unusual and rather practical.
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Making your bar cart look great doesn't have to cost a fortune. If you're just starting out with home decor or accidentally blew your budget on the cart itself (we don't blame you!) swing by an IKEA and stock up on their extremely affordable glassware. These glasses are roughly the right size for a double old fashioned and cost less than $2 each!