With the weather getting warmer, backyard party season is upon us. Armed with all of my entertaining essentials, I put together the perfect party cart for holding all drinks, cups, ice, and chips and dip at your next party. The cart started out as a potting bench, and after the jump, I’ll show you how to turn it into party central with just a few easy steps.
First, I assembled the potting bench. It wasn’t difficult and while it could be easily assembled by only one person, I found it helpful to have an extra pair of hands to hold some parts steady while I screwed the bench together. Next, I spray-painted the potting bench a bright, cheerful yellow. The potting bench is available in both Natural Wood and Laguna Grey colors, but I really wanted my party cart to pop off of my wood fence, so using safety goggles, a face mask, and gloves, I spray-painted the cart from top to bottom using three cans of glossy yellow spray paint.
Tip: don’t forget to lift up the foldout side shelf and paint the side of the bench underneath the ledge.
Once dry, I affixed a bottle opener to the right front of the cart and added a cup hook to the top right shelf so I could hang a wine opener. If you want to do another upgrade, you can add a glass rack to the underside of the top shelf to hang glasses.
I then added a couple of large drawer pulls to the front and side of the cart in order to hang kitchen towels to have on hand so messes and spills will be easy to clean up. And I used drawer pulls because they are less expensive than towel racks.
Next, I prepped my party cart for a backyard shindig. I poured some ice into both the plastic sink on the cart and into my turquoise retro cooler and added my ice scoop and some bottles of rose lemonade to chill.
I also whipped up a pitcher of blackberry limeade and set the pitcher and glasses on the top shelf along with a couple bottles of wine. The top shelf is also large enough to set a beautiful bouquet of flowers.
To garnish my blackberry limeade, I sliced a couple of limes using a fun, pineapple-shaped cutting board on the foldout side shelf. And to make sure none of my guests got hangry before dinner, I filled my chip and dip serving tray with chips and salsa.
From start to finish, the party cart only took a couple of hours to put together and then I was ready to host my party!