Outdoor Decorating Trend: The Beverage Cart

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Outdoor Decorating Trend: The Beverage Cart

A designated serving area for outdoor dining and entertaining with a serving cart is a must, according to a handful of participants in our most recent Patio Style Challenge series. Style these beverage carts with serve ware, glasses, drinks, herbs and flowers to create a stylish and functional piece. Above, lifestyle blogger Anna Lisemeyer and her husband built a custom bar table to hold all of their essential items in their renter-friendly backyard design. Anna shared the DIY bar table tutorial on her blog, In Honor of Design.

Outdoor Decorating Trend: The Beverage Cart

DIYer Michelle Hinckley completely made over an old serving cart with a bright red coat of Rust-Oleum spray paint. Just a few coats of spray paint create a whole new look for this piece. Styled with succulents, fresh fruit, and flavored beverages, Michelle’s bright makeover serves as a centerpiece in her colorful patio space.

Outdoor Decorating Trend: The Beverage Cart

Lifestyle blogger Lesley Graham, took a different approach, brilliantly working her gold serving cart into the decor with plants and live goods. All it takes is a few containers and some green leaves to really  bring life to her modern farmhouse patio. And remember, use the rule of threes here, placing odd numbers of accent plants around your focal point.

Outdoor Decorating Trend: The Beverage Cart

Just because it’s a beverage cart, doesn’t mean the kids can’t stash their stuff here, as well. Atlanta-based interior designer Erika Ward gave the board games and sports balls a place to call home on her entertaining cart. Hey, every outdoor dining room needs a good old football to toss and a Scrabble game, right?

Outdoor Decorating Trend: The Beverage Cart

A simple coat of gold spray paint elevated Amy Mikkelsen‘s metal shelving-unit. Serving as a drink station and a magazine stash, Amy added an extra dose of practicality with the tray on the top shelf. It’s stylish and practical – style it with beverages and grab and go to deliver a delicious treat to your guests on a hot summer day. Sounds like the picture of Southern charm!

Outdoor Decorating Trend: The Beverage Cart

Craft blogger Amber Kemp-Gerstel packed a big turquoise punch into her small balcony space with this industrial two-tray utility cart. She even added a DIY bottle holder underneath with PVC couplings and a few screws! Wheels and a handle make this beverage cart a cinch to move to your next party – even if it’s just to the other side of the balcony.

We have many more outdoor decorating ideas and inspiration articles in our Patio Style Challenge series here on The Home Depot Blog and on our Patio Style Challenge pinboard on Pinterest.

Browse our online Outdoor Living Department for everything you need for your patio, backyard or garden, including patio serving carts.  

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