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Drink Up, Buttercup: A Fall-Inspired Bachelorette Bar Cart with Cricut
Photos By Plum & Oak
By Lauren Kathryn on Sep 7, 2016 at 3:00 am in
A sleek and sexy home-design staple, the bar cart we know today was actually born prim and proper as a tea trolley in the Victorian era, only evolving into something more alluring in the 1950s and ’60s before it fell out of fashion. Thanks in part to Don Draper and the Mad Men-fueled revival of mid-century style, the classic portable sip station is back with a bang and here to stay. Given some seasonal styling and special touches, it turns into a fun-sized party on wheels that’s bound to get a bachelorette bash or bridal shower rolling!
To demonstrate how you can dress up this entertaining essential for such an occasion the DIY way, we teamed up with Elyse Whall, the artful eye behind California-based photography and styling studio Plum & Oak; FiftyFlowers, one of the best sources for wholesale wedding flowers fresh from the farm; and Cricut, a company that has shaken up the crafting scene with its wildly popular and versatile electronic cutting machines, which can be used to create anything from intricate invites to simple signage out of almost any material imaginable.
Cricut is marking its foray into the wedding world with a campaign called “It’s Your Story, Make It Personal,” a month-long series of celebratory projects and shoots, this one among them, showcasing some of the myriad ways in which Cricut’s tools and technology can be used to bring a game-changing level of personalization and creativity to every decorative detail along the nuptial journey. The icing on the crafty cake? Cricut is also hosting a wedding giveaway worth $10,000! Scroll on down for the good stuff and to see what’s up for grabs over the next four weeks.
A statement sign is one of the easiest ways to customize a bar cart and add some fun festive flair. Cricut makes it even easier with the Cricut Explore Air, a multifaceted crafting machine that cuts, writes, and scores with exacting precision. Capable of cutting more than 60 different types of materials, from delicate vellum to sturdy balsa wood, this nifty gadget offers limitless possibilities for the creation of original decorative and functional pieces. (Hand-lettered chalkboards, you’re looking pretty passé!)
Using white vinyl and black poster board, we kept our bar sign basic yet contemporarily bold. Though its saying suits a hen party, it’s easily adaptable to other events that involve imbibing, and the colors can be switched up to create a softer or brighter look and feel.
“DRINK UP, BUTTERCUP” BAR CART SIGN
♦ “Drink Up, Buttercup” design file (free)
♦ Cricut Explore Air
♦ Cricut StandardGrip Cutting Mat
♦ Transfer tape
♦ Trimmer tool
♦ Vinyl in white or the color of your choice
♦ Heavy-duty 24" x 36" poster board in black or the color of your choice
Select a vinyl color for the lettering (we used white) and secure the vinyl to the sticky side of the cutting mat.
Upload the design file to Design Space (Cricut’s free online design software) and click the “Go” button on screen to start cutting. Follow the prompts to load the vinyl-covered cutting mat, set the dial to “Vinyl,” and press the “Go” button on your Cricut machine.
Once the machine has cut your project, leave the cut design on the mat to prepare it for transfer. Remove the negative space (the excess vinyl around the letters) by simply peeling it away gently. It should pull away perfectly, often in a single piece. This process is known as “weeding.”
Place a sheet of transfer tape, sticky side down, onto the weeded vinyl lettering, completely covering it. Press down firmly to adhere the lettering to the transfer tape, which will ensure that your letters are transferred with perfect alignment and even spacing.
Carefully peel up the transfer tape, which will have your vinyl lettering affixed to it, and press it firmly onto the center of your poster board or any clean surface of your choice, such as acrylic, wood, or even marble. Gingerly peel away the transfer type to reveal a polished, professional-looking sign.
Use Cricut’s trimmer tool to cut two right triangles and two angled lines out of vinyl for embellishing the corners of the sign.
Give your bar cart instant personality and style by setting the sign on top.
With cool, crisp weather on the way, we decided to give our bar cart an autumnal twist using an array of fall flowers and frondescence, including burgundy dahlias, crabapple branches, and a bountiful bundle of assorted eucalyptus. Every leaf, stem, and twig came from FiftyFlowers, a tried and trusted wholesaler of premium flowers that impressed us with its impeccable customer service and vast botanical selection, which encompasses the traditional favorites (think garden roses, peonies, tulips, and hydrangeas); the undersung, unconventional beauties (think air plants, billy buttons, scabiosa pods, and proteas); and greenery galore.
Our picks arrived on our doorstop dewy and pristine, fresh from the farms and orchards where they were grown. We fashioned them into a lushly arched garland that framed our cocktail vignette beautifully. The idea is that when the cart gets wheeled away, guests are left with a gorgeous excuse for photo ops!
For the mixology magic, we turned to Please & Thank You (PTY), a creative cocktail catering service that operates out of San Diego. PTY developed a refreshingly light yet warming spiced pear tipple that’s simple to shake up and has fall written all over it.
In her styling, Elyse stayed true to the mid-century modern aesthetic of the bar cart’s glory days. Mirrored acrylic swizzle sticks featuring starbursts and retro squares came from The Roc Shop, a cheeky purveyor of modern partyware. Warm metallics fit the fall theme, and a dash of disco amped up the party vibe.
The Grand Giveaway
Cricut has partnered with some phenomenal brands to bring you, dear readers and soon-to-weds, an epic giveaway. Here’s the roster of prizes (drumroll, please):
$1,500 from eco-friendly bridal fashion designer Celia Grace to be applied toward any handmade, fair-trade wedding dress in her collection
Week two (this week)
A dream DIY wedding bundle that includes, among other goodies, a Cricut Explore Air, a Canon Powershot G7 X Camera to capture beautiful moments, and a Canon PIXMA iP8720 Crafting Printer to turn those beautiful moments into tangible memories
$1,500 worth of fresh flowers and foliage from FiftyFlowers to bring all of your floral fantasies to life
Each of the prizes listed above plus an all-inclusive Caribbean honeymoon courtesy of Sandals
Click here or on the image below to enter the giveaway! Winners will be announced on Cricut’s Instagram account.
Photo by Plum & Oak
Thank you to Cricut for sponsoring this post and to FiftyFlowers for generously providing the flowers and foliage used throughout. All opinions are our own.
Sharing is Happiness
Photography, Design, and Styling > Plum & Oak
Production and Creative Direction > Swooned
Location > Gather 107
Flowers > fiftyflowers
Recipe Development > PLEASE & THANK YOU
Model > Alexandria monette
Swizzle Sticks > THE ROC SHOP
Glassware > anthropologie
Bar Cart > wayfair
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What's Being Said
Wedding Car Decorators in Bangalore, Sep 9, 2016 at 9:02 am
Thaks for sharing the preparation method! Also, the setup is very beautiful.
Megan Acosta, Sep 8, 2016 at 2:49 pm
So pretty! Love this whole look!
Sarah, Sep 7, 2016 at 10:59 pm
Nic Roc, Sep 7, 2016 at 7:13 pm
Love this so much! That sign is what I am talking about! Getting the party started with some fun signage and dranks!! Great post! Great team!!
wedding photographer charleston sc, Sep 7, 2016 at 3:11 pm
This is adorable. I'm totally doing this for my own home! :)
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