A TOH Reader's Easy Outdoor Party Cart
Put the party on wheels for easy entertaining
TOH reader Katrina Sullivan of Sacramento, California, loves to entertain as a family on the patio of their 1950s ranch. She also knows her way around a tool kit, as showcased on her blog at chiclittlehouse.com. So when she couldn't find an outdoor serving cart that was exactly what she wanted, she naturally decided to build one herself, using stock lumber and her handy pocket-hole jig.
To make it mobile, she added casters on one side and tapered the legs of the other using a miter saw. She painted the base of the cart dark gray to complement her house exterior, topped it with stained cherry boards, and added an extra-long drawer pull on the side for a dish towel. (Find the full how-to on Katrina's blog here.)
Now she's got a cart that easily does double duty as a beverage and food-prep station. "We wheel it out to serve drinks for birthday parties and use it as a buffet area for taco night," says Katrina. "It's a wonderful feeling to build something you use every day!"