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 . 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 .)
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!"