Holidays At Home: How To Style The Perfect Bar Cart

While I might not be the best cook in the entire world (though I am working on it!), I do make a mean cocktail or two. One of my favorite holiday traditions is having my friends over for an intimate dinner party, and I’ll pick a fun festive cocktail to make (usually mulled wine, but this year I’m trying out a few other recipes – stay tuned). Long before cocktail carts were trending all over Pinterest, I had one stocked and styled for my home. I think it makes your place look so chic, pulled together, and festive. Even if you don’t drink, they make for such a pretty way to display china, serveware and other fun little decor trinkets that you might want to show off. Read below for my tips on how to style the perfect bar cart, just in time for the holidays!


Bar cart: Start with this, of course! There are tons of options for carts out there, in different price ranges. We got ours from CB2 as a wedding gift, and I love how sturdy and substantial it is. The gold and marble accents are also a nice, modern touch. Check out this one and this one for more affordable yet chic options!

Spirits: When it comes to alcohol, stock what you like and drink the most often. For me, red wine, vodka, gin, tequila, whiskey, and – during the holidays – champagne, get used the most often. I also think having different bottles looks quite pretty on display. Oh, and I’m obsessed with Aperol Spritz, which we served at the wedding reception. It’s delicious.

Drinkware: Invest in some pretty glasses for serving up cocktails, and instead of storing them in a cabinet, display them on your cart. Glasses with gold accents are my favorite, along with unique decanters and vases with a vintage vibe. Lulu & Georgia make some gorgeous ones, but you can even find pretty pieces at vintage shops from time to time.

Tools: When you’re whipping up cocktails, you’ll need a few key pieces like a shaker, strainer, jigger and stirrer. Plus, you’ll really look like you know what you’re doing.

Accents: My favorite thing to add to to a bar cart are fun accents, like this copper pineapple, marble or agate coasters, serving bowls and gold cardboard straws.


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