Today I want to share a new addition to the dining room, and that’s my new bar cart! I’ve been wanting one for years and I’m excited to finally have one. And of course, I love the styling part the best, haha! Bar cart styling can be done in many ways, but I have a bit of a formula for those of you who might be getting one, or who have one and never quite know how to get it right.
What I love about owning a bar cart is how versatile they are. You can use them as they were intended, of course, but also in so many other ways as well. They can stand in as an end table, a dessert table, an entry way table, or a wine storage table….. the possibilities are endless! I will probably use mine as a dessert table quite often, but for now I’m loving playing with my new bar accessories and fixing cocktails from it! 😉 My hubby and I feel like we’re in a 1940’s movie!
This is the Aimee bar cart and it’s from Walmart! I’m so happy with the style and quality. I love the brass/gold finish and it’s nice and sturdy, too. I actually found so many options I had a hard time deciding on one!
When accessorizing a bar cart, I suggest picking a theme or finish and I went with a brass/gold theme. Though I love mixing metals, here I thought it would be a little more sophisticated to keep all the metals the same.
I keep the prettiest bottles of alcohol on the bar cart, while stashing ones that are a little plain or more garish in a cabinet nearby.
A cocktail shaker is a must, of course and I love the gold tone of this one! And I also added our favorite cocktail book for quick reference and a few accessories to personalize the cart. Something vintage or quirky is a nice touch! 😉
I love how the gold rimmed double old-fashioned glasses look against the gold frame of the cart.
Love these gold stainless steel straws I found!
Another thing I like to do is add a few lemons or limes to the cart. Not only because we use them in our cocktails, but they add nice color as well.
And for me, flowers are a must!
Other accessories you might want to include are a bottle opener, ice bucket, a jigger or shot glass, and stir sticks or cocktail spoons. And of course, extra glasses, too!
I love the crystal vintage-looking decanters that I also got at Walmart. They are so elegant and were a great price! You can find some really adorable (and reasonable!) items at Walmart for any kind of bar cart styling, party planning or hosting you might be doing this holiday season!
Bar Cart Styling Essentials
These are the items I think create the perfect bar cart!
- Pretty bottles of booze
- Cocktail shaker
- Ice/champagne bucket
- Jigger or shot glass
- Cocktail tools such as a bottle opener, long cocktail spoon and strainer
- Cocktail glasses; ideally both low and high ball glasses
- Something live! Like flowers or even a plant
And a few optional items as well…
- Straws and/or stir sticks
- Lemons, limes or other garnishes
- Vintage or reproduction crystal decanters (just because they’re pretty!)
- Pitcher for mixing drinks
- Decor items that add some personality or quirkiness
I hope this guide to bar cart styling has inspired you to create a cute cart of your own. And even if you don’t have a cart, you can create a great bar area using a console table or other small table in your home. Add your booze and some of the accessories I mentioned, and you’re all set for the holidays! I’ve linked all the items from my own cart, as well as lots of other cute options from Walmart’s Holiday Hosting section!
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