How to Style a Bar Cart for the Holidays

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glam bar cart for holidays

The holidays are just about the best time to entertain whether it’s an intimate get together or a festive soiree. Any time I’m planning a little fete, I head to Bed Bath & Beyond which has all of the essentials so I can entertain with ease and sleigh the holidays. 

A bar cart is a must-have for every home since it serves as a decorative piece and full functional bar which is perfect for parties. Bar carts are having a moment right now, so you need one for this holiday season. This brass bar cart meets my standard of vintage meets modern aesthetic with it’s oval shape and mirror bottom. Trust me when I say you will style up this bar cart so many ways it’ll be the equivalent of your favorite vintage jeans. 

Now if you’re like me and enjoy themed parties and entertain a lot, you like to have options, many options. This is why I love a classic bar cart because it’ll work for every type of party you’ll be hosting this holiday season and beyond.

Glam Bar Cart

For a more glam party, I love the idea of bringing in lush red flowers and lots of natural greens. I also tried to mimic the look, the feel, and colors of my sequin cocktail dress. Why not dress up your bar cart to be your party twin?

The Kate Spade Raise a Glass collection is the perfect touch for anything glam, so I opted for the cocktail shaker and ice bucket. I always love to have a bottle of champagne chilling for guests and this ice bucket works as a wine chiller – win! Plus, adding these twinkle lights reflect beautifully on the mirror shelf and the gold dot pattern.

Always dress up your bar cart with flowers, especially when you’re entertaining. For a glam look, opt for simple, yet elegant bouquet. I matched the flowers to the signature cocktail (cranberry sparkler). I like to greet guests with a cocktail when they arrive to the party, which is why I love this tray.

Casual Cool Bar Cart

If you’re hosting a more casual fete, but still want everything to look 100%, definitely style up your cart. It’s the little things that will wow your guests and help set the tone for fab party.

For starters, if you’re ever in doubt, add a disco ball! It’s fun, it’s festive, and it says it’s time to party. I added in vintage Christmas books to prop up the punch bowl which I used as a champagne chiller.

Make a batch of a special cocktail ahead of your party and make it the signature drink for the evening. I love adding a pitcher of the cocktail on the bar cart so guests can help themselves. This copper cocktail shaker keeps cocktails cold so you can shake up a cocktail, converse with guests and then pour out the perfect cocktail. These cocktail glasses work for all sorts of drinks and are my go-to for many parties.

When it comes to placement, your bar cart should be at the center of the room so it encourages people to mingle throughout the party, but it also makes it a focal point of the party so guests have easy access.

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Glam Bar Cart: Bar Cart | Cocktail Shaker | Ice Bucket | Cocktail Glasses | Twinkle Lights

Casual Cool Bar Cart: Bar Cart | Cocktail Shaker Set | Cocktail Glasses | Round Tray | Ice Bucket/Punch Bowl | Christmas Tree | Basket

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11 Comments

  1. Anabelle
    November 29, 2018 / 10:28 am

    You styled it sooo cute!!! I have a bar cart and definitely need to mix it up this year – thanks for the ideas!

  2. November 29, 2018 / 6:43 pm

    This is absolutely gorgeous – I’m a big fan of eucalyptus so I love this!

  3. Liz
    November 30, 2018 / 8:25 am

    This bar cart is so pretty! I love how you set it up! Also love these gorgeous images <3

  4. November 30, 2018 / 3:20 pm

    Yes! I actually need to style mine for Christmas and was looking for some inspo! This looks amazing and I love the pops of red! Also, this fun outfit is so good!

    Denise | Fashion Love Letters

  5. November 30, 2018 / 8:41 pm

    This is beautiful!! I love how you decorated the cart. Btw I’m soooo in love with your outfit, both of them are gorgeous but the first one is perfection from head to toes. Keep it up!!

    XO
    Candace
    http://www.thebeautybau.com

  6. November 30, 2018 / 9:45 pm

    Floral arrangements on a bar cart are such a great way to decorate each season! Depending on the colors and blooms you choose you can instantly have Spring or Winter!

  7. December 2, 2018 / 1:05 pm

    Both of these are gorgeous!! Totally keeping these tips in mind for when I’m decorating

  8. December 3, 2018 / 4:54 pm

    A bar cart is something I always thought that I would have in my home. It reminds me of someone so classy and chic. This post definitely reminds me that this is true. It looks amazing!

    Cheers,
    Steph
    @stephnweber|trendyinindy@gmail.com

  9. Kathie
    December 5, 2018 / 7:50 pm

    Everything is delightful 💛 including your heart sweater and gold skirt! Where did you purchase them? 😘

  10. December 5, 2018 / 10:13 pm

    I am obsessed with everything about this post! From the bar cart, to the drinks, to your outfits – just perfection!

  11. December 6, 2018 / 8:21 am

    This is absolutely stunning! I love every detail!

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