The bar cart. The life of the party and the ice breaker location. When it comes to styling a bar cart there are SO many ways to go about it. Some people stock theirs chock full of bottles and glasses and some are extremely minimal with what they place on this bar on wheels. My style falls somewhere in between. I had the pleasure of working with Bed Bath & Beyond on this post and was able to choose items from their site in order to adorn my gorgeous new cart with all of the holiday essentials; just in time for New Years Eve!
When deciding how to go about styling my bar cart I first of course had to choose a cart. I was between this one and this one and I polled the readers on Instagram and most of you voted for the one I chose! I love the gold and lucite hardware and the design of the bottom edges. The shelves are glass which go perfectly with our glass dining table. (Reveal to come soon!).
Once I decided on a cart I needed to choose items! Bed Bath and Beyond has A TON of merchandise so the hard part was narrowing down my choices. The cart needed to be functional and every piece was to have a purpose, yet I wanted it to be well pulled together. I always start with a tray or board when I style anything because it groups items together and makes them look and feel like they have commonality, even if they are all different. First chosen was this marble agate round serving board to place on top of the cart and then I decided to snag these GORGEOUS cocktail glasses. They are one of my favorite things on the whole cart. They are rimmed with gold and make any drink look stunning. I also like to add something quirky and this silver cocktail shaker with the gold dragon did just the trick to pair with the glasses and the gold straws which I placed in this pretty glass.
People love to drink and snack so a small gold bowl was added to the top shelf. I love to fill mine with candy, olives, nuts, chocolate, etc and plan to change it up season to season depending on when we are entertaining. I layered it on top of these cute message cocktail napkins that say things like fancy another and don’t mind if I do. Something living really breaks up all of the glassware so I chose this small white tulip vase and filled it with a small evergreen tree since this was setup for Christmas. Come spring I can fill it with a cactus or a simple boxwood plant. Whatever it is, it adds life to the cart. Since the shelves and drinkware are glass I wanted to add some wooden candlesticks to break up the textures. I chose two different sizes and I love the element of rustic they add to a glam bar cart. The last piece on the top shelf is this marble mortar and pestle which is perfect for muddling herbs for drinks!
The bottom shelf of the cart was dedicated to my husband who is a bourbon lover at heart. He was in charge of choosing the decanters he wanted and we both decided the vintage stye ones would lend an old school touch to the modern cart so this one and this one were the winners. Again, I like to group things with trays so I went on the hunt for the perfect one to house the two decanters and these old fashioned low ball glasses. Since the tray on the top was marble and round and I already had the marble mortar and pestle I looked around for a different material and also shape. I actually found this rectangle acrylic tray in the bathroom section! Since the shelf is low to the ground the clear tray allows you to still see what is inside. This jigger was added so the all clear tray/glass/decanter trio could have some color.
The next essential in any bar cart is an ice bucket. Since most of the colors on this cart are gold I decided the copper bucket would add the extra metallic I just love. The tongs are really cool and have a star shape on the ends; again- a quirky touch that really adds interest and personality to your cart. I picked up some bottled ginger ale as mixers because I wanted some festive green for this seasonal styling. I intend to change them out for different colors once the seasons change! The last thing that caught my eye was this hashtag dish. It is small and would fit tiny candies perfectly! And it just looks adorable and AGAIN adds personality. As a blogger it was a no brainer for me and would be so cute for anyone who lives in this social media world!
The last thing I added to my styling were the horse art print and the skeleton key. They aren’t part of the bar cart but I do think art really adds character to a space. These are both from Minted and have a fun story behind each. The town we currently live in has a ton of horse farms and the kids love to say hi to the horses whenever we drive into our neighborhood. The house number I had growing up was 46 and when I came across this print I just loved the nostalgia behind displaying that in my own home. My tips for styling a cart: FUNCTIONALITY, PERSONALITY AND SIMPLICITY. Don’t overcrowd it and think about what works for you and the way you entertain! I hope you love how mine came out!
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**Thank you so much to Bed Bath & Beyond for sponsoring this post and for allowing me to share this beautiful new cart in my home**