How to Style a Holiday Bar Cart


bar cart: Geneva bar cart (40% off with code FURNSALE)  // Ballard Designs champagne flutes // 

Since we’re having a lot of family and friends come over for the holidays, I thought it would be really fun to put together a holiday bar cart! I was able to put this all together in one afternoon, so it is possible to do in a short amount of time if you want to have yours up and running before the holidays. The key is making your bar cart both functional and pretty to look at – here are some tips to keep in mind – 
*Booze: What types of drinks do your friends and family like, or do you plan to serve a special cocktail when they come over? If your BFF loves pinot noir, be sure to have a couple bottles stocked. I love to serve hot chocolate with either Bailey’s or peppermint vodka, so I picked up a festive bottle of each for my cart. Chris and his friends enjoy whiskey, so we have a whiskey decanter on the cart too. 
*Mixers: Don’t forget mixers if you plan to make mixed drinks! Juices, sodas, tonic waters and bitters are good to have on hand.
*Glassware: Whatever glassware you keep on your cart will depend on the types of drinks you plan to serve! We have whiskey glasses and wine glasses, all washed & ready to go.
*Tools: I added some accessories like straws, a bottle opener and an ice bucket (all found at Homegoods). You may also want to have a jigger, shaker, strainer and corkscrew to your cart. 
*Holiday decor: It’s easy to add some extra “flair” to your bar cart for the holidays. I picked up the mercury glass Christmas tree from Homegoods, but you could also add festive candles or figurines. A jar of peppermints and candy canes added a pop of red to the cart (and I also like using the candy canes in cocktails!). You can pick up fake snow from any craft store and add it to the bottom of a serving tray for a really Christmas-y look, or even add some battery-powered string lights. 
If you have any ideas for a festive bar cart I’d love to hear them!! You can get my bar cart HERE and it’s currently 40% off right now with the code FURNSALE πŸ™‚

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33 Comments

  1. I so want a bar cart yours is so well decorated.

    xo
    Pinksole

    11.15.17Reply
  2. It looks beautiful and your outfit, too!
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena
    http://www.dressedwithsoul.com

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  3. What a fun bar cart idea for get-togethers!

    Design by Sydnee | Fab Gifts Under $50

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  4. LOVE how you styled your bar cart–so festive and cute! Also LOVE that red sweater!

    Rosy Outlook

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  5. This is so stinkin cute! If I wasn't already in the holiday "spirit," I sure am now!

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  6. How cute! Love how festive your bar cart is!

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  7. Love the blog and the post! Please post the chicken/broccoli/sweet potatoes dish I saw on Snap the other day if you do a recipe post! πŸ™‚

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  8. Caitlin – your outfit is fabulous! The bar cart looks beautifully styled, and I love that you put it by your home's gorgeous staircase for the shoot. Looking forward to more holiday and home posts.

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  9. Excellent post!

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  10. So festive, from the bar cart to your pretty sweater!

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  11. I love seeing how other people style their bar carts! That reindeer bottle opener is too cute!
    xx Tess | Sequins are the New Black

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  12. Where can I find those booties?! They are so cute!

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  13. This is a great idea! I want to throw a Christmas party so this will be so fun!

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  14. That is so cute! I had to get rid of my bar cart in my last move and now I need to get a new one!

    Kim

    http://trendkeeper.me .. beauty gift guide & black friday GIVEAWAY!

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  15. Such a lovely pics! x

    http://www.evdaily.blogspot.com

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  16. Love the candy cane touch! Beautiful bar cart!

    Lauren,
    http://www.atouchofsoutherngrace.com

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  17. Love this post! I saw your comment about where to buy the shoes, but is there a link to where you bought your necklace?

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  18. Great post – that sweater is EVERYTHING!!

    Rebecca
    xx
    http://www.peppermintdolly.com

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  19. Is the wood on your cart different than the one online? It looks darker

    11.15.17Reply
    • No it’s the same πŸ™‚ it could be the filter I put on the photos!

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  20. what boots are those hun?

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  21. This is so cute! I love this post!

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  22. Feeling so inspired! Love your red nails btw!

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  23. This is the cutest bar cart! I absolutely love bar carts with gold accents! perfect for the holidays πŸ™‚

    11.16.17Reply
  24. Your holiday bar cart is so cute! Currently working on mine as well <3

    BlondieintheCity.comΒ 

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  25. Gosh you really do have the most beautiful hair, Caitlin!

    Arum Lilea

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  26. This bar cart is so cute! Thank you for sharing!

    Allegra xx

    Allegra Ghiloni Fashion Stylist
    http://www.allegraghiloni.com

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  27. What size is your top? I found it online and love it!

    11.28.17Reply