If you follow me on Pinterest, you probably already know that I’ve been pining over brass bar carts for quite some time. I even turned a cheap Walmart baker’s rack into a “bar cart” to temporarily fill the void when we were living in Savannah (you can see it here in our Savannah home tour). We don’t have the extra space for a bar in our current place, but I can’t wait to find the perfect cart for the perfect corner in our next home (big announcement on that coming soon!).
Although I love them all, my favorite bar carts tend to be vintage brass styles. I also prefer carts with 2 tiers (as opposed to 1 or 3) – they offer extra space for storing and styling more cocktail goodies and still enough height for taller bottles! While I wait no-so-patiently for the right spot to display my ideal vintage brass bar cart, I thought I’d share some of my top bar cart essentials with you.
p.s. Can we talk about this dreamy Vintage Regency Brass and Glass Cart from Chairish? It would make the perfect backdrop for my cocktail accessory wish list.
12 Go-To Accessories for Styling a Bar Cart:
- Bar Cart
- Vintage Regency Brass & Glass Server, Chairish
- Wine Rack
- Raw Wood Wine Rack, Dot & Bow ($40)
- A Vase for Fresh Flowers
- Blue & White Vase, Ballard Designs ($79)
- Bottle Opener
- Whale Bottle Opener, Wayfair ($8.99)
- Small Bowl or Dish for Lemons and Limes
- Cocktail Shaker
- Mid-Century Cocktail Shaker, West Elm ($29)
- Cup for Stirrers & Small Bar Tools
- Mint Julep Cap Vase, Shop Waiting on Martha ($35)
- Tray for Corralling Liquor Bottles & Decanters
- Ice Bucket
- Rattan Ice Bucket and Tongs, Lenox ($50)
- Owl’s Brew, Williams Sonoma ($15)
- Fresh Flowers
- Peach Ranunculus, Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods
5 Quick Tips for Bar Cart Styling:
- Use bottles and decanters in varying heights
- Corral smaller items and create visual organization with trays and bowls
- Add warmth with wood and natural textures like rattan
- Use books for layers and adding color
- Keep a vase handy for displaying fresh flowers
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Happy Holidays friends! I hope you’re all finding some time to relax and enjoy your families during this crazy season. Between closing on our house last month (yay!!), packing/moving, and settling in (side note: our quirky little house was built in 1939, so we’ve been finding lots of projects to keep us busy), Christmas completely snuck up on me this year! In an effort amp up my holiday spirit, I spent the weekend Christmas shopping, wrapping gifts, and baking a ton of my go-to holiday cookies (see my Snickerdoodle recipe from last year here) half of which I messed up because I was distracted and skipped an ingredient somewhere – typical, ha. This yummy apple and maple cocktail was the perfect accompaniment to my weekend-before-Christmas chaos, and I know you’ll love it too!
Holiday Cocktail Recipe with Whiskey Girl Apple & Maple
- 1 double-shot of Whiskey Girl Apple & Maple
- 1/4 lemon for juice
- 1 apple sliced crosswise (Gala and Fuji apples are my favorite!)
- Cinnamon, ground or stick
- Fresh rosemary
- Prosecco or other sparkling wine
- Combine whiskey, lemon juice, and sprig of fresh rosemary in a cocktail shaker.
- Add ice, shake, and strain into a chilled coupe or rocks glass (I used these pressed glass goblets from Simply Southern Wedding Boutique, but you can use whatever glassware you have handy!).
- Top with a splash of prosecco or sparkling wine of your choice and gently stir to mix.
- Garnish with an apple slice, sprinkle of cinnamon (ground or zested from a cinnamon stick), and a sprig of fresh rosemary
I don’t do much baking, but I have been making snickerdoodles at Christmastime for as long as I can remember. Though they aren’t a traditional “holiday cookie”, the simple combination of cinnamon and sugar has always seemed winter-y and festive to me! When I was a kid I would stay up late to make several batches at once, tie them up in bundles with plastic wrap and ribbon, and pass them out to my teachers and friends right before we got out for winter break. You can imagine how much my type-A, organization-loving self enjoyed making those little even stacks of cookies and curling all that ribbon.
The recipe I use is from my Better Homes and Gardens “New” Cookbook. You know the one…the throwback red and white plaid binder that’s probably sitting on your mother’s and grandmother’s shelves. My copy is circa 1991, but I think a version of the Snickerdoodle recipe is included in most versions (see full recipe below).
**Yes, I desperately need to buy a new cookie sheet. Whoops – not very photogenic :)
- ½ cup butter or margarine (but butter makes them easier to roll)
- 1 cup sugar
- ¼ teaspoon baking soda
- ¼ teaspoon cream of tarter
- 1 egg
- ½ teaspoon vanilla
- 1½ cups all-purpose flour
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter with an electric mixer for 30 secs. Add the 1 cup of sugar, baking soda, and cream of tarter and beat till combined, scraping the sides of the bowl with a spatula. Beat in the egg and vanilla till combined. Then beat in as much of the flour as you can (if it gets tough, you may have to stir in the remaining flour by hand with a wooden spoon). Cover and chill in the refrigerator for 1 hour (or a few hours if using margarine).
- Combine the 2 tbsp sugar and cinnamon in a bowl, then shape the chilled dough into 1 inch balls and roll in the cinnamon/sugar mixture to coat. Place 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet and bake at 375 for about 10 mins, or until edges are slightly golden. Transfer to wire rack to cool.
*The recipe says it makes about 36 cookies, but 30 small cookies is probably a closer estimate.
While I plan to eat most of mine, Snickerdoodles also make great hostess gifts and holiday party favors because they’re not very crumbly or sticky. Here I have packaged 5-6 cookies in ice cream favor containers from my shop. These plain white cardboard mini-cartons are super versatile – the lid is secure and the smooth surface is perfect for sticker labels or other diy touches. I like to add colored baker’s twine and handmade tags (also available in the shop) to mine for a little extra character!
What holiday sweets are you baking (or eating) this week?!