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
Hosting family or friends for dinner is hectic enough without worrying about what your dining table looks like. Life’s too short to stress over casual place settings, so here’s some quick advice to prepare you for your next dinner party.
Tip 1: Invest in Stylish Basics
Take some time to shop for a few key pieces that you really like and you will be amazed how easily your table comes together. These pieces don’t need to be a major investment – retailers like Target, HomeGoods, World Market, and even Wal-Mart offer a ton of really amazing things that are affordable if you shop wisely.
Tip 2: Think Neutral
If you start with a neutral color palette, you can always add color to suit the season or your mood. A fun table cloth or a bundle of flowers add a lot of personality, and can completely change the look of your table without much added cost or effort.
You can see here that I used white plates, natural woven chargers, classic glasses, a white vase, and beige napkins, but the tablescape gets plenty of color from inexpensive Publix flowers (2x $4 bundles) and my blue table (which I semi-impulsively painted last summer and may paint again this spring…we shall see).
Some of my go-to pieces, which are all pictured here, are:
White Scalloped Plates // Target
Round Madras Chargers // World Market
Parchment Hemstitch Napkins // World Market
Wine Glasses // Hand-me-downs from my mom
Water Goblets (Footed Ice Tea Glasses) // Walmart
White Pitcher Vase // HomeGoods
Wooden Salad Bowl // Vintage Heirloom
Wooden Salad Servers // World Market
White Votive Candles // Walmart
Kraft Parcel Tags and Twine // Simply Southern Wedding Boutique
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What are your favorite go-to table pieces?