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 and rattan 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
- Wine Rack
- A Vase for Fresh Flowers
- Bottle Opener
- Small Bowl or Dish for Lemon and Lime Wedges
- Cocktail Shaker
- Cup for Stirrers & Small Bar Tools
- Tray for Corralling Liquor Bottles & Decanters
- Ice Bucket
- Mixers & Bitters
- Fresh Flowers
- Cocktail Recipe Book
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
In the spirit of Black Friday – which I have no intention in leaving my house to participate in – I am kicking off my first ever Gift Guide series! I use the term “series” lightly, as I’m not sure how many I will have time to pull together before Christmas, but I had a blast finding these nine gifts that would be perfect for someone in your life who loves to entertain (or who doesn’t like to entertain but likes pretty things!).
- Jade Cake Pedestal, 6″ from Simply Southern Wedding Boutique | $38
- Brushed Gold Ice Bucket from Mr. Ice Bucket | $42.50
- Bronzed Branches Napkin from Anthropologie | $10
- Shell & Wood Serving Spoons from LEIF | $12
- Camilla Cocktail Ring from Stella & Dot | $49
- Champagne Candle by Jonathan Adler from Lemon Stripes | $42
- Gold Confetti Paper Placemats from Kitchen Papers | $25
- Faceted Wood Bottle Stoppers from LEIF | $22
- Citrus Floral Tin Recipe Box from Rifle Paper | $34
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Who else are you shopping for this year? I’m trying to decide what my next gift guide will be…maybe “gifts for him”?