With Christmas just around the corner and opportunities aplenty for hosting drinks and entertaining guests, I thought this would be the perfect time to put together a easy-to-follow formula for styling a bar cart. Although I’m usually more fond of a mocktail than the alcoholic variety, I love how chic having a bar cart looks in your home. And it doesn’t get any chicer than my new three-tier chrome and glass drinks trolley.
I actually put this up on my Instagram stories, without revealing where it was from and so many people messaged me to see where they could buy it. So without further ado, say hello to my latest Argos find. Yes, that’s correct. Heart of House at Argos to be exact. I fell in love pretty much as soon as I unpacked it.
Easy to assemble, it’s definitely a more grown-up, glamorous version of my drinks trolley I bought from a charity shop when I first moved into my flat three years ago – you can revisit this post to see exactly how I styled it and see just how much style has changed.
Bar carts really have seen such a resurgence in popularity in recent years – especially within Generation Pinterest. And although you can hunt them down in vintage markets and charity shops, prices are increasing as their popularity does. Typical.
There are certain elements that every bar cart should have, and a few simple rules to follow that keep it looking stylish. I think it’s best to not keep shelves too cluttered – don’t worry about putting every glass and every alcoholic beverage on there, this is meant to scream glamour, not freshers’ week.
I’d say there were five essentials that you need at the heart of every bar cart, starting with the obvious.
Although I like to keep the standard spirits on there all year round – gin, whiskey and vodka – I do like to change things up and keep it seasonal. Limoncello and rum for mojitos in the summer, Baileys and Amaretto in the winter, for example. Also, don’t feel like you need to place every bottle on there – perhaps pick the prettiest packaging and go with that – hello Hendrick’s Gin I’m looking at you.
Another essential has to be glasses. I like to keep a variety on there, from tumblers, to shot glasses, champagne flutes and good old fashioned Martini glasses. I got these great small tumbler glasses from Heart of House, alongside four taller ones – perfect for a winter cocktail – and finally a two-piece glass mug set, ideal for mulled wine and a cinnamon stick.
A bar strainer, a twisted bar spoon, a muddler, a tea spoon, a bottle opener and a corkscrew are all vital to keep a drinks trolley running in full working order. How is one supposed to create a mojito when there’s nothing to crush the mint leaves with?
Having a tray allows you to carry drinks over to guests easily. I picked this Juliette Mirror Heart Tea Light Tray from Heart of House, mainly because it was the perfect size for the bottom of my bar cart, I loved the shape and the tea light holders can be utilised to create soft lighting once evening arrives.
The one thing that will really take your drink trolley to the next level style-wise, is the addition of accessories and the vignettes you style. Here I’ve added flowers, straws, a crystal decanter, champagne bucket, a vintage silver tea server and my amazing gold skull from Out There Interiors – all retaining either a gold or silver colour palette. You could also look adding some small pocket guide cocktail recipe books, a serving towel in a fun print, cocktail shaker, some art work and fruits such as lemon and limes. Just try and keep within the same theme like I have here, whether that be glamorous, or eclectic, or minimal.
As you can see from my drinks trolley, I like to keep glasses and liquor to the middle shelf and the only reason being is that it stops as much dust getting into the glasses when not used. I’d always advise to turn the glasses upside down anyway, regardless of how long it’s going to be between uses.
I also like to keep utensils and miniatures to the top level, and spread accessories out throughout – from the decanter on the bottom self to my beautiful pink flowers on the top when the eye is drawn to first.
So there you have it, an easy to follow formula for styling the perfect bar cart. I’m so happy with how this turned out – all I need now is to invite guests over for a Christmas get together and put it to some use. I almost don’t want to spoil the perfectness of it all though.
What are your essentials for you bar cart? You can share this post on social media by clicking any of the buttons below, especially if you think friends and family might find my high street bar cart find useful. Sherry anyone?