How to Glam-Up Your Bar Cart For the Holidays

These swoon-worthy bar cart tips will have your guests coming back for more.

How to Set Up a Glam Holiday Bar Cart
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The holidays are quickly approaching, and soon your home will be full of friends, family and, of course, the amazing food and drinks you’ve been waiting for all year long. To ensure that your home is the place to be this holiday season, you’re going to want to pull out all the stops. Before you send out the invitations, we'll show you how to make sure your bar cart is stocked with holiday cheer.

Keep Things Moving

Photo by: Jalynn Baker

Jalynn Baker

First things first: Holiday cocktails shouldn’t stop after dinner, so we think your home bar belongs on a cart. This way, it can follow the party from room to room. A classic holiday party is all about the glitz and glam. For maximum visual impact, don’t be afraid to go glamorous when arranging your cart.

Make Sure It’s Stocked

Photo by: Jalynn Baker

Jalynn Baker

Your average bar cart will have a minimum of two shelves. This leaves plenty of room for a your thoughtfully curated collection, a little seasonal decor — oh, and don’t forget the bar tools! It’s wise to keep a muddler, strainer, wine key and jigger on hand. If you’re serving champagne, save room for an elegant ice bucket to keep it chilly.

Get Your Glasses

Photo by: Jalynn Baker

Jalynn Baker

Don’t make your guests sip whiskey from a wine glass. Make sure you have proper glasses on hand. We recommend at least a few low-balls, high-balls and wine glasses to go around. Elevate your glassware’s glam factor by using metallic monogrammed pieces.

Dress Up With Decanters

To cut away clutter and improve the overall look of your bar cart, narrow down the selection to a few of your favorite spirits. Upgrade the visual by transferring your choices to an assortment of decanters to maintain a clean look, free from clashing labels.

Top It Off

To fill in the gaps and top off the cart’s look, place useful items throughout the cart. Recipe books, straws and stir sticks, citrus fruits and festive linens make for beautiful and practical decorations. Top your cart off with festive boughs and greenery and get to partying!

Photo by: Jalynn Baker

Jalynn Baker

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