When I moved into my new apartment, one of the things I was MOST excited about getting was a bar cart. Take a look at my Pinterest – it is truly filled with a million ways to style one. I was gathering all the inspiration! From holidays to parties, there are so many cute themes bar carts can take on. But today, I wanted to talk through how to style a classic, everyday bar cart for between all the holidays!
I moved into my new place in December and pretty much half of what I packed was Christmas decorations – ha! I broke open my brand new bar cart box and immediately had it decorated with the cutest reindeer wine glasses and glittery trees. I waited as long as I possibly could to take down my Christmas decorations because I KNEW my apartment would feel pretty bare with my primary decoration theme vanishing. After taking off all the holiday glitz and glam, my bar cart was so sad-looking. Between the holidays, I knew I needed a classic, staple bar cart look to rely on!
After lots of pintersearching (Pinterest researching?), I fell in love with a couple key bar cart elements and did some digging to find the best deals I could. Time to share!
Shop the Bar Cart
On the Cart
On My Wishlist
How to Style an Everyday, Staple Bar Cart
- Bar Cart
- It all starts with the cart… I couldn’t be more in love with this bar cart from Target! It looks gorgeous, especially for the price, and can easily match so many different styles.
- In you’re on a budget like I was, glassware can ADD UP! I think it’s wonderful to have some pieces you love and invest in, but to get your feet on the ground, there are lots of places you can find inexpensive glassware to fill your bar cart. I found a lot of my glasses at garage sales or secondhand shops. Seriously. A majority of the glassware on this cart was purchased secondhand and cost me a grand total of $10 for 14 pieces. This allowed me to invest a little bit more in other pieces. The best part about shopping for glassware is you can wash it up and it is as good a new! I am a little hesitant to buy anything with fabric secondhand, but glassware and furniture are great ways to hygienically save money (haha!).
- If you’re not into shopping secondhand, Target of course has great prices on glassware, as does Ikea, Crate & Barrel Outlet, Macy’s, Overstock, Wayfair, Nordstrom Rack, TJ Maxx or Homegoods.
- Adding a pitcher to your bar cart throws in some interest with a different shape and height and it is incredibly useful if you’re having company over.
- Stirring Sticks
- Stirring sticks can be great way to add some personality to your bar cart!
- Napkins & Straws
- Cute napkins and straws break up the sea of glassware and adds some dimension to the bar cart. Plus, this is something you can switch up frequently for minimal cost.
- Flowers or Plants
- The element that made the BIGGEST difference for me with my bar cart was adding in the plant and vase. It added some height and again broke up the glass and metal to add in natural texture. I could not be more obsessed with this sage bush that I got from Michael’s. It’s gorgeous and looks so much more expensive than it is. I want 10 more! The vase is also a wonderful basic and a fabulous price.
- Books are one of the most exciting and useful ways to dress up a bar cart! I ordered my cocktail books from Amazon and love using it to stack pieces to add some height to the bar cart. Plus, it’s so fun having them on hand for when you want to get creative with a new cocktail recipe.
- Finally, adding some subtle lights gives your bar cart some glam!
I had so much fun decorating this car for an everyday look! Can’t wait to play around with it as holidays keep on coming! XO