Wedding Planning

How to Deck Out Your Bar Cart for the Holidays

‘Tis the season of entertaining!

Not only have bar carts become popular over the past year (you’ve seen them all over Pinterest and Instagram!), they’re incredibly useful—especially during the holidays. If you’re currently in the process of curating the ultimate registry, and don’t yet have a bar cart, be sure to pop one one on the list. Come your first try at hosting the holidays as a married couple, the cart will come in handy—especially if it’s stocked to perfection. Beyond storing your holiday liquor, this versatile piece can also be used as décor and as a bar for any holiday event—so make it festive! Here are our tips on how to get your bar cart into the holiday spirit.


Create Your Workspace

For easy entertaining, use the top tier of your bar cart as a workspace to build your drinks! Keep a set of 4-6 glasses on hand, like these gorgeous and fun Rosanna glasses. In addition to glasses, you’ll want to have an ice bucket and any cocktail-making tools handy. We recommend this 5-Piece Shaker Set to start.

Stock Your Bar

It wouldn’t be a bar cart without some booze, now would it? Grab your liquors, bitters, mixers, and garnishes! Style it at the bottom or bring it up top—whichever way works best for you. Consider registering for a monthly wine subscription like Winc to widen your horizons!

Bring in Fresh Florals

To give life to your bar cart, adding fresh blooms is always a good idea! Use a classic vase like this one by Waterford, or go the non-traditional route and repurpose a tumbler into a vessel.

Decorate with Metallic Accents

Pick your favorite metal as an accent to pulse throughout your cart. Whether it’s copper, silver, gold, or even rose gold, choose a theme that brings out the spirit of the holiday season (pun intended). Maybe you have your eyes on a metallic bar cart like this gold Sauder beaut, or perhaps you just want to accessorize your current bar cart with other must-have accents like these metallic pineapple shot glasses that double as the perfect decoration.

Add Beautiful Books

On the bottom tier of your bar cart, consider adding a couple cocktail recipe books or other books you love for both decoration and function. Visually, it adds dimension to your bar cart, but it’s also a great conversation starter with your guests!

This story originally appeared on Martha Stewart Weddings.