Festive Ways To Style A Holiday Bar Cart

How to serve up a show-stopping bar cart.

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Holiday cocktails

HECTOR SANCHEZ

We applaud holiday hosts for the time and effort that goes into not just the party food, but also the presentation. The perfect party is one with food that’s both tasty and tastefully displayed. The same goes for the drinks. The potential of a bottle of bubbly starts long before it's popped; it begins on the bar cart, sitting pretty with all the other sippers and some merry adornments.

This holiday season, dedicate some time to getting your bar cart in shape for the occasion. Make sure the cart is well-stocked with everything you need for the season’s signature drinks, organized, and decorated to be as jolly as the rest of your set-up. Add extra flair to your party’s liquid lineup with refreshments that shine this season like sparkling apple cider, Irish cream liqueur, allspice dram, ginger beer, spiced rum, stouts, and porters. With a good beverage selection, quality materials, and some well-placed embellishments, your bar cart can be a boozy thing of beauty. Here’s our best advice for arranging a fabulously festive bar cart this holiday season.

Styled Christmas bar cart

 ROBBIE CAPONETTO, STYLING: MARY BETH WETZEL

Let It Shine

Break out your elevated barware. From decanters to ice buckets, look for sleek forms that add some gleam to your setup. Metallic tones— such as elegant gold-rimmed glassware, silver dishes for garnishes, and bronze tools— feel especially appropriate at this time of year.

Add Foliage 

Have extra garland or clippings from your Christmas tree? Use evergreen sprigs to adorn your bar cart for a decorative embellishment that’ll make the room smell amazing. If the space allows, consider hanging a wreath above to really set the mood.

Boost Flavor

Sure, you’ll want to keep the usual beverage suspects on hand, but this also calls for bringing out some seasonal favorites, such as apple brandy and peppermint schnapps. Extend the special touches to your garnishes; cranberries, dried citrus, and rosemary sprigs are winter cocktail staples.

Use Fancy Flourishes 

Try these pretty tools to decorate your cart.

Antique Brass & Marble Cocktail Picks

Antique Brass & Marble Cocktail Picks

Courtesy Williams Sonoma

Price at time of publish: $45

Hammered 3-Section Caddy

Hammered 3-Section Caddy

Courtesy Dillard's

Price at time of publish: $35

Fiore Ice Bucket

Fiore Ice Bucket

Courtesy Williams Sonoma

Price at time of publish: $160

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