CLASSIC Print, c/o | XOXO Print, c/o Petite & Bold | Paper Straws, Target | White Girl Rosé | Glitter Jar, Shopbop | Lucite Tray, Target | Cabernet Sauvignon Decanter, Target | Kate Spade Planner, Lauren Conrad ‘Style’ Book, Paris Street Style Book | Diamond Stir Sticks, c/o Luna Wishes Studio | Glitter Flag Garland, c/o Luna Wishes Studio | Merci Print, ByLuciana | Glitter Stemless Wine Glasses, Charming Charlie (In Store)
Styling a Bar Cart can be one intimidating venture. When my dad first re-purposed this old cart for me, I was SO excited to get it home. It wasn’t until I started to fill it up that I realized decorating a bar cart is a long process, and cannot be done overnight (at least not if you’re on a budget).
Of course I took to Pinterest to find ideas. The items I found were ‘necessary’ were the following:
- Let’s start with the obvious: Alcohol. Not just any alcohol, beautiful alcohol. Think Chandon, Veuve Clicquot, St. Germain, and my newest (and favorite) addition, White Girl Rosé. These can either be stacked on top, or on a lower shelf (depending on the shelf height of each level on your specific cart). Tip: Either stick to 5 bottles or less, or overcrowd your bar cart to make it known that’s what you’re trying to do. Examples here and here.
- Prints. They can be of anything! I chose these “Classic” and “XOXO” prints from Petite & Bold Etsy shop! You can also find bar cart related prints here; there are SO many that I love! I thought this ‘Merci!’ print was cute too. Since I had 3 shelves to work with, I put one on each shelf. 1-2 prints is definitely enough though if you are worried about overdoing it!
- Unconventional conversation piece. For me, it was this ‘Glitter’ Jar. It isn’t very functional…aka I have no idea what I would put in it (unless this cart was for tea or coffee, then you could put sugar packets in it!) BUT, it is so dang cute! I love the stripes and how the black and white ties in the prints with all of the bright colors. You can also do a cool skull (the bottle of vodka that comes in a skull is a nice touch), an amazing gold pineapple, or a vase of fresh blooms. Also how cool are these wine stoppers?
- Glassware. This can be solely for looks, or you can store your wine glasses on a shelf! I chose to display these adorable stemless wine glasses that I am afraid to use because I don’t want the glitter writing to come off, as well as these “Cheers” shot glasses. The bottom DIY champagne flute is also an adorable way to store these diamond stir sticks!
- Fashion books. Or any book that you love! Books that you’ve read through many times, books with pretty covers, bright colors, etc. (Amazon is where I get all of my books from; remember in college where you would buy ‘Used’ and it would arrive in great shape but a fraction of the cost? Yeah…that’s a skill that I still utilize to this day! A once loved book is just as good, if not better, than a brand new one). A small stack of books adds a little more flavor and helps integrate the bar cart into a more functional storage piece for a living room.
- Serving utensils. I’m not sure if ‘utensil’ is the correct word…but at the bottom of my bar cart I have this decanter that is ready to be used at a moment’s notice! Other items that fall into this category would be the selection of paper straws that I have collected over the years, and the stir sticks mentioned in #4. All items that you can use with the drinks you mix!
- Tray. It’s hard to see it, but there is a lucite tray on the top shelf where all of the alcohol sits. It’s a nice touch and makes your organized chaos a little more on the organized side. Or at least that’s what I tell myself.
& voila! You have yourself an adorably decorated bar cart; Pinterest worthy and everything! Send me snaps if you have a bar cart in your house, I want to see the cute things you added!! Snapchat: @ashbeegash