Christmas Bar Cart Styling Tips


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It’s beginning to look a lot like cocktails! I love decorating for Christmas in general, but there’s something so fun about throwing together a holiday bar cart. It combines all my favorite things– Christmas decor, liquor, and pretty garnishes– in one central spot, and it makes serving drinks so much easier. That being said, if you need Christmas bar cart styling ideas, you’ve come to the right place! Keep reading for all my top decor tips and head down to the bottom of this post for product and outfit details!

For starters, a good bar cart is a well-stocked bar cart. Don’t get too lost in the styling that you forget the essentials. Here’s everything I keep on my Christmas bar cart–

  • Liquor– I always make sure I’m stocked with the basics– whiskey, vodka, tequila, rum, and (because I’m obsessed with French 75s) gin. Vermouth is nice to have on hand for martini lovers, too. 
  • Special Edition Pellegrino–  Not only does it make a great mixer, it’s a fun and fancy-feeling option for non-drinkers, too. Throw in some pomegranate seeds or cranberry juice, and you’ve got a delicious mocktail ready to go! 
  • Bar tools– They’re not always the prettiest, but a set of good bar tools is a must. I like to lump mine in with either the straws or liquor bottles so they’re less noticeable. I have this set, and it’s under $20!
  • Drinkware– I love fancy glasses as much as the next girl, but how fun are these red plaid tumblers?! I found them at Walmart for less than $2 each!
  • Cocktail napkins– Every cocktail needs a napkin! I grabbed some plaid cocktail napkins from Walmart to match my tumblers. 
  • Tidbit plates– I like to keep small little snacks (chocolate, holiday nut mixes, cheese, etc) on my Christmas bar cart, so it’s nice to have festive tidbid plates on hand, too. I found these at Target a few years ago, but you can find similar sets online here and here!
  • Straws– Nothing dresses up a cocktail like a colorful straw. Grab an 100-pack for under $8 here!
  • Garnishes– Around Christmastime, rosemary sprigs, cranberries, and pomegranate seeds are my favorites.
  • Bar cart sign or canvas– Festive canvas prints and letter boards make great makeshift bar car signs, and they’re reusable year after year. I actually found this cute little ‘Tis the Season to Sparkle canvas at Walmart for under $10!
  • Touch of greenery– Small trees and floral arrangements add a colorful and elegant touch to any bar cart! They smell pretty great, too. They’re not the cheapest, but I recommend checking out Farmgirl Flowers. They always have the prettiest seasonal trees and bouquets!
  • Big red bow– Tie it all together with a big red bow! Wreaths and lights make cute holiday bar cart decorations, too. 

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My soon-to-be Mother in law got me 2 of these 2-part divided snack dishes for my birthday a few years back, and I use them all the time. They’re from Mud Pie and literally perfect for storing both garnishes and bar cart snacks! I couldn’t find this exact dish online, but here is a similar style!

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I’ve grown to love my small little white and gold bar cart, but I’m hoping to upgrade to this gorgeous gold bar cart from West Elm in 2020. It’s bigger and more elegant overall. Just gonna put that out there in case Santa stumbles across this blog post. 

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Also, can we talk about how gorgeous this special edition Glass Diamond Pellegrino bottle is? It was created to commemorate their 120-year anniversary, and it has holiday sparkle written all over it. 

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For more of my bar cart styling ideas, be sure to check out my Halloween bar cart and Derby Day bar cart, too. Thanks so much for reading, y’all– and Merry Christmas!

I was reimbursed for the cost of these products as part of a sponsored social campaign with Pellegrino. I loved their limited edition bottle so much that I decided to feature it on my blog, as well, although I had no obligation to do so. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Photography by Catherine Rhodes.

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