Truth: I love having a bar cart but I don’t keep a drop of alcohol on it. Why? Because 1. I can never make up my mind about what to have out at all times; 2. I want it to be kid-friendly since we’re frequently having more families over to our house; and 3. I have entirely too many specialty drink glasses to house there alongside their respective alcohols. And honestly, this makes life so easy, because my bar cart can do a number of things in our house now, like become a reading cart or a side table, house fine china, display photos, or serve appetizers wherever there isn’t space in our house for a table.
All this leads me to three ways I love to style my bar cart that are non-alcoholic (so anyone can enjoy these options) and vastly differing to give you some inspiration if you’re in the market for a pretty cart.
This first way is easily the most versatile and the best for those of you who love to switch things up in your home. I took a simple cart and added a few seasonal items, like my metallic bunny, eggs, and greenery, then added some functional pieces, like my acrylic plates and cups for outdoors. Of course, I included a few bar essentials, like shot glasses and straws, but I added them primarily for color and texture. This styling feels fresh and is cohesive with the rest of our Easter decor, which I really love, and I think it would be further complemented by some fresh greenery or a pitcher of strawberry lemonade.
If you prefer the elegance and glamour of the bar cart that’s ready for a bottle of champagne or an old fashioned, this styling is for you. I paired my bright gold cart with all silver and crystal accents and added a side table and lush rug for extra luxury. This one’s great whether you serve water or top-shelf liquors, and it’s a great way to show off some of your favorite decorative items in a fresh way. Not pictured are my galvanized steel letters (Jordan’s and my initials) right above the cart, but I think this styling would look beautiful with a few abstract art pieces above it or a suite of mirrors.
I love turning a bar cart into a tea (or coffee or hot chocolate) cart because it allows for serious specialization and functionality. I chose to display some of our favorite mugs and cups alongside a simple tiered tray full of teas (vanilla chai, peppermint, and green tea – yum!) and simple tea kettle. I keep a tea tray in my office, too, and something about it just smarts of home and makes you feel a little more relaxed. To top off this styling, I’d add some macarons or petit fours, sugar cubes, and a few luxurious loose leaf teas for my guests to make their own special blend.
I hope this inspired you to go grab a bar cart to add space, storage, and a little bit of fun to your space!