How to Decorate your Bar Cart for the Holidays

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, which means it’s time to redecorate your bar cart with festive holiday accessories!  

Full disclosure: I took almost every single piece of Christmas decor I own down to my family’s beach cottage.  I was anxious to make room in this tiny apartment we live in, and since we are spending Christmas at the beach this year I though it would be fun to decorate that house and completely forgot about decorating our apartment here in Maryland!  I haven’t been able to stock up on unlimited Christmas decorations because we move around so much and space is often at a premium.  I would venture to say that lots of other people are in the same boat though, so I decided to use what I have around the home to add a festive touch without going full-on Christmas.  So that being said, here are a few ways to make your bar cart nice a Christmasy without spending a whole bunch of money on things you can only use once a year.  

1.  Rosemary Tree.  They smell amazing, you can cook with them, and they look like little Christmas trees…what’s not to love?  I tied a little ribbon on the top to make it look more like a Christmas tree.  You could even string some lights around it if you want to be even more festive.  Just be careful when you water it.

2.  Silver and Gold.  I’m not one to go all out on red and green items at Christmas time, so silver and gold is how I prefer to make things look festive.  I used a gold tray to corral my alcohol, and mirrored silver stars to add some dimension.  I also included a gold bud vase, a gold candle, and a small hammered silver tray from Target.  The best part is that I decorate with these items year round, but they totally work for Christmas too.  Don’t be afraid to mix your metals!

3.  A Dash of Red and Green.  Try using a red bowl to hold your limes.  It’s a Christmasy color combination but it’s not over the top.  I also put a couple red mums in the bud vase for an extra pop of red.

4.  Christmas Napkins.  Go ahead and spend a few bucks on some holiday paper or linen napkins.  They look great and won’t break the bank.

5.  Christmas Art.  I found this “Merry Martini” sign at a Tommy Bahamas Outlet, and I think it’s a whimsical nod to both booze and the holidays.  You could also find a free printable online and frame it.  The little acrylic easel is from CB2, and is great for displaying small pieces of art.

6.   Christmas Candy.  I added some peppermint and chocolate candy to a gold dish I had laying around.  It’s an easy way to add a taste of the season to your holiday bar cart.

7.  Sassy Straws.  I switched out my usual pink and white striped straws for more festive silver and white straws.  It’s the little things that make a difference!

Here is a sneak peek at my mantel.  Still a work in progress and definitely needs some greenery!

Merry Christmas y’all!  (Now invite some friends over and throw yourself a Christmas party!)

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Katie Vail
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  1. December 1, 2014 / 4:40 pm

    I love that wishbone opener, where is that from? (sorry if I missed it in source list, but I read twice!)

  2. December 1, 2014 / 4:43 pm

    Hi Laurel! I didn't list it because it's kind of old and I don't think it's available anymore. Got it at Anthropologie some time in 2013.

  3. December 3, 2014 / 5:03 pm

    The "diamond" solitaire picks?? Do tell! Adorable!

  4. December 26, 2014 / 4:50 pm

    Sorry I'm a bit late getting back to you! Those are from Z Gallerie and are probably 3 years old.

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