By: Kaylin Meyer
The popular saying “what once was old is new again” applies today to the increasingly popular bar cart. New-fashioned tray tables are completely ideal for the modern urban dweller. They add vintage character into our homes with a decidedly updated twist – and it turns out, we’re totally into it.
A New Spin on Cocktail Hour
The major appeal of the bar cart trend is having a portable bar that keeps the party rolling 24/7. Take the cart out to the patio for cocktail hour or bring it in the living room for a much-needed happy hour after a long day at work. And when you’re not using it, simply store it in your kitchen and, voilà! — your boozy beguilement awaits.
How to Accessorize Your Bar Cart
Okay, so I invested in the bar cart…now what? How do I make it Pinterest-worthy? Well, accessorizing a bar cart depends on how you intend to use it. Are you going to utilize it as a full-fledged traveling bar? Will it be fully stocked or will it just feature the bar standards? Once you establish your intended use, accessorize accordingly.
Like any décor, the best thing about accessorizing your cart is that you can make it over to cater completely to your needs. After all, a bar cart is merely a functional side table – so dress it up with the things you would like to have readily available.
Without Further Ado…
Here are eight Pinterest-worthy bar cart accessory ideas!
- Add a Fun Tray!
Get creative with your traveling side table. We all know that a tray is the best invention since sliced bread, so go ahead and doll up your bar cart with a tray (or two). You can even try a wood slab to help keep the flow of your cart clean, simple and organized.
- DIY Mason Jar Luxe
Give your bar cart an ultra-chic, polished look by dressing up the accessories with some spray paint. Save money by recycling your old pasta sauce jars and doing a little DIY magic to get them fresh and presentable. Use the jars to store straws or napkins; if you don’t need more storage, just employ the jars to add a touch of style!
Of course you can upgrade yours to the trendy paper straws everyone seems to be selling these days, but if you’re like me and you still have old-school straws, that’s quite alright too. Either way, displaying straws not only adds a subtle pop of color but also offers convenience for anyone who wants to sip on gin and juice with you!
- Mix and Stir
Keep it classy by stocking your cart with stir sticks or even a stainless steel stirrer so your thirsty guests can stir their own drinks. This quickly puts you in the modernista style category.
Try adding a fun vase to dump your wine corks! Needless to say, this is what we call “purposefully stylish”.
- Ice Bucket
Break the ice at your next dinner party with this festive Carmen Pineapple Ice Bucket from CB2 (2%/8% Cashback). Not only is the pineapple a symbol of welcome, but this cute little number is a guaranteed conversation starter.
When it comes to styling your abode, it’s important to choose pieces that match the aesthetics of your home. You can fashionably display all of these items above just by organizing them the right way! Don’t be scared to add plant life, a few glam books or other “objets d’art” — whatever works for you and your home is perfect. The point is to have fun with modern living and ignite your inner creative spark!