One of my favorite things to decorate for the holidays is my bar cart. It’s been a while since my last holiday bar cart feature. Now how I decorate it depends on two things: is it just for decoration? If so, load her up with decor! Or does it actually need to be functional? By functional, I just mean that my guests are able to reach everything they need to make a drink without knocking things off the cart.
How to Decorate a Holiday Bar Cart in 5 Simple Steps
1. Clean your bar cart
First things first, start with a fresh clean slate. Take everything off, dust it down, wipe with a damp cloth if need be, then you’ll be ready to start from scratch. I don’t know about you, but my bar cart gets so dusty that I clean it about every 3 months or so.
My bar cart is the Sedgewick model from Society Social. It does come with a slightly larger price tag, however it is also a bit larger than most carts and very well designed. By that I mean it is very sturdy with lots of surface area.
2. Find holiday bar cart inspiration
Pinterest is a great resource for this. I have an entire album dedicated to Christmas and another to just Bar Carts. Yes, that is indeed how much I love them.
3. Gather all of your decorations
Gather all your holiday decor that you think you may want to put on your bar cart. These can include items such as:
- small glitter Christmas trees
- bottles: champagne, wine, spirits, mixers
- champagne bucket
- Christmas lights
- candy canes or bulbs in a jar
- festive glasses
- faux fur rug
- holiday candy
4. Ready, set,… decorate!
Place your runners, placemats, and trays down first. I used these gold beaded trays that I bought from Z Gallerie years ago. They still have them available. They also look amazing on a holiday table setting. Then, I like to add my “must-haves” back on to the cart. These include things like liquor bottles, utensils, glasses. Items your bar cart was actually intended for.
5. Add in the Christmas decor!
This part is the most fun in my opinion. I start with taller items like glitter Christmas trees adding height to the decor. Then start filling in with smaller items such as jars full of holiday candy, and little mini nutcrackers. I picked up these from Home Goods and the smaller version from the dollar bin at Target.
Then if you’d like, add lights! There was already a lot of glitter and gold going on with my cart, so I decided to forgo the holiday lights this year.
There you have it! How to decorate a holiday bar cart in 5 simple steps. See last year’s holiday bar cart theme here. You can always shop all of my bar cart decor and accessories here.
How do you like to decorate your own holiday bar cart? Let me know in a comment below!
Thank you for stopping by and happy holidays everyone!
Shop My Bar Cart:
SOLE SOCIETY BAR CART // RACECAR COCKTAIL SHAKER // GEOMETRIC COASTERS // LARGE NUTCRACKER, BLUE CURTAIN, FRAMED PHOTO + WREATH – HOME GOODS // ZGALLERIE GOLD BEADED MAT & PAINTING // GLITTER CHRISTMAS TREES: TARGET & MICHAELS // SMALL NUTCRACKERS- TARGET //
Photo by Taylor Lynn Photo