It's that time of year when hosts' thoughts turn to eggnog, mulled wine and piping hot cider. So we're willing to bet many holiday fetes this year will revolve around a very festive bar cart. After all, these functional pieces of decor can help make your home an inviting space and showcase your go-to libations. They set the stage for the party ahead.
Of course, before you start whipping up your festive cocktail and mocktail creations, you'll need the right essentials -- shakers, decanters, glassware and seasonal decorative accents among them.
Donna Garlough, style director for Joss & Main, tells us the goal should be to make the setup as functional as possible, while still incorporating holiday-inspired elements that will make the bar cart pop. Frame your bar cart around a signature cocktail recipe, and have an assortment of basic spirits — vodka, gin, rum, whiskey or tequila — on hand, along with flavorful elements like liqueurs and bitters. By placing a set of glassware on the bar cart, you can let your guests mix their own drinks as they please.
Other simple additions include decanters as a more uniform way to display your spirits (especially if you're not a big fan of the bottles they come in), a snazzy cocktail shaker, and a touch of fresh or faux florals that can make your cart look that much more festive.
To help get your cocktail cart looking extra cheery and stylish this season, we've compiled three different designs, plus all the extras to shop. Get ready for your cart to be a star at your next holiday party.
A modern affair
1. Southern Enterprises Alfred Two-Tier Round Table ($89.99, originally $136.99; amazon.com); 2. Anna by Rablabs Sliced Agate Coasters ($80; ahalife.com); 3. Viski Seneca Faceted Crystal Tumblers ($23.79; jet.com); 4. Etched Globe Spirits Decanter ($38.99; wayfair.com); 5. Jonathan Adler Five-Piece Barware Set ($198; saksfifthavenue.com); 6. Hand-Crafted Large Ceramic Pitcher ($59.95; ahalife.com)
1. Oakfield Bar Cart ($223.99, originally $356.99; wayfair.com); 2. Winter Wonderland Tea Towel ($12.95; papersource.com); 3. Mixology Bartender Kit ($62.87; amazon.com); 4. "Cocktails for the Holidays: Festive Drinks to Celebrate the Season" ($15.35; amazon.com); 5. Christmas Tree Stemless Wine Glass ($27.96; wayfair.com); 6. Biodegradable Paper Straws ($8.39; amazon.com)
New year, new bar cart
1. Broadridge Bar Cart ($142.99, originally $200.99; jossandmain.com); 2. Cocoon Wine Chiller ($18.99; wayfair.com); 3. Pop Fizz Clink New Years Eve Party Bar Cart Sign ($22.45; zazzle.com); 4. Corkcicle Stemless Flute ($19.95; amazon.com); 5. "Prosecco Made Me Do It: 60 Seriously Sparkling Cocktails" ($16.99; urbanoutfitters.com); 6. 5 Piece Cocktail Shaker Bar Tool Set ($29.99; jossandmain.com)