It’s that time of year again when thoughts turn to holiday entertaining and often the modern bar cart. If you don’t already have one of these glamorous, but oh so practical beauties, then hurry as quickly as your fingers can type over to your favorite online purveyor of all things modern and snap one up. Now the fun begins. The basic principle of bar cart styling is: “Each piece that goes on the cart must be both beautiful and practical.” Here’s a little inspiration to get you started—bar carts and eight must-haves for styling them.

We love the big wheels on this oval silvery metallic bar cart with three glass tiers. To get this cart ready for a party, stash the everyday items and style it with glassware, bar tools, drink fixings, pitchers and shakers.

Brass is always stylish for the modern bar cart either vintage or new. Sometimes these cool carts come with mirrored top and shelves—a nice touch of glamour.

Must-Have #1: Perfectly suited to the bar cart, the Stainless-Steel Bar Tools Set with Stand from Williams-Sonoma conveniently holds often-used tools including tongs, bottle opener, strainer, stirrer, garnish knife and jigger.

Must-Have #2: Also from Williams-Sonoma is the Dorset Martini Mixer. This 24% lead-crystal pitcher and stirrer makes for stylish mixing of stirred cocktails.

Must-Have #3: Just what every well-appointed bar cart should include—a monogram or two. This Monogram Coaster Set from ZGallerie allows you to create your very own unique monogram or favorite word.

Must-Have #4: So chic and modern, Midas Stemware from ZGallerie is clear glass with silver or gold metallic coated base. Choose from goblets, flutes or the bar cart worthy martini glass.

Must-Have #5: When styling a modern bar cart, at least one touch of glamour is highly recommended. This beautiful Platinum Safari Double Old Fashioned Glass from the Italian company Vietri would definitely add that glam look.

Must-Have #6: Also offered by Vietri is this Puccinelli Classic Glass Pitcher that would be just right for mixing and serving holiday sangria.

Must-Have #7: CB2 calls this crisp Restaurant White Cocktail Napkin “the little white napkin.” Just as every woman must have a little black dress, so should every modern bar cart have a supply of these simply chic washable cotton napkins.

Must-Have #8: Pigeon & Poodle’s Lambeth White Collection (in unexpected white canvas) could be the key to styling your ultimate modern bar cart.

The Foxed Mirror Bar Cart and Snowdrift Party In A Box seen in the first image at the top of this post are both from West Elm.


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