We received this beautiful polished nickel bar cart as a wedding gift from my aunt and uncle. It’s sentimental to me because it was the first adult piece of furniture of our own in our newlywed house, which was on the scarce side of furnishings and happily appointed with a few hand-me-downs from our families. This cart helped to set the tone for the first room I would decorate, our dining room. I wanted it to be a cozy but elegant space for entertaining, and to me, a bar cart that’s well-appointed sets a welcoming, ‘help yourself’ tone for guests.
What’s great about having a bar cart is that it can become a party centerpiece that can be dressed to suit the theme of any event. I have used it to create a Bloody Mary bar, Champagne toasting station, rolling breakfast tray, Christmas cookie display, an English tea party tea service, a wedding shower lemonade stand, and many more iterations. But in the day-to-day, our bar cart is set with a select few items that strike a fine line between the decorative and the practical.
Vintage crystal port glasses and decanter on a silver tray
Silver Champagne bucket and a bottle of Champagne
My favorite key bottle opener
Etched glass stemware
Crystal decanter for Cognac
Tray for alcohols and liqueurs
Penguin cocktail shaker and pewter shot glass
Set of iridescent glass tumblers for mixed drinks (similar here)