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Bar Cart Accessories

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It’s no secret around here, we love a good bar cart (as evidenced by this post, this holiday bar cart, this modern bar cart, oh and this one too!)

We heart them because they’re so much fun to style and they also offer great storage for all of your entertaining essentials. I’ve had mine for a few years now, but I’m constantly changing it up when I buy new accessories. Today, I want to showcase some of our new items and just give you a boat load of bar cart eye candy…because why the heck not? Bar-Cart-Wide-Shot

Here’s our little vintage microwave cart turned bar cart. It’s wobbly and old, but I still love it after all this time. I bought it when I was first getting into the whole “thrifting” thing, and it reminds me of all of the fun Finn & I have had searching for treasures over the years.

I recently purchased this lucite wine rack from Target. Isn’t it great? Fits 4 bottles of wine, but also adds a hint of glam to the bottom rack. Bottom-Shelf-Bar-CartThe pitcher and muddler (looks like a giant weapon, right?) were wedding gifts from our registry and we’ve used them both fairly often since our big day. How-to-style-bar-cart

The long silver tray is from Crate & Barrel (also a registry item!) and it’s great for just about everything when it comes to entertaining. I like to put appetizers on it, serve drinks on it…you name it. Party-Drinks-BookSimple-SyrupBar-Cart-AccessoriesWe still have all of our decanters (most of them antique store finds) and love filling them up with our favorite liquors. They’re pretty, shiny, and oh-so-glitzy. Perfect additions to any bar cart if you ask me.

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I know we’ve talked about it before, but here are our tips when it comes to creating your own bar cart for your kitchen, dining room, family room, basement…okay clearly you can put a cart anywhere. Which leads me to #1….

    1. Create a “Cart” Anywhere: Have no room for a cart or can’t find one that you adore? You can create an entertaining area anywhere! On top of a credenza, on 2 shelves of a bookcase. Be creative.
    2. Less is More: We’ve all seen them. Carts that are brimming with sticky, half-empty bottles of who knows what. Showcase your favorites and you’ll have more room for decorative accessories.
    3. Include the Essentials: We’re talking napkins, straws, bottle openers, mixers, extra bottles of wine. Really anything that might come in handy during party time.
    4. But Add Extras Too: While it’s great to make space for the essentials, be sure to leave room for fun decor items. Perhaps an old book of cocktails, a collection of champagne corks from your favorite celebrations, items that show off your party personality.
    5. Decanters Make Anything Classy: Don’t have the cash to buy all top-shelf alcohol? That’s okay. Pour your moderately priced booze into decanters and your guests will instantly be impressed.

Crystal-Decanters-Bar-CartCheers to our favorite household item to style. Now only T-minus 11 hours until it’s an acceptable time to pour yourself a cocktail. But hey it’s 5 o’clock somewhere right?casey_sig

P.S. A big HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my mom, the lovely Janimal. Love you to pieces. 

 

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  1. Alysia @ Slim Sanity

    We have a dry bar at home, but I’d rather have a bar cart. We wanna rip out dry bar out when we do a kitchen reno one of these days anyway. I can still use some of these ideas for it!

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  1. Alysia @ Slim Sanity

    We have a dry bar at home, but I’d rather have a bar cart. We wanna rip out dry bar out when we do a kitchen reno one of these days anyway. I can still use some of these ideas for it!

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Above the Fridge Decor

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Decorating and styling awkward spaces is…well, awkward. One area I’ve always had a problem styling is above the fridge. If your refrigerator doesn’t fit perfectly snug under your cabinets (or you have no cabinets at all), then you’ll know what I’m talking about.
Fridge before
Check out our refrigerator area. Our fridge is short and squat and definitely doesn’t fit snug into the open space. I think the builder anticipated a much taller fridge going into this spot. Yes we have 2 nice kitchen cabinets above for storage, but we’re also left with a weird in-between area.
Because it’s so darn awkward, I’ve chosen to neglect and ignore this area. I just threw a basket up there, and a vase with some napkins in it and called it a day. But the area always bugged me (it looked pretty terrible), and I knew I couldn’t leave it looking like that much longer.
So I took 10 minutes, gathered some stuff from around our house that was currently “homeless”, and got to work styling.
Fridge after
I knew that I wanted three things for this area.
1. I needed some height. Putting something short and squat up there was not going to do any good.
2. I didn’t just want this to be decorative…it needed to also be functional with some kitchen storage.
3. If I needed to access those upper cabinets, I had to be able to take down and put up the decor very easily.
I think my wicker tray (found in the basket aisle at HomeGoods) definitely helped fulfill all three categories.
wicker Homegoods tray
It’s great because it corrals all of the items, so they’re not loosely hanging atop the fridge. If I need to access the upper kitchen cabinets to find my fondue pot (you bet I’ll be using that bad boy for some chocolate fondue once lent is over!), then all I have to do is lift the tray right down onto the counter, and then put it right back into place.
pellegrino and hydrangeas
It’s also great because it holds some items that were crowding our bar cart like these Pellegrino bottles and champagne glasses.
candle and napkins
I also tucked some extra coasters, a candle, and our linen napkins right up in the wicker tray. The silver candle looks like mercury glass and I’m obsessed with this HomeGoods find. Something that smells good and looks good? Yes, please! The peacock bowl was found in the HomeGoods clearance aisle last year and it’s currently holding some blue linen napkins.
Now if I need to set the table I’ve got all kinds of goodies right at my fingertips.
pellegrino and champagne glasses
wicker tray from HomeGoods
For now, I’m loving my new styled area in our kitchen. The space is definitely less awkward, and a lot more “me.” (But heck, I’m plenty awkward too.)
Bridget added a fun and unique setup above her fridge. Check out her “Pop Shop” in this post.
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What do you have above your fridge? Any decor ideas we can try out up there?
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  1. Emily SimpleLifeFireWife

    That looks so pretty up there! Love that you have it all in a basket to easily get in to your cabinets!
    -Emily

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  2. Emily SimpleLifeFireWife

    That looks so pretty up there! Love that you have it all in a basket to easily get in to your cabinets!
    -Emily

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  3. Shanice

    Looks fantastic! I would love it if you joined and contribute your awesome posts at my link party at City of Creative Dreams on Fridays 😀 Hope to see you there at City of Creative Dreams Link Party

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  4. Shanice

    Looks fantastic! I would love it if you joined and contribute your awesome posts at my link party at City of Creative Dreams on Fridays 😀 Hope to see you there at City of Creative Dreams Link Party

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  5. Lia ~ Smart n Snazzy

    I too struggle to decorate this awkward space and haven’t known what to do with it so I store the kids’ trays and lunchboxes up there. Such eye candy! I really *love* the shallow basket idea so it’s easily removable for accessing the upper cabinets. Thanks for this awesome idea, I can’t wait to style mine now!
    PS ~ Congrats on the Domino feature! It’s how I found your awesome blog and have since been drooling through your posts 🙂
    xo ~ Lia | Smart n Snazzy

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  6. Lia ~ Smart n Snazzy

    I too struggle to decorate this awkward space and haven’t known what to do with it so I store the kids’ trays and lunchboxes up there. Such eye candy! I really *love* the shallow basket idea so it’s easily removable for accessing the upper cabinets. Thanks for this awesome idea, I can’t wait to style mine now!
    PS ~ Congrats on the Domino feature! It’s how I found your awesome blog and have since been drooling through your posts 🙂
    xo ~ Lia | Smart n Snazzy

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  1. Emily SimpleLifeFireWife

    That looks so pretty up there! Love that you have it all in a basket to easily get in to your cabinets!
    -Emily

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  2. Emily SimpleLifeFireWife

    That looks so pretty up there! Love that you have it all in a basket to easily get in to your cabinets!
    -Emily

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  3. Shanice

    Looks fantastic! I would love it if you joined and contribute your awesome posts at my link party at City of Creative Dreams on Fridays 😀 Hope to see you there at City of Creative Dreams Link Party

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  4. Shanice

    Looks fantastic! I would love it if you joined and contribute your awesome posts at my link party at City of Creative Dreams on Fridays 😀 Hope to see you there at City of Creative Dreams Link Party

    Reply
  5. Lia ~ Smart n Snazzy

    I too struggle to decorate this awkward space and haven’t known what to do with it so I store the kids’ trays and lunchboxes up there. Such eye candy! I really *love* the shallow basket idea so it’s easily removable for accessing the upper cabinets. Thanks for this awesome idea, I can’t wait to style mine now!
    PS ~ Congrats on the Domino feature! It’s how I found your awesome blog and have since been drooling through your posts 🙂
    xo ~ Lia | Smart n Snazzy

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  6. Lia ~ Smart n Snazzy

    I too struggle to decorate this awkward space and haven’t known what to do with it so I store the kids’ trays and lunchboxes up there. Such eye candy! I really *love* the shallow basket idea so it’s easily removable for accessing the upper cabinets. Thanks for this awesome idea, I can’t wait to style mine now!
    PS ~ Congrats on the Domino feature! It’s how I found your awesome blog and have since been drooling through your posts 🙂
    xo ~ Lia | Smart n Snazzy

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Holiday Bar Cart

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Cheers to our bar cart getting all dressed up for the holidays! She used to look like this, but now she is all glammed up for the upcoming holiday festivities.
Holiday Bar Cart
By adding hints of silver and gold metallics, this bar cart is ready for some holiday cheers.
Metallic Bar Cart
I scored the bar cart itself on clearance at HomeGoods about a year ago, and although I used a lot of treasures I had laying around the house, I also went back to HomeGoods to score a few extra accessories this holiday season. Let’s take a closer look…
Holiday Bar
I propped up a mini cutting board on top of the bar cart in order to add surface area and create a little more storage space. I snuck the napkins and bottle opener (two bar cart essentials thanks to this list) under the cutting board. The board will be perfect for our handsome bartender to cut garnishes as we entertain. #thatmeansyouMatt <– just checking if he’s reading.
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Christmas Cart
The straw holder was a HomeGoods steal that was actually a toothpick holder I spotted from the clearance aisle. For 99 cents, I had plans that did not involve toothpicks. The coasters and napkins were each $3 splurges, usually I’m not one to buy extra paper products… but what the heck… ya only live once, right?   The glamorous Christmas tree was also a HomeGoods find- $9.99 to be exact.
Wine Cork Bar Cart
My favorite part of this cart are the pops of gold! Apparently it’s all about gold this season, and I can’t get enough. Bring on the sparkle!!
Wine Corks
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Deer Cheers
Thanks to HomeGoods holiday section, I also scored this Cheers plate for less than $5. I’m thinking I’ll add some cupcakes under the cake dome at some point. I mean, let’s be honest here… a party isn’t a party without a little dessert.
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Peace Bar
And last but not least, this Goodwill dice wraps up our little party on wheels. Not only is it a pop of holiday cheer, I think it also has the potential to add some serious entertainment as well.
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For under twenty bucks, this bar cart is ready for some Christmas Cheers!
Speaking of cheers, let’s raise our glasses to the amazing holiday selection @HomeGoods; making over a bar cart for under twenty bucks definitely deserves a formal toast. Tune in tomorrow for some more holiday inspiration from our favorite store!! Oh and the best part? We’re giving away two $50 HomeGoods gift cards to a couple of our amazing readers! #tistheseason
Until tomorrow….
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    1. DIY Playbook

      Thanks Dana!! Definitely head to HomeGoods, you won’t be disappointed!! PS. make sure you check back tomorrow for a chance to fun that shopping spree…

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      Thanks Dana!! Definitely head to HomeGoods, you won’t be disappointed!! PS. make sure you check back tomorrow for a chance to fun that shopping spree…

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Bar Cart Styling

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Thanks to Casey’s Bar Cart Styling Tutorial, I created a bar cart of my own! Like Casey mentions in her step-by-step guide to creating a bar cart, you just gotta love how bar carts save cabinet space, add some serious function to any get-together, and can be a glamorous piece of eye candy for all of your guests to swoon over.
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I scored this bar cart at HomeGoods. This treasure was on sale for $65.00, but you can find carts that can be transformed into a bar cart for far less at thrift stores, flea markets, antique shops or a garage sale.
All you really need are a few shelves on wheels like Casey’s. Hers was not specifically made to be a bar cart, but with a little creativity… you can make it work just the same.
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Bar Cart Style

This bar on wheels fits perfectly into our dining room, and as I mentioned before, adds some serious function. I love that it compliments the colors of the rest of the space while also being very simple.

I plan to change the color scheme and maybe even some of the contents of the cart, for the holidays.  But for now, I love the refreshing, fresh look of this organized bar cart. Thanks for the inspiration Case! Maybe you can provide me (and the rest of our readers) with some tips on how to transition this bar cart into a sparkling holiday party on wheels? Please…?Bridget Signature

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  1. KristyDoyle

    My husband and I moved into our first home in August (hooray!), and it has a bonus room that works perfectly as a bar. We are currently on the hunt for the perfect bar cart to put on the far wall of the bar area, and I have some good ideas for that wall in general, I just need to find the cart of my dreams! The hunt continues….. 🙂

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  1. KristyDoyle

    My husband and I moved into our first home in August (hooray!), and it has a bonus room that works perfectly as a bar. We are currently on the hunt for the perfect bar cart to put on the far wall of the bar area, and I have some good ideas for that wall in general, I just need to find the cart of my dreams! The hunt continues….. 🙂

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Styling 101: How to Style a Bar Cart

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I’m a big fan of entertaining. It’s always so nice to have friends and family over to hang out, have a few cocktails, and eat some munchies.

We like to accommodate all of our guests with a wide variety of beverages. That’s why we’re always well stocked with a plethora of wine, hard alcohol, and fun fruity cocktails.

Our little bar cart definitely comes in handy for these occasions.

Bar Cart

We found this little gem at a flea market a few years back for only $20 (more on that here) I think it was actually an old microwave cart but we decided to use it as a bar cart. I cleaned it up and it’s been housing our drinking accessories ever since.

Bar Cart

Sometimes I see some really cool bar carts…but they’re overcrowded and filled to the brim with sticky syrups, glasses, and bottles and bottles of wine. Yes the cart is a great spot for storage, but oftentimes less is more.  Don’t turn it into a dumping ground for all things drink-related. Instead, use it to your advantage and show off your entertaining gear in style.

How to Style a Bar Cart
Here are some tips to style your own bar cart.
Glass Decanters
Decanters are a staple in our house. We’ve slowly accumulated some ornate glass ones on the cheap. All of ours are $5 or less and they’re actually fairly easy to find (from goodwill, to flea markets). We’ve found some great ones to hold our favorite liquors (vodka, rum, tequila, whiskey) and continue to grow our collection as our tastes mature.
Decanters can add a little bit of glam to your bar cart, and they certainly make you feel more “grown-up.” No more random bottles everywhere. Unify your cart with some shiny decanters.
Flowers, cutting lemons and limes, and pellegrino
Fresh flowers and fruit are a must when having guests over for a few drinks. They add some color and life, and the lemons and limes can certainly be used for some fun cocktails.
Also, keep cloth napkins on hand for any spills or emergency clean ups.
martini glasses
We used to have all of our glasses on the bar cart, but we quickly found out that things get dusty real fast. So now we constantly trade out the glasses, depending on what we’ll be drinking while entertaining. Clean glasses certainly add some shine and function to a boring bar cart.
We’re lucky that our cart has 3 different levels, but you can certainly make any size cart work for you!
Just get creative and keep things grouped together and organized.
Wine Rack
A wine rack fits on our bottom level.  It’s always good to have a few bottles of wine for backup.
Lemons and cocktail book
Then on the other side we have straws, extra lemons, and our favorite…books! (We decorate with books fairly often here on DIY Playbook. Why should bar cart styling be any different?)
These cocktail books certainly come in handy when you have zero bartending skills (like me!)
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So cheers to creating your own bar cart that has both function & style! I know you can do it, and you will definitely impress the heck out of your guests at your next get together.
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  1. Beth

    Love the decanters, but remember to be mindful of lead. Storing liquor in lead crystal is not safe to drink. Cheers!

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    Love the decanters, but remember to be mindful of lead. Storing liquor in lead crystal is not safe to drink. Cheers!

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Sippin’ in Style

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With the fourth of July quickly approaching, we thought it was only appropriate to get our party planning on here at the DIY Playbook.
4th of July Straws
What’s more patriotic and appropriate for a backyard BBQ than red, white & blue flags to add to your favorite cocktail? With a little less than a week to prep, these straws are a cheap & easy Rookie DIY project that will leave your guests feeling proud to be an American.
Washi Tape Straws

All you need: a few rolls of washi tape and vintage straws.

Washi Tape DIY
If you haven’t heard of washi tape… you’re missing out! These fun rolls of tape can be used for (literally) anything. PLUS, they come in so many different colors and patterns, we’re sure you’ll find a style that fits your party planning needs. I found these three rolls @ JoAnn Fabrics on sale for .97 cents each. You can also find some at Target, Michael’s, Amazon, or lots of local craft shops.
Vintage Straw DIY
Next up, the striped straws. We are currently crushing on these straws and have added them as a staple in our own homes. Whether we are entertaining or just relaxing, these straws make any drink a lot more exciting. You can buy these at Target (that’s where these are from), JoAnn, Amazon, Michael’s, Etsy, and I’m sure lots of other local specialty shops.
Straw Flags

Once you have your supplies all set to go, all you need to do is wrap a piece of washi tape around each straw, cut the edges to resemble a flag, and enjoy your patriotic accessories!

4th of July Craft
You can also add your guests’ names to each straw for a little bit of personalization.
easy washi tape straws
I even added a little washi tape on the straw holder for some extra fun! Come on fellow rookies, we know you can make this happen before the 4th. Only two supplies and about ten minutes, we’re sure these bad boys will be a big hit in your backyard.
Sangria, champagne, cookies…get ready to INDULGE next week! Calories don’t count when it’s a holiday, right?!
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Keepin It Classy!

So being the twenty-something gal that I am, I must say that I do like to get my “swill” on…as my dad would say.
No…I’m not talking crazy ragers like back in college. But, more like a nice cold beer on a hot day. Or a glass of pinot with dinner. Or even perhaps a vodka cocktail after an especially hard day at work.
Yes. I like to get my drink on (in moderation) every now and again.
But, now that I’m considered an “adult” I pretend try and keep it classy. 
That’s where our little bar cart comes in handy.
Finn and I spotted this cart at an antique shop in Grafton, IL. It was $20 and we knew we had to snatch her up and take her home. 
We quickly found a home for it in the kitchen right next to the hutch. It’s the perfect spot to mix up a quick drink for visitors. 
With the intention of keeping things “classy” around here, we thought we could use some nice decanters to display our libations.
We found all of these lovely beauties after a few trips to local thrift stores and Goodwill.
Most ran us only $3-$6!
My favorite (filled with vodka baby!) only cost us $4. 
Not only do these decanters keep it classy, but they bring our alcohol purchases “up” a level. Our guests may assume we only buy top shelf liquor. Grey goose, Johnny Walker, Patron… (ha, more like Absolut and Captain Morgan)
Our nifty little cart has room for all of the necessities.
Like these straws in an old Coca-Cola container.
And cocktail recipes, so we can whip up a gimlet on a moments notice.
Of course our cart holds wine glasses and martini glasses galore.
There is even a nice spot for extra wine bottles.
So that’s how I like to keep it classy around here. 
If your enjoy your swill, or simply like to host a nice party, I definitely recommend finding your own unique bar cart. 
Cheers!
P.S. Definitely had the boy mix me up something special to help me write this post. We can call it research 😉

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