How to Style a Bar Cart for the Holidays: The Anatomy of a Holiday Bar Cart

Anatomy of a Holiday Bar Cart | Running in Heels

Tis the season for holiday parties and festive cocktails! It’s finally time to break out the Christmas decor and get festive all around your home. In this post, I’m sharing some Christmas bar cart styling ideas for the holidays, and everything you’ll need on the bar cart or the “anatomy” of a holiday bar cart.

Even though at the time, I lived alone in my apartment I really wanted a bar cart. I’m not sure why, but it seemed like the adult thing to do, and I just knew it would look great. I got my bar cart for Christmas one year, and absolutely love decorating it for the different seasons (see fall here, and summer here)! I’ve decorated my bar cart a few different ways over the years, but the anatomy, or necessities, always stay the same.

How to Style a Bar Cart for the Holidays

To be honest I went to Target and started picking up sparkly things here and there to add to my apartment decor. I bought even more than you see here because I wanted to experiment! I think that’s the best part about a return policy, you can buy more than you need and see what works where! It is so different from clothing so you can’t try it out in-store. I loved the little bird on the bottom, but it didn’t even make it 24 hours before my dog, Elie decided it was a new toy! If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen it on my story last week. I linked some of my favorite picks from online below!

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Anatomy of a Holiday Bar Cart: Bar Cart Necessities

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While I don’t actually use oregano in my drinks, my bar cart has been a great place for my oregano plant from Gardenuity! They have tons of great herbs and really help you maintain them! The best part is they won’t even sell you something that is out of season.

I love the life the plant gives to such a static area of my apartment. I also typically keep limes or fresh fruit on the cart when I’m planning on having company.

Mixing Tools

I’ve accumulated several mixing tools over the years, and now, I think I have just about everything I could ever need. To cover most of your bases, I recommend getting a citrus squeezer, mixing spoon, muddler, and a jigger. When you’re learning to make new cocktails, you’ll find uses for them all!

I styled them in a glass jar, and occasionally during different seasons, like Halloween, I’ll swap it for a small bucket, but for Christmas, I kept them in my glass jar.


I went to a bar in Dallas one night for a friend’s birthday, and with bottle service, they served Sugarfina treats all night! From then on, I’ve been determined to keep them on my bar cart but Kale and I eat them so quickly! I’ve also expanded my treats to Harry and David snacks, candy canes, and more holiday treats!


Moscow Mules are one of my favorite drinks possibly just because of the mugs! I had them on my Christmas list one year, and I was so happy to get them to add them to my cart! This year I was really hoping to get in the Christmas spirit, so I found these adorable snowflake glasses to add to the mix, and they will be great for our non-Moscow Mule drinks.

Drink Shaker

I actually have two drink shakers in different sizes. I got them both as gifts, but I really appreciate the large one since I can make several drinks in there at once. It comes in handy when I am making them for a party or multiple guests! The small one is what I use most often, though since it’s typically just Kale and I.


I love to keep straws on hand to add to drinks, I also keep dried oranges, extra Sugarfina candies, fruit, and herbs to use as adornments to my drinks! Delivering something beautiful is half the battle, right?


For any drinks, you’ll need to keep mix-ins on hand, but in addition to the obvious sodas and tonic water, but I also keep bitters, simple syrup, ginger beer, and La Croix.

Style For Your Needs

Bar cart styling should be fun, and there is no one way to do it. Definitely play around and add/subtract as you see fit! Also, as things fit! My bar cart is relatively large. I wanted one that I could fit a lot onto, and wouldn’t look too tiny in my apartment. That may sound counterintuitive for a small space, but since it is one of the main pieces of furniture, I wanted it to match the size of the rest and take up the full space allotted for it. Now, the bar cart fits great near our dining room table and holds everything above and our alcohol.

Suffice it to say, no matter what your bar cart looks like regularly, there is always room for some holiday cheer on it! I decorate a bit differently each year, and love being creative with the space from season to season. Now that it is in our house, and less of a focal point, I don’t decorate it too much. I’ll add some decor pieces and garland and swap out my glasses for holiday drinkwear, but mainly I focus on the classic anatomy.

Do you have a bar cart to style for the holiday season? Tell me in the comments below!
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  1. Anna English wrote:

    Love this festive bar cart! So perfect for the holidays!

    Posted 11.24.17 Reply
  2. Cathy wrote:

    I love your bar cart. I’m inspired now to create one!


    Posted 11.24.17 Reply
  3. I love the way you decorated your bar cart. It looks great.

    Posted 11.24.17 Reply
  4. I love this bar cart! I love how you arranged everything, those copper mugs are so cute! I love the festive banner too.

    Posted 11.24.17 Reply
  5. Lauryn wrote:

    What an adorable bar cart!

    Posted 11.24.17 Reply
  6. Kimmie wrote:

    This is so cute!! I need to get one and they have really cute ones on sale today!
    xo Kimmie

    Posted 11.24.17 Reply
  7. I love your bar cart! I totally need to get mine together.

    -xo, Azanique |

    Posted 11.24.17 Reply
  8. KatWalkSF wrote:

    You are the cutest and this bar cart is stunning. Giving me all the inspo!

    Posted 11.25.17 Reply
  9. Kim wrote:

    Love your bar cart decked out for the holidays! I keep the Sugarfina gummies on mine also!


    Posted 11.26.17 Reply
  10. LuxMommy wrote:

    Love that bar cart set up, so cute! So much inspo.

    Posted 11.26.17 Reply
  11. Christina wrote:

    Your bar cart came out looking so cute! I need to decorate mine for the holidays.

    Posted 11.26.17 Reply
  12. April wrote:

    I was literally just working on my bar cart. Love how festive yours is!

    April |

    Posted 11.26.17 Reply
  13. I love the way you have styled your cart! It is so cute and has the goodies you need at hand.

    Posted 11.26.17 Reply
  14. Lauren wrote:

    This is right up my alley! I love doing my bar cart for each holiday 🙂 You definitely covered the best necessities! So cute!


    Lauren |

    Posted 11.26.17 Reply
  15. maggie wrote:

    Love how you decorated it!

    Posted 11.27.17 Reply
  16. Stephanie wrote:

    What a cute post idea! I’ve been dying to get a bar cart for my cloffice – nothing like a little happy hour at any hour when you work from home 😉 Someday I’ll get one and put it together as festive as this for the holidays!

    Posted 11.27.17 Reply
  17. Kristina wrote:

    Your bar cart looks adorable!! Love the little banner.

    xo, Kristina

    Posted 11.29.17 Reply
  18. Nataly wrote:

    Your bar cart set up is so cute! I love how you decorated it!

    Posted 12.4.17 Reply
  19. Ashley DTKAustin wrote:

    Your bar cart is so cute!! I love how you decorated it!!

    Posted 12.4.17 Reply
  20. Chloé wrote:

    Ahhh you are making me want a bar cart!!!

    Posted 12.7.17 Reply