How To Style A Bar Cart

Bar carts are making a comeback and this post will tell you the what, where, and how to style a bar cart like a pro! Bar carts are kind of a throwback to a time when folks came home from work, made a cocktail, and listened to records on their stereo set in the living room.

How To Style A Bar Cart
Photo Credit-French Drinks Trolley

I can vividly remember my mom being so excited about finding the perfect bar cart for the living room. It was shaped like a huge globe and it opened up from the top to reveal fabulous glassware, decanters, and of course the good “brown liquor” LOL!  Those were definitely the good ole days!

Nowadays, living rooms are barely used in most homes or they are non-existent in most new open floor plans. Stereo sets have been replaced by iTunes and not too many people host old fashion cocktail parties anymore!  However, in the last few years, these beautiful nostalgic bar carts are making a comeback!  Millennials are discovering this space-saving, yet artful way to entertain, and Empty-nesters are having fun rediscovering bar carts in grandma’s garage along with those cool old albums!  Here is a picture of a bar cart just like the one my mother had! Too bad we did not keep that cool vintage piece… sigh.

How To Style A Bar Cart
Photo Credit-Vintage Italy Globe Bar Cart

However, if you don’t have one in grandma’s garage or if you can’t find one at Goodwill, have no fear…you can just go to Target or any home store and you will see quite a collection!  Prices typically range from $100-$400  depending on the style, material, and size. Here are a few options I discovered in my quest to find the perfect bar cart since Mommy’s bar globe is long gone!

 

How To Style A Bar Cart
Target Bar Cart- Target.com Price $113.00 on Sale
How To Style A Bar Cart
Bed Bath & Beyond Online Bar Cart $249.99
How To Style A Bar Cart
Cost Plus World Market- $169 on Sale

This last picture is my bar cart!! I found this compact three-tier bar cart at Cost Plus World Market on sale! It was the perfect size for the small space near my fireplace in the living room.  I had so much fun styling this cart with a vintage “Black Glam” theme and a few holiday touches.How To Style A Bar CartI finally picked up the book Vintage Black Glamour  by Nichelle Gainer . I have been wanting this book for years and it was finally in stock!  I also had to display my fancy ONE HOPE glitter Brut bottle, which can be purchased on my storefront, here.  How To Style A Bar Cart

I made several trips to Goodwill and Ross to find old glasses, a decanter and even a Nat King Cole Christmas Album-my favorite!

Now that you have some ideas about price range and WHERE to purchase your bar cart, let’s talk about WHAT you need on your cart and HOW to style it like a pro! There are really no rules for styling your bar cart but, here are a few tips to keep your bar cart looking fabulous!

Things you may need on your bar cart:

  1. Your favorite spirits
  2. Non-alcoholic options such as sparkling water or bottled juices
  3. Glasses
  4. Shakers or bar items
  5. Ice bucket
  6.  Decanters or Fancy bottles
  7. Candy dish or small trays for snacks
  8. Straws or stir sticks
  9. Decorative items like books, pictures, frames, or a small vase
  10. Plants, flowers or a small lamp, depending on size of your cart

Try not to over crowd your bar cart. It is easy to get carried away…I kinda did, lol!

Function & Styling Tips:

  1. Make it functional but fun! Put items on the cart that you will really use or love to display!
  2. Determine the best size cart for your space. Note: my three-tier cart is cool however, space is limited and tall items have to go on top. Two-tier carts allow for larger items on both shelves but, take up more space so decide what is best for you!
  3. Display your fancy glasses and special bottles, this is a great time to take out the gift items you never use!
  4. Add a little color with sparkling water bottles or colored beverages.
  5. Set a mood-cool, casual, rustic, vintage, compliment the style of your space!

I hope you have enjoyed this nostalgic yet trending home decor idea. Stay tuned to my blog for my holiday decorating series and more! Subscribe to my blog so you don’t miss a post!

Stay busy being fabulous,

Kery B.

 

 

 

 

Easy White Bean Parmesan Spinach Soup

I love when the weather cools off and I can start making delicious soups!  I am always looking for quick and easy soup recipes, so I was so glad when my sister-in-law shared this recipe for an easy white bean parmesan spinach soup! This soup is tasty and dinner will be ready in 15 minutes! You can keep it light and simple with just the white beans or you can add Italian sausage to make a yummy meaty soup! Checkout my video for a quick demonstration. Complete recipe is below.

Stay busy being fabulous,

Kery B.

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 6-8 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 6 cups vegetable broth (or stock)
  • 1 (15 ounce can) diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 cup of freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon Italian dried herbs
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 (15 ounce) cans of white beans or cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 4 cups baby spinach (about 6 oz)
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • Optional- you can add a package of Italian sausage. Cook with the onions and garlic

Instructions:

  1. In a large pot, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add onion and garlic. Cook until the onion becomes translucent and garlic is fragrant. (About 3 minutes). Stir in the broth, tomatoes, sugar, parmesan cheese, Italian herbs, salt and pepper.
  2. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally to combine flavors.
  3. Stir in the white beans and spinach, continue to simmer until spinach starts to wilt. (About 2 minutes) Stir in the parsley and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Top with a sprinkle of parmesan cheese, serve immediately.

 

Easy Apple Cinnamon Crisp Recipe & Video

One of the things I love about fall is baking! The smell of apples and cinnamon baking in the oven is the perfect way to start the fall season! My family has been making this easy Apple Cinnamon Crisp recipe for years. It is still my daughter’s favorite dessert!  Follow the step by step recipe below for the perfect fall dessert and watch my video to see how it all comes together, enjoy!

Ingredients

  • 4 medium cooking apples (such as Granny Smith or Rome Beauty)
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup of water
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 (1 stick) butter or margarine, softened
  • Ice cream, if you desire

You can bake this recipe in a 8×8 square pan or use oven safe ramekins as I did in the video!

Directions

  • Heat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  • Cut out the apple core and seed, peel and cut up apples ( you will need about 4 cups for the pan)
  • Mix the brown sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl
  • Sprinkle sugar mixture over the apples then pour the water over the apples.
  • Put the flour, granulated sugar, and softened stick of butter in a medium bowl and mix with your hands until it forms a crumbly mixture.
  • Sprinkle crumble mixture over the apples.
  • Bake for 40 to 45 minutes or until apples are soft and topping is golden brown.
  • Serve with Ice Cream, if you like.

Stay busy being fabulous,

Kery B.