I always love seeing little glimpses into bloggers’ homes, even if it’s just a peek at their bedside table or their shoe shelves. Today I decided to share what’s on our bar cart, which we brought from my fiancé’s apartment in New York and now have to the right of the island in our kitchen. Our bar cart is actually two separate pieces from West Elm, a large mirrored tray and a polished nickel butler stand. (Both pieces are currently on sale if you’re looking to add an affordable bar cart to your space!) Sadly a tiny piece chipped off the back of the tray during our move to Dallas last year but I propped up a piece of art in front of it and I don’t think anyone but me knows the difference!

Since our bar cart is currently in our kitchen, it definitely becomes a hub when we have friends over. We did a big trip to the liquor store when we first got to town to stock up on our favorites as well as at least one bottle of each major type of liquor. I’m sure reasonable people could disagree on true bar cart essentials but I’d suggest having at least one palatable option for gin (I love Hendricks), rum, tequila, vodka, and whiskey. We also have St. Germain and simple syrup for cocktails.

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Shaken Not Stirred print  //  West Elm mirrored bar cart tray and polished nickel butler stand

cocktail napkins  //  mint julep cup  //  striped straws

If you’ve ever struggled with how to style a bar cart (been there!), here are a few pointers. We stock ours with just liquor and a few mixers — it doesn’t make sense to clutter your bar cart with champagne and wine just for show since they’ll need to be refrigerated and not just served over ice. I also keep a stack of fun cocktail napkins and a mint julep cup full of striped straws, both of which are fun for entertaining. Then right before our friends come over, I add fresh flowers, arrange empty glasses, and just like that our bar cart is dressed to impress!

I hope you enjoyed this little vignette from our home! Any similar posts you’d like to see? Just leave me a comment below!

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  1. I just recently discovered your blog, and I absolutely love it! I would love to see a post about all of your shoes, and how you keep them organized.

  2. Beautiful. Styling bar carts is so much fun. I have most of the same liquors as you. If you don’t already have a bottle of Buffalo Trace bourbon, you should get on that. Wonderful for cocktails.

  3. Adorable! Fun fact: I still have the bar cart I took off your hands from Will’s apartment over two years ago! It even made the move with me from the UES to West Village in 2014 and I still love it today 🙂

  4. If you’re looking for a vodka, try Tito’s. It’s made right in Texas! I make a drink with Tito’s, St. Germain, creme de violette, and champagne on my blog.

  5. I love the way your bar cart is decorated! It’s so colorful (love the straws!) bright and cheery. I think the ‘Shaken Not Stirred’ print adds the perfect contrast to the rest of the cart.

    I would love the see more insights into your home! You have such good taste!


  6. I love this little home snippet – and I’m with you, I love seeing other blogger’s homes. Yours is especially adorable! I need to go out and stock up on liquors myself. It’s an expensive thing to do at first, but worth it when you just feel like making a certain drink! xo