How to Style a Bar Cart with Aaron Hartselle & Bess Friday
March 26, 2013
How ToEntertainingRomantic
I'm always blown away by how much impact a simple bar cart can have on a space. Not only does it add that instant glam factor, it also invites your guest to sit back, relax, and pour themselves a drink whenever they see fit. Which, lets face it, is always a party plus. Styling a bar cart, on the other hand, can prove to be a bit of a daunting task. Lucky for us, we have the fabulous Aaron Hartselle here today sharing some of his personal tips, tricks and how-to's on giving your bar car that instant wow factor. Beautifully captured by Bess Friday, get the full how-to below! And don't miss the gallery

Aaron's Bar Cart Styling Tips

.Start by taking a trip to your local liquor emporium. Stroll the aisles and you’ll find a vast array of beautiful bottles.

.Chambord and St. Germain are no-brainers.

.Coppola Sofia Blanc de Blancs, Veuve and Moet (Perrier Louet if you’re going for a splurge!) each provide a stunning visual, no matter what your design aesthetic may be.

.Add a simple vase of fresh flowers or a bowl of citrus. They render an element of life that’s oh-so-necessary. Simple vessels of tulips, peonies or ranunculus provide maximum dramatic effect with minimal effort.

.Who doesn’t love a good coffee table book? Use groupings of books to create levels and visual interest.

.Acquire an epic ice bucket. This will help to provide drama as well as functionality.

.Think outside the box! Bar carts need not solely contain liquor. Add an element of the unexpected with a favorite pair of stilettos, beautiful clutch, family heirloom or even a sculpture.

.Visualize your bar cart as a revolving gallery. You’ll collect items over time and will find ways to interchange them depending on your mood, shift in style, or with the season. Joy comes with the treasure hunt!

.Incorporate vintage decanters, cocktail shakers, and glassware for a hint of the old world. Vintage stores, flea markets, and thrift stores are amazing resources. Sometimes treasures can be found in the strangest of places!

.Lastly, accessorize with entertaining essentials. Throw ravishing cocktail napkins, artful bottle stoppers, dazzling cocktail stirrers and fun straws into the mix!!!