Happy (almost) 2018, friends, and welcome to the New Year’s Eve Bar Cart Blog Hop! Today I’m excited to join with a group of talented bloggers to share some great New Year’s Eve bar cart styling ideas and tips with you!
I love getting together with family and friends to ring in the New Year! It’s the perfect occasion to set up a bar cart or drink station because it makes everyone feel welcome, encourages mingling, and keeps early guests busy while you’re tending to last-minute details.
I like to position my cart at the entrance to our living room, where guests will see it as soon as they arrive. Having a bar cart ready with drinks that guests can pour themselves saves you, as the the host or hostess, so much time because you’re not running back and forth fetching drinks every time someone arrives. This means you get to relax and actually enjoy your own party!
My bar cart is actually a bamboo tray table which has a little bit of a retro vibe, so I styled it with some mod glassware and artwork. I also added a few twinkle lights–and even though you can barely see them here, they look great in the evening! A console table or buffet table would also make a great drink station.
Since one of our daughters is expecting and several of our family members are non-drinkers, I put together a non-alcoholic bar cart to show you can still create a fun and festive atmosphere, even if you don’t imbibe! New Year’s Eve is all about fizzy drinks, so the fancy sparkling lemonade, juices, and ginger ale I found at TJ Maxx were the perfect addition to the sparkling Pellegrino water and sodas I always keep on hand.
In addition to drinks, I like to add a few easy-to-grab snacks, like nuts and candies, to my bar cart. The bulk section of Whole Foods or Natural Grocers is a great place to find unique snacks. And since they’re from the health food store, I tell myself they’re good for me! ; )
Other things to include are glassware (feel free to mix and match), straws, lime or lemon slices, ice and tongs, and napkins. A pretty cocktail shaker and decanter can also add a nice touch to your cart, even if you don’t use them!
New Year’s Eve is the perfect time to dress up your bar cart with a banner or two, some fun artwork, or a letterboard with a clever saying. And don’t forget to add noise makers, balloons and confetti for the big countdown at midnight!
New Year’s Eve Bar Cart Styling Essentials
However you choose to celebrate the arrival of the new year, I wish you all a blessed and happy 2018! I’m grateful you’ve chosen to spend some time with me here at Jane at Home.
I’d love for you to follow along on Instagram, Pinterest and Facebook too! And, if you need more ideas and tips for entertaining, check out my post on how to host a casual dinner party in 10 easy steps.
👉Your next stop on the tour is House of Hire.
Make sure to check out the rest of the beautiful bar carts on the tour! Here’s a list of the bloggers on the New Year’s Eve Bar Cart Blog Hop, with links to their pages:
Happy New Year! xo jane