The Anatomy of a Holiday Bar Cart

Anatomy of a Holiday Bar Cart | Running in Heels

Tis the season for holiday parties and cocktails! It’s finally time to break out the Christmas decor, so if you’re just starting or haven’t started yet, I’m here to offer some inspiration for your bar cart corner! I got my bar cart for Christmas last year, so this is my first year being able to decorate it for the holidays! Keep scrolling for the anatomy of a holiday bar cart!

I’ve been getting into cocktail making from a few events I’ve attended recently, so I’m actually using these tools and my cart for it’s intended purpose and not just decoration. No bar cart? No problem, this is a great time of year to shop for one since they are all on sale!

Holiday Bar Cart Necessities

Something Living: 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 it gives to such a static area of my apartment. I also typically keep limes on the cart when I’m planning on company, but these photos were taken right before I left for Thanksgiving.

Mixing Tools: I’ve accumulated several mixing tools in the last few years. I have a lime squeezer (I couldn’t find a more official name for one), a mixing spoon, a wooden and a metal muddler, and a jigger. Surprisingly I’ve used them all!

Snacks: 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!

Drinkware: Moscow Mules are one of my favorite drinks possibly just because of the mugs! I had them on my Christmas list last year, and I was so happy to get them and 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 2 drink shakers in different sizes. I got them both as gifts, but I really appreciate the large one since I can make more than one drink in there. It comes in handy when I am making them for more than one or two people! The small one is what I use most often, though since it’s typically just Kale and I.

Adornments: 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?

Mix-Ins: For the Jack and Cokes, or vodka sodas you’ll need to keep mix-ins on hand, but in addition to the obvious, I keep bitters, simple syrup, and La Croix.

Christmas Decor: 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 than with 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!

Shop My Holiday Bar Cart


Anatomy of a Holiday Bar Cart | Running in Heels

Anatomy of a Holiday Bar Cart | Running in Heels

Anatomy of a Holiday Bar Cart | Running in Heels

Anatomy of a Holiday Bar Cart | Running in Heels

Anatomy of a Holiday Bar Cart | Running in Heels

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  • Reply Anna English

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

    November 24, 2017 at 7:50 am
  • Reply Cathy

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


    November 24, 2017 at 8:36 am
  • Reply Courtney Hardy

    I love the way you decorated your bar cart. It looks great.

    November 24, 2017 at 9:05 am
  • Reply Laura || Walking in Memphis in High Heels

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

    November 24, 2017 at 9:07 am
  • Reply Lauryn

    What an adorable bar cart!

    November 24, 2017 at 10:51 am
  • Reply Kimmie

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

    November 24, 2017 at 11:31 am
  • Reply Azanique Rawl

    I love your bar cart! I totally need to get mine together.

    -xo, Azanique |

    November 24, 2017 at 3:50 pm
  • Reply KatWalkSF

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

    November 25, 2017 at 9:05 am
  • Reply Kim

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


    November 26, 2017 at 11:17 am
  • Reply LuxMommy

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

    November 26, 2017 at 3:45 pm
  • Reply Christina

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

    November 26, 2017 at 4:17 pm
  • Reply April

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

    April |

    November 26, 2017 at 6:57 pm
  • Reply Debbie Savage

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

    November 26, 2017 at 7:16 pm
  • Reply Lauren

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


    Lauren |

    November 26, 2017 at 9:13 pm
  • Reply maggie

    Love how you decorated it!

    November 27, 2017 at 6:47 am
  • Reply Stephanie

    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!

    November 27, 2017 at 12:29 pm
  • Reply Kristina

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

    xo, Kristina

    November 29, 2017 at 7:44 am
  • Reply Nataly

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

    December 4, 2017 at 7:40 am
  • Reply Ashley DTKAustin

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

    December 4, 2017 at 9:10 pm
  • Reply Chloé

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

    December 7, 2017 at 12:50 pm
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