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Styling a Bar Cart for Christmas + Cocktail Recipe

Christmas Bar Cart

Christmas Bar Cart

Styling a Christmas Bar Cart

I have been holding back on getting too eager about Christmas too early over here, but I think it’s just about time to embrace it now! For me, Christmas is about family gatherings, getting cosy with festive decorating at home, and delicious homemade food and drinks.

Amara sent me the beautiful Block Table from Normann Copenhagen to decorate for Christmas. While it makes a perfect bar cart, its lovely Scandi simplicity means it can also be used as a side table or bedside table. While I’ll probably be stocking mine with drinks for Christmas, here are three ways you can decorate it with festive cheer. I’ve also thrown in a Christmas cocktail recipe in at the end of the post!

The Christmas Cocktail Bar

If you have a fairly big family Christmas like mine or you are having a little Christmas drink party at home, this is perfect for a self-serve bar. Ask guests to bring a bottle each and then stock the cart with Christmasy copper paper straws, a pretty garland, your best glasses, a cocktail shaker and some festive drinks. This year I’ve got some homemade sloe gin on the way, inspired by Immy. I picked sloes in Wormwood Scrubs Park in West London and I’m excited for it to be ready in about a month!

Christmas Bar Cart

Christmas Bar Cart

Christmas Bar Cart

Festive Tunes

Drinks trolleys have quite a retro and Mad Men feel, which is why a record player also looks totally at home here. There is nothing quite like the scratchy sound from vinyl and it always makes me feel all cosy. Create a focal point for your tunes by lighting some candles and stacking a few records underneath.

Alex has a growing vinyl collection but the only one I own so far is a Christmas compilation I found for £2 recently. I can’t wait to play it lots this December! (Or let’s face it, from now until Christmas).

Christmas Bar Cart

Christmas Bar Cart

Christmas Bar Cart

Christmas Bar Cart

Cosy Christmas Corner

I’m loving the fact that the Block Table can be wheeled around and this makes it so versatile to use as an extra side table wherever you need it during a big Christmas gathering. It looks at home in the kitchen as much as the living room. Whether it is needed as a games table, a place to pile coffee table books, or serve festive nibbles, style it up with fairy lights and some plants for a little Nordic inspired display.

Christmas Bar Cart

Christmas Bar Cart

Christmas Bar Cart

Christmas Cinnamon Espresso Martini

Last time I was home for Christmas we whipped up a round of these espresso martinis while we were getting lunch together. They are perfect for keeping you energised throughout the day of drinking and eating, very straightforward to make, and just deliciously indulgent!

Simply shake together 1 shot of espresso, 1 shot of vodka, 1 shot of Kahlua and shake with 3 cubes of ice for about a minute. You want it to get a nice layer of froth on top. Pour into a martini glass and serve with a pinch of cinnamon and 3 coffee beans on top to make it taste like Christmas!

Christmas Bar Cart

Christmas Bar Cart

What is your favourite Christmas tipple? I’m keen to make some mulled cider this year too, using our homemade cider that is almost ready to drink!

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4 Comments

  • Reply
    drainedbeauty
    November 27, 2017 at 10:22 pm

    I do enjoy a drink at Christmas as I’m not much of a drinker. This bar cart is beautiful and I really want to try that cinnamon espresso martini it looks lush!

    Emily
    drainedbeauty.co.uk

    • Reply
      Polly Rowan
      November 29, 2017 at 10:30 am

      Ah good idea, Christmas has all the best drinks! Espresso martinis are ideal for keeping your energy through Christmas parties as well 😉

      x

  • Reply
    Marina
    November 30, 2017 at 2:14 pm

    I didn’t think of using a bar cart as a bedside table, but that one would work perfectly. I like how it has an edge to keep things from sliding off. One of my favorite Christmas drinks is anything with Bailey’s. It’s just so yummy.

    • Reply
      Polly Rowan
      December 2, 2017 at 10:55 am

      Yes I think it would work quite well with the two shelves as well! Ahhh YES I need to get some Bailey’s this year! x

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