Want to make sure your guests celebrate the holidays in good spirits? Start with a beautiful bar cart—and great drinks. Roxy Te Owens, founder and lead designer at Society Social, has some tips to get you going.
- Include vintage barware. “Bar carts started as a staple in midcentury homes, so including vintage barware is a nod to that. Plus, vintage pieces make your cart unique,” Roxy says. Instead of relying solely on mass-market sources, she likes to peruse local thrift stores and antiques malls, or pick up something with a story while she’s traveling. In addition to glasses, vintage decanters are a smart buy. Decanters are interesting visually, and they also enable you to streamline the look of your cart by eliminating some bottles.
- Add personal flair. “Show your personality with custom letterpress coasters or cocktail napkins,” Roxy says. “They’re inexpensive and fun. Maybe consider a cheeky tagline for the holidays. ‘Jingle Juice,’ anyone?” Check out custom options from Etsy, Mark & Graham, Paper Source, and similar sites.
- Tap the power of trays. “Trays are underrated,” Roxy says. “A beautiful tray adds interest to a bar cart and helps you create zones.” For example, you can corral your glassware on a tray, then use the tray to carry off glasses of good cheer to your guests.
- Decorate! “Deck out your bar cart with garland and ornaments for the holidays, just like you would your fireplace mantel,” Roxy says. Make sure your cocktail zone matches the festive atmosphere of the rest of your home. Go glitzy and have fun!
Don’t get stuck behind the bar. “Holidays are the Super Bowl of entertaining,” Roxy says. “You have more guests than normal, and it’s easy to end up playing bartender all night.” Stock your cart with what you need to serve the classics. “I always have a good gin, a good vodka, and a good tequila on hand, along with tonic and soda,” Roxy says. “You can also bring in a pretty gold-leaf drink dispenser or a beautiful punch bowl and pre-mix a drink everyone will love. Champagne punch with rum, mint, and pomegranate is my favorite for the holidays. It looks pretty, smells great, and tastes so delicious!” Recipe below.
Champagne Pomegranate Punch
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 750-ml bottles chilled brut champagne
- 1 1/2 cups white rum
- 1 1/4 cups pomegranate juice
- 1 large lemon, thinly sliced
- Pomegranate seeds
- Fresh mint leaves
Bring 1/2 cup water and sugar to boil in small saucepan and combine all ingredients and serve up in a punch bowl or easy-serve drink dispenser.
Note: Keep the punch cold by freezing the lemons and pomegranate seeds and maybe a few cubes of pom juice.
Photo and recipe courtesy of Society Social.