5 Forgotten Bar Cart Essentials Every Bar Cart Must Have!

I was happy for another opportunity to create a style board for Chairish. My last board featured Chairish bar stools in a sleek vintage chic home bar setting… more on that here. This time it’s all about the essentials every bar cart owner must have! Well now, this is definitely a style board that makes me feel right at home.

Chairish provided these six bar carts to choose from, but definitely check out their bar cart section to see the full suite of options!

Brass Bar Carts

I opted to feature this 1940s solid brass beauty:

Sheila Zeller Interiors - Brass Bar Cart

I love the simplicity of this piece, it’s sleek lines and elegant oval shape. I am a weak-kneed fan of classic Hollywood glam, and just know this bar cart is dying to showcase some glamorous barware, sparkle and shine!

Instead of featuring typical barware basics for bar carts, I decided to highlight five essentials that are often overlooked. That’s right. These five little essentials can take your bar cart from ‘doing it right’ to down right cool-worthy (underscore)!

The 5 Forgotten Bar Cart Essentials

Here’s why and where you can shop to grab ’em quick:

1. Decanter Tags

Chalkboard Hang Tags - Sur La Table

I think you need at least one decanter if not three, to set the tone. They are showy and useful, but it sure helps to know what’s inside! Engraved silver decanter tags are super stunning and on my list of favourites for sure, but I’m all over these chalkboard labels. They let you change things up easy-peasy, and it doesn’t hurt that they are sleek in black but still keep things fun and light.

2. Cocktail Napkins

Georges Briard Cocktail Napkins - Poolhaus Vintage (Etsy)

Nothing serves a classic cocktail in a classic vintage coupe better than a beautiful napkin. We’re used to so many awesome paper choices, but why not go green on this? These vintage napkins are pure linen and designed by Mid Century great, Georges Briard. You know who Georges Briard is right?

3. Coasters

Black Lacquer Coasters - Chairish

No, not just any coasters! This brass bar cart is screaming for a touch of classic Hollywood Glam, and we have that in spades with these vintage black and gold lacquer coasters. And why coasters anyway? Well, they’re great for the stemless cocktail glasses, and they add a touch of cachet!

4. Cocktail Picks

BAR-4383 Cocktail Swords, Toledo (1)

If you’re going to serve a classic martini then you’ll need skewers for the 3 olives please! Actually, you will garnish many-a-cocktail and will be glad to have a swanky set of cocktail picks, or in this case vintage Toledo swords. Throw out the wooden toothpicks. There’s no place for them here!

5. Bottle Opener

Brass Crab Bottle Opener - Chairish

Your bar cart is a statement piece and it’s meant to pop. Well, that’s exactly what this brass crab will do. Who knew this shiny crustacean was actually a bottle opener in disguise?

You can go in many directions with your bar cart, there are just so many options and styles. But if you’re going with a brass bar cart like this you will want to stock up on glam barware basics, add a garnish and some splash with these forgotten essentials of the bar cart mix!
Bar Carts - 5 Forgotten Essentials
 And so… what’s next on your bar cart essential list? These Georges Briard cocktail napkins are definitely on mine! Update: I couldn’t resist!! Wanna see… click here!
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Antiquing, Thrifting & Vintage Finds

I love popping into antique stores at this time of year. If the store does it right, the setting is perfect for that old fashioned Christmas feel, and yesterday was one of those days.

As soon as I walked in I was greeted with antique tables set in the finest of china from years gone by, and sparkling chandeliers twinkling above. And as I moved in closer there before me was a table-top tinsel tree… a Mid-Century Modern aluminum tree! I had my camera and didn’t even think to take a picture of it 🙁

But it looked something like this – only without the ornaments.


It was marked at $39, which I think was a good price. But I didn’t buy it. I hope I don’t regret that moment of discipline, because later that day it was gone!

As I wandered through, I did find a few little treasures to keep.

Like this ceramic bowl made in 1952. I’ve been looking for another serving dish, but didn’t want just anything.

I love the swirly shape, and that it’s not too deep. This bowl is a light speckled gray and will pair perfectly with a bowl I have that was a wedding gift to my parents. You can see that bowl and a little story about it here.

And I picked up a few more vintage glass ornaments, which you already saw here.

None of these are Shiny Brites – I checked! They’re from Poland, hand blown glass ornaments like the ones Shiny Brites were modeled after. I actually checked a lot of the ornaments in the store, but I couldn’t find any Shiny Brites.

But the neatest thing was a little side comment I overheard as I was gazing at the treasured ornaments on the tree…

Two ladies were passing by and one said, “Oh look, here’s all the old ornaments like we used to have.”

She stepped in closer and spent some time looking at them, even picking up a few, and then she said to her friend, “They cost so much now.”

In that moment I could sense a little reflection, a visit back to that time in her life. And it was then that I actually decided to buy just a few more to add to what will one day become our own moments of reflection… of this time in our life.

I found another little something to go with the surprise for Kaleigh I mentioned here. I can’t reveal it until after Christmas though 😉

And for a moment I thought I had found the bar cart we’ve been keeping at eye out for. Do you remember Ms Martini Needs A Cart?

This one isn’t exactly what we have in mind. It’s brass, but the style isn’t quite it. And that turned out to be a good thing, because it was pretty wobbly. We actually want to use the cart when we do find it, so wobbly is not good!

After this store I shifted from antiquing to thrifting, and made one quick stop. I wasn’t really looking for anything, just browsing the household goods to see what was there.

And this little dish caught my eye.

It kind of reminds me of a tiny cloche! Can’t imagine why 😉

But I think it’s a mini butter dish.

I’ve never seen one this small. How about you?

I can think of lots of ways to use this dish, and it was such a fun little find. With this purchase my antiquing and thrifting was done for the day… but just for the day!

*Update – see the comment below from my friend Carol of The Design Pages

And this is why I love to blog. I am always learning something new! Thank you, Carol 🙂

How about you? Any plans to shop vintage, antique or do a little thrifting? Are you looking for something special for your own story, a piece that might become a reflection of this moment in time, too?

It’s about coming home… If you want a remarkable space that tells your story, contact me to see how we can help!

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