Amazing Happy Hour Set Ups!



decoist chrome "x" bar cart with glass decanters of warm bourbons
Chrome, glass, mirrors and lighting create a statement!

Time Zones can play havoc with even the most seasoned of travelers!  Even a simple one hour difference can keep us checking the time.  One thing that does seem to be governed by our internal clock is our beloved happy hours.  Regardless if adult beverages are involved or not, the ritual of winding down the day and preparing nightly rituals is something to look forward to.  Especially on a Friday!

urban jungle fashion brushed chrome two level bar cart with white orchids, martini fixing bottles and glasses
A martini station complete with white orchids.

The Happy Hour Bar Cart

American movies in the 1940’s, 50’s and 60’s always had a bar cart.  The center of both entertaining and the beginning of an evening at home.  Then for a few decades they seemed to fall out of favor and ended up in resale shops and donation centers.  Cleaning out Grandma’s house conjured up memories of her serving cakes and pies from a cart…or grabbing a toddy with her cigs.  (everyone’s Gram was different)  Well, the carts are back and boy are we using them!   Bar carts are a way to showcase your flair and change things up as the mood strikes you.  Let’s look at some of our…..

Friday Favorites!

Push the party where you want it.

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The Over 50 Take On Happy Hour

Let’s look at some of the more traditional ways carts and skinny tables can be used to set up social hour.  Take a good look at each photo and you will see personalities abound.  Florals, fruits, and holiday decor.  Plus my fav, the painters ladder nearby. Love how the cart is ready to go when this DIY’er takes a break!

pinterest round circle bar cart with bottled water, copper ice bucket and pink roses with photo of kate moss overhead
Lucky enough to “have” Grams circle cart…maybe Kate will come to your party!
jw caplan photo gold bar cart with bowl of oranges, coral roses, glass decanters and green glass bottled water
Small carts fit lots of places. Give an old cart a fresh coat of gold and off you go.
beautifulness lime green painted bar cart with colorful bottles, pink roses and wine glasses
What color can you dream up for a DIY bar project?
pinterest large yellow wall art and wood console table with bar tray of shinny chrome buckets and glass liquor bottles
Make a stationary “cart” with trays on a console table.
houseandhome eric piasecki wood paneled room with traditional table set up with bar tray
Using a table…don’t forget to add the plant and a lamp.
urban market black tray table with industrial pipe shelf above with moscow mule copper mugs
Tables with trays and wall shelves are a great combo for a bar station.
inspiredlycharm rattan bar cart in natural color with cake stand with highball glasses, glass of stripped straws and dessert plates
How many of these rattan carts have you seen in resale shops?
theglitterguide white painted rattan bar car with copper mules, bowl of white pumpkins and vase of greenery
Look what you can do with one of the rattan tables.  Add casters if you want to be mobile.



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The Under 50 Take On Happy Hour

west elm terrace bar cart
Start with a simple cart.  New or used…they all transform!

One of my favorite finds is the glamorous Terrace Bar Cart from West Elm.  When entertaining, using a bar cart can make you feel like the hostess with the mostest!  (Mom coming to mind!)  A bar cart can be moved anywhere in your home, even outside.  You can push a cart filled with glassware, ice bucket, bar tools and liquor to wherever the party goes!  There is a style and finish for everyone and it’s just waiting for you to add your personal touch.

pinterest granny's old tubular bar cart painted black
Granny’s old tubular cart painted to be so sexy!
Pinterest Brass Bar Cart with Large Wheel Henricks Gin
Brass is back, actually never left, and is ready to shine.  So crisp and clean.
pinterest Burnished Brass Bart Cart In Stone Block Hallway with Large Sea Art On Wall
Direct guests to where you want to start the party.  Free up the kitchen counter!


pinterest brass-libations-cart-stacked-black-and-white-art
Similar cart to the one above, totally different vibe. Cool.

Not a drinker or dessert eater?

Bar carts can do so much more than hold alcohol or used for food service.  A cart is a stylish accessory that can help to keep us organized too.  It can be the perfect display space that shows off your personality, your likes and lifestyle.  Make your bar cart all about you and what you love!

Other Uses For A Bar Cart

pinterest chrome food card with glass jars-cookbooks and table ware
Use it in the kitchen for storing dishes and cookbooks.
decorpad-living room chrome and glass bar cart as a table with lamp, books and shelled boxes
Use it in your living room…..what a statement!
pinterest small white 3 tray cart for office supplies, books, magazines, pencil cup and wire out basket
In your office for magazines, books and supplies.  Kids rooms?  Make Up Stand?
decorpad oval brass and 3 shelf bar cart with florals and books as entry display
Use it in a hallway to showcase favorite accessories and key drop.
decor pad single tray bar cart in bath with bathsalts, candles, orchid
In the bath…oh my!


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8 thoughts on “Amazing Happy Hour Set Ups!”

    1. Yep you need one! How about setting up a kiddie cart for ice cream sundaes? Forgot about that tip in the post.

  1. I love bar carts, and stationary bars. This is a fabulous post. Love that you show examples of the carts used for things other than bars! Have a great weekend.

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