NEW YEARS EVE DECOR: THE PERFECT BAR CART

Looking for some last minute New Year’s party inspo? A well styled bar cart makes for an easy but gorgeous addition to any spot in your home! From a small condo space to an open living room, the opportunities are endless! I loved this gold mirrored bar cart from Structube– it’s classic and elegant, but modern at the same time. Today I’ll be sharing all you need to style your bar cart for a New Years Eve bash, a few easy recipes and all the details on the newest addition to Structube-Their adorable home accessory line!

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First things first, let’s talk styling!

Bar carts tend to get crowded real fast so I like to use mine to feature certain drinks and details. To keep it all cohesive, try sticking with one main colour. In this case, gold! From the bar cart itself, to the gold candle stick holders and the gold rimmed stemware- I kept it consistent! Metallics are also the perfect NYE touch!

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You want to keep a few glasses out for serving- but not all of them. Too much going on can make the bar cart crowded and visually unappealing. I like to have mine be the feature of the party!

Fancy trays like these marble ones are always a good way to keep your accessories and stemware organized. And how fun are the gold handles on them? Perfect for pretty much every party!

Flowers add a little freshness to any bar cart display. I loved the blush tones on the Sefina vase from Structube- it added a perfect pop of color not to mention some height! And this white Alma planter on the bar cart actually has some gold detailing- keeping it with the theme.

Afraid of glass rings on your tables? Keep coasters in plain view on the bar cart so guests know where to find them! And if they’re beautiful like these pink Structube ones, they’ll have no problem using them!

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As for alcohol? Here’s my general rule:

For a small cocktail party of 6-8 people I like to have 2-3 hard liquors available. Always a vodka and a gin, and then depending on the crowd either a tequila or a scotch! Wine is a crowd pleaser but there’s no need to display all your bottles. I stick with having one out at time- this ensures you don’t end the night with multiple open bottles of wine.
Having a larger party? Try to have 4 different kinds of sprits on hand to please all palates!

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As it’s New Years, champagne is always a must! I like to keep multiple bottles cooling in the fridge. If you’re on a budget, just stick to one glass per person for a New Years Toast! 3 ounces of champagne each lets 8 people toast per bottle.

And here’s another quick tip! 750 ml of a spirit equals roughly 16 drinks.

Here are a few other essentials that you need to keep on hand!

  • Ice, whether directly on the bar cart or readily accessible in a cooler or freezer
  • Small snacks: Olives and cheese straws are great for picking at and go great with cocktails!
  • Cold mixers and tonics- once again either on the bar cart or accessible in a fridge. With a small cocktail party keeping them in the fridge is fine- however if it’s a large party of over 10 people I’d suggest keeping everything out for ease

Looking for some fun and easy cocktail drinks?
Try one of these that can be made with just three ingredients! They are tried and true, easy to make and bound to be favourites!

Pomegranate Citrus Martini
2 ounces pomegranate juice
2 ounces Orange liquor or Orange juice depending on how strong you’d like it!
1 ounce Vodka

Mix all three ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into martini glasses.

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Rosemary Champagne Spritzer
1 ounce rosemary simple syrup
1 ounce soda water
Champagne or sparkling water to top

Pour simple syrup and soda water into flute. Top with champagne and garnish with rosemary sprig.

* To make Rosemary simple syrup, boil 1 cup water and 1 cup sugar with 2-3 sprigs of rosemary. Let simmer for 20 minutes. Cool and reserve liquid. The syrup goes great with a simple gin and tonic as well, and it can be made a few days ahead of time and stored in the fridge!

Stay tuned as Structube will be launching so many of these great products in the new year (some are already in store!)). The gold rimmed stemware and pink coasters were my personal favourites and an entertaining must!

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Thank you to Structube for partnering with me on this post, as always opinions are my own!

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