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Saturday Sips: Stocking and Styling a Holiday Bar at Home

I’ve been lusting after this bar cart from Target…

I know what you’re thinking: It’s $120. It’s from Target. It’s in stock. What’s the big holdup?

Well, the “holdup” per se is that I have two very tiny children who love to explore, damage, smash, break, move, and climb on top of things. Keeping a bar car constantly stocked and on display sounds both fabulous and dangerous. But, more than anything, it’s completely unrealistic.

Besides, do I realllllly need this item taking up precious floor real estate in my very modest (read: extremely small) two-bedroom home? No, I suppose do not.

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Nevertheless, the holidays are upon us, and I just adore the look for a festive bar cart. (After all, ’tis the season to be drinking!) Instead of hemming and hawing and adding and removing large items from my virtual Target cart (guilty as charged!), I decided to make my own smaller, more portable holiday bar at home. I can easily store it away and take it out for a few special December dinner parties. (Orrrrrr, you know, tonight when I’m sipping wine solo and staring at the loveliness of the Xmas tree and all my pretty decorations!)

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So, how can you do create a temporary bar-"cart" too? First of all, let me say this: No bar or bar cart? No problem!... I improvised with a super-simple and inexpensive tray table I got at Homegoods. It was a lighter wood, but I simply painted and refinished it. Easy enough. (Also, I realize it's not technically a cart as it, quite obviously, doesn't have wheels.)

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I loaded my tray with a few go-to bottles of liquor, a Tina Frey champagne bucket, ornate glasses and a cocktail shaker from Anthropologie, vintage decanters, and, of course, playful chevron paper straws. The box of Sugarfina champagne-infused gummy bears might be my favorite addition! (FYI, they're pretty delish too.)

To give it a more festive feel for holiday entertaining, I "rimmed" the mugs with edible mini gingerbread-house toppers. You can get these at Anthropologie, or Williams-Sonoma. Could they be any cuter?! (I have to hide them from my toddler! Come to think of it, though, I also have to hide the whole bar to avoid potential disaster... so, no biggie there!)

Well, there you have it: a makeshift bar to house all your "Saturday Sippers" throughout the holiday season... Enjoy!

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