It’s that time of year when parties and seasonal soirées are in full swing and you need to be stylishly ready at all times for guests, whether invited or unexpected.
So roll in the bar cart, the perfect way to ensure that you can whip up delicious Christmas-themed cocktails in a thrice with more than a hint of ‘Mad Men’ chic.
A vintage bar cart is the ultimate find especially if you unearth a beauty in faux bamboo or brass. But fear not if your trips to the antique fair or local vintage market prove fruitless—there are some great new models available. Try Serena & Lily for pretty rattan versions or Jonathan Adler for the ultimate in brass and lucite glamour.
And even if you don’t have a bar cart, you can always have a decorative tray of drinks artfully arranged and ready to be called upon at a moment’s notice. Pick a mirrored or metal tray for extra sparkle and then add the prettiest bottles, glasses and accessories. Mix colours, shapes and sizes and decant drinks from less attractive bottles into vintage cut glass bottles. Then decorate with bowls of brightly coloured fruit, flowers and even pieces of your favourite art or a mirror to ensure that your party is the chicest of the bunch this holiday season . . . —Louise