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Summer Party Crash Tour: Bar Cart Styling Tips

I'm here to PAR-TAY today as part of a Summer Party Crash Tour, hosted by Ola from J'Adore le Decor, with some of my lovely blog friends. Summer starts TODAY although you would totally not know that given the insane level of rain we've received in South Texas this week. I'm hoping the sun comes out in full force this weekend.

A blue and white with florals chinoiserie and ginger jar inspired bar cart styled for summer soirees and entertaining. So many decor ideas!


As part of this progressive summer party, I chose to provide some summer bar cart ideas. You can catch my spring bar cart tips over in this post- I love to decorate my bar cart and I probably change it up about 4-6 times a year. The fundamentals of my bar cart stay pretty much the same, but I rotate the decor, florals, candles, glassware, etc.

And in case you're wondering what my blog posting schedule will be like during the summer, I'm aiming for one post a week, two max, throughout the summer to give myself some room to breathe and relax. I got really, really burnt out after the One Room Challenge. 

Thanks for all the emails and Instagram messages asking me how I'm doing- many of you know I was going through a rough time emotionally and while I can't say I'm 100% better, I am doing better overall.

For summer, I think of crisp blue and white, so I wanted to bring some of my blue and white ginger jars and chinoiserie inspired elements front and center to my bar cart. Since a gold mirror adorns the space right above it, some gold accents such as a gold pineapple ice bucket and a tray add a bit of glam gold.

A blue and white with florals chinoiserie and ginger jar inspired bar cart styled for summer soirees and entertaining. So many decor ideas!

The HUGE ginger jar is from Tuesday Morning, and the faux apple blossoms are from Hobby Lobby. Truth be told the stems are a tad too short for the ginger jar, so I took some plastic shopping bags and scrunched them in the bottom to help hoist the branches up. A free and simple solution.

A blue and white with florals chinoiserie and ginger jar inspired bar cart styled for summer soirees and entertaining. So many decor ideas!

Since my kitchen island is about five feet away from my bar cart,  I do mix the drinks there, which is why I am free to take up so much space on the cart with pretty things. I guess my bar cart is more for beautiful storage and display than to literally make drinks.


A blue and white with florals chinoiserie and ginger jar inspired bar cart styled for summer soirees and entertaining. So many decor ideas!

In the back corner of my bar cart, I always, and I mean always have a air freshener/room spray handy. That way if I have some surprise guest or visitor, I can quickly spritz the kitchen, living room and foyer in under five seconds flat from my bar cart.

A blue and white with florals chinoiserie and ginger jar inspired bar cart styled for summer soirees and entertaining. So many decor ideas!

On the bottom, I keep my booze, glassware, and one more blue and white vase with some faux greenery. This area does collect dust easily because of life and having a dog that sheds everywhere, so I do have to dust it quite often.

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Taking my bar cart from spring decor to summer vibes took under 15 minutes and cost me no money. Sometimes moving a few accessories around can invigorate a space and make it feel new.

For more summer decor and soiree ideas, visit my friends below. 




9 comments

  1. Beautifully done as always Monica! I love a great bar cart and this certainly doesn't disappoint. And that ginger jar... very nice touch. Thanks for joining me on this summer tour!

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  2. I love your bar cart and the gorgeous colors you incorporated for summer!!! I totally need to get me a bar cart now.

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  3. I LOVE the faux florals and raising them using a plastic bag! Brilliant! Your bar cart is so beautiful.

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  4. The best kind of styling! You know I love your bar cart... ..the burst of pink flowers screams YAAAAY for Summer!!!

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  5. It's great when you can style by shopping your home.. and you have fabulous items.. this style screams YAAAAAY FOR SUMMER! The pink color is bursting with color

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  6. This is all so pretty Monica, and perfect for summer entertaining! I need a bar cart badly after seeing this!

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  7. Monica, I love bar carts! No matter how much space you have they can be great for entertaining around your home. I love the way you styled yours for summer. Also, super happy that you're feeling a little better now. Take care!

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  8. Every time I see your bar cart it makes me want to run home and restyle mine.. lol.. yours is so perfectly styled for Summer. The pink flowers are bursting with summer warmth.. which makes you want to hit the cart for a refreshing drink!

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