Styling a Bar Cart on a Budget

If you’re like me, you spend a lot of time on Pinterest ooo’ing and awe’ing over all the gorgeous decor and clothes. Or maybe, like me also, you are a blog lover and love seeing how other bloggers style their homes. One of the things I always admire most about other homes is how well people style their bar carts. However, I wasn’t willing to spend an arm and a leg decorating one. And so, my journey to styling my own bart cart began. Below are a few tips and tricks I have for styling a bar cart on a budget.

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Target dollar bin

I knew I wanted some cute paper straws for my cart, but didn’t want to spend much (especially since these will probably get used!). Enter Target dollar bin. They have several different designs all at $1 each. I also found a small tin that matched my straws to throw some (fake) flowers in.

Mix and match

I drive my husband crazy because I like to grab a few things from several different stores when putting together a room. For my bar cart, I knew exactly what I wanted, but also knew which places would have each item at the best price. Don’t get me wrong, I didn’t drive more than 15 minutes from store to store, but I wasn’t afraid to make several stops.

Go used when possible

I am a huge advocate of the saying “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” I knew I wanted some fun books to add to my cart, but didn’t want to spend that much on them. I’m a big fan of Half Price Books for decorative books, but really any used book store will do. Here you can find books that are in like-new condition at a fraction of the price of a new book.

Total Cost – $109.50

Target bar cartfree – I waited until Christmas and asked for this cart for a gift. I have very nice in-laws. 🙂

Glasses – $10.50 – I found a 4-pack of standard cocktail glasses at Marshalls for $9 and a cute glass to hold my straws for $1.50

Books – $33 – I bought three like-new books at Half Price Books

Paper straws – $2 – Hello, Target Dollar bin (I bought two packs)

Vase – $3 – I ended up using a cute tin I found in the Target Dollar bin

Fake flowers – $22 – Hobby Lobby is perfect for things like this. I should have waited until flowers were 50% off, but got antsy. I was still able to use a coupon for one of the flowers.

Pelegrino – $6 – Standard cost for three bottles at Target

Framed saying – $15 – The frame was one I had around the house, but the cute calligraphy saying was one I purchased from my good friend Anna at Captivated Calligraphy.

Alcohol – free – We have quite a bit of liquor we’ve collected over the years that are all practically full (we stick to mostly beer and wine), so I just used what we had.

Shaker and ice bin – $18 – I found both on the clearance aisle at Marshalls

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