A well stocked bar is essential in every household. Apartments in New York are never quite big enough, so a bar cart is a great space saver! Since bar carts have limited capacity, only put out the ingredients for the night’s beverages along with the necessary barware and a few accessories. Now this does not mean that the bar cart needs to look boring. A bar cart should be festive – full of color, texture and whimsy. Below are The Decophile’s picks for making the perfect cart:

Keep The Party on The Move with A Bar Cart:

Bar cart from Society Social, $295. Available on Shopsocietysocial.com

Make it a double! Carts with multiple shelves have a place for all your party essentials.

Arteriors's silver and glass Lisbon bar cart, $1,140. Available on Horchow.com

Wheel stops are a good investment if you use a moveable cart.

Two-tier Normandy bar cart in gold by Bungalow5, $995. Available on Shopcandelabra.com

If you’re super tight on space, collapsable tables also make a great spot on which to set up a bar.


Formosa clover green tray table, $49.95. Available on CB2.com


White lacquer Meurice bamboo butler's tray table, $595. Available on Jonathanadler.com


Say ‘Cin, Cin’ with Colorful Glassware:

Etched herringbone highball glasses by Artel, $139 each. Available on Artedona.com

The texture on these etched glasses is amazing and feels great to the touch! DVF Sandstone glasses, $80 for set of four. Available on Bloomingdales.com

Like a drop of sunshine this DVF Twirl drinkware will brighten up your bar! $17 - $70. Available on Bloomingdales.com

These glasses are my favorite shade of blue and would work for serving red wine or margaritas! Cobalt blue Margarita glasses, $54 for set of six. Available on Overstock.com

Iconic Italian stemware from Murano maestro Carlo Moretti, circa 1960. $700 for set of six. Available at The End of History, NYC.

Add Character with Accessories:

Respect your wood with Cheers Coaster by Sugar Paper. These coaster would also make a festive gift for your cocktail party's hostess! Set of 10, available on Sugarpaperonline.com

If you have room on your bar, accessories are a great way to to add character. While I do not advocate smoking, this retro smoking set is the perfect bar object because it is small and sculptural. Brushed Steel and Brass Cigarette Globe and Lighter, $595. Available at Flessas Design, NYC.

Mod goes the Ice Bucket with these swinging 60s stunners from Baron Alessandro Albrizzi! Lucite with swivel tops. $1,250 each for small, $1,500 for larger size. Available at The End of History, NYC.

Snacks are a must at a cocktail party! Use silver dishes to hold little bites to nibble on such as olives, nuts and chunks of Parmesan cheese. Pewter Leaf Dish by Bruce Fox, $100. Available at Buck House, NYC.

For the finishing touch, place a framed sketch, drawing or print at the back of your bar. This will make the bar's "composition" complete. Shadowscape, from the series Perceptual Beauty, $115 - $1,725 depending on size. Available on 20x200.com