It's always a fun time of year around the shop when we get to put up our holiday decor and cue the Christmas tunes. Decorating for the holidays can be overwhelming, so we suggest focusing on just one area of the home to decorate at a time. Here our lead visual merchandiser and buyer, Karen, offers tips for decorating and styling bar carts for the holidays.

"Bar carts are a great place to switch up themes for holidays or special events without having to decorate the whole house," - Karen Shea Connell, Visual Merchandiser & Buyer

City Home Bar Carts StylingCity Home Visual Merchandiser and Buyer, Karen, styling a thanksgiving themed bar cart at City Home. Pictured: reclaimed wood & iron bar cart, magnolia home gathering pan and vintage shutter doors.

The Reclaimed Wood & Iron Entertaining Bar Cart offers plenty of drawers for storing everything from napkins and utensils to nut bowls and serving platters. Bonus: easy to wheel around and rearrange!

Light up elements, like a ornamental garland, add extra pizzaz and are a must for Christmas decorating!

When Karen styled this cart, she focused on including color, texture, varying heights and greenery.

This elegant oval bar cart doubles as a side table that looks right at home in between a pair of chairs. Perfect for a living room to accessorize with books and a lamp.

Add a sheepskin throw over your chair to add a designer's touch! 

Karen styled the Reclaimed Wood & Iron Bar Cart for the Thanksgiving holiday, utilizing natural elements like pumpkins, gourds and corn to take advantage of the open basket storage.

City Home's bar carts are super versatile and can do a lot of different jobs around the house. Roll it outside for your next BBQ, use them to serve hors d'oeuvres, or set up as a dessert display, coffee bar or traditional cocktail mixing station. The options are endless!


Our friends over at James Beard nominated bar, Clyde Common, gave us the inside scoop on recipes for two cocktails that are easy to whip up at home for your next holiday get together. Check out these tasty concoctions from Portland Bartender Banjo Amberg!

Pennsylvania Dutch

1oz casa magdalena white rum from house spirits distillery in portland
1oz cardamaro
0.5oz clear creek pear brandy
2 TSP. nux alpina walnut liqueur
1 TSP. 2:1 simple syrup (2 parts white sugar to 1 part boiling water. Stir to combine, do not heat over stove. Boil water first)
Stir all ingredients over cracked ice, strain onto rocks, add lemon twist to finish


snapdragon cocktail clyde common portland oregon holiday cocktail recipe

1.5oz pueblo viejo blanco tequila
0.75oz fresh lime juice
0.5oz 2:1 simple syrup (see recipe above)
1 dash vanilla extract
1 TSP. oregon growers apple butter
Shake all ingredients, double strain into coupe

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