Holiday Bar Tray: The Alternative to a Bar Cart | Live Pretty on a Penny

Holiday Bar Tray: The Alternative to a Bar Cart

Happy Wednesday my good people! With the Holiday festivities quickly approaching, let's talk bar carts... I absolutely love them and think that they add the perfect extra little detail to decor. But, I understand space restrictions, and while I would love to have a fancy bar cart, I opted for an alternative. My trusty bar tray.

I just love how it fits perfectly on my console table in the family room. It's easy to decorate and super functional for any family or friendly function. 

Not a drinker? These alternatives are awesome!

How cute is the little cocoa station from Clean and Scentsible?
Cute candy cane hot cocoa bar!

Or how about this cute simple setup for a light drink during brunch. This Mimosa Bar is super cute!

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Having one in your home is very easy to create and space friendly, and you definitely won't regret it. Why not create one for your friends/guests this Holiday season. They are sure to enjoy it!

Here is what I suggest: grab a tray of your choice- either round or square, glasses from Dollar Tree (that's where mine are from), add your favorite adult beverages or sparkling water, a few coasters (follow my tutorial here where you can DIY your own for under $4,) decorative straws from the Target $1 section, and wala-- super simple. my decanter was a gift, and the gold drink mixer was found at Goodwill.  You can also add some flowers to add a bit more styling.

All in all, I would say that the bar tray is a great alternative for for use when space is limited, when a bar cart is not possible. Why not give a simple one a try for the upcoming Christmas or New Year Holiday!

So what do you say? Will you be giving the bar tray a try? Or do you already have a bar tray?

Do share!

As always, thanks for stopping by...Have a VERY Merry Christmas, and if I don't pop in before the New Year..Happy New Year!


  1. I think they are a great alternative to a cart for small spaces. Merry Christmas friend!! Gonna be a sweet one with little Jules at the age he is.

    1. I hope you had a fantastic Christmas Lauren! And have a wonderful New year!

  2. Love your holiday tray! I have a bar cart but I still may incorporate a bar tray in my home. Great ideas!

    1. Thanks so much! Bar trays are nice to have. I actually have a bar car but I use it as a side table in my living room.

  3. Love your bar tray, it's a great idea for fellow small home owners such as myself! That hot chocolate bar is just too cute!


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