The holidays are so nearly upon us and with them come family gatherings, parties, and the wealth of entertaining that the festive season brings. As a family who love to host, and open our doors to guests, one of our best buys this year has been our bar cart. I positioned it in our hallway, in the perfect spot to mix visitors a drink as they arrive. It’s definitely coming in to its own as the Christmas period beckons!
When Sainsbury’s Home asked me to take a look at their new interior ranges for Autumn/ Winter I was immediately drawn to the Renaissance range. With luxe gold accents, Twenties style glamour and a real Gatsby era feel, it has so many elements that fit perfectly in our home but also showcase all the sparkle of this wonderful season ahead too. I thought I could create a little DIY bar cart with some of their pieces, so that you might take some inspiration to fashion your own for the weeks ahead too.
I chose the gold, mirrored side table (find in store!) as my base and accessorised it with some gilt edged glassware – this beautiful martini glass and tumbler. To whip up some festive themed cocktails I added a cocktail shaker and spoon, a beautiful festive pine coloured tray, some stunning marble coasters, and the sweetest little canape plate too.
It’s the perfect little addition to welcome guests as they come through the door. You could line up glasses of fizz, or fill tumblers with mulled drinks instead. I chose to make this super quick Winter cocktail to set on top. I drizzled a little of my Winter berry compote (find the recipe here!) into the bottom of a martini glass, and topped with Prosecco. A skewer adorned with blackberries garnishes the drink perfectly, and you could even dust them with edible gold glitter for a little extra sparkle.
Smarten up your doorstep (I added this real little Christmas tree from Sainsburys also!) add in some seasonal tunes, canapes, and a rabble of friends and family and you have the perfect evening to kick start the celebrations. A perfectly chic way to entertain this season, taking inspiration from a bygone era.
** Thank you so much to Sainsbury’s Home for sponsoring this post. All words, images, opinions (and love of cocktails!) entirely my own. **