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How to style a vintage drinks trolley for Christmas

Posted on 19th November 2020

How to style a vintage drinks trolley | vintage homeware blog | Zebra Homeware

With Christmas just around the corner, we thought it would be a good time to share our top tips on how to style a vintage drinks trolley. Popularised in the 1920s, drinks trolleys were an interiors staple until around the 1970s. However, over the last few years they have been creeping back into fashion, and righty so.

Choose your vintage drinks trolley

First, decide on your desired drinks trolley. Having been around for the best part of the 1900s, there are lots of styles to choose from. Look out for art-deco inspired drinks trolleys lacquered in gold or bamboo carts if you’re looking to achieve a boho look.

We have chosen a gold mid-century drinks trolley that would have taken pride of place in a 1960s home. The gold frame is complemented by the faux wood trays making it easy to style.

Style with antique brass 

Antique brass looks great when displayed on a drinks trolley. Consider brass candlestick holders, ornaments and vases. Pick pieces with patina as these ouzz character and are unique to the modern pieces you’ll find in modern homeware stores.

We have selected a brass deer ornament to sit on the bottom shelf on this trolley which we feel adds a truly festive touch. We have also chosen some patinaed brass candlestick holders which we have styled with red candlesticks.

Vintage_brassAntique brassware will add a decorative touch to a vintage drinks trolley 

Use a decanter

A vintage decanter is a guaranteed way to add a touch of glamour to your drinks trolley. Look out for decorative glass decanters with textured detail to really make a statement. If you want to go super glamorous, seek antique cut-glass or crystal decanters.

We have used a textured glass decanter to sit on the top tray. The diamond detailing adds an air of elegance and looks beautiful when the light catches it. 

Add some shot glasses 

Shot glasses are a must for measuring your spirits and creating cocktails. Again, don’t get carried away and try to opt for a couple that compliment your other items. There are lots of vintage styles to choose from to add a touch of individuality to your drinks trolley.

To complement the glass decanter, we have chosen some mid-century shot glasses which are subtle, yet stylish. The mahogany casing really stands out when placed on the faux wooden tray, adding a touch of elegance to the drinks trolley.

Vintage_shot_glassesA decanter paired with shot glasses make the perfect combination 

Find some stylish wine glasses 

No drinks trolley is complete without some vintage glassware. Coloured wine glasses are a great way to add a pop of colour to your barware styling. However, don’t be tempted to overdo it. Aim for a couple of glasses at a time to create an effortless, curated look.

To style the top of the drinks trolley, we have used some Luminarc green stemmed wine glasses. Luminarc is one of our favourite glassware brands and they do not disappoint with these etched wine glasses, which look great against the gold decor.

Vintage Luminarc wine glassesColoured glassware will add a splash of vibrancy to any drinks trolley 

Fill a snack dish 

Lastly, but by no means least, add a well-stocked snack dish. Snack dishes are perfect for breaking up the drink-related props which can sometimes overpower a drinks trolley. If you’re feeling experimental, choose a colourful dish that complements the other items on the drinks trolley.

We have added a smoked glass snack dish to the bottom shelf, which has three dividers. Smoked glass is very popular at the moment and we love the lined-texture of this piece.

Smoked glass snack dishSmoked glass is making a comeback in the world of vintage 

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