how to style a drinks trolley

Rather than slavishly following the latest trends, I love finding one-off vintage pieces for my home that tell a story. I pick things up from ebay, vintage fairs, second-hand shops and sometimes even the tip (don’t judge me: other people’s trash = another’s treasure, right?!) However, when I found myself coveting drinks trolleys on Instagram and from my favourite interiors stores, I almost threw my ‘vintage first’ rule-book out of the window.

The emergence of the drinks trolley as the home accessory du jour appealed to everything I love interiors style-wise: vintage, decadent, theatrical…  I became a woman possessed; frantically pinning high street cocktail shakers/highball glasses/tumblers/drinks accoutrements on to my hastily created ‘bar trolley’ board whilst lusting after beautiful trolleys like the ones sold in Oliver Bonas, M&S and Rockett St George. Not to mention choosing which candles, plants and books I could display on it.

Buying new went against my own house rules but I was *this* close to ‘splashing’ out when, serendipitiously, my Abigail’s Party prayers were answered and, thanks to a local Facebook selling page, I purchased my 1970s bar beauty for the princely price of….£5!

I’ll be perfectly honest, I’m overjoyed with the latest addition to my lounge and although I’m enjoying the new shopping opportunity it affords me (I can’t believe I didn’t know what a jigger was before now, or that Kate Spade designed one for her range of homewares!) I am struggling to explain to the kids why exactly I need a drinks trolley. Though I think my 8-year-old son nailed it when he said: “You need it to carry all of your gin, don’t you mummy?”

3 steps to get my bar trolley style

I’ve spent the past few weeks adding to our vintage babycham glasses collection by scouting local car boot sales, charity shops and yard sales for the perfect mix of flutes, highballs, tumblers and accessories for my bar trolley. Here’s my round-up of similar vintage styles from the high street… some of which I’m planning to buy before the summer is out (I mean you, M&S cocktail shaker!)

Warning: look away if you don’t like gold (or um, gin).

1. drinking

2 x La Redoute cuivre niels tumblers, £31 – BUY!

2 x Social by Jason Atherton coupe champagne glasses, £16 – BUY!

Anthropologie gilded Monogram Glass, £14

2. mixing

M&S Hollywood cocktail shaker, £16 – BUY!

M&S Hollywood Cocktail Bar Tools, £25 – BUY!

Kate Spade New York jigger, £20 – BUY!

3. serving


Oliver Bonas Letter Board, £49 – BUY!


Just Slate Gold Coasters, £25 – BUY!


Sipsmith London Dry Gin, £15 – BUY!


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