Summer Beverage Station Tray Table and a Bar Cart Roundup

Beverage Station Display with Cake Stand

My mother taught me at an early age that you can never have too many dishes, bowls, or platters. Because of her influence (and the goodies she brings with her each time she visits), keeping a well stocked arsenal of hostess and display pieces is an important part of our home. When it comes to pitchers and stands, my mom and I are a horrible influence on each other- convincing the other that they must have a certain piece because “it is too good of a deal… too unique… too perfect and nothing else in the history has ever been more perfect” well- you get the point 😉 She is quite the hostess which is something I have always admired about her. Treasure hunting together for fun entertaining pieces has become one of my most special and treasured times together.

When I was moving into my new home, my mother first told me I “had to have” a beverage cart. Then, while we were out shopping, she spotted this gold tray table; I agreed it was perfect, and it has since become a staple in our home, but I never quite moved beyond the desire to have a beverage cart. Something I could move around easily – something I could wheel outdoors to the patio. I love using this little table to create beverage stations in the dining room (you can catch my hot cocoa bar from this winter HERE), but for both storage (and lets be honest, “fun” time for me), I have decided that I am long overdue for that beverage cart my mother so strongly believed I needed. (Can you ever really have too many “stations”?) Before I move onto the bar cart roundup of some of my favorites (I will need your help!), I wanted to share my most recent summer beverage station on my tray table.

Lemonade Beverage Stand with Gold World Market Tray Table

They key to any display is to use items at varying heights – boxes and cake stands work perfectly. World Market and Trader Joe’s have such cute beverage bottles. Added bonus- they are perfect to use as a kitchen accessory. (Yes, I know they are yummy, too 😉 )

Lemonade Beverage Station Setup Styling for Summer

I know you have probably heard this before, but items styled in groups of odd numbers tend to be most visually appealing. The same applies with this little trio of limeade 😉

Summer Lemonade Tray Table Beverage Setup


So, this is the part where I would love for you to weigh in. I have rounded up some of my favorite bar carts; several of these come in multiple colors, but I love the brass and gold finish. Everyone who stopped by to give their input when I was deciding on breakfast room chairs was such a huge help; I wanted to get your feedback again. If you too have the “bar cart itch”, you can click directly on the cart within the image below to be taken to the source for details.


*You can help me out by casting your vote HERE.*

I will keep you updated as I make the decision on which one I choose!

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  1. 6.16.16
    Gretchen Thomas said:

    Oh my goodness! They are all great…and I so appreciate the “homage” to Mama Nan. Placement will be a key consideration. So, if in your dining room, I think round is the way to go. I sure like the price of #2, but do not like the bottle holder thingie. I think that feature would be limiting. Three tiers tall would hold more stuff, but that may look too cluttery. I say number 1. But maybe you need another for the deck and another for upstairs and another for…well, one can never have enough bar carts!

    • 6.16.16

      I like how you think! I *think* 1 and 9 and my front runners right now…

      • 6.16.16
        Hosa said:

        Where is 8 from love

        • 6.16.16

          Hi! You can tap directly on #8 on the photo and an affiliate link will take you straight there.

  2. 6.16.16
    Edith Weldon said:

    I say #8, it is classic, heavy duty, rolls well and holds a lot!!! It looks great all by itself too. Love the reviews of it too! So reasonably priced too!

    • 6.17.16

      Edith, thank you for weighing in! A lot of people are saying #8!

  3. 6.17.16
    Roseann said:

    Kelly, I love 2 and 8. I personally have a cart similar to #2 in chrome (ZGallerie) I mix it up with crystal decanters, glassware, martini shaker, flowers & a candle. Love that it’s mobile

    • 6.17.16

      Roseann, thank you for your input! It is going to be a hard decision- yours sounds perfect. I can’t wait to get one to play with 😉

  4. 6.17.16
    Tamara said:

    So hard to choose, they’re all gorgeous!! My favs are 2, 8 and 9! But they’re all fab! Great assortment!!

  5. 6.17.16
    Paula Nicholson said:

    Of course, I picked out #1, the pricey one but I am loving the circular shape of this cart. I am always drawn to round shapes rather than square ones. Your home is absolutely beautiful and I am new to the world of blogging, and so enjoy exploring your site 🙂

    • 6.17.16

      Paula, I LOVE 1. It is my mom’s fav too; I think it would most easily fit in my dining room corner, so that MAY be the one I go for. You are so kind to stop by and weigh in. Good luck too; isn’t it fun?! 😉

  6. 6.21.16
    Kendall Delacruz said:

    I think #1 would look the best in your dining room. I saw it in Pottery Barn the other day and. it is beautiful love all their stuff. Love all your ideas and your home!

  7. 7.25.16
    Amanda W. said:

    I’m lovin #1 and #2 for your room….what a great round up!

    • 7.26.16

      Amanda, thank you! I still haven’t pulled the trigger!

  8. 2.28.20
    Erin said:

    Love these but #10 seems to be a broken link. Where is it from? Thanks!