How to: style a cocktail table

Because who really has a bar trolley?

If you’re guilty of drooling over bar trollies on Pinterest but can’t really justify (or find the space) for one, it’s actually pretty easy to make an impromptu cocktail set-up.

Simply pick up a side table or use a spare tray and let this luxe barware do the talking. These are the essentials you’ll need, explained… for all us barware novices out there.

The all-in gin jug

Gins’ having a revival and we’re here for it. But what’s the ultimate partner to your G&T or long drink cocktail? A gin jug. It means you can whip up everyone’s drinks in one batch. Easy.

The copper ice bucket

The point of a cocktail table is to have everything in one easy place – no running back and forth to the kitchen. So keep your ice close by and cool in this sleek ice bucket. In a fab shade of copper of course.

The shimmy-shimmy cocktail shaker

Shaken or stirred? Well to have it shaken, you need this little gem. Put the ice in here, instead of straight into your glass for cool drinks as soon as they’re poured.

The mixing-it stirrers

Cause a stir and make sure your drinks are properly mixed with these copper twist stirrers. Stirrers are the mixologists choice of weapon for distilled spirits, so they’re the best mate to Manhattans and Martinis alike.

The jigger

This little guy may not look like it does a whole lot but it’s actually an essential bit of kit for your cocktail table. This is for measuring your singles from your doubles so your drinks actually taste as good as they look.

The too-pretty-to-drink-from glasses

We’ve got a glass for every tipple possible. Whether your go-to is a Cosmo or whiskey sours. Copper palm print tumblers, gold rimmed gin glasseschampagne saucers – everyone’s covered.

The fancy straws

Not your standard multipack variety. These paper straws are proper fancy. Choose from gold, copper, blue, floral or these blush pink ones we’ve picked. And they’re kinder to the environment. Lovely.

The stylish tray

And for serving it all? This copper tray is engraved with our in-house palm print to give it that little something extra. When you’re done celebrating, pop all your kit on this and store in the corner. It’ll look great even when you’re not drinking.


You’ll need some nibbles to go with all those cocktails. Read about how to make casual dining look cool here.