Sunday, November 20, 2016

How to Get Your Coffee Bar Ready for the Holidays

I thought I would share with you today on how to get your coffee bar ready for the Holidays! Now, the coffee bar doesn't serve just coffee.  It serves up tea and hot chocolate too! There is something to please every guest here!
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How to Get Your Coffee Bar Ready for the Holidays
Clean it Up
The first thing you need to do to prepare your coffee bar for the holidays is to clean it up!  Clean your coffee machine, clean your counters, add your Christmas cheer!  


Provide a Variety of Teas, Coffees, and Hot Chocolate!
The next thing to do is to stock up on everything!  
First, I have a selection of various teas, including Christmas themed teas.  I love Tea Forte and they make the cutest tea bags, but really any selection of teas will work.
Second, I have a selection of hot chocolates - a peppermint hot chocolate and a regular milk hot chocolate.
Third, I have a selection of various coffee flavors, both decaf and regular.  We use Nespresso at home as our preferred coffee and we love it.  (Side note - used to have a Keurig, it broke, we switched to nepresso and have been in love with it for 4 years. We just got this new machine which steams the milk and we love it. Like seriously - no more Starbucks).
How to Get your Coffee Bar Ready for the Holidays!

Add a Variety of "Mix-Ins"
We have several different coffee syrups (caramel, sugar-free vanilla, and white chocolate).  
We have different types of honey and marshmallows.  We also have cinnamon sticks, granulated sugar, Splenda, raw sugar, and agave syrup.  
Don't know where to find those extra mix ins? Well, some of the extra sugars/agave syrup are from when we ordered things to go at various restaurants and didn't use them, but we didn't want to waste them, so here they are! 
I also like to serve my coffees with an espresso bean on the side.  It makes it seem like a coffee shop!
We also have some biscottis for those that like their coffee and biscotti.  I buy the espresso beans at Trader Joe's and biscotti at Costco.
How to Get your Coffee Bar Ready for the Holidays!
A "Vanilla Steamer" for the kids topped with a marshmallow
Below, various syrups are seen! There is hot chocolate hiding in the cookie jar (for now... Will someone make some cookies??) 
How to Get your Coffee Bar Ready for the Holidays!

Provide a Selection of Mugs and Stirring Spoons
 I have several different types of holiday mugs to choose from that accommodate different types of drinks! Big one is for drip coffee, one in the middle back is for lattes and latte macchiatos, little French one in the front is for cappuccinos, and the tartan ones are for espresso!

Additionally, you can see some spoons in an espresso cup in the middle shelf on the right.  Those are antique sterling spoons. The spoons are all mismatched from different patterns that we've collected here and there. What's funny is that people pick through that cup looking at all of the different spoons until they settle on one they like! It's funny because almost everyone does it!  I mean, I still do it! 
How to Get your Coffee Bar Ready for the Holidays!

Other Tips
A three-tiered tray makes a great display for your coffee bar!  You can store a whole bunch of different items on it and you can turn it around to get to the back!
a cappuccino and my attempt at latte art! ha!
I hope you find my tips helpful!  We host Thanksgiving and frequently have people over during Christmas and this is a great way to entertain guests! Oh, plus we also use it everyday and like it too!! 
How to Get your Coffee Bar Ready for the Holidays!
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16 comments:

  1. Angelina, what a wonderful holiday beverage bar! I know that your guests will love it! I hope that you are having a great weekend!!!

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  2. What a most beautiful and gourmet coffee bar!!

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  3. What an awesome beverage bar! We love ours and it's the most popular spot in the house!

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  4. I'm inspired! My daughter just graduated from college and living at home. We have 2 coffee makers on the counter and now my boys are obsessed with the hot cocoa Keurig cups. Love this Angelina! laura

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  5. What/where are the white fluffy looking pitcher and honey pot (?) from? They look adorable.

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    1. They are by Juliska called Jardin du Monde Bee Hive Sugar and Creamer. I think it has been retired however I just searched on google and found some do still sell it. It was my first Juliska purchase and I've been hooked since!

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    2. Wow, that google search just led me down a massive rabbit hole of Juliska envy. There's a ton of amazing pieces in the Jardin du Monde line!!

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    3. Oh! My first two Juliska pieces were a pitcher and the beehive... both from the Jardin du Monde and it started my obsession with them. I've been collecting them over the last 8 years, although I actually don't have the dinnerware of jardin di monde. You can sometimes find good prices on eBay and if you live on the east coast they do have an outlet store called Berry and Fred.

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  6. Your coffee bar is just fabulous!

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  7. So adorable! We set up a table for the kids and grandkids for hot chocolate. I use all one kind of mugs, but I am really drooling over your collection of different ones, and my mind is spinning - although where I would put more - alas - I don't know!
    So glad you dropped by for a visit so we could get together!!

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    1. I find that one always makes room for things... I don't know how many mugs I own, it is really actually ridiculous. I actually just picked up two more at Williams Sonoma yesterday!

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