It’s the most wonderful time of the year!?To say “I’m excited for the holidays” is an understatement. I absolutely love the holiday season. From decorating to getting together with friends and family, I love it all.
I think I might have gotten my love for holiday entertaining from my grandma. My fondest memories as a child were of her setting up the house with decorations and tableware while singing along to Christmas jingles. Some days I feel like I’m becoming her, and I’m not mad about it.
On top of my grandma’s love for entertaining, she also loved coffee! Like really loved coffee lol. I remember her giving me my first cup of joe at 9 years old (some may say too young but I say why not sooner)?, and it was love at first sip! So, because of my love for entertaining, and my love for coffee, I wanted to show you guys how to create a holiday coffee bar for your own parties, gatherings, and holiday festivities.
HOW TO CREATE A HOLIDAY COFFEE BAR
No. 1 Coffee
Let’s cover the first essential: Coffee.
Choosing the right brew for your festivities is crucial. Not everyone has the same palette for coffee, so you’ll want to accommodate for a variety of tastes. I love 1850™ Brand Coffee. It’s a coffee for the wild at heart like myself, and my new-found love.
I’ve been drinking 1850™ Brand Coffee for about a year now, and I love it. For my coffee bar, I chose the Pioneer Blend and Lantern GlowTM K-Cup® pods. I chose the K-Cup® pods so my guests can choose the type of coffee they want. I would also recommend the Trailblazer blend.
No. 2 Cream
Another essential we can’t forget is creamer. My favorite go-to creamer is So Delicious® Dairy Free Coffee Creamer in the flavor French Vanilla. It is so darn good, you guys.
Why is it my favorite? Well, it’s a dairy-free alternative, which is great for guests who may have a dairy intolerance. It’s made with organic and Non-GMO Project Verified coconuts to give it a creamy delicious flavor. Your dairy tolerant guest will never know the difference ;).
You can get your coffee and creamer at Target, and save up to 20% with Cartwheel in the Target App. Target has a bunch of coffee and creamer Cartwheel coupons that you can use to save yourself some money (offers valid through 12/22/18).
No. 3 Flavors and Toppings
My coffee is always singing “Pour Some Sugar on Me,” and I have to listen. Flavors and toppings for your guests are nice to have because they might want to sprinkle some extra awesomeness on top of their cup of joe.
I really love having cinnamon and vanilla along with some cinnamon sticks for an infused experience. And don’t forget the marshmallows for that child at heart.
No. 4 Bites
You can’t serve coffee without some light bites. I love serving bite size food at gatherings. For a coffee bar, stick to breakfast style snacks like danishes, croissants, and coffee cake. You could even set up a little toast area with a variety of bagels and muffins with jams and jellies.
Of course I had to set up my bites on a vintage food stand that my grandma passed on to me. ?
No. 5 Little Touches
The little decorations and touches are what pulls everything together. Here are some things you can find at Target, my one-stop shop, obviously:
- Cute Mugs
- Display Trays
- Twinkle Lights and Cute Signs
- Holiday Decor in the Dollar Spot
I used a rustic wood display tray that I got a couple of months ago from Target and some cute mugs from the Hearth & Hand™ with Magnolia dining collection.
And of course, you can’t go to Target without stopping to scope out the Dollar Spot. I found the cute little mint trees you see in the photos above and burlap wrapped twinkle lights. These are affordable options for decor because you don’t have to spend a ton to have a cute coffee bar.
I hope this post inspires you to create a little coffee bar of your own. Don’t forget that you can get everything you need from Target to help keep things simple and save time.
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