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Host an Open House with a Holiday Hot Bar

Seasons Greetings Delish Dish readers! It’s Chris here, from Celebrations At Home entertaining blog. I’m excited to be here to share my ideas for the perfect holiday party which for me means simplicity with a stylish twist!

While I thoroughly enjoy hosting cocktail parties and dinner parties, the holiday is a great time to host small, relaxed gatherings that are perfect for a Saturday or Sunday afternoon. An open house-style party is something you can put together and have friends drop by after a day of shopping or family activities. They can stay for an hour or just 15 minutes – whatever works into their schedule for the day.

I love the idea of inviting guests over for an afternoon pick-me-up with a hot beverage bar and sweets. This is the perfect party idea because it’s easy on the hostess, it’s held in the afternoon so it doesn’t conflict with evening party plans, and you never have a house full of people at the same time.

Set up a coffee and sweets table for holiday guests.

Mid to late afternoon is a good time to plan your party. Guest’s schedules are hectic this time of year so letting them know to ‘come as you are’ is important. Set up a side board with a Keurig coffee maker and set out some festive accompaniments.

As guests come and go, you may want to have regular coffee mugs available as well as some to-go cups so they can head back out for their tasks with a warm cup of coffee in hand.

Since the Keurig uses individual pods, you can provide coffee as well as tea and hot cocoa. Place the pods in an apothecary jar for storage.

To make the hot bar even more inviting, pour flavorings into pretty containers and label them. Here, I provided a couple of flavored creamers in classic oil bottles, as well as ground cinnamon, nutmeg, and cocoa powder. Use vintage salt and pepper shakers or sugar shakers for easy distribution.

You’ll find all sorts of candy stirrers in the stores this time of year. Pick up some candy spoons like these peppermint or chocolate ones and place them in a dish filled with coffee beans. The presentation echos the beverage of choice and smells amazing!

Nothing goes together like coffee and doughnuts so I made a doughnut hole Christmas tree. It’s adorable and makes a fabulous centerpiece for the hot bar.

More coffee-loving sweets are biscotti and caramel wafer cookies. Place a wafer cookie on top of your hot cup of coffee and the heat will melt the caramel for a delicious treat.

An open house coffee bar is a great way to entertain during the busy holiday season.

It’s not overwhelming for the hostess, and it’s a nice break from the hustle and bustle of shopping or other activities. It gives everyone a chance to catch up and socialize, and still make it to a cocktail or dinner party they may already have on the schedule. Cheers to that!

For more information on Keurig brewers, visit their website here.

2 Responses to “ Host an Open House with a Holiday Hot Bar ”

  1. This is such a great idea and pretty presentation! Fun way to visit with friends during the holidays without adding more stress!

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