The holidays are most definitely one of my favorite times of the year, and we frequently host gatherings in our home, both formal and informal. Whether you’re going upscale or downscale, a coffee and hot cocoa beverage station is a fun and unique way to treat your guests to a little something special!
My girls helped me create this coffee and hot cocoa bar for a recent cookie decorating party we hosted, and I’m pretty sure it stole the show. Sure the cookies were all amazing, but kids and adults alike were delighted to create their own coffee and hot cocoa concoctions.
The essentials for creating a holiday beverage station, such as this, are a Keurig brewer and a variety of K-Cup pods. We went with the Starbucks Holiday Blend and Starbucks Classic Hot Cocoa. Using a personal brewer makes it easy to switch between beverages, and everyone gets their own hot and fresh cup.
Beyond that, it’s all in the details. Let me walk you through a few of the highlights that we included in our spread…
Organizing the K-Cup pods on a rotating tiered tray makes it simple for guests to grab the variety they’re looking for. And just how cute are those candy cane spoons? I found them at Walmart, and yes, you can actually eat them! As you can imagine, they were a BIG hit with the kids in attendance. Regular candy canes would be a great alternative, too.
Organizing your beverage toppers in various glass jars makes for such a pretty presentation. Plus it makes it look like you really went out of your way, when it reality, it only takes a few minutes to transfer them over. We offered mini chocolate chips, crushed peppermints, mini marshmallows, and a variety of spices, along with half and half, whipped cream and caramel and white chocolate syrups.
Speaking of the spices — aren’t these little spice shakers just adorable? A set of 8 was just $2.24, again at Walmart. Originally I was just going to label them with my label maker, but someone (likely two little girls who shall not be named) used the last of the ribbon, so I was left searching for an alternative. Washi tape and a fine point Sharpie to the rescue! And I actually think I prefer this look.
One other thing to keep in mind when setting up a beverage station is to try using varying heights. Cake pedestals work great for this, and it not only looks more pleasing, but it also makes it easier to reach various items. I added a pedestal with a copper “garbage bowl” right next to the Keurig brewer for guests to toss their used K-Cup pods in, and also placed the creams and syrups on their own pedestal.
I challenged myself to not purchase any new decorations for our coffee and hot cocoa bar — instead I “shopped my house” to find different items to incorporate. I made this framed chalkboard menu (out of a Better Homes and Gardens frame) for our Thanksgiving dinner and just repurposed it for our little buffet. I have a feeling I’m going to be reusing it a lot over the next month or so.
My kids all adored our holiday beverage station so much that they begged me to leave it out all season long. Now, I don’t know about that… but it will definitely be making an encore appearance at several more gatherings over the next few weeks!
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Check out more of Tara’s holiday ideas at Unsophisticook.