The easy way to create a festive coffee station for entertaining starts with the right piece of furniture. Today I’m joining my friends Mary Ann and Cindy and a few friends to show our take on setting up a festive holiday drink station. I’m going to share how I set up my coffee bar for a festive get-together. I think everyone else is doing some sort of cocktail, so you’ll have plenty of inspiration from coffee to spritzers.
I’ve been doing a version of a coffee bar for years using the same hutch. It was only when we moved to this house that I actually made it a more permanent coffee bar.
What makes it a more permanent coffee bar?
The hutch was a piece we had for years. We bought it at RJ Imports in San Juan Capistrano, CA. It’s a simple piece that Brent could have made, but it was not very expensive and I knew I could use it somewhere for dish storage.
In New Canaan, it was in our dining room and we used it to store our large collection of Apiclo dishes and serving pieces. I would set it up for a coffee bar or drink station occasionally, but then it would go back to just a piece of furniture in the dining room.
When we moved to this house, we added a stone top that made it much more substantial and practical for use as a coffee bar. You can read more in this post.
We added shelves from the kitchen supply store for coffee and drink-related storage. We also have our Sonos speaker on one shelf since it’s in the middle of the house. The zone is called a “coffee bar” naturally.
On the two shelves below, we store cups, mugs, plates, and other dishes. I only recently added the curtain panel on a tension rod. It helps keep things dust-free and I like the look. It’s a little less to keep organized since it’s hidden.
Setting up the everyday Coffee Bar for a festive get together
There wasn’t much I needed to do to convert our everyday coffee bar into a party coffee bar, but here’s what I did:
- Top Shelf – Removed items from shelf and replaced with an assortment of clear glass jars with treats from Trader Joe’s. In a perfect world, they would have all been homemade treats like my gingerbread Madeleines.
- Second Shelf – Kept the Schoolhouse lamp and added in cups and saucers for cappucinos and smaller cups and saucers for espresso.
- The counter top – The Nepresso machine, coffee pods in silver footed bowl, sugar bowl, milk frother, extra milk, Smeg Tea Kettle, cake, working glass with silverware, stack of small plates and pressed napkins folded into squares. Tea packets are in a vintage McCoy planter.
How I made the coffee bar festive with Pandoro
I added fresh garland to sort of frame the coffee bar (It’s actually the garland from our front door).
I also made a last-minute garland of cinnamon stars, dried orange slices, frayed ribbon all simply tied to jute twine.
Added a jug of festive water with tangerine slices and fresh cranberries with a stack of tumblers.
The Pandoro cake was sliced and served like a star with layers of mascarpone cream and fresh berries. Once the stores start displaying all the boxes of Pandoro Cake and Panettone stacked to the ceiling, you know it’s the start of the holidays!
Coffee Bar Garland with cinnamon sticks & Orange Slices
Supplies needed to make kitchen garland
- cinnamon sticks (5 per star)
- glue gun and glue sticks
- 2 small oranges, sliced and dried
- frayed ribbon or cloth
- natural jute twine
If you love coffee and haven’t made the switch to Nespresso, stop by a boutique and have their barista make you a cup. They are very knowledgeable and will ask you a lot of questions before making your coffee. We made the switch from drip coffee to Nespresso about 15 years ago after a trip to Paris in the winter. We stopped at so many cafes to warm up with a coffee and when we returned, we made the switch to Nespresso. It’s so easy to pop in a pod and press the button. We love a cappuccino, so we use the attached milk frother or we use a separate milk frother. Either works beautifully and if you close your eyes, you might even think you’re in Paris sipping coffee at a cafe.