The weather outside is chilly during this holiday season. You’ll probably have some opportunities to entertain family and friends this time of year. Make it extra special each time everyone gathers at your home by setting up a special holiday coffee and cocoa bar. This is a great way to cap off a meal, appetizers snacks, or even a night of cocktails or champagne. Here are some tips on how to make a spectacular seasonal hot beverage bar right in your own home.
Set up a Large Side Table
Have your table off to the side in your living room or dining room, where it’s easily accessible to your guests. The Moriville is perfect for the occasion. You can make it smaller by taking out the two end leaves, so it will be the right size for your coffee and cocoa bar.
Have Two Large Stainless Steel Containers
With two large stainless steel containers, fill one with your coffee selection, and the other with your hot cocoa. That way the hot beverages will stay hot for longer periods of time and hold about 2.5-3 liters of liquid. If you don’t already own these styles of containers, you can easily find them online.
Creative Mix-Ins Necessary
In order to really make your hot beverage bar stand out, you need a variety of creative mix-ins to wow your guests. For the coffee on one side of the bar, have a flavored creamer that’s seasonal like eggnog, regular creamer, non-dairy almond milk creamer for your vegan guests, and a couple of flavored syrups like salted caramel or vanilla. Of course have regular sugar, and sugar substitute available as well. Don’t forget spoons or stir sticks to mix.
On the other end of the table where your hot chocolate is set up, have extra add-ins like whipped cream, chocolate sprinkles, peppermint sticks, and even fun shaped marshmallows or homemade ones from Martha Stewart, if you’re feeling extra fancy. It’s all up to you how you want to dress up your hot chocolate, so providing lots of fun options is key here, especially if you have some little ones at your party who would enjoy this sweet surprise.
Finally, sit around a roaring fire with your guests to enjoy coffee or cocoa, and you’ll naturally create a fun and warm memory to think about all year long.