Entertaining | How To Set Up A Coffee Bar

how to set up a coffee bar

In my final post of this Autumn entertaining series I decided to talk about setting up a coffee bar {these ideas can also be translated into a hot cocoa bar too}. If your family & friends are anything like mine, coffee is a necessity of life! We drink it in the morning, in the afternoon, and some even drink it at night. But for special occasions I love the decadence of adding flavors to coffee – things you wouldn’t drink every day like flavored liqueurs or whipped cream. For this coffee bar I’ve included lots of yummy treats. Read on for all the details…

I kept the same details and overall look for the coffee bar as I used in the rest of the party spaces: eclectic design, touches of vintage & newspaper, and the brown and aqua color scheme. Just as with the wine and cheese bar, it’s a good idea to set up the coffee in a place that’s away from heavy traffic. Any side table, desk, or counter top would work just fine. In addition to regular and decaf coffee I set out:

  • 3 flavored liqueurs: Chocolate, Butterscotch flavored, and Irish Cream
  • Cream and sugar + brown sugar cubes
  • Flavored creamer
  • Chocolate mold stir sticks {make your own here}
  • A few sweet nibbles: chocolate covered espresso beans, and biscotti

You can use the mugs you have on hand or invest in a box of restaurant style mugs like these for about $12 – $15 dollars at Marshalls, Home Goods, or TJMaxx.  I also used embellished stir sticks to save on spoons, and inexpensive pouring spouts on the bottles filled with the liqueurs makes it easier to pour small amounts.  These extra touches are what makes the bar more special.

There’s just nothing better after a delicious meal than a hot cup of coffee served with a yummy slice of pie.

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About Chris

Chris Nease is a party stylist and home entertaining expert with over 15 years of experience. In addition to her work as founding editor of Celebrations At Home, Chris is an editorial stylist and has contributed to Homes.com, SheKnows, and countless other websites. Most recently she was featured in Celebrate magazine, and her work has been published in Woman's World, Ocala Style, Yum Food & Fun for Kids, and Cottages & Bungalows.


  1. Nice idea! Where did you get the pouring bottles? Where did you get the cage-like shelf that you used to set your coffee cups?

    • Thanks Kristin,

      The bottles are from Ross {also at places like Pier 1 or World Market} & the cage-thing is from TJMaxx {from last year}.

  2. This is so sweet! I would love it if I went to a party with a decked out coffee bar. Well…I love any situation that involves coffee.

    ~Stop Me if You’ve Heard This One

  3. Love this coffee bar! So cute and festive and would make a great end to any party!

  4. This table is so creative, I love it.

  5. our weddind anniversary is in autumn and this idea is very practical for me

  6. We’re putting together a self serve coffee bar for my son’s prom this weekend and I came across your site. Thanks so much for the inspiration!!


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