How to Set Up a Hot Beverage Bar for a Party

A hot beverage bar is a great addition to any brunch entertaining or dessert party at home.

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Hot Beverage Bar for Entertaining

I was thrilled to create a party project for Better Homes and Gardens‘ blog this season. It was a partial dream come true to create this for BHG; the REAL dream is to have something in their print publication!

See more ideas and tips to set up a coffee bar here.

I designed a holiday hot bar that’s perfect for open-house style entertaining. You can see the full story on Delish Dish, but first check out some photos and tips below.

hot bar signcoffee cups on wire rack on holiday hot barsugar shakers and creamer bottles chocolate and peppermint candy spoons donut hole cone tree cookies on dessert bar biscotti on bed of coffee beans cinnamon on coffee hot bar sign and donut tree on hot beverage bar

Design Tips for a Hot Bar

  • Use a neutral style wrapping paper as a backdrop to help set the tone. This birch-look paper is from Pier 1 and adds a rustic feel to this display.
  • Use garland to soften the edges. I placed my mantel garland from last year, in the background of the buffet to create a transition between the table and the wall. The “nature” aspect of it also coordinates with the “birch” paper.
  • Mix the old and the new. Here, I used vintage shakers for hot beverage toppings, as well as a vintage mail holder for caramel wafer cookies. These are placed alongside modern white serving dishes and a glittery banner.
  • I made a doughnut hole “Christmas tree” by wrapping a foam cone with a piece of the birch paper. This protects the food & foam from one another, and is a lovely visual once the doughnut holes are removed. Regular toothpicks hold the doughnuts onto the cone.
  • Use whole coffee beans as part of the decor like I did here. It gives off a wonderful aroma and is theme-oriented.

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  1. Girlfriend!!!! I am now coming across this post! I’m so happy for you! Get it girl!! This spread is absolutely awesome!!

  2. This looks like it was a lot of fun! Love the bar and those doughnut holes are amazing!! Loving all the little details.

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