Creating a Coffee Station

Coffee Station for Holiday Gatherings

We love hosting friends in our home, whether it’s for Friday game nights, family movie nights, afternoon play dates, or holiday parties. Inevitably, everyone ends up huddled around the bar in our kitchen with drinks in their hands, nibbling on an array of snacks.

As a hostess, I want to be able to enjoy the company of my friends, but of course I also want to make sure they’re as comfortable as possible, and always with enough coffee to keep their mugs full. So this holiday season I transformed a section of my kitchen into a coffee station, for guests to find everything they would want to make their coffee exactly how they’d like it. Most of my friends are coffee drinkers, but I always have bags of tea nearby and hot water in the kettle. We’re so excited to host a holiday party this year, and I already have my fridge stocked with loads of International Delight creamer to soup up my new coffee station. Check out how I assembled the station!

Coffee Station for Holiday Gatherings

This is what the area of my kitchen looked like before the mini transformation. Breadbox, radio, and pantry items in clear glass jars. I moved the breadbox and utilized cup hooks under the shelf to hang mugs, rather using precious counter space to stack mugs.

cup hooks

I then moved my coffee grinder next to my radio (there’s an outlet there, or else I probably would’ve placed it on the countertop surface) and placed a tray on the counter. I love using trays on the kitchen counter, because it makes items placed on the counter feel less random and more like they belong there.

I store my french press and insulated carafe here when we’re not hosting friends and coffee hasn’t yet been brewed, as rare as those moments might be! There is a variety of sweeteners (and marshmallows for the kids and kids at heart), and space to fill with creamers as guests arrive.

creating a coffee station

creating a coffee station

I love to change out the mugs I have displayed on the hooks, depending on the season or how I want the kitchen to look. (White mugs = a cleaner, simpler look.) As people take mugs, I’ll often restock the hooks with different mugs from my cupboards.

Prepping Coffee for Guests

Before guests arrive, I brew coffee in my french press and transfer it to an insulated carafe. Then I make sure the kettle on the stove is full of hot water for tea drinkers, but also in case I need to make another pot of coffee.

The last thing I do is set out an arrangement of creamers fresh from the refrigerator, and then, of course, make myself a cup of coffee to enjoy as guests arrive!

Coffee Station for Holiday Gatherings

I literally have seven bottles of flavored creamer in my fridge right now, so I’m actually contemplating filling a tub of ice to hold all of the bottles for our next gathering. But for now, these three favorite flavors (Pumpkin Pie Spice, French Vanilla, and Hazelnut) will do!

If you enjoy flavored creamers too, make sure you’re signed up for International Delight’s newsletter so you can learn about discounts and new seasonal offerings. Check out their Pinterest and Facebook pages too for some fun ways to use International Delight creamers in your recipes and holiday treats!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of International Delight. The opinions and text are all mine.

 

Glamping In Big Bear Lake, California

Modern Big Bear Lake Rental Cabin

I always thought California would be such a cool place to visit. But so, so far away, the idea of visiting intimidated someone like me who isn’t exactly well-traveled. It turns out, though, that I was right! California is so cool! And I got to see so much of it in my recent trip with Glamping Hub.

I flew from Ohio to LAX, met up with three of my dearest friends, and drove up through the mountains to Big Bear Lake, where we had the chance to stay in this amazing mid century cabin. We enjoyed the view of the mountains and forest, but also the amenities of a modern home with civilization just down the road. What a fun trip it was!

Modern Big Bear Lake Rental Cabin

Glamping in Big Bear Lake, California

Glamping in Big Bear Lake, California

If this place seems pretty grand for a cabin, well, that’s because it is. The airy great room and openness of the stairs and walkways makes the home feel airy and modern. But somehow it felt cozy and homey as well. My idea of a mountain cabin, that’s for sure!

We played games, cooked food together, explored the town and antique shops, soaked in the hot tub, and tried to watch movies (inevitably talking overtook the movie-watching experience.) Such a couple couple of days in Big Bear, and a perfect way to recharge without kids or responsibilities to worry about for a bit.

Glamping in Big Bear Lake, California

This was actually my first experience flying alone, renting a car alone, and organizing a trip on my own. I guess this is what being a grown-up is like! Ha! It was a great experience, and working with Glamping Hub to find cool places to stay in California made the experience even more exciting. The hosts of the cabin were very helpful, providing useful information about the house we were staying in, and the best places to visit in the area. I’d love to head back soon, and am already planning my return!

After staying in Big Bear, we drove up the Pacific coast to Sonoma, which was also quite an experience. I’ll share more about that part of the trip soon. For now, check out how cool this cabin is! And you can book a visit this this Big Bear Lake cabin right here, if you’re interested.

Glamping in Big Bear Lake, California

Glamping in Big Bear Lake, California

Glamping in Big Bear Lake, California

Glamping in Big Bear Lake, California

Glamping in Big Bear Lake, California

Glamping in Big Bear Lake, California

Glamping in Big Bear Lake, California

Glamping in Big Bear Lake, California

Glamping in Big Bear Lake, California

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Glamping in Big Bear Lake, California

WHAT I WORE | Denim on Stripes

Ohio Fashion Blogger

Last month my mom bought a new dress, and my dad said, “That looks like something Amanda would wear.” My dad, the robotics engineer who will wear any ol’ thing that’s long enough to reach his elbows and tuck into his grease-stained jeans, surprised us all with the remark. My first thought was, let me see this dress so I can reject or deny his claim, but then I thought, wait a sec… my dad knows my personal style?” Which made me feel all warm and fuzzy that he pays attention to me to that extent, but also surprised me that he was actually able to discern what constitutes my personal style. I feel like I’m barely there myself!

My twenties was such a journey of defining who I am, not to mention what my personal style is, and now finally in my thirties, I feel like I’ve settled into a nice groove, style-wise. But man, I guess I’ve really got my style on lock if Dad can even pick out a dress for me! Stripes and neutrals? Denim and Suede? Sixties and Seventies? Check, check, check! The only problem is, now that Dad’s got me figured out, I keep feeling this urge to shake things up a bit. Be unpredictable. But being predictable is too easy and feels pretty good, actually. Maybe I’ll just get a new tattoo! (Kidding, Dad!) (Mom, I have no new tattoo plans. Please take a deep breath.) (Love you guys!)

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denim pinafore dress: ASOS / shoes: Maguba / top: similar

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