Is there any better way to finish Thanksgiving dinner then with coffee and pie? Take a moment to browse through Pinterest and you’re sure to find endless bar cart styling inspiration. A month or so ago, I got my lucky hands on a beautiful rattan bar cart. Since then I have been attempting to dream up the perfect way to put it to good use! With Thanksgiving right around the corner, I thought what better way to serve that favorite tradition of many, than with a bar cart! Read on to see a cute way to serve coffee at Friendsgiving this year.
A Cute Way to Serve Coffee
at Friendsgiving This Year
// Before getting into this post, I just want to state that all thoughts and opinions within are my own. Today’s read is brought to you by Loco Coffee //
1. You’ll need a bar cart, of course!
The one I’m using for this setup was from the cutest little antique shop in Donegal, PA. I suggest scoping out various thrift stores, antique shops and Etsy to find the perfect unique one yourself! All it takes is a couple trips before stumbling upon the right one. When you do finally see it, you will soon realize nothing can compare to the happiness felt as your eyes meet that treasure waiting to be found!
I find that one of two scenarios typically goes down when it comes to bar cart shopping: Either A, they are just too darn expensive brand new or B, they look way too cookie cutter for my liking! If you haven’t noticed, I’m all about homes and objects with character that can typically be best found amongst antiques! So take my advice, and search around your area for the perfectly unique cart. It will be so much easier to style in an interesting way that will impress your guests!
2. Add the staples for serving drinks
We may not be serving alcoholic drinks over here, but that doesn’t mean cute napkins and straws aren’t necessary! I am a firm believer in the small, cute little details. Try adding these napkins to your cart for the best details. And although coffee is typically a drink finding it’s home often in a mug, we’re trying to get a little classy with this dinner, so why not go for goblets? I love the fun, boho flair it brings to the mix. But if you’re looking for a more cozy vibe, don’t be afraid to set out your most favorite mugs.
3. Dress it up with festive additions
No bar cart is fully styled without a little decor! This is where the real creativity begins and therefore, my favorite part of the process. There are many fun items to bring into the mix. I arranged on top of a macrame placemat my vintage ice bucket and to the left of it, a candle, wood bead garland, a small jar of foraged flowers and two mixed metal decor pieces.
Here are a couple of my suggestions:
– fall flowers
– cozy candles
– mix metal decor pieces
4. Add cozy, fall elements to the corner
There are various ways you can cozy up the corner of your coffee bar. The first way I suggest giving that space a little love, is with the addition of a couple throw pillows. I didn’t want my setup to have over the top traditional fall colors, so I went for a deep turquoise pillow and a white printed one to accent it.
To pull the overall setup together, layer two-three rugs under the cart and pillows. This will make everything come together in a cohesive way, if you choose the right colors, textures and patterns. The first rug I chose is a natural gray and white. I then layered on top of it a smaller, mustard yellow rug with texture. That way, it creates a nice contrast from the other and it pops! Try bringing an heirloom pumpkin or two into the mix and fun accents such as fairy lights!
5. Don’t forget the main star of the show, coffee!
Stop, you had me at coffee! Where are my daily caffeine drinkers at? (I’m assuming you all are, since you’re reading this post. lol ;)) I have the simplest suggestion when it comes to serving coffee this friendsgiving. Skip all the time it takes to brew coffee, and try my new favorite: Loco Coffee. It’s a cold brew coffee served in a can with zero added sugar, and just two simple ingredients: coffee and coconut water! So that means quick & easy coffee to serve this friendsgiving, minus all the sugar you’ll typically find in other convenient coffee’s you might pick up at the store!
To serve this coffee in a way that will be cohesive with the decor, try filling a mason jar or a glass pitcher like this, for a nice presentation! You can find Loco Coffee on Amazon and snag a whole set of 12 cans of this cold brew for just under $35. This would be more than enough to serve for friendsgiving and leave you with leftovers for the week ahead. Which means time and money saved on your daily trip to Starbucks. 😉 Yep, I’m looking at myself too..lol Better late than never, right?
Give your guests the option to add a little seasonal flavor to their Loco Coffee with my suggestion. Coffee creamers are another area in your typical coffee cup that pack a big punch of sugar. If you and your guests crave seasonal flavor, sugar-free syrup is the answer! But wait, what? You’re not already a frequent Marshalls, Home Goods and T.J. Maxx shopper? Well then, get ready because you’re about to be after hearing all about this tip. You can typically find sugar-free pumpkin spice syrup at any one of these stores and it adds the perfect dose of flavor in just a tablespoon each. If you don’t happen to see it at one of these stores, no worries, snag your bottle here!