Hosting family and friends for the holidays can be stressful, to say the least. Whether they are visiting for a few hours or a few days, the experience may leave you looking at Canadian real estate. You have already heard all of the cliche advice, live in the moment, appreciate the time you have with the loved ones, blah, blah, and more blah.
No matter how true the cliches are at the core, they are hard to follow and may leave you feeling guilty about the natural tension that occurs with holiday guests. What you need my friend is tangible advice, and to that end, I would like to offer three words: keep it simple. You do not need to wow your visitors with extravagant holiday decor nor do you need to do everything yourself.
This notion came to the forefront on one of my recent Pinterest binge browsing sessions. My topic of interest was coffee bars. You know the ones, they are beautiful and elaborate with expensive mugs and accessories that coordinate with the coffee brewer that matches the paper straws. I can't help but ask; the holidays are complicated enough, why have we decided to add chaos to supplying our holiday guests with coffee?
I think not, rage against the machine people. Your holiday coffee bar can be a hit with minimal time and money spent. Here are a few examples of super easy coffee bars that pack a powerful cozy punch:
Thank you Yellow Bliss Road!To keep your visitors warm, cozy, and well-caffeinated try these easy tips:
1) Have a variety of K-Cup® coffee pods flavors and roasts on hand. I suggest the following array:
- One light roast choice
- One medium roas
- One or two dark roasts (these tend to be poular)
- Two flavored
- Don’t forget hot cocoa for the kids: Swiss Miss® is a sure thing
- Use a K-Cup® pods storage carousel to assure that your visitors have easy access to all of the available coffee choices.
The Classic K-Cup coffee collection is an easy way to supply a perfect variety. Every suggestion I mentionsed above is inlcuded in one box (except for the hot cooca!).2) Pay attention to their favorites, send them off with a pretty little gift upon their departure. This bonus, ultra thoughtful gifting opportunity is sure to earn you gold stars in the eyes of your guest.
3) Enable your guests to help themselves by setting up a coffee station with everything they might need including:
- Cups (use real mugs please nobody wants to drink out of a paper cup!)
4) Add some fun additions to foster the festive, indulgent atmosphere such as:
- Candy canes
- Flavored syrups
- Baked goods
5) Make it pretty but, don't spend big by using natural or everyday items like:
- Sprigs of pine
- Pine cones
- Wrapping paper
- Colorful candies
- Whole coffee beans
- Anything wood
The author Anne Lamott offered some great advice in her book, Bird by Bird: take tasks that seem insurmountable in "small assignments" or one-inch frames. Easy holiday coffee for guests is my one-inch frame for surviving the holidays as a whole. I would like to encourage you to avoid the Pinterest traps and use this same frame as a perspective for addressing the entire season. I am sure you will find other areas that can use some simplifying as well!