Creating a holiday coffee station in a small space can be fun, as well as a challenge. What better way to learn how to add a small space holiday coffee bar to your home than through this month’s Pinterest Challenge.
CREATING A HOLIDAY COFFEE STATION IN A SMALL SPACE
First off, let me wish each of you a blessed Thanksgiving! With Thanksgiving just a few days away, the Christmas season will soon be in full swing!
My Wee Abode is kicking off the season just a wee bit early by participating in this month’s Pinterest Challenge hosted by Cindy at County Road 407. Cindy, you are an amazing hostess! Thank you!
If you are visiting by way of Carol at Blue Sky At Home, welcome! Carol and I have known each other for close to two years now, but we got to spend some extended ‘girl-time’ together at Haven this past July! Her style and decor are simply lovely!
What Is a Pinterest Challenge?
The Pinterest Challenge involves Cindy choosing an inspirational photo from Pinterest and/or the Internet, and then we get to replicate the decor or project that is pictured with our own twist! Fun, right?
Make sure you check out all fifteen of the bloggers at the end of this post for LOTS of holiday beverage station ideas!
The Inspiration Photo
This month our inspiration comes from Jessica at Pen + Paper Flowers. Be sure to hop on over and see the whole reveal of the lovely beverage bar.
Jessica’s amazing Hot Chocolate Bar includes the following elements that worked for this my interpretation:
- Mugs organized in a rustic crate
- DIY cake plate used as an organizer
- Yummy flavorings to add to the beverage
- A gorgeous sign announcing the beverage bar
- and simple Christmas decor to give a nod to the season
Jessica’s sweet little Hot Chocolate Bar is the perfect setup for a nice buffet or butler’s pantry counter.
However, many of you know that this would NOT work at My Wee Abode. But, if you are visiting for the first time let me
tell show you why this is a challenge for MWA.
This is my kitchen!
Yep… My Wee Abode is a 400 square foot loft apartment that has a make-shift kitchen. And I LOVE it!
And just a bit to the right of the refrigerator is my coffee cubby. Yep, cubby.
So… this is what I have to work with.
My second challenge, though not quite as daunting as my space challenge… I like coffee, not real big on cocoa.
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How to Create a Small Space Holiday Coffee Station
So, instead of a hot chocolate bar, this is what my holiday coffee station looks like in my small ‘studio’ apartment (fyi, it is actually a one-bedroom 😉 ).
Keepin’ it real here… This is the hardest area to photograph in my little place, but it is one of my favorite spots, as well. I use it every single day, sometimes more than once.
So here are the different elements that I added from Jessica’s inspiration photo.
- Rustic crate to hold my collectible Christmas mugs
This crate had been stored in my closet for over two years … just waiting to be used for SOMETHING. Well, that day came last week when I pulled it down from the shelf, added some gray stain and popped it my coffee cubby, which was starting to look like a holiday coffee bar!
It was an added ‘perk’ (see what I did there) that my Food Network Christmas mugs fit inside and on top of the crate perfectly! (Sorry, these latte mugs are no longer available, but I’m thinking a DIY with THESE might be in order!)
- DIY cake plate for organizing
- Yummy flavorings for the hot beverages
This DIY cake plate was made with just a couple of items from the Dollar Tree, some spray paints and glue!
For my minimalist Christmas coffee station, my cake plate holds some Starbuck’s white mocha packets (I add it to my coffee for some extra coffee taste) along with some Starbuck’s Italian instant coffee (it tastes like brewed… truly). The cinnamon sticks add a nice bit of spice (not too much) and work great as stir sticks. The plate also organizes my coffee scoop and one-cup coffee filters (behind the white mocha packets) for my coffee machine.
- A gorgeous sign to ‘label’ the coffee station
Now, this sign doesn’t even compare to Jessica’s amazing artwork, but I kinda like my DIY Window Pane Sign with a touch of flocked greenery and white berries (my color palette this Christmas is quite neutral).
- Simple Christmas greenery for a nod to the holiday season
These mini bottle brush trees are small enough for some added merriment, but leave enough room on the tiny counter to still prepare a hot beverage.
And a sprig of greenery and more white berries.
This $5 Target wreath had a bit of flocking added to it and is hung from the cupboard above the Christmas beverage station. (And those magnetic tins on the side of the refrigerator hold holiday spices to pinch into your coffee.)
Extra Tips for Creating a Holiday Coffee Station in a Small Space
Because the coffee bar is small, this little one-cup coffee maker only takes up about a 6-inch square space and is perfect for a tiny house, small apartment, or dorm room.
To hold my loose coffee, I use stackable canisters, one for leaded and one for unleaded coffee. (I only have the one canister shown here.)
You can find more tips and tricks by clicking over to the “ultimate” guide for Creating a Coffee Station in a Small Space.
I hope you enjoyed and learned something from this Pinterest Challenge. I know I did…While there doesn’t seem much you can do with a tiny surface like the one at My Wee Abode, I’m super thankful that it is so useful, pretty, and brightens my day (cuz y’all… I need my morning coffee!)
Now It’s Your Turn
Now you have a couple things you can do… First, you can make my day by leaving a comment and letting me know what you like best about having a holiday coffee station. And second…
You will TRULY enjoy Amy’s colorful Santa Hot Chocolate Bar over at Cuter Tudor! Go on, you know you want to!