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How To Set Up A Festive Hot Beverage Station For The Holidays

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If you’re entertaining over the holiday season and want to do something a little bit different for your guests, I highly recommend setting up a festive hot beverage station.

How many of you make (or purchase) a million Christmas cookies but end up consuming only a quarter of them? Yep, me too! A hot beverage station is a great way to elevate your holiday party, share your yummy festive desserts (so that they’ll actually get eaten) and enjoy some delicious hot beverages!

Dedicate a space and get creative

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First, find a place in your kitchen or dining space that you can create a beverage ‘station’ with. Keep in mind that you really don’t need a huge area. You can get creative and use an end table, beverage cart, or a portion of your kitchen counter.

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When I organized my hot beverage station, I wanted to ensure I had a variety of drink options. I used my french press for standard coffee, added some coffee liqueur to a glass canister for the adults, and I arranged an area on the coffee bar for the tea drinkers and hot chocolate lovers.

I also used my slow cooker to make a pot of Mulled Wine — one of my favourite warm drinks! The house smelled like cinnamon sticks, oranges, and vanilla, and the mix of red wine, citrus and spice is seriously the perfect combo! Warning: you may want to make a double batch because it’ll go quickly. Scroll to the bottom of this post to get my Mulled Wine recipe!

Sweet treats to complement your beverages

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I love purchasing Christmas cookies from Sweet Bakery Brant. Their desserts feel like they are a part of the decor — almost too pretty to eat (but not really …because their cookies are SO delicious). For a little added touch, purchase small paper bags and encourage your guests to take some of the treats home with them.

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When planning out your hot beverage station, make a list of the drinks you will be offering to your guests and what kinds of little treats will pair well as toppings. I absolutely love these star marshmallows (and they are a huge hit for both adults and kids). Candy canes are also another great addition to hot chocolate or coffee, and sharing these treats in beautiful canisters and jars adds a pretty touch!

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These holiday star cocktail spoons are just the cutest, and I love these Milano Double Wall Glass Mugs. They come in a variety of sizes and shapes— perfect for adding a bit of variety to your beverage table. I also used my milk frother for those who wanted a cappuccino.

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Creating a hot beverage station for your guests is SO much fun. If you have children, get them involved in picking out some of the special treats! I promise it’ll be a huge hit for your friends and family, and a fun way to make your party feel a little bit more unique. All it takes is some creativity and yummy treats!

Slow Cooker Mulled Wine Recipe

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Ingredients

  • 1 bottle of red wine of choice
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • Optional: Liquor of choice (I used an apricot liqueur)
  • 1/2 orange, thinly sliced with rind on
  • Pomegranate seeds of 1/2 of one pomegranate
  • 1 tbsp whole cloves
  • 2 star anise
  • 2-3 cinnamon sticks

Instructions

Toss everything into a slow cooker and cook on low for approximately 1 hour,  then turn to ‘keep warm’ setting. When ready to serve, pour the mulled wine into a canister for guests to help themselves or serve directly from slow cooker. Enjoy!

Happy Holidays to you and yours! xo

Alexandra Rodi (Honestly Alexandra)

Alexandra Rodi

Alexandra Rodi is the founder of Honestly Alexandra (honestlyalexandra.com), a blog that is referred to as 'a one stop destination for women looking for inspiration, ideas, and advice relating to different aspects of life'. Alexandra is a mom of two young girls, wife and blogger. When Alexandra isn’t online creating new content, you will find her snuggling her girls, jogging at sunrise, or enjoying a glass of sparkling wine in the evening with her friends and family. Follow along with Alexandra on Instagram @honestly_alexandra and don't forget to say hi!

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