Make Thanksgiving morning easier for you and scrumptious for your guests. Create a festive and delicious self-serve Thanksgiving coffee bar where family and guests can linger and enjoy their first morning cup of coffee.
For some odd reason, my husband Bobby and brother-in-law Jim think holidays are days for fixing things like the electrical outlet in the kitchen that hasn’t worked for six months. Or for pulling out the refrigerator and collecting the accumulation of toys the cat scooted under it. And if they are not doing fix-it jobs, they are making huge, elaborate breakfasts for everyone in our house.
All of this while I’m trying to stuff the bird, get it into the oven, and do a hundred other things to have a gorgeous holiday meal on the table by 4:30.
Bobby and I had a little discussion a few years ago about holiday mornings. It basically went like this: Honey, I love you, but the kitchen is off-limits! Thanksgiving mornings are still hectic, and there might still be something that does not work in the kitchen, but our family and guests are happy because they come down to a pretty and yummy coffee bar. And I’m happy that I can make Thanksgiving dinner in peace.
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A coffee bar is a beautiful thing on Thanksgiving morning. Or really, any morning you have early or overnight guests.
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We love having company over the holidays. Our home is busy and bustling, and it feels like the kitchen is never closed. Thanksgiving is especially challenging, especially in the morning.
One Thanksgiving years ago, I decided to put out a self-serve coffee bar (we are all big coffee drinkers) and a few goodies so overnight family could help themselves when they came down in the morning. It worked wonderfully! Everyone loved the coffee, food, and the leisurely way we could all be together.
Here’s how I set up our Thanksgiving Coffee Bar…
This year I moved the coffee bar, including the Keurig, to the end of our large island. It’s away from all the prep areas in the kitchen yet close enough for me to feel part of all the conversations.
We love our Keurig. I keep all the various types of coffee pods in a white ceramic container with a wooden lid. The Keurig has many different brew selections, so there is something for everyone on Thanksgiving morning. Coffee is served with sugar and cream and a little shaker of cinnamon next to the coffee pot.
A Thanksgiving coffee bar should be simple enough to set up in a few minutes and yet be special for the holiday or occasion.
I usually like to set up the coffee bar, except for things from the refrigerator, the night before. I cover baked goods with plastic wrap to keep them fresh.
If someone asks to help while I’m setting things up, I say YES! Many hands make like work.
Mugs And Cloth Napkins
I like to use white mugs on our coffee bar. They go with everything and hold a nice big cup of coffee. The exception is Christmas. I have pretty red plaid mugs I use on our Christmas coffee bars.
On our Thanksgiving coffee bar, I used pretty brown and white cloth napkins. They remind me of transferware. I recently have been a bit dried orange obsessed. So I thought I’d use them to decorate the coffee bar. They are actually edible and delicious! You might like to read How To Dry Oranges So They Retain Their Vibrant Color.
I love their bright color against the napkins. It’s fun to have something unexpected on the coffee bar to start a conversation. One Thanksgiving, I put a bowl of truffles out and my guests loved that. Truffles and coffee for breakfast, who knew!
Tucking napkins in the mugs along with a spoon is a signature Tanglewood House look. To add a bit of warmth to the Thanksgiving coffee bar, I put the mugs on a vintage breadboard. I also added a candle in a nubby brown glass container for some late fall ambiance and a lovely fall aroma.
I have a few different Thanksgiving salad/dessert dishes. This year I chose the white turkey plates for the coffee bar. These plates are just big enough to hold a muffin and some fruit. YUM!
In past years, I have used attractive paper plates. I like to change things up.
For me, flowers make everything more special. Especially on this favorite holiday. I put two bunches of grocery store flowers in my favorite vase and used them in the background of the coffee bar.
Flowers are such a treat. Use them in an attractive vase.
This year, a few of our pumpkins still looked nice-ish, so I used one orange and a couple of little white baby boo pumpkins on the coffee bar.
Pumpkins are not a must on a Thanksgiving Coffee Bar, but this will be the last time I will use them until next year!
Food On The Coffee Bar
Along with the coffee, I like to serve something sweet and sometimes something a little more substantial.
For this Thanksgiving, I bought banana muffins with a streusel topping and chocolate croissants that I found at our local farmers market. I’m serving pears and clementines with them. If people want more, I have organic yogurt and granola I can pull out of the refrigerator and put on the bar.
Since our family will be here for a few overnights, I’ll put leftover pumpkin pie on the coffee bar the day after Thanksgiving! Oh, yum!
We might slice artisan bread and get out the toaster so everyone can make themselves a piece of toast that they can slather with Amish butter and assorted jams.
I’m also making a couple recipes our family loves to put in the freezer and get them out as needed. You might like to try these recipes too…
Butter Topped Beer Bread- so delicious toasted
An easy coffee bar is a Thanksgiving gift! I hope you will set one up for Thanksgiving morning in your home.
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