Dinner parties, open houses, and cocktail parties are just a few of the gatherings you might be hosting this holiday season, and balancing the flow of these get togethers in small or large spaces can be a challenge! That's why I'm really into the idea of creating a separate, organized coffee bar in our kitchen where guests can easily serve themselves without feeling in the way of other kitchen activity.
I love the styling of the coffee station pictured in the top set of images while I would personally strive for the organization pictured in the image directly below. Both coffee stations pictured here utilize additional pieces of furniture that were brought into their respective kitchens just for this purpose. While it might seem you don't have the room for such setups, these coffee stations really only take up a few square feet and could work in most small-to-medium-sized kitchens.
Hello, beautiful coffee bar! I love the way this homeowner takes advantage of the top of a storage-friendly dresser and creates a permanent coffee bar. It's perfect, right? It's situated right next to the dining table where guests can serve themselves during breakfast or dessert.
Though you can't tell from this picture alone, this coffee station is in a corner of a small kitchen. This couple is creatively storing their dishes en plein air while tucking their coffee maker in the corner next to their stash of coffee mugs. When party time rolls around, it would be very easy to set out a cream and sugar set. This is a great solution for the smallest of spaces.
What's unique about this permanent coffee station is that it's not in the kitchen, so it's not occupying valuable kitchen square footage! Such a setup can help direct guests away from the hustle and bustle that goes on in a kitchen during a holiday party or all year around. This may very well the most ideal way to keep coffee traffic away from the main functions of your kitchen.
Do you have a separate coffee station or setup in your home?
(Image credits: Teal and Lime; Keiley and the Family McKean; Tell It To Your Neighbor; Therese and Elias Carlson for Design*Sponge; Savvy City Farmer)