Coffee Station for Holiday Entertaining

Coffee Station with Mug RackThanks to Nespresso USA for sponsoring today’s post!

Recently on The Inspired Room I’ve been talking a bit about getting my home ready for the holidays and entertaining. While I love love LOVE creating a warm ambience for our own family (RIGHT? That’s the BEST!), there’s something special and giving about creating that space for inviting others into our home, too. I think it’s a gift to others when you open your door to friends and treat them to a special time of festivity in your home.

Nespresso Coffee

I know the thought of “holiday entertaining” can seem daunting. I mean, even the WORD entertaining sounds a little frightening to me, like people might expect you to do something amazing to entertain them (I don’t know what we think people expect of us, juggling? ice sculptures, guitar solos? I don’t even know why we worry so much!).

I’ve hosted all kinds of gatherings from bigger ones with 100 people in my house to smaller get togethers with just another family or two. Every week we host gatherings at our church, too, and while it might seem “effortless” if you just show up, I know it’s no easy task to be ready to serve people food and coffee and make the environment warm and welcoming. Even if you are keeping things simple, there are many details that go into hosting any type of event.

Coffee Station - Mug Rack and Nespresso

I’ll let you in on a little entertaining secret. Even if you just focus on feeding people and offering them something to drink, most everything else will fall into place. You don’t have to have everything all perfect like we sometimes think we do. Right? It’s about connecting with the people, not about impressing them.

But with that said, you know I’m totally into creating a bit of the ambience and experience, so while I always keep things simple and don’t let myself stress out, I do like to create special little moments at every gathering.

In fact, it’s those special little details I create that actually make me feel totally at peace with “entertaining” because I KNOW I will enjoy it, people will have a good time and it will leave them with a pleasant memory, in spite of all my entertaining missteps and lack of hostessing perfection.

Nespresso-VertuoLine-Espresso-Machine

And you know coffee is one of my love languages, so a coffee station is always a great place for me to start every day (and every afternoon, let’s be honest) and every event I ever host!

Recently I was at a local store checking out new coffee makers. My daughter Courtney has a Nespresso so she was certain I would love one. I had tried to steal her Nespresso milk frother awhile back so she was trying to convince me to get my own! :). While we were at the store, we saw this VertuoLine machine. The clerk offered me a cup of coffee to try it. The first thing that blew me away was the “crema” it created on top of the coffee. OH MY HEART, it was good. I felt like I had just had a cup of coffee with CREAM it was so thick and frothy. I was in heaven!

Nespresso Aeroccino Plus - Milk Frother

When I returned home, I had an unexpected email from none other than Nespresso, offering to send me a machine in my own home! Did they know I just tested their machine that day? Unlikely! But it felt like a real Christmas miracle…so of course, I said YES. I couldn’t open the box fast enough when it arrived two days later. I set it up all fancy on my counter and made my first cup of coffee.

You guys, it is SO EASY to use, so delicious and I still can’t get over that frothy deliciousness on top. And if that wasn’t enough, it came with a MILK FROTHER! I now have MY OWN MILK FROTHER! My daughter no longer has to hide hers when she sleeps at night. The Aeroccino+ Milk Frother is crazy awesome, it’s quiet, easy and makes perfect frothed milk. You’ll love it, I promise.

You can make little espressos, fancy lattes, the Nespresso does it all!

My next big goal in life (after I finish decorating for Christmas and writing my books that is) is to learn LATTE ART. You know, I want to know how to make pretty leaves and hearts on top of my coffee. Maybe someday I’d even advance to portraits of Mona Lisa on top of my coffee. I tried the basics shapes, believe me. And the result wasn’t what I dreamed, so I need more practice heheheh.

Nespresso-VertuoLine-Espresso

Anyway, I’m in love with my Nespresso :). But while I think it is great fun for me to use, I also think it’s the PERFECT way to jazz up your holiday parties. I mean, if I have fun making coffee all by myself in my jammies every morning, can you imagine setting this little baby up on the counter for a Christmas brunch? I mean, honestly.

It’s a PERFECT holiday entertaining experience and it’s so easy for you as the hostess!

Nespresso-VertuoLine

Just set out an assortment of the little capsules (SO many tasty choices! Put them in a glass container so guests can choose!), some milk and your pretty cups next to your Nespresso and milk frother and you’ve got a party! You could even add some peppermint syrup, cinnamon, nutmeg or chocolate sprinkles! OK, maybe put out some croissants too. Then you are GOOD to go. Guaranteed success.

>>>Go check out the Nespresso machines <<<and see what one you might want for Christmas! I’ll wait while you look, then come back and tell me what you like and if you think you might set up a coffee station for the holidays! I love looking at all their Nespresso machines, they have such lovely designs and colors! 

So what do you think, are you gonna set up a coffee station for the holidays?

Even if you just set one up for yourself, I know you’ll love it as much as I do :).

Nespresso Coffee Station with Mug Rack

Just so you know, you can get one for yourself or for a gift with a special five day sale or a year end promotion!

Here are the details on the Nespresso Sale:

1. 5 Day Sale (11/20/14 – 11/24/14)

Details: 25% off machines (excludes Inissia machine)

2. Year End Promotion (11/28/14 – 1/31/15)

Details: $100 Club Credit with machine purchase of $199 or more.

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Christmas House Tour Entry Table

You know what I love about fall? NESTING. I know. Shocker, right? I especially love that it’s an extra cozy and festive time of the year for entertaining at home. I especially love nesting for a low key and simple get together around the holidays! I’m not a fancy party host at all, and I certainly don’t have all the rules of party etiquette down (we probably pass our food in the wrong direction and end up setting our drinking glasses on the wrong side of the plate, but somehow we manage to still have a good time!).

I really like to set up my house all pretty and plan out the events to welcome friends to have fun, relax and get to know each other.

Christmas-Kitchen-Decorating-The-Inspired-Room

Creating a meaningful gathering makes opening my doors more fun for me, and I hope it makes it memorable for my guests too! This year I’ve been extra busy and distracted with book writing, but I still plan to host a few more get togethers. I’m always glad when I do!

Spiced Cranberry Apple Cider

We love serving our favorite cranberry cider, too. It’s delicious and always makes the house smell amazing! If you missed the recipe, be sure to check it out in yesterday’s post! It’s fun to pull out all the seasonal recipes (have you tried my pumpkin squares yet? Last week I made it but instead of squares I put it in a loaf pan. JUST as YUMMY!) and fix up the house a bit with some holiday touches.

The Inspired Room Christmas House Tour - Dining Room

Last Christmas we had fun decorating our house with pops of red. Red is so festive! This year I have other plans for our dining room holiday decor and colors, but I think it’s going to be just as fun. We’ve done so much rearranging of furniture and rooms this year, I’m looking forward to seeing how our Christmas decor all comes together. I LOVE this time of year.

open shelves for dishes

I enjoy thinking through the serving dishes I might use and how I could set the table. Recently I set up a little “hospitality cabinet” in the dining room so we will be more prepared to set tables for the holidays. You’ll see more of that in the dining room soon, we are settling it in by moving the mirror about it a bit and adding a little more decor the wall around it.

And speaking of our dining room and the table, this week we are going to give our old rickety table a fresh coat of white paint so it will be all clean and ready for whatever festivity we decide to host. Woo hoo! I’ve been wanting to refresh the paint on our table for a couple of years now.

Dishes on Wall

Those are some of the pre-Christmas rituals I really enjoy. I love the simple pleasures of enjoying a clean house, setting up the dishes and freshening up the decor! It’s so much to be nesting and fluffing up the house so we are all ready to welcome friends and family and to celebrate the reason for the season.

Besides the holiday decor, the traditions and the good company, I just love the little things like having all the candles lit, good music and tasty food.

Tray for decorating - The Inspired Room

I have several serving/decor items that are perfect for entertaining any time of the year and they end up being my go-to favorites. I don’t really have much in the way of holiday themed dishes or seasonal serving pieces, I just don’t have room to store it all (although I love having a few little seasonal appetizer or dessert plates!).

Many of you had asked me about our white wood tray in the entry with the plush pumpkins a few weeks ago, it’s from Mary & Martha. It’s a favorite all year round because it can hold just about any decor and make it feel special and put together. You can see the tray below, with some of my favorite chunky white candlesticks, also from Mary & Martha.

Tray and Candlesticks Mary & Martha

Chalkboard Tray Mary & Martha

Glass Lanterns

The beautiful hand blown glass lanterns you might have seen in my house are also from Mary & Martha as is the chalkboard tray, above, and the blue ruffled edge dishes in my open shelves in the kitchen picture. All some of my favorite versatile pieces to enjoy day to day ourselves or to use for parties at our house.

Fall Candles - Reading Corner

I put the glass lanterns all over my house, I think they are so pretty! You can use them in different ways too, maybe try floating candles in water or filling the base with pebbles to change up the look.

Mary and Martha Giveaway on The Inspired Room

Since I have quite a few Mary & Martha items in my home and get asked about them all the time, I thought you’d enjoy a surprise Mary & Martha giveaway today! YAY! One lucky winner will receive the following gifts from Mary & Martha: the & tray, the set of mugs with tray, and a hand blown medium glass lantern!

***This giveaway is now closed!*** All you have to do to enter is leave a comment. If you want to shop, you can do so via this link to Mary & Martha.

This giveaway is sponsored by Mary and Martha.

Mary & Martha products

I wish this was a photo of my house (above) but alas, it is not. But isn’t it cute? Besides the cute room, I love all the unique dishes and that chalkboard sign. Mary & Martha has so many neat items for meaningful entertaining and hospitality, be sure to check it out! They also have a home based business opportunity that would be pretty fun! Who doesn’t enjoy pretty things?

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