The do it yourself “bar” theme as an idea to get guests to interact and be entertained has been around for several years now with cigar bars, candy bars and ice cream bars. A twist on the usual “bar” themes of weddings, a coffee bar is a perfect touch to your fall or winter wedding. You can host one in between the ceremony and reception, during your cocktail hour or even during your reception during the dessert course. Entice guests to brew up a warm cup for now and for later with take home coffee or cappuccino favors.
Worldwide, coffee and tea are some of the largest consumed beverages. Whether they wake up with a strong cup of coffee or wind down their day with a relaxing cup of tea, these beverages are probably consumed by most of your guests. If you are looking for a practical way to entertain your guests you may consider setting up several stations around your wedding reception with “bar” areas that they can help themselves at anytime. A coffee bar is one of the types of stations that can be kept running during your entire reception. Let’s face it, some people enjoy a good cup of coffee before and after their meal, why make them wait for a single cup of coffee right during dessert? And if you are having a fall or winter wedding, a steaming cup of coffee as they enter the reception will warm them up and keep them awake to kick up their heels for a night of dancing!
What should you include in a coffee and tea bar besides the named beverages? Make sure to supply the bar area with all the little additions that will turn the coffee bar into an extraordinary bar. Don’t just limit yourself to the standard beverages but also include if possible powdered drink mixes such as hot cocoa for the children and young at heart. You could also have the catering hall provide cappuccino, espresso, lattes, or even warm apple cider. Provide extra special touches such as powdered chocolate, cinnamon, vanilla powder, nutmeg, whipped cream, marshmallows, caramel or even chocolate syrup. You could even add stencils in the fun shapes of hearts or other wedding themes so that they can “sprinkle a little love” into their drinks.
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