If you had a chance to read yesterday’s post you already know I was super excited to finish our Christmas Front Porch. The minute I finished with that project I immediately started working on our back patio area and creating an outdoor drink station.
We’ll be making a few tweaks to my office in the new year so the idea for this outdoor hot cocoa bar came specifically from wanting to move the desk and hutch I had been using in my office, outside. Now, I know it usually looks like things are pretty easy around here and most of the time things work out according to plan. But, let me tell ya, there was a big “discussion” about whether or not to bring these two pieces of furniture outside.
- big. discussion.
So, the compromise was to just “trial it” to see how or if we would actually use it during the winter season. I really love it though so I’m hoping it can stay. Someone else is on the fence…”I don’t know, CoCo, seriously, this is one of your most out there ideas. Believe me, no one is going to have a desk and hutch on their back patio.”
But you guys, sometimes you just have to think outside of the box when you’re a creative problem solver, you know what I mean? I swear this idea is totally going to work – mark my words – especially during the spring and fall when we have most of our outdoor parties…there’s just one thing…I have to figure out a way to make it weather proof.
Anyway, let me just show you what I’m talking about because we can work out the details later. Here’s a look at our outdoor drink station…
What do you think? It’s cute, right? I can totally see us using this as a drink station for parties or even a dessert bar if we’re using the outdoor buffet for dinner.
I know sometimes people feel like they have to have lots of stuff to fill out a bit hutch like this but honestly, it’s getting the key pieces in place first like the food. We made these fudgy brownie bites, rolled them in crushed peppermint and put them on pillows of marshmallows to make it feel festive. You can read all about how to make the Fudgy Christmas Brownie Bites here.
Another easy trick is to buy a few muffins or cupcakes at the store and place them on wood slices.
It adds a bit of texture without a lot of fuss.
Once you have all the food in place, then start placing all of the items you’ll need for the drink station like shaved chocolate, cinnamon sticks, peppermint sticks, biscottis,
spices, flavored syrups and creamers.
I almost always get a hot drink even in the summer time but my bestie S usually prefers a cold drink so depending how you set your drink station up you may want to have a place for hot water or an ice bucket as well. The best part of this drink station is that it has a drawer which is perfect for stashing plenty of packets of hot chocolate and teas. You could even put straws, napkins or other paper supplies in here too!
After you have the food in place and you have all of your drink items in place, start filling in the open spaces with decorative items like greenery, plates, rustic signs or whatever you like.
Just throw down a rug and you’re good to go – it’s seriously that simple!
I’ll definitely keep you guys posted if we actually decide to keep this outdoor drink station – outside. There is so much work to do on this patio area post Hurricane Irma so for now we’re going to have to take it in small project stride. See you guys back here tomorrow. I couldn’t have an outdoor drink station without sharing a drink so I’ll be back here with a cocktail for you to try! Until next time, I’ll see you on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.