This past Friday, I had a million things to do. The kitchen hardware had all been installed, the lights were set to be delivered and the rug and bar stools were also on the way. I should have been getting groceries, prepping the week and finishing the laundry. Yet all I could think about was moving around furniture and creating a new look in the breakfast area. Does that ever happen to you guys?
As I shared yesterday, living in an open concept home is lots of fun 90% of the time. Over the years, I’ve come to understand what you do to one space affects all of the surrounding spaces too. That’s the case with the new look of the kitchen and the breakfast area. They both still need a bit of tweaking so I decided to ditch the to-do list on Friday and “shop the house” hoping to change a few things around. Shopping your home is always a budget friendly option when you want to change things up a bit.
This cabinet has been in a few different places over the past couple of years. It started out in the entry
then it moved to the breakfast area
And on Friday, it became our coffee and cider bar for the fall season. Creating a coffee or cider bar doesn’t have to be expensive or complicated and you probably already have most of these items in your home right now.
I mentioned this idea on Instagram and someone commented, “What’s the matter with me? I NEVER feel the urge to set up a coffee bar…” This comment gave me the giggles because I actually know this creative lady and fellow blogger (hey, Karen)! Of course, there is nothing wrong with not having a coffee bar in your home. Nothing at all. It works for our family because having a designated drink station for coffee, tea, cider, and hot cocoa is an inexpensive way to add a little bit of luxury to our every day life. It’s also helpful when we have overnight guests.
Set out your favorite mugs, glasses, straws, syrups, spices, a few sweet treats, honey crisp apples, cider, coffee and you’re good to go. Honestly, it’s really simple and you probably have most of these things you need to create an indoor cider bar already at home.
Here’s a list of things you’ll need to create an Indoor Fall Cider Bar: (Affiliate links have been provided for your convenience. Please read our full disclosure policy here. )
Coffee Maker (this one has a stainless steel carafe that keeps coffee or water hot for a lot longer than a standard coffee pot)
Coffee Mugs (these are a little expensive but perfect for fall)
Syrups (we use the sugar free but they come in holiday sets too)
Glasses (Ball jars never get old, #amiright?)
Straws (this combination is cute if you have company coming over for a fall party)
Chalkboard (this is cute a vintage/farmhouse style if you’re not able to find a chalkboard at a thrift store or charity shop)
Even when I’m at home and we’re all just hanging out I like to set up a little snack or treat station. Including a treat station into your indoor cider bar doesn’t have to be super fancy or anything just set out a few things you know your guest will enjoy. I make this pecan pound cake with a salted caramel glaze during the fall season and it is really easy to make (think 6 ingredients easy if you’re just making the pound cake). It’s the perfect combination of sweet and salty so it’s always a crowd pleaser. My dad swears I need to find a way to add bacon to the glaze but I have no idea how that is going to happen given I haven’t had real bacon in probably 20 years he he.
If you have guests or family members that are health conscious these graham cracker bites are easy to make too. Layer graham crackers, whipped peanut butter, chopped honey crisp apples and a little pinch of toffee on the top to add a bit of crunch. That’s it. Make sure to check with your guests for any special food allergies they may have prior to serving as peanut allergies are very common.
You’ll want to vary the heights and textures of the pieces you’re incorporating into your fall cider bar and treat station. For example, the cake stands have one texture, the bushel basket another, the napkins another, the feed sacks another. Layering textures helps to add visual interest and a cozy feeling of warmth for loved ones.
Creating a fall cider bar is a great way to make memories with your friends, family and neighbors all season long. Just remember every day you guys have together is worth celebrating!