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Simple Tips for a Fall Cider Bar

Today, we’re sharing simple tips for a Fall Cider Bar as part of the Lifestyle of Love Blog Hop. A special thank you to my sweet friend, Cindy of County Road 407 for putting this hop together.

If you’re coming over from Angie’s blog, Post Cards from the Ridge welcome, we’re excited to have you.

Didn’t you love the way Angie displayed flowers in vintage bottles and mason jars throughout the year? They were all such beautiful ideas!

The Lifestyle of Love Blog Hop is a bimonthly series where we share our love of vintage, antique, farmhouse, and repurposed finds and ideas.  If you’ve missed any of the other installments, you can catch up here:

Practical and Pretty 

One of the things I love most about working with these talented ladies is they always inspire and push me to be creative.

I’m naturally a very practical person.

Our island cottage doesn’t have a lot of extra storage to bring things home on a whim. Or to craft things we aren’t actually going to use throughout the year and in multiple seasons.

When I saw the topic this month was mason jars and bottles, I immediately thought about the jars in our pantry holding walnuts and kitchen staples.

Then I thought about how we use mason jars each morning to save time with our smoothie prep packets  And how we use them to keep our at-home lunch station organized too.

Of course, we’ve filled mason jars with simple flowers and placed them on our dinner table for a relaxed farmhouse feel.

We’ve also packed them with sweet scents of the season and given them away to friends and family as simmer pot ingredients as well.

So, this Fall, when we decided to recreate our favorite things about spending time at the cabin, I knew immediately how to incorporate mason jars.

Creating a coffee or cider bar doesn’t have to be expensive or complicated at all.  Honestly, you probably already have most of the items you need right now to create a festive feeling this Fall.

Here’s a look at a few simple tips for creating a Fall Cider Bar…

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Gather Your Fall Cider Bar Supplies

Set out your favorite mugs, glasses, straws, syrups, spices, a few sweet treats, honey crisp apples, cider, and coffee if you like.

These are the supplies we use the most:

  • Coffee Maker (this one has a stainless-steel carafe that keeps coffee or water hot for a lot longer than a standard coffee pot)
  • Generous Mugs (these are a little expensive but perfect for fall)
  • Coffee Mug Rack
  • Syrups (we use the sugar-free, but they come in holiday sets too)
  • Glasses (we use Mason Jars)
  • Drink Dispenser (similar)
  • Spices
  • 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)

Make it Festive

As your decorating your Fall cider bar and treat station, make it festive!

You’ll want to vary the heights and textures of the pieces you’re incorporating. This helps to add visual interest and create a warm and cozy feeling.

Don’t forget to add seasonal art, a wreath, a vintage-inspired apple picking sign, or create your own chalkboard art.

Add Easy Cakes and Snacks

Including a treat station in your Fall cider bar doesn’t have to be super fancy.

Just set out a few things you know your loved ones will enjoy.  Consider picking up favorites from your local bakery or grocery store if you don’t have time to bake multiple cakes, cookies, breads, or pies.

Dress Up Your Mason Jars

Any time we’re drinking cold apple cider, it’s almost always in a mason jar.  The lids make it so convenient to mix multiple spices and syrups into the cider without a lot of extra fuss.

Dress up the mason jars on your Fall cider bar by thinly slicing an apple and cutting a small hole in the center.  Then gently place a cinnamon stick inside the hole.

As always, use caution and care when using a knife to slice and cut the apple as the knife will be sharp.

Fall Cider Bar Inspiration

We’ve had a designated drink station in our home for years.  It’s such an inexpensive way to add a little bit of convenience to everyday life.

Even when I’m at home and we’re just hanging out I like to set up a little treat station.

Creating a fall cider bar is a great way to make memories with the people you love all season long.  And if there is one thing we can all agree on this year, it’s that every day we have together is worth celebrating!

Up next on the Lifestyle of Love Blog Hop is my sweet friend, Michelle at The Painted Hinge.  She is crazy creative and I know you’ll adore her beautiful farmhouse style.

Once you’re finished there, be sure to check out the rest of the fabulous ladies on the hop.

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Let us know if you’re creating at Fall cider bar at home and your favorite way to decorate with bottles and mason jars this season too! Until next time, I’ll see you on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.

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Many blessings,

CoCo

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48 Comments

  1. I could totally see your appletini set up sitting right next to this one! You would blow those happy hour girls away 🙂 Hugs, CoCo

  2. Coco,

    I love it and new I would and you’re so right we are taking time to make this special for ourselves during this time. I use mason jars for many things in our home. I have our favorite coco and flavored coffees inside some inside our coffee bar.

    Instead of regular coffee we enjoy hazelnut hot chocolate or mocha flavored. Storing the powder in mason jars adds a pretty touch.

    Your cider bar is perfect and love the added touch of the apple slices.

    Hope you have a great weekend!

    Cindy

    1. Such a great idea to store items for your coffee, tea, and hot chocolate bar in mason jars Cindy! I love that idea. My Granny loved to can and put up vegetables so every time I see a mason jar I think about all the practical ways they can be used. I swear they are so convenient! Sending you hugs for a happy day and hoping your week is a special one, CoCo

  3. Well I’ve never thought to use apple rings for decorating my mason jars but I LOVE that idea! You entire bar is adorable. You are ready for a party. Thank you for joining in. Pinned 😉

    1. Thank you so much for putting this blog hop together, Cindy! It was so much fun to stop for a hot minute and celebrate all the fun things this season has to offer. My mantra for the week is little wins 🙂 Sending you hugs, CoCo

  4. A fall cidar bar is a perfect idea for a gathering of friends. i know my girlfriends would love to sit around and chat while we enjoy cider and sweets. I love the way you styled your cider bar. Adding a slice of apple with a cinnamon stick to each Mason jar filled with cider is a great idea!

    1. Thank you so much, Paula! It’s been fun to try and find ways to celebrate the season this year. I swear it’s the smallest things that makes us happy and keeps us going 🙂 Hope your Fall season is a blessed one, CoCo

  5. Hi Coco, your cider bar looks so fun and delicious. I LOVE cider, but haven’t had any in years. It’s a fave of my family at Thanksgiving and Christmas in a stock pot on the stove. All your goodies look delish and this just begs people to slow down and enjoy a cool autumn day. Hope you’re having a great weekend!

    1. Thank you, Debra! We look forward to having cider and picking apples every Fall so it’s fun to recreate a bit of that here in Florida. I know this entire year has been completely different than what any of us ever expected so I’m taking every little win as a chance to celebrate 🙂 Sending you hugs and hoping your Fall season is a blessed one, CoCo

  6. Oh I adore every inch of you sweet cider bar. I have a similar wall basket . I love your arrangement!

    1. Thank you so much, Laura, I really appreciate it! The wall basket was so easy to put together. Just a few hydrangea stems, some greenery and apples and you’re good to go 🙂 Hope your week is a fun one, CoCo

  7. Hi CoCo, I’m visiting from the Lifestyle of Love Blog Hop. Your Fall Cider Bar made me seriously hungry, and it looks beautiful! I was wondering if you bought the covers for your syrup dispensers or made them. Do you have a link? They really add a special touch. Thanks for sharing.

    1. That is so sweet of you to say, Marilyn, thank you! The covers are actually wine bottle bags we found on Amazon. I don’t have our exact link because we’ve had these for a while but I believe they are listed under burlap wine bags, the color is natural, and most of the time you can get 12 pieces for less than $15. I made the clay tags but you could always use chalkboard labels, plain wooden labels dressed up with a pretty script or font, or even heavy cardstock. Hope your Fall season is filled with adventure, CoCo

  8. CoCo I love your cider bar! I really love that you show it serving cold cider as it is still way too hot here to enjoy hot cider. So happy to be hopping with you on this super-fun blog hop!

    1. Speak to my heart, Michelle! Fall in Florida never really feels like Fall at all so we have to get super creative and improvise wherever we can. Fingers crossed it starts cooling off soon for both of us 🙂 Sending you big hugs, CoCo

  9. This is just too cute. I love the cake stands. The apple slices over the jars are just so fun for the season. Love it.

    1. I really appreciate it, Katie, thank you so much! Hope your week is off to a great start, CoCo

  10. Love the idea of a cider bar, CoCo! I always think hot chocolate bar, but this is much more Fall friendly & I love everything apples this time of year. You’ve got my mouth watering now; need to bake some fresh apple muffins!

    1. Apple muffins sound so good, Lora! We love anything with apples and are trying our best to bring a sense of Fall to Florida 🙂 Some times it takes an extra dose of imagination but we’re getting there. Hope you’re enjoying your Fall season too. Big hugs, CoCo

  11. This is so precious! I want to have a cider bar now…Thank you for these ideas!

  12. Everything is so cute and looks delicious!!! I love this idea so much!!!

    1. Thank you so much, Emily, I really appreciate it! Hope your week is a happy one, CoCo

  13. CoCo,
    This is so prettty! You now have me craving sweets, cider and smoothies!!! Always a treat hopping with you.

    1. ha ha I know! Not eating all the sweets is the hardest thing about putting these posts together, Christy. Those big cookies were definitely a favorite because they were gone by the end of the next day which felt dangerous and indulgent all at the same time 🙂 Sending you lots of hugs for a happy Fall season, CoCo

  14. This is the most beautiful blog post CoCo. I’m featuring you this week at Charming Homes & Gardens??‍♀️

    1. That’s so sweet of you, Ann, thank you! Our Fall cider bar was a lot of fun to put together and super easy too. It takes a while to actually feel like Fall in Florida so we’re celebrating the season any way we can 🙂 Big hugs, CoCo

  15. Such a delightful cider bar. Everything looks so good. Love your creative touches Coco. I am happy to feature your Fall Cider bar today at Love Your Creativity. happy Sunday. Hugs

    1. That’s so sweet of you, Linda, thank you! It’s usually still pretty warm in Florida until late December so we try to do everything we can possibly do to make it feel like Fall 🙂 Sending you hugs and thank yous, CoCo

    1. Your kids would love this, Kristin, and it was so easy to make too! If I don’t have time to bake a lot of extra things I just pick them up from the bakery. We all need a little no-fuss in our lives right now 🙂 Big hugs, CoCo

  16. What a gorgeous fall fun idea! Love all your apple touches, and that basket is to die for. Can’t believe fall is official this week! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm. xo Kathleen

    1. Thanks so much, Kathleen! We’ve had a coastal nor’ easter all weekend so it finally feels like Fall in Florida now too. Even though it’s only for a few days, we’ll take it 🙂 Hugs and Happy Fall, CoCo

  17. Such a fun Idea! thanks for sharing and look for your feature tomorrow on Charming Homes & garden Link Party.
    Rachel

    1. I really appreciate it, Rachel, thank you so much! I hope your week is a fun one, thanks for making mine special, CoCo

  18. A fall cider bar is the perfect idea CoCo! Your posts always make me so happy and inspired! Look for your feature tomorrow at Charming Homes and Gardens!

    1. You’re so sweet to say that Kim, thank you! And what an honor to be featured at your party too. I’m super excited! Heading over now to link up and thank you guys, CoCo

  19. This is so sweet & looks straight out of a magazine! Love all of your extra touches, like the chalkboard & apple slices on the mason jars.

    1. Thank you so much, Marie, I really appreciate it! I’m hoping we’ll be sipping cider all season long 🙂 Hope you’ve had a great week so far, CoCo

    1. I really appreciate it, Sarah, thank you so much! Hope your week has been a good one, CoCo

    1. I appreciate you so much, Michelle, thank you! Big hugs, CoCo

  20. Yummy cider bar! Everything looks delicious.
    Hugs,
    Kippi

    1. Thank you, Kippi! It was fun and super easy to put together too which is always nice 🙂 Hugs, CoCo

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