La Jolla Mom

How to Serve Coffee with a Little More Flair This Holiday Season

BY La Jolla Mom

When focusing on holiday entertaining, such as an annual cookie exchange or even Christmas dinner, don’t forget that it’s entirely possible to cleverly and inexpensively jazz up hot drinks offerings, too.

It didn’t use to pay attention to how I served coffee. I learned later that if I put in a few minutes of extra thought, people were more likely to serve themselves and layer on the compliments.

Everything you need can be picked up at Target, including the Lindt chocolates and Starbucks®.

Festive Accessories

Decorating a coffee station is easy. The food and drinks you set out will more than likely steal the show but be sure to include a few extra accessories like colorful napkins and straws. Set out some basic serveware like clear bowls or a few tiered stands to hold various items.

Hot Drinks: Coffee, Peppermint Mocha Lattes and More

Keurigs are a hostess’ best friend because they enable guests to choose which coffee, tea or other specialty drink that they’d like.

Starbucks Holiday Blend—a good choice for those who prefer regular coffee—with its gorgeous shiny foil wrapper is festive in its own right. I most commonly set out sugar and cream, but you could include cinnamon, sugar substitutes and much more.

Tip: This coffee pairs very well with Lindt LINDOR Milk Chocolate Truffles and their wrappers even match.

Starbucks and Lindt chocolates pair extremely well together.

Elevate offerings further with a coffee shop-style latte that can also be made at home with a Keurig. The Starbucks Peppermint Mocha Caffe Latte is made in two easy steps. Empty a the dairy packet into the mug, place the caffe blend in the Keurig and use the 8oz setting.

Stir and you have a delicious holiday latte in your hands. Lindt LINDOR Peppermint Cookie Milk Chocolate Truffles are this drink’s perfect pairing.

A Starbucks peppermint mocha caffe latte can be made at home in a Keurig.Since so many of our activities involves kids, hot chocolate also makes a ton of sense. They can also make in a Keurig and top it with a few marshmallows. It’s also fun to stir hot chocolate with a candy cane.

More Treats to Pair with Drinks

Lindt milk chocolate truffles come in these small packs of two and are perfect holiday favors that cost just $1 at Target.

I actually really like this small packets of Lindt chocolates. They’re only $1 at Target and have two milk chocolate truffles inside. Set them out at the coffee bar as small favors for people to take home with them, while having a few loose for those who can’t resist.

Keep an eye on things so that they can be refilled as need be.

Special Starbucks and Lindt Offers at Target

It's easy to put together a festive holiday bar simply by including a few perfect pairings.

Visit Target for special offers on Starbucks and Lindt throughout December.

Starbuck offers from November 27 – December 31:

  • Buy 3 and save $6 (VIA: $4.30 each, Roast and Ground Coffee: $5.99 11 or 12oz
  • $9.99 for 20oz K-CUP
  • $9.99 9 and 16-ct Starbucks and Tazo

Lindt offer from November 27 – December 24:

  • 2 for $8

Decompress with a peppermint chocolate and latte over the holiday season.

Entertaining or not, there will certainly be times when decompressing with the family over a peppermint latte and some chocolate is exactly what you need.

What I’m saying is it never hurts to keep Lindt and Starbucks on-hand throughout the season even if you’re not entertaining!

This blog post was sponsored by Starbucks but the opinions are completely my own based on my experience.

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