Need a party idea? Set up an Iced Coffee Bar!
Monday was my birthday. (Yay, 42!) Since most of my favorite peeps (aka three outa four of my boys) were still at church camp and thus not home to help me celebrate – we instead invited a few friends over. It was such a blessed time.
Not planned or appreciated is the fact that our grill chose to die at the very moment we were ready to begin cooking our meat (for 13 hungry people). I mean the grill didn’t just die. It also became very dead. So, so dead.
One of our friends who had just left her house to come over saved the day by bringing her grill (hi, can you come to my birthday get-together and if it’s not too much to ask can you load up and bring an entire grill when you come? k thanks.) So we ate a little bit late. It made for a longer celebration, and then the food tasted even better than if we’d eaten an hour and a half before during the regularly scheduled program. This is what memories are made of. And also this…
While the men were outside looking under the hood of the grill, and one of my friends was loading up her grill to bring over, and some other friends were outside throwing around a football, and some kids were in the lego room upstairs – this was happening in my kitchen:
I am loved and richly blessed by these dear people.
After we finally ate the most delicious dinner (grilled steak and chicken and amazing side dishes brought by friends), out came a brand new buffet I had been working on for a couple of days. Allow me to introduce you to the very wonderful Iced Coffee Bar. This idea came to me as I was thinking about my favorite foods and drinks while planning the get-together. What did I want for my birthday meal? Steak, for sure. And wouldn’t it be fun to serve iced coffee, thought I. One thing led to another until this:
Yes, the White Chocolate and the Caramel are in vases.
What a great way to re-purpose those, don’t ya think?
I brewed/chilled coffee and made coffee ice cubes all day in preparation. I made sweet sauces. I had absolutely wayyyyy too much fun. And then during the party? Let me just say that you must do this sometime. It was a blast seeing what people put together. Some drinks got blended. Some used ice cream. Some mixed all three sauces. Some made fun of me for having to drink decaf. Hey, I wanted to sleep after my party, okay? Caffeine can’t happen after 5pm for this (very young) 42 year old.
Suggestions for options to include in your Iced Coffee Bar
- Jars of chilled regular coffee
- Jars of chilled decaf coffee
- Regular and decaf coffee ice cubes
- Half and Half
- Homemade Hot Fudge (with a bit more cream in it to make it runnier)
- Homemade Caramel Sauce (also with a bit more cream added)
- Homemade White Chocolate Sauce (recipe coming soon!!)
- Vanilla Ice Cream
- A blender for those who wanted frappes
Explain the options to your guests, then let them have at it.
It was so much fun to see what people came up with for their special drink. We all took turns building our concoction, then we all stood around sipping and saying “yum” over and over while talking and laughing. Bliss.
This Iced Coffee Bar is going to be my new go-to idea for special gatherings. Come winter, we’ll just switch it to a Hot Coffee Bar with fun fixin’s. Do this!!! It is so much fun!
Want to borrow my Coffee Bar Labels? These made it easy for guests and added cuteness to the fun.
What else can you think of to add to this Iced (or hot) Coffee Bar?
P.S. If you are in my local Bunco group, you are not allowed to use this idea until after I host, mmkay?