I have a terrible habit of welcoming people into my home and then forgetting to offer them a drink. It’s either a mental block or early dementia but it’s ridiculous! So, I created a permanent drink station on my kitchen island and then tweak the decorating details with each new season.
I’m not joking when I say, I could literally serve a five-course meal to guests and completely forget about offering a beverage to them. Thankfully, my husband and now even my daughter are quick to make this most basic gesture of hospitality. Because of those two, no one leaves here parched. However, my side-kicks aren’t always around when I have company in the kitchen.
That said, I created this very obvious drink station smack in the center of the kitchen to act as a visual reminder. Literally, it’s a visual aid for me. If I still fail to inquire about what my guest would prefer to drink, the drink station picks up the slack by becoming a conversation piece. Once the conversation starts, a light turns on and my mental block is hurdled long enough for me to say, “what can I get you to drink?”
It’s silly, but I get caught up in the many details of hostessing and forget the most basic of all needs and one of life’s most simple comforts – water (or coffee, or what-have-you). After all, everyone is more comfortable making small talk while holding a cup of something liquid and then taking a sip during the conversation pauses.
Enough about my hostessing faux pas and let’s get on to the details. Here’s my countertop display. I splurged on the Pottery Barn galvanized stand after seeing this beautiful display from Stone Gable years ago. My seasonal “fillings” are usually something inexpensive and/or whatever I have on hand.
Speaking of inexpensive “fillings”, part of my Dollar Store Decor fall mantel shelves include a little banner I printed on fake leaves (this tutorial coming soon per your reader request!). The $1 package of leaves came with so many, I had more than enough for scattering around the bottom of each tier wherever I found a blank space. They are surprisingly noticeable and festive at the same time!
My goal of this station is to have everything one would want for coffee or tea, except the creamer. I keep that in the refrigerator for obvious reasons.
The bottom tier, in front, holds a sugar bowl of organic sugar, which has an off-white color tinge that adds to my rustic Fall colors. There is also a little shaker of cinnamon for the deluxe coffee drinkers. Stir spoons rest inside the creamer pitcher. Finally, behind those few essentials is a mason jar filled with candy corn for added Fall flare.
My favorite embellishments are the “gimme some sugar” spoons that rest inside the creamer jar.
I mean, how cute are these?!! I may stash a few away for this year’s stocking stuffers! I also have my eye on the “just brew it” spoon for stirring our french press coffee every morning. AND, they’re on sale right now… honey are you reading this ginormous gift hint I’m sharing?!!
The mugs I’ve had for years and years and years. I bring them out each Fall for a little seasonal color change. I don’t usually keep different colors of dishes according to the season; that involves a little more effort than I care to devote to plates and mugs. However, these happen to be an original set of mugs from our early marriage years, so I decided to put them on display since they match the autumn theme.
On the back side of the stand holds more mason jars, each filled with a different variety of tea. Obviously, the coffee pot or my french press doesn’t fit on the stand. They’re off to the side, where you can’t see them in this picture.
I picked up a few galvanized jars from the dollar spot at Target for my tea canisters.
You’ll notice I didn’t have trouble mixing metal types. Galvanized or gold (seen in the background above), it doesn’t matter. In fact, I’m reading and seeing trends of metal mixing all over the decor world. I’m all for this concept! I like to think that using what I have is on par with style; but even if it isn’t, I would still display out of gratitude. So, don’t be afraid of metal and texture mixing my friends!
Finally, I used a $1 glitter leaf from the Dollar Tree as a “topper” to my drink station. It ties the theme together lovely without a huge investment.
It was shorter than I wanted, so I hot glued it to an upside down plastic ice-cream cup (shown below). Then I hid the yellow cup with a few flowers tucked around the base.
Hiding the details makes it all the more pretty without any cost investment (faux flowers I already had too).
Finally, I put a bowl of fresh fruit on the side mostly because I couldn’t find any place better in my kitchen, but I’ve grown to like this addition. It’s on the bottom tier and is at the perfect height for my six-year-old to be reminded of healthy alternatives for snack time.
So, whatcha think? Anyone can make a drink station out of anything, if inclined. We have friends that dedicated an entire drink zone in their kitchen/dining room that is more than inviting. It’s all about using the space you have and filling it with things you love or need. In my case, I love coffee & tea but also need a reminder to offer a beverage to company. Win, win! Making things useful and beautiful, this time to improve my hospitality skills.
Speaking of coffee (read that as Starbucks)…
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