HOSTESS WITH THE MOSTEST
Throwing a caffeinated klatch to christen your java station? Play the perfect party host with these no-fail coffee service tips.
CROWD PLEASER Skip the single-serve coffeemaker so everyone can grab a brew at once. Maximize mingling time with a make-ahead coffee concentrate that can store in the fridge until you’re ready to dilute and serve.
ALL THE FIXINS Curate a beverage buffet that builds on the traditional staples. Set out special mix-ins, such as maple syrup, honey, spices, creamers in seasonal flavors, and flavored syrups or liqueurs so guests can craft a customized coffee. Candy canes and cinnamon sticks serve as stirrers while also adding extra flavor.
IN HOT WATER Fend off lukewarm beverages by preheating guests’ mugs so coffee and tea stay hotter for longer. Pour boiling water into cups and let rest for a minute before emptying and serving.
FIRST IMPRESSION Add instant polish to any party with stylish serving ware. Pour creamer into carafes, and use oil and vinegar dispensers for syrups and liqueurs. Collect one-off coffee cups from thrift stores to create an eclectic look that also prevents guests from mixing up mugs.
PERFECT PAIRINGS Create a palate-pleasing spread by coordinating coffee and food flavors. Note any dominant flavors or aromas in your coffee— such as chocolate, berry, nutty, or caramel—then pair it with a food that has a similar flavor or a contrasting one.