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A Holiday Coffee and Dessert Bar [+ free printable labels]

Create your own effortless coffee and dessert bar for the holidays. This dessert bar idea is easy to recreate and your guests will love the results.

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Do you entertain a lot during the holidays? Whether I’m travelling or staying at home, I’m usually helping to create some party buffets and helping to host a few family members. I LOVE the holiday season and I love entertaining, so it’s win-win for me! A dessert bar is just about the easiest form of entertaining there is, and I’m going to show you just how effortless this one was!

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*This post was sponsored by President’s Choice. As always, opinions are 100% my own. For more info, please see my disclosure page.*

This is the final week of our Modern Holiday Home series! I can’t believe how quickly these five weeks went by! We’re ending on a great note too! President’s Choice is helping us bring you some amazing entertaining ideas!

Image of a table with a coffee and dessert bar in the background.

How to create your own Holiday Dessert Bar

I started by setting up a simple dessert station behind my dining room table—just the top of an old buffet :)

Coffee and dessert bar set up with multiple desserts and single pod coffees.

The first thing a good dessert bar needs is coffee! I was planning to set my whole Keurig up on this buffet, but it didn’t fit once all the food was ready, so I left the Keurig on the kitchen counter, but still put the coffee and creamer on display.

Bowl of coffee pods with a DIY sign in front with coffee written on it.

My coffee of choice was this organic dark roast, which is so good. Also, with my new acreage lifestyle, I’m 100% on board with these pods being compostable! #Dontwanttopaygarbagefees

Coffee pods and desserts on a table.

Two things to keep in mind

Here’s what you need to keep in mind for an easy peasy dessert station:

  1. Stick to three or four desserts
  2. Don’t bake them all yourself!

Ok, I know some of you LOVE to bake. But with two toddlers on my heels, I can only manage so much!

Miniature cheesecake desserts with a DIY sign stating the name of the dessert.

I started with these Mini Chocolate Covered Cheesecakes. I originally wanted to buy these Candy Cane Cheesecake Lollipops, but my local store is sold right out of them, and won’t have more for two weeks. So, I bought these bites instead and they are DELICIOUS!

No bake candy cane cheesecake desserts in small glass jars.

Next, I showed off the one dessert I made: No Bake Candy Cane Cheesecakes. They are SO good! And I’ll be sharing the entire recipe in a couple of weeks—so come back to see how easy these are to make!

DIY printable sign for the candy cane cheesecake desserts.
Candy cane cheesecake desserts on the coffee and dessert bar.
Coffee and dessert bar with various desserts.

And then I had to have something that the kids would want too. Although I didn’t anticipate how much the adults would love them too, lol.

Cookies on the coffee and dessert bar.

These Chocolately Filled Chocolate Cookies are the perfect final addition.

Chocolate chip cookies on the coffee and dessert bar.
Desserts on a coffee and dessert bar.
Printable sign for the chocolate chip cookies.

Did you notice all of the beautiful labels in my dessert bar? I’m giving them away as a free download to any of my blog subscribers!

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Desserts and coffee pods on a coffee and dessert bar.

Because most dessert bars happen in the evening, here’s a couple more shots in the candlelight :)

Coffee and dessert bar decorated for the holidays.
Desserts on a coffee and dessert bar.
Desserts on the coffee and dessert bar.
Preparing coffee at the coffee and dessert bar.
Holding a candy cane cheesecake.
Reaching for miniature chocolate covered cheesecakes.
Collecting desserts from the coffee and dessert bar.

Check these out for more Home Entertaining ideas:

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Throwing a Christmas Party at Home by The Sweetest Digs
Hosting a Holiday Open House by Lemon Thistle
Christmas Appetizer and Finger Foods by Harlow and Thistle
Entertaining Without Cooking by The Learner Observer

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Laurie V

Sunday 3rd of December 2017

Looks delicious! And pretty too!


Sunday 3rd of December 2017

Thank you! It's all delicious :)