If the title of this article snagged you, we’re guessing it’s because you’re a fall weather fanatic. And because you know those perfect, sunny, 60-ish degree days are oh-so fleeting, you’re always looking for ways to make them count.
So picture this: The crisp autumn air drifting through wide-open windows. Your favorite friends wearing their cutest fall ‘fits. And tucked in to the corner of your kitchen or living room is the coziest little drink bar you can imagine, complete with classic fall drinks, fun snacks and adorable décor.
Sounds like the perfect setting to make the most of such wonderful weather! And the best part is, we’ve got recipes, décor tips and more to help you make this cozy fall drink bar happen.
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Okay, let’s start off by talking about the word “bar.” Because a bar can really be more a state of mind (and decoration) than a place, you don’t have to have an actual bar area to make this work. You can turn just about any surface in your home into a fall drink bar with a little imagination and a few supplies.
Indoor placement ideas:
- Kitchen island or countertop
- Dining table
- Rolling cart
- Living room coffee table or sofa table
Outdoor placement ideas:
- Patio or picnic table
- Some bales of hay or sawhorses with a big piece of plywood and a tablecloth on top
The key factor in deciding where to put your fall drink bar is easy access. Pick somewhere that can handle lots of foot traffic—people should be able to mill around it, get their drinks and snacks, chat, etc. It doesn’t have to be fancy at first glance. That’s what décor is for!
What makes it a fall drink bar and not just a drink bar? The way it looks and feels! You want décor that is unmistakably autumnal. As far as natural décor goes, feel free to incorporate things like pumpkins or dried flowers. Just make sure they don’t crowd out your fall drinks and snacks.
Candles make a really great addition to your fall drink bar, too. They add coziness by throwing both shadow and scent. You could do some tall pillar or taper candles in shades of orange or cream and mix them with scented candles like this heirloom pumpkin candle, which smells like pumpkin pie, or cozy by the fire candle, which smells like eating cookies next to a crackling fire.
Pro tip: Place candles toward the back or on the sides of your fall drink bar, away from areas where people will be reaching across the table to grab food or beverages. Make sure they’re also placed far from any natural décor items like corn stalks, or use flameless candles in these areas.
When it comes to plates and bowls, we love the earthy, deep green of these Celebrate! plates and napkins. It makes fall colors like orange and yellow really pop on things like these fall foliage plates. And these stacking ceramic acorn bowls are just too perfect for holding small snacks like nuts or crackers.
Finally, you know we can’t resist some gorgeous paper fans or a coordinating banner to create a focal point. Plus, the banner offers an opportunity to have a little fun with words. Here are some more message ideas that work with the number of letter stickers provided:
- Happy Fall
- Hello Gourdgeous
- Life Is Gourd
- Autumn Yeah
- Spice Spice Baby
- Feelin Gourd
- Hey Pumpkin
- Fall FTW
- Squash Goals
- Hay Sweetie
- Feeling Wonderfall
- Beleaf In Magic
- Thank Gourd It’s Fall (there are no apostrophes, but you could easily make one!)
Clearly, you can’t have a fall drink bar without fall drinks. And while we’d encourage having some cold water or soda on hand for anyone who wants it, we think these three classic fall drinks will be big hits at your gathering.
Pro tip: If you have the room, consider making separate stations for each drink to make it easier for guests to grab what they want. Have fun creating signs for each station—like painting the name of the drink on a decorative pumpkin.
- We know this recipe is called “Christmas Thyme Holiday Popcorn” but, honestly, the rosemary and thyme in it make us think of fall, too.
- You could make these goat cheese skewers as called for in the recipe or do a seasonal slant and replace the beets with acorn or butternut squash.
- These roasted butternut squash and ricotta crostini, though? They don’t need any tweaks. They’re incredible.
- Another savory bite that would pair amazingly with the three sweet sips above? These bacon jam turnovers. Pastry + bacon = Love at first bite.
- For sweet snacks, ginger snaps, maple cookies or biscotti would all be great accompaniments. And any of them would be amazing with this pumpkin fluff dip.
Maybe it’s the idea of harvest, the busyness of summer slowing down or its proximity to Thanksgiving, but fall makes us key into gratitude more than other times of the year.
Sharing a few kind words of thanks with your friends in a cute card that fits the fall vibe (like this on-point mini card or this Thanksgiving card) is a great way to thank them for being there—both at your fall gathering and in your life.
That’s it! With these fall drink bar ideas you should have no problem putting together a heartwarming (and hand-warming) gathering for friends or family. If you do, be sure to tag us using @hallmark so we can heart it!
Don’t leaf! We’ve got lots more autumnal inspiration: