Check out how we transformed our normal DIY coffee bar into a Christmas coffee bar for the holiday season.

Christmas Coffee Bar at Gray House Studio

Ever since the first Christmas after we built our DIY Coffee Bar in our breakfast nook, I have wanted to decorate it for Christmas. I wanted to create a custom holiday design for the large framed chalkboard, add lights, greenery, and display delicious winter time treats.

We had all these grand plans but could never find the time to actually make it happen. I do love how Christmas decorations make a home feel cozy and magical but honestly we are doing good just to get a Christmas tree up and decorated because it feels like the weeks in December fly by faster than any other month.

This year, even with a newly walking toddler who is on a mission to get into everything, we managed to decorate a Christmas coffee bar! I wanted our breakfast nook to feel like a dreamy little coffee shop during the holidays and it gives us all the cozy vibes.

How We Decorated a Christmas Coffee Bar

Christmas Coffee Bar at Gray House Studio
Christmas Coffee Bar at Gray House Studio

First, we gave our large framed chalkboard a makeover. Last you saw it, it was designed for our son’s lumberjack birthday party so we needed to give it a fresh look for the holidays.

I always design my chalkboard layouts on the computer first. It makes it easier and faster once the chalk gets involved because I am not as artistic off the computer as Brent. Brent of course did amazing work as always on the drawing in the middle.

I designed the art on the chalkboard to be a bit quirky and to display all the happenings and drinks available at Gray House Studio Coffee (also known as our breakfast nook) but I am thinking next year it could look cool to just have a large winter landscape.

Christmas Coffee Bar at Gray House Studio

S’mores are a total comfort food when the weather turns cold so we thought a little make your own s’more area would be a great addition to our Christmas coffee bar for when we have visitors stop by during the holidays.

Christmas Coffee Bar at Gray House Studio

I had planned on making a s’more display out of glass jars and wood but we just didn’t have any time to make it so I brainstormed to use we already had and realized my hardware bin lazy susan that was in the office could be a unique way to present the marshmallows, chocolate and gram crackers.

Christmas Coffee Bar at Gray House Studio

I put down some brown kraft paper in each of the bins, filled it with the treats and just like that the lazy susan turned into a magical rotating server of deliciousness. The industrial looks fits so well with the aesthetic of the coffee bar it might have just found a new home year around.

Christmas Coffee Bar at Gray House Studio
Christmas Coffee Bar at Gray House Studio

This decorative glass dome has been on our library shelf with a dead plant in it since a few weeks after our Better Homes and Gardens shoot (it was on the top shelf and I never thought to use the ladder to get up there and water it).

We decided to create a little whimsical snow scene inside the dome. We purchased the miniature trees, a small bag of fake snow and spray adhesive. We already had the string lights and the dome. The glass jar that the trees are sitting on is actually an old candle jar that I recycled just by cleaning out all the wax.

Christmas Coffee Bar at Gray House Studio
Christmas Coffee Bar at Gray House Studio
Christmas Coffee Bar at Gray House Studio

We picked up three of these cute little bear mugs at Target last year. The bear cub is still a little too young to drink hot chocolate but we are excited to start a family tradition of drinking hot chocolate out of our bear mugs during the holidays that he can join in on when he gets a little older.

Christmas Coffee Bar at Gray House Studio

We swapped our faux succulent plants for real poinsettias on the bottom shelf of the Christmas coffee bar.

Christmas Coffee Bar at Gray House Studio

Our table is pretty small in the breakfast nook so I kept it simple with a small centerpiece. We received this notneutral link vase set in our Better Homes & Gardens Stylemaker Event swag bag. We love their unique shape! They cool candle holder was also in that same bag.

Since there is pretty much no color in this space, I like the little pop of red the cranberry strand brings.

Christmas Coffee Bar at Gray House Studio

I how it turned out but thinking maybe next year we add more lights!

We got rid of my desk and no longer have a home office which means the small table in the breakfast nook is now not only where we eat all our meals but also where I try and get work done during the little guy’s nap time. Believe it or not we are spending way more time in this space then we ever have before which means it was priority number one when it came to decorating for Christmas.

Before you start getting the idea that we are on top of our game this year, I would like to clarify that the Christmas coffee bar is the only space we have decorated for Christmas this year. We still haven’t managed to get our tree up.

We do have all of our gifts already purchased and almost wrapped which is by far the earliest we have ever accomplished that goal. Here is to hoping we get a tree up to put them under by Christmas otherwise opening presents next to the Christmas coffee bar it is!

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