Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Holiday entertaining - Celebrate the holidays with a vintage inspired holiday coffee klatsch


Gather your friends for some holiday treats and coffee. It's a holiday coffee klatsch!

You might be wondering what I'm talking about - a coffee klatsch? It's your grandma's (or perhaps older depending on your age) idea of a coffee date and it's fitting since I decided to pull out my Mom's teacups for the occasion. P.S. Klatsch also means gossip in German but we won't be doing any of that at our party...right?

pull out the pretty teacups for a holiday coffee party

We'll also have some chocolate dipped spoons because the holidays and chocolate are made for each other. You can dip them in your coffee to add something sweet. They are super easy to make and pretty too, especially with vintage teaspoons. Scroll down for the details.

I served everything on this beautiful hand-painted tole enamel tray that I found at a thrift store a while ago. I love this tray and rarely use it, but since it's a special occasion I pulled it out. The pretty white stonewashed linen cocktail napkins are from a company called Lip Service Napkins.
They would make a great hostess gift.

If you don't have your own heirloom teacup collection, vintage tea cups and spoons can be picked up at antique malls, thrift stores and consignment shops. 

chocolate dipped spoons
When it comes to making coffee we love Nespresso. We've thought about investing in a pricey new espresso machine but honestly I love the coffee. I've found the quality of coffee we get from Nespresso to be exceptional.  I can create all kinds of cafe worthy coffees.  I can consistently make great coffee for guests. Nespresso makes entertaining easy.

Recently I had the privilege of visiting Langdon Hall in Cambridge, Ontario where I learned about Nespresso's two bespoke coffees designed for two or three Michelin-starred chefs. We were treated to an incredible meal prepared by Executive Chef Jason Bangerter who talked about Langdon Hall's partnership with Nespresso. They are one of two Canadian restaurants chosen to offer Nespresso's Exclusive Selection Grand Crus.  The other restaurant is Toqué! located in Montreal. Anyways, I was surprised to find out that Nespresso was being served in many Michelin starred restaurants where they have been embraced by chefs. It is often the last thing you are served at a restaurant or in someones home so having a consistent and exceptional coffee experience is important in leaving a good last impression.

Our coffee hub includes our Nespresso machine. It's not fancy, just a basic machine but it consistently delivers great coffee.

Nespresso sent over a selection of their limited edition Variations Confetto for our OriginalLine machine. I tested the Festive Assortment which includes Orangette, Snowball and Liquorice. I was a little apprehensive as typically I don't enjoy flavoured coffee but the flavours are very subtle. Just a hint, in fact most of the flavour is in the aroma of the coffee when it's brewing. I enjoyed them, especially the liquorice.

The fun candy inspired packaging for the Nespresso Variations Confetto Collection was designed by artists Craig & Karl.
The Confetto collection coffee pairs well with holiday baking!

To make the chocolate dipped spoons you'll need melting chocolate and a selection of toppings. I used Callebaut milk chocolate callets from The Bulk Barn and added mini white chocolate chips, mini M&M's, sprinkles and a mix of gold baking glitter and turbinado sugar.

Add water to the base of a double boiler and bring water to a simmer. If you don't have a double boiler just place a heat proof glass bowl over a pot of simmering water. Make sure the bottom of the bowl doesn't touch the water or the chocolate may burn or seize. Add chocolate and let it slowly melt. It's important that it melts slowly so it doesn't burn. When the chocolate has melted dip a spoon into the chocolate and set on a sheet of parchment paper. Let set for a couple of minutes before adding toppings. Place in refrigerator for 10-15 minutes to set completely.


Decorations can be simple, a bowl of vintage ornaments and some fresh greenery is just right. I used a rustic buffalo check tablecloth which I picked up at Linen Chest. I like mixing the relaxed but bold pattern with the fancy china and black tole tray.

vintage ornaments

I added a few festive touches to my coffee nook switching out some of my usual coffee glasses for pretty vintage teacups. Drinking coffee in teacups is a treat for the holidays. I don't want a lot of holiday decor in the kitchen but a few bottle brush trees look great and don't take up a lot of space. Adding in seasonal colours hints at the holidays.


Scroll down for sources to get the look.

coffee nook shelfie

coffee nook



tole tray / buffalo check tablecloth/ vintage tea cup / espresso confetto orangette / Nespresso Expert Bundle / Cocktail Napkin


Paper Parade Co. has received product from Nespresso in exchange for a review and post. However, all opinions are my own and I only promote products I love.