what am i supposed to do about hot beverages at a bridal shower???

posted 2 years ago in Parties
Post # 2
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

Honestly I’d just buy one of those boxes of already brewed coffee at a place like Panera or Dunkin Donuts, like the ones people get for office meetings.  The coffee usually tastes nicer than what most home coffee makers make, and they’re not expensive and easy to keep tidy.  For tea, I’d just keep a pot of water on the stove on a low simmer and transfer it into a nice teapot with the teabags as needed.

Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

You could also look at a local party rental store.  Coffee urns are something they would likely have to rent.  Not sure how much it would cost but probably a lot cheaper than buying one.

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

A coffee carafe would keep them warm for a pretty long time, if you want to make your own coffee. I’d still bring a coffee maker too in case you run out. Or if someone has a keurig, everyone can make their own cup and have lots of choices? I like the idea of getting it from Panera or DD, too- it’s easy and affordable.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

A coffee maker and tea kettle may not look so pretty on a drink table next to the uber popular and pretty cold drink dispensers. Depending on the time of day (and part of the country you are in- cuz its hot where i am) of the party, I would skip the hot drinks altogether. But if you really think people will want them coffee and tea, set up shop, in a different area, like the kitchen, just for that stuff.

I don’t think its odd at all to bring your own coffee maker. The aunt’s house is a venue. In real venue break rooms they have coffee for the employees (aunt in this case). But you are the drink vendor and have to bring all your own stuff.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Isabelle663:  and a Keurig also has tea options

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

anonybee0810:  You can totally rent these for like $20 or less!  Not sure about location and what’s near you, but I found a site ina  10 sec Google search: http://www.friendlyrentalcenter.com/bar.html<br /> , renting a 36 cup urn for $15!  I think more people tend to want coffee over tea, so maybe just make tea on request with the kettle (but all depends on how formal this shower is).  Getting a box of joe is a good backup, though not as pretty (and likely more expensive).  If you want to save $$$, just rent.

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

CurlyCue:  Agreed.  Does anyone have a Keurig you could borrow?  

I’d do it up with flavoured coffees and teas (at our local coffee store you can mix and match flavours.  So you wouldn’t have to buy full boxes of any one kind.)  Then I’d make a station off to the side, with mugs, cream and flavoured creamers, milk, and what? Bailey’s?  How’d that suggestion get in there? (all on ice), sugar, sweetner, honey and spoons to stir.  That way people could make it just the way they like it.  (I hate when other people make my coffee.  They always put too little Bailey’s in it.) 

 

Edited to add:  You’ll have to keep an eye on the water resevoir and refill it (take the lid off and dump the water in, easy peasy.  I do it several mornings a week.  I drink a lot of coffee.  Mostly without bailey’s. :P) 

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Post # 10
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

anonybee0810:  I don’t know where you live, but some supermarkets here lend out coffee urns free if you buy the coffee from them. Phone around.

I agree with you that a Keurig or Tassimo would create a long lineup.

 You could always have the large urn in the litchen and fill a nicer looking carafe for the beverage table.

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

anonybee0810:  I know some may not agree with I say but I’m just talking from my recent experience. When is this shower? Do you think anyone will want a hot beverage? My shower was June 21st and not one person wanted coffee/tea or any other hot beverage. We were inside a hall with a/c. I felt bad my mom had brought all this stuff for coffee/tea and no one wanted it but at least she brought her own supplies that she already had and didn’t go out to buy it. Everyone ended up drinking water, punch and lemonade. I would make sure all the supplies were there to make hot beverages but I would leave it in a box in the kitchen and only pull it out if you need to make anything. Don’t stress yourself out over coffee/tea, you are already supplying drinks, maybe you can ask other bridal party members (if there are any) to bring coffee/tea supplies?

 

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

This is what we just did for my baby shower. There are ways to make things cute! I saw you can’t do a keurig, but I bet a coffee pot would work just as well! You could also maybe just do a thermose with hot water in it for tea? Good luck! Everyone LOVED the hot drinks and we through it in June! 

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

anonybee0810:  That sounds perfect! I think people love choices and I KNOW it was appreciated at my shower! There was literally a line! 

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