Hot Apple Cider Bar

Yesterday, my mom and I were talking about Thanksgiving and who’s bringing what for the big family meal, and it hit me. Thanksgiving is less than two weeks away! Does anyone else feel like this year has just flown by? Once I recovered from that realization, happiness took over because, as y’all know, this season is my absolute favorite! Celebrating Thanksgiving and Friendsgiving, ringing in Christmastime, my birthday falls in there… It’s just a wonderful few months! One thing is for sure… Thanksgiving isn’t Thanksgiving without hot apple cider. My father-in-law always has mulled cider on the stove, and my grandfather has a percolator full of it when we visit them!

Last year for Christmas, I set up a hot cocoa bar in the house, and it was a big hit. So I got to thinking… why not have a hot cider bar? I couldn’t find a whole lot on Pinterest for inspiration for an indoor bar, but I knew there were some basics I needed to make it happen and wanted it to be rustic to celebrate fall. Everything I used to make this cider bar I already had at home, so you can totally make this yours with pieces you already own! Of course, what cider bar would be complete without a printable? You can download the one I made at the end of this post!


Our dining room is where everyone in our family gathers for meals. Sometimes we spill over to the back porch, but knowing that Friendsgiving was going to be at my house this year, I put it in the dining room on the shelves I built a year or so ago. You can find the tutorial for the shelves here. It’s the perfect little eating space for kids that doubles as a workspace for me when I’m having coffee. Plus it gets tons of natural light!


The wood gather sign is available here for $35.00 {you can get 15% off by subscribing to Salt & Life Blog} or you can check out our tutorial here. I stumbled on the gold and white polkadot mugs at Home Goods a few weeks ago, and set them on top of a tree slice.


My hubby cut some tree slices for me last year with a chainsaw, and I painted the bark white to fit our decor. All of the pumpkins and acorn squash pictured are from Kroger ($1 each!). I picked up the galvanized drink dispenser at Walmart at the end of the summer season. We have lots of get togethers and birthdays during the August and September months, and it came in handy! I filled it with hot cider, and it works perfectly for a cider dispenser as well! Amanda has a great cider recipe here!


The only thing I actually had to purchase for the cider bar were the Pirouette French Vanilla sticks. I have a ridiculous number of mason jars sitting around the house for when I planned on canning veggies from our garden and never did. Thankfully, they make great displays! I also set out cinnamon in a glass bowl that my Great Aunt gave me years ago.


I told you there was a free printable coming! Because I love rustic wood frames, I built the one pictured, painted a chalkboard background and added the white chalk marker text. You can absolutely do that, and I hope to have a tutorial up in the next couple of months showing you how. In the meantime, I’ve created an 11×17 resizable print that you can download here.



The last step was adding some harvest colors. I have a habit of buying fresh flowers every two weeks at the grocery, and the orange sunflowers were my latest purchase. The white distressed pitcher came from Big Lots years ago, and I simply wrapped twine around the narrowest part of it to make it feel a little more rustic. The apples and acorn squash are sitting in a white Wilton pie dish I purchased at Home Goods years ago for next to nothing, and the candle also came from Home Goods.

I hope you’re inspired by this cider bar! The best part about it is it can be easily made into a Hot Cocoa Bar for Christmas. We’ll be showing you how in December!!! Happy Monday!




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