Five Holiday Decorating and Entertaining Ideas Inspired by Starbucks

Starbucks is the perfect place to meet family and friends during the holidays. Starbucks® stores may also inspire those who are looking for decorating and entertaining ideas this season.

Here are five ways to holiday ideas inspired by Starbucks products:

Host a Coffee Pairing Brunch: Coffee has specific notes and flavor profiles that complement different foods. Starbucks offers coffee selections that pair perfectly with the various foods of the seasons. Visit a coffee master in a Starbucks store (the baristas wearing black aprons) to plan the perfect coffees for party menus. Coffee masters have distilled their years of tasting knowledge down to three simple questions to help customers find a coffee they are sure to love. Discover those questions through the coffee finder.

Personalized Place Settings: Create distinguished place settings with Starbucks® gift cards and mugs from the Starbucks® Dot Collection to display as seating arrangements for your guests. With more than 100 different drinkware designs and more than 100 unique gift card designs, it’s easier than ever to personalize place settings.

Starbucks Holiday Tree: Decorate a Christmas tree with ornaments inspired by the iconic Starbucks® beverage cups. In addition to the ornaments, hang gift cards on a tree. Make a small hole in the corner of the card and thread with ribbon.

The Perfect Hostess Gift: From sparkly and glamorous to fun or quirky, Starbucks has the perfect gifts for any host or hostess Give exclusive Starbucks gifts from specialty coffee and tea sets and subscriptions, pieces from the Swarovski® collection including an ornament, tumbler and gift set.

Festive coffee or Tea Beverages: Delight guests with a hot chocolate beverage bar. Here's a custom recipe from Teavana® for White Chocolate Peppermint Tea Cocoa:


4 cups milk

2 Tablespoons Teavana® White Chocolate Peppermint Rooibos Tea

2 oz. white chocolate, finely chopped

Whipped cream and crushed peppermint for garnish


In a saucepan, warm 4 cups of milk over medium-low heat. When it comes to a summer, stir in the white chocolate peppermint tea and 2 ounces of finely chopped white chocolate. Let it steep for 5-6 minutes. Strain the tea leaves out and pour into four mugs. Top with whipped cream and crushed peppermint.

Starbucks asked lifestyle specialist Monica Hart to create a holiday table inspired by 2014 holiday products. Discover more of her work in La Famiglia Design blog and 425 Magazine.

Photos by Francisco Ramos-Sabugo Rodriguez

Teavana partnered with entertaining expert and blogger Camille Styles to create holiday recipes featuring Teavana tea. See more on

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