How to Make Your Home Cozy for At-Home Coffee Dates

Coffee and Conversation: How to Make Your Home Cozy for At-Home Coffee Dates

At-home coffee dates are becoming more and more popular — and for good reason! You can enjoy the relaxing atmosphere of a coffee date in the comfort of your own home and avoid the crowds of your local coffee shop at the same time. Here are a few ideas to make sure your at-home coffee date is the best.

What to Serve

For starters, make sure to have a selection of both coffees and teas available for you and your guest. Maybe coffee is homemade espresso from your machine with gourmet cookies, or perhaps it is a steaming cup of earl grey or an herbal tea with scones. It’s nice to have a couple of drink options and some type of a sweet treat to serve. If you know your coffee date’s tastes, that can help you have something on hand that will be nice, especially if it is a treat you both like.

It’s a nice idea to have a tray available with everything you and your coffee date might need to enjoy a cup of coffee or tea, whether that’s cream and sugar, napkins, or plates for serving pastry. You will feel more relaxed and enjoy the occasion more if you prepare a bit in advance.

What to Wear

The beauty of a coffee date is that it can be as casual as you want it to be while still giving you the option for an intimate one-on-one conversation. So be yourself! A great choice would be to wear your favorite women’s jeans with a classic women’s white blouse or a women’s sweater and some of your favorite jewelry. This will give you a pulled-together yet casual vibe that will help you to feel relaxed and ready to chat.

Where to Sit

If sitting outdoors is an option, consider serving the coffee on your deck or patio. This can add an instant feeling of relaxation to the occasion while allowing you to enjoy both the fresh air and the aroma of java. Outdoor furniture and a few plants are all that you need to create your own outdoor café.

If the weather is not conducive to an outdoor coffee date, you can opt for your kitchen, living room, or dining room, depending upon your preference. This can be a great option if you have a cozy spot to sit in your kitchen at a table or breakfast bar. Sitting in easy chairs or on a sofa in your living room, however, might be more relaxed. Have some throw pillows handy to make sure that you and your coffee date are comfortable.

Speaking of where to sit, think about how inviting your home will be for your coffee date. You don’t need to pass a white glove test, but having your home tidy and organized will make it more enjoyable for both of you. And don’t forget the inviting aromas! Coffee and pastry can smell delightful, but so can a quick polish to the top of a wood table with a little lemon oil for a light fragrance.

What to Say

Think of a few conversation starters to put both you and your coffee date at ease. Some people simply have the gift of gab, but many of us can benefit from a bit of planning. What do you know that you and your coffee date have in common? Do you like the same books or movies? Are there fun stories about how the two of you ended up in your current occupations? Where have you traveled that the two of you might share stories?

It’s a great idea to think of a couple of funny stories to share to keep the conversation going. Sometimes stories about “the best-laid plans” are the funniest ones, like the time someone forgot to defrost the turkey at Thanksgiving. If you and your coffee date hit it off, before you know it, you will both be laughing and sharing, and neither one of you will be worrying about what to say.

Whatever choices you make for your at-home coffee date, enjoy! It’s about coffee and conversation — what could be more relaxing and fun than that?

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