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Hey party peeps! Hello my name is Tonya and YES I am a coffee LOVA! THIS is a party I’ve been dying to do. If you’re like me, you’re trying to juggle being a mom, wife, friend and for me, running a business. Life is BUSY! And that is an understatement. Sometimes I feel like I’m running on empty so I came up with this “ReCharge Your Awesome!” Inspirational Brunch party idea to encourage us all to re-charge and re-fuel both our emotional and physical tanks. What better way to do that than inviting your friends and family over for brunch complete with a coffee bar, craft bar and a delicious chicken and waffles bar!
We all need a pick me up in many different ways. Coffee pick me ups and emotional pick me ups. Who better than to help recharge and refuel you than your family & girlfriends! Coffee is one of my favorite things. I enjoy a cup every morning and am always trying new flavored creamers to jazz it up. While shopping in Walmart the other day I saw a new flavor collection of Chocolate Boutique NESTLÉ® COFFEE-MATE® Liquid Creamers that included Salted Caramel, Toffee, and Cafe’ Mocha and was inspired to try them all! In fact, for my brunch, I used them in the food and sweets. Check out below for the yummy recipes.
SET THE SCENE FOR AN INSPIRATIONAL BRUNCH!
I invited a few of my friends and family over for brunch and wanted it low-stress since the whole point of the party is to RE-CHARGE, not stress out and run on fumes while stressing out over hosting an amazing brunch. Check out my “Girlfriend Tips” throughout the post to help you re-create this party with low-stress.
GIRLFRIEND TIP: To save time and money when hosting a party in your home, use the tables and counter space you have in your house to set up any stations instead of bringing in a bunch of extra tables that will require table linen and sometimes a backdrop. Using your own furniture alleviates the need for linen and maximizes space for the party. For my brunch, I used my sofa table to set up the craft bar and my kitchen counters to set up the coffee, dessert and chicken and waffles bars. My kitchen’s backsplash made the perfect backdrop for the bars!
RE-CHARGE WITH AN EASY & YUMMY BRUNCH!
I love chicken and waffles! It’s such a great brunch idea. Inspired by the Chocolate Boutique creamers, you can use some of the Café Mocha creamer in the waffle batter to create Mocha Waffles! In fact, you could use all three of the flavors and create a trio of different flavored waffles – toffee waffles, mocha waffles and salted caramel waffles! They are simple to make. Start with a waffle mix then, instead of using all milk in the batter, use half milk and half flavored creamer to add the chocolate flavors to the waffles! Yummy!
GIRLFRIEND TIP: Remember how I said this brunch would be low stress? Well, I took a shortcut here and picked up some already made chicken fingers from my favorite restaurant and paired them with the waffles. This is a timesaver and who wants to be up frying chicken before a party? Not me this time.
RE-FUEL YOUR AWESOME AT THE COFFEE BAR!
I love to offer my guests coffee three ways at brunch — fresh brewed, iced or blended. Be sure to put out all three of the Chocolate Boutique flavored creamers so guests can make their own decadent coffee drinks their way! To continue with the RECHARGE YOUR AWESOME theme, place these printable coffee stirrers so guests can be inspired while sipping on their favorite coffee drink.
GIRLFRIEND TIP: Set up your coffee bar right on your kitchen counters so you have easy access to power plugs for the coffee maker and blender. I placed my coffee bar right next to the fridge too so guests could easily fill their cups with ice from the freezer’s ice-maker to make iced and blended drinks.
INDULGE IN YUMMY DESSERTS!
What’s a brunch without yummy desserts, right? I set up a dessert station right on my kitchen counter. I used my kitchen cabinets to hang these cute chalkboard signs too. Fabulous, right! I usually like to offer at least three different desserts and always take advantage of store-bought desserts when I’m hosting a party with not a lot of time to plan. Here I bought a container of donut holes, placed them on lollipop sticks and displayed them in a tray filled with fresh coffee beans! The smell….OMG…amazing! Next, I jazzed up store-bought chocolate cupcakes in cute striped cupcake wrappers.
GIRLFRIEND TIP: If you want to bake your own chocolate cupcakes, try adding some of the Salted Caramel flavored creamer into the batter for a hint of salted caramel flavor.
MINI CHOCOLATE TOFFEE CHEESECAKES
I came across this super cute mini graham cracker pie crusts while shopping and thought they would be perfect as mini cheesecakes. Inspired by the Toffee flavored creamer, I decided to whip up a quick batch of mini Toffee Cheesecakes too. They are fast and easy to make:
HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED:
– 1/2 cup NESTLÉ® COFFEE-MATE® Chocolate Toffee Truffle liquid creamer
– 1 box No-Bake cheesecake mix
– 1 cup milk
– 6 mini graham cracker pie crusts
– chocolate toffee chips
HERE’S HOW TO MAKE THEM:
STEP 1: Mix cheesecake mix, creamer and milk in a bowl with an electric mixer for 30 seconds
STEP 2: Fill mini graham cracker pie crusts with the cheesecake filling
STEP 3: Place in the fridge for 1 hour to set
STEP 4: Remove from the fridge and top with chocolate toffee chips
THAT’S IT! Super easy, right!
SEND SOME INSPIRATION HOME WITH YOUR GUESTS!
I love the idea of having everyone put together their own take home “RE-CHARGE YOUR AWESOME” gift boxes complete with a custom designed mug, “5 Days of Awesome” inspirational coffee stirrers including sayings: Re-Fuel, Re-Charge, Smile…Your Awesome, Be Happy and Make Today Amazing! What a great way for each of my guests to start their days with a decadent coffee drink paired with a side of inspiration!
On my sofa table, I placed all the items that guests would use to create their gift boxes. It also provides a fun party activity too as your guests will decorate plain white mugs with an inspirational saying and top their gift boxes with a vinyl sticker that they can write their own inspiration quote…like “Be Awesome”. This was a hit! When everyone is done designing their mugs, they went to the craft bar to begin assembling their gift boxes that included:
– one flavored creamer
– 5 Days of Awesome inspirational coffee stirrers
– Toffee Mini Cheesecakes recipe card with cheesecake mix, toffee chips and crusts
– Mini waffles
– their custom designed mug
GIRLFRIEND TIP: Use photo boxes for your gift boxes. They come in lots of colors and patterns and are sturdy enough to hold the weight of your items. I was able to pick up all of the items I needed for the craft bar in Walmart which made this convenient and affordable.
I hope this idea has inspired you to host your own “Inspirational Brunch” for your friends and family. It’s easy if you follow my Girlfriend Tips! Check out more decadent recipe ideas using the new Chocolate Boutique NESTLÉ® COFFEE-MATE® Liquid Coffee Creamers. To get you started, click here for a $.75 off Ibotta offer.
Love my fast & easy mini toffee cheesecake recipe idea? What would you make with these yummy flavored creamers?
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