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One can’t deny that Europeans definitely have mastered the art of enjoying life; one of entertaining skills I was taught while living there was the art of the coffee klatch.
The word klatch derives from the German word for gossip, but today a klatch is simply an excuse to get together for community and conversation – something a little more dynamic and heartfelt than swapping likes on Facebook statuses. Coffee helps you create moments of connection with friends and family.
Hosting a coffee klatch is a piece of cake – I’ll show you how in 4 easy steps; though instead of cake, I have the perfect cookie recipe to share with your inbound guests.
1. Plan your coffee klatch like a bona fide dinner party.
Let’s be realistic: everyone is busy. YOU are busy. If you don’t plan your klatch like it’s a bona fide event, then people will find something better to do (which may involve lounging in their own bed with coffee).
Act like it’s a dinner party, because it is – just not at dinner. Send out invitations (an Evite or Facebook event, if nothing else) and ask people to RSVP. Give it a theme if you like. Have some fun with it – tell people there will also be champagne, or have a trivia game and offer a prize.
2. Bring out your mugs!
There is just something fun about mugs – don’t we all have that one mug which has a story behind it, or a mug that we hold onto for sentimental value?
What I like to do is to lay out more mugs than there are planned guests, and allow people to pick a mug that resonates with them. The mugs make for a great conversation starter as well.
If you don’t have a variety of mugs, you can go to the thrift shop and pick up several for just a few dollars, or make one. Trust me, it’s worth it for the conversation factor (and if you hate clutter, you can offer to send guests home with their favorite).
3. It’s not just about the coffee.
Not everyone copes so well with caffeine (example), so not only should you ask guests who is interested in decaf, but it is also just common courtesy to offer tea as well. I keep black tea – Ceylon is my favorite – as well as a couple of fruit teas – on offer, which is never a problem in my house, as we always have plenty of tea.
That is in addition to any flavored syrups, milk/creamer, and other accents you wish to provide. Try putting something different, unique in the mix – it’s another conversation piece and gives people the opportunity to try something they wouldn’t have at home. Don’t forget a carafe of water, too.
4. Make your signature klatch dish.
Most of my Euro-fabulous coffee klatch hosting friends all have signature dishes that are trotted out for regular occasions; think rich cakes, delightfully designed cookies, artful pies. It doesn’t matter what your treat is, but it’s always nice to find something that has a story you can share with your coffee guests.
My recipe with a story? One of the cookies I most enjoyed making with my mom as a kid were snickerdoodles. What I like is changing them up for the season. And it’s pumpkin season, so I’d like to share with you my delicious pumpkin snickerdoodles.