One of my all time favorite treats for the holidays is hot chocolate. I drink it pretty much every night during the Christmas season. And what I love even more than plain old hot chocolate is a big hot cup with all the fixings! Having a hot cocoa station is also a fun option for holiday parties and movie night gatherings! This is why for the past few years I have always set one up! Since my digital camera is finally fixed, I thought I would share a few photos and tips on how to create your own little hot chocolate bar.
If you can’t already tell we moved out of our Boston apartment and bought a home in the suburbs! And one thing I love about the change is actually having space to decorate in! I decided to put the hot cocoa station in our dining room as it is right off of the kitchen and I thought this little buffet table would be the perfect place to hold all of the hot chocolate accessories and toppings! That birch tree painting was already in the room therefore I decided to use it as part of the station’s decor. I added mini led twinkle lights around the canvas and a “Baby It’s Cold Outside ” wood sign that I had made last year. I had bought those mini trees from Pier 1 and decided they went along great with the woodsy feel the painting brought.
I used a burlap runner and a vintage wood crate to keep with the rustic feel. Then it was all about accessorizing! My favorite part! I placed mini marshmallows in a vintage candy jar with a scoop, cocoa mix in a mason jar with a lid, candy canes in a tall ice cream dish, chocolate spoons in a mason jar, and added my favorite new accessory that red car cookie jar from World Market! The top of the bar was finished with some metal cups, my new deer mugs from Target, that Let it Snow cocoa pitcher from HomeGoods, some greenery, more twinkle lights and another DIY wood sign!
Luckily having two other shelves made for plenty of room to add all the other necessities (ok and more decor)! My metal rack held additional mugs, a wood slice held Santa glasses from Crate and Barrel and what good is cocoa without some cookies (jar is from Pier 1)! Lastly I added another little tree, one of my favorite Santa accessories from last year, some more hot cocoa options and cinnamon sticks!
While some accessories were new this year, most of them I already owned and it was fun to have a spot to display these fun holiday items along with the hot cocoa and toppings. All that you really need to create your own is some hot cocoa, a few mugs, and a few toppings! The fun part is finding a spot for it in your home, and arranging it. I am sure plenty of you have Christmas decor that you can use in this area and can add a cute little DIY sign or chalkboard one! If you look on Pinterest and Instagram the possibilities and different takes on hot cocoa stations are endless, and so great for inspiration!
Now I will warn you that once you have a little station set up, if you are anything like me you will want to keep adding to it! I have since bought sprinkles, whipped cream and more chocolate spoons! For a yummy adult beverage you can also spike your cocoa with peppermint or caramel flavored vodka! The list goes on with plenty of other options like peppermint marshmallows, different syrups, all kinds of different cocoas, chocolate chips, butterscotch, etc. that you can add to your bar as well! All of these extras would make for an adorably fun station for a party! I however have to refrain myself from going overboard and try to keep it somewhat simple.
Now I think I’ll pour myself a cup!