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DIY Hot Chocolate Bar

What could be more festive than a DIY Hot chocolate bar Set Up and ready for your guests and family to enjoy? Well, a ton of hot chocolate bars by some amazing bloggers, that’s what.

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How to Setup a DIY Hot Chocolate Bar 

Every year I choose a different theme for our Hot Chocolate Bar. 

PLEASE NOTE: Since supplies are limited in stores, therefore, I have gathered some of my must-haves for a Hot Chocolate Bar HERE.

Hot Chocolate Station

Hot Chocolate Station

 

Last year I added a little turquoise decor. Turquoise looks so fun with red and white.  You can see how I made the turquoise Christmas tree, cookie cake, and chocolate-dipped marshmallows in this video.

Hot Chocolate Bar Toppings

Hot Chocolate Bar Toppings

 

Hot Chocolate Bar Ideas for Christmas

Hot Chocolate Bar Ideas for Christmas

Just a little inspiration to get you started. I like to set up a Hot Cocoa Bar for Thanksgiving since it kicks off the holiday season. It is for everyone to enjoy both young and old. It is fun to pick a theme and change it up a little year to year, but I always include my vintage Santa mugs. Here are some of my hot cocoa bar ideas.

Sweet Toppings

Start with a list of goodies you would like to offer as toppings and then some munchies too. The chocolate dipped pretzels add some salt and sweetness. Marshmallows are a must. With that in mind, I decided to offer both mini and large marshmallows. Chocolate chips, peppermints, m&m’s, and the best I saved for last, homemade caramel sauce. My son made the caramel sauce in minutes with only three ingredients. Find this wonderful caramel sauce recipe from Flusterbuster.com HERE. Macaroons, cookies, whipped cream, chocolate kisses, and cupcakes are some of my favorite sweets, so I added those to my hot cocoa bar. You can add whatever your family and guests like so it is special too.

Caramel Sauce

Caramel Sauce

 

Supplies

Gather your recipes, a list of goodies, and any display items needed. Once you have everything gathered, you are ready to bake and cook items for the bar. 

DIY Hot Chocolate Mug with Vinyl Decal

DIY Hot Chocolate Mug with Vinyl Decal

I added a vinyl decal Cheers to a $1 mug. 

Hot Drink Station Essentials

Find a small area to set up the hot chocolate bar. A section of the kitchen counter can work or something more elaborate like a buffet. Years ago, when my children were young, I used a vintage cabinet in my kitchen, but now I have moved it to the living room. This year I used rustic, vintage, and buffalo check.

The wood slices were from a tree in my yard; therefore, they were free. All the vintage items I already owned, so no expense there either. All the jars I owned, but the ribbon I purchased and the cute labels I made. The labels are available for you as a free download at the end of the post. I added a memo board I made with a printable you can download to add to your bar. You can see it in the photo below.

Message board-cup of cheer

Message board-cup of cheer

Decorations 

The below photo includes the handmade Rae Dunn inspired block signs. You can whip these up in a flash. Check out how to make some HERE. My daughter made the blue frame with the joy banner with her Cricut. If you would like the easy instructions, please let me know in the comments. I will gather all the items to craft your hot cocoa bar at the end of this post.

Rae Dunn inspired block signs

Rae Dunn inspired block signs

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Chalkboard Labels

Place all of your display items on the bar. Once you are happy with the display, please take off your jars, fill them with the goodies and tie your labels on with ribbon or baker’s twine. I taped construction paper around the whipped cream can and then added the label with the baker’s twine. I added bakers twine to the vintage cookie cutters too.

 

Goodies Hot Cocoa Bar

Goodies Hot Cocoa Bar

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While setting up your hot cocoa bar for Christmas, you can gather items you love, such as this Baby, it’s cold outside sign I made a few years ago, but I love it, so I added it to the hot cocoa bar again this year. Here is a similar one you can order. 

Baby Its cold outside sign

Baby Its cold outside sign

Vintage and rustic

Vintage and rustic

More Hot Chocolate Bar Inspiration

My sweet and very talented daughter, Olivia, joined me this year on the Hot Chocolate Bar tour. She has a ton of DIY ideas you do not want to miss (see it here).

DIY Hot Chocolate Bar

DIY Hot Chocolate Bar

 

Over on The House on Silverado, my friend, Niky, shares how to set up an adult and kid-friendly hot chocolate bar.

Fun Hot Chocolate Bar Idea

Fun Hot Chocolate Bar Idea

My friend Jemma, over at Home with Jemma, always delights with her decorating, so you are in for a special treat. 

Hot Cocoa Bar Ideas

Hot Cocoa Bar Ideas

 

 

Lia’s from Southern Yankee DIY‘s Hot Cocoa Bar. My friend Lia has been enjoying the south, but it got a wee bit chilly, so she set up her hot cocoa bar early to warm up, sipping hot cocoa in front of the fire. See more of her post HERE.

Southern Yankee DIY's Hot Cocoa Bar

Southern Yankee DIY’s Hot Cocoa Bar

 

Next stop is Lauren from The Little Lake Cottage  with a Polar Express inspired Hot Cocoa Bar:

The Little Lake Cottage's Hot Chocolate Bar

The Little Lake Cottage’s Hot Chocolate Bar

I adore those greens and blues in Lauren’s decor. She has two young sons who were her helpers. Job well done, fellas! Read more about her post HERE.

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Thank you for your visit today. I hope you found some sweet inspiration.

Happy Thanksgiving,

Kippi

 

 

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