Hot Chocolate Bar Essentials

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We all know this time of year can get away from us if we are not vigilant.  So much to do everywhere we turn!

There are several survival tactics I keep in my back pocket to combat the overwhelm.  One of them is a hot chocolate bar.

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It doesn’t require climbing ladders to hang Christmas lights.  It doesn’t denote baking all day in the kitchen or spending fistfuls of cash.

If we have a snow day, unexpected guests or an after recital celebration, I always know I can set up a hot chocolate bar quick as a wink!

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Since we don’t currently own a dining room table, my post is a little different from the other girls.  But, setting up a hot chocolate bar is the perfect compliment to a well designed tablescape!

 I recently did a Facebook Live on how I set up a hot cocoa bar the decorating group I help run.  If you aren’t already a member in the Farmhouse Decorating 101 facebook group, I think you would really like it!

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There are just a few things to have on hand before you set up.

Here are what I like to call my:

Hot Chocolate Bar Essentials

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  • Out of the way surface
    • My kitchen counters are prime real estate this time of year, so I set up shop on my sewing cabinet in the corner of my kitchen.
  • Cups or Mugs
    • I prefer all one color and like to display them on something with tiers.
    • Note- if you are having, say, more than ten guests, grabbing some heavy, white cups from a restaurant supply store would be a good idea.
  • Hot Chocolate
    • Pinterest will blow your mind with all the amazing hot cocoa recipes and crockpot tips out there, but I like to keep the bar low in this case- haha!
    • We just have powdered hot chocolate, so kitchen prep requires boiling water only!
  • Toppings
    • Again, I just keep it simple.  We always have chocolate chips and marshmallows on hand, so I set these out.
    • Just put your toppings in cute containers or add a ribbon to dress them up.

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  • Stirrers

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Yay, super easy on the hostess and super fun for the guests!

It’s a win-win!


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  1. December 15, 2017 / 7:32 AM

    This is so beautiful, Sarah!! Merry Christmas to your sweet family!

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      December 24, 2017 / 4:10 PM

      Thank you Beth, Merry Christmas to you, too! You’ve been such a good friend to me.

  2. December 16, 2017 / 1:32 PM

    This is perfect, Sarah! Those little gingerbread houses are just too cute, such a great idea, friend!

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      December 24, 2017 / 4:11 PM

      Thank you Amanda, what a sweet thing to say. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas!

  3. December 20, 2017 / 5:51 AM

    I adore this coffee bar so much Sarah! Those gingerbread houses are soooo cute!

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      December 24, 2017 / 4:13 PM

      Thank you Deb, I really enjoyed doing this tour with you. You did such a wonderful job posting!

  4. sharon
    January 2, 2018 / 8:08 AM

    I’m late reading this, but thank you for sharing. It’s amazing what a cup of hot chocolate can do for your mood — and to have such a pretty setting bumps it up even a few more notches!

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      January 24, 2018 / 6:28 PM

      Thank you for stopping by, I couldn’t agree with you more!

  5. Tanya Hulbert
    January 16, 2018 / 10:11 PM

    I just love the sisel tree stir sticks! How creative! I also love the faux material that adds so much warmth to the scene. The gingerbread houses are adorable. I bet your kids and company enjoyed this little bar immensely.

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      January 24, 2018 / 6:59 PM

      Those little sisel trees are my favorite, too! Thank you for appreciating the little details. You are a good friend.

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