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.
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!
If you are visiting from of the other farmhouse blogs, welcome!
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!
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!
- 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.
- The Pepperidge Farm Pirouettes are our favorites as far as edible stirrers go, candy canes are fun, too.
- The selection of paper straws is fantastic out there. I have even seen them at the Dollar Tree. These birch straws are my favorite.
- I made these sweet little Christmas tree stirrers by cutting off the base of tiny sisal trees and hot gluing them to the bases of rock candy sticks.
- Finishing Touches
- This is the fun part and one that seems to set my hot cocoa bars apart each year.
- You could hang snowflakes from the ceiling or add in some fairy lights and greenery.
- This year we made these darling, little miniature gingerbread houses! They are called “side-of-the-mug” gingerbread houses and you can make your own using this gingerbread cookie cutter.
- Also, we are loving this free hot chocolate bar printable from Mountain Modern Life.
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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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