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Tips for Stocking a Hot Chocolate Bar
One way to make your home warm and welcoming for your family and guests "when the weather outside is frightful" is to create a drink station for hot beverages. You can create a coffee station in your kitchen, of course, but for the holidays, a hot chocolate bar is fun and festive. Carve out space on the kitchen counter, a bar cart, or a dining room sideboard to hold the accessories and ingredients needed to make a cozy cup of cocoa. Here are some tips for stocking a hot chocolate bar for the holidays:
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- Check retailers like HomeGoods, TJ Maxx, and Marshalls for inexpensive mugs, jars and candy dishes that are holiday-themed.
- Include a small chalkboard sign or artwork that encourages guests to help themselves.
- For small spaces, put all of the accessories and supplies on a tray that can be moved out of the way if necessary, or used to serve drinks to guests.
- Put homemade cocoa mix in a glass jar, or set out a basket filled with instant cocoa packets and mugs.
- Include a small tiered tray or cookie jar for other holiday sweets, as well as a set of dessert plates.
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Mini Hot Chocolate Station on a Tray
Short on counter space? Here is a mini hot chocolate station on a tray, outfitted with just a couple of whimsical snowman mugs from the dollar store, mason jars for homemade cocoa mix and marshmallows, a dish for candy canes, and a miniature tinsel tree. Since it's all so compact and portable, drinks can be served just as easily in front of the fire as in the kitchen. More about this project and a recipe for homemade cocoa mix can be found at Home Made Modern.Continue to 3 of 4 below.
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Self-Serve Station on a Sideboard
Be inspired by this much more elaborate version of a hot chocolate bar styled on a sideboard. The rustic look of this self-serve station is complete with a wooden crate that holds a collection of white mugs and gives height to a simple fir tree, wood slices for elevating an assortment of toppings and syrups, and lots of glass jars with chalkboard labels. While a hot chocolate station this complete is probably most practical for entertaining, no family would complain about having a space this sweet to enjoy themselves all season-long.
Two more hot chocolate bars, plus printable labels, can be found at Pen & Paper Flowers.Continue to 4 of 4 below.
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Hot Chocolate Bar Accessories
Choose accessories for your hot chocolate bar that match the way you decorate your home for the holidays. Whether your style is whimsical, retro, traditional or formal, here is a selection of the type of kitchen accessories you can pull together for a perfect hot chocolate station your friends and family will love.
Image Source: Santa Plate and Mug Set / Cottage Cookie Jar / Tray / Plaid Dessert Plates / Hot Chocolate and Marshmallow Mugs / Spoon Rest / Red and White Snowflake Plate / Jolly Mug / Glass Canister Set / Straw Dispenser / Coffee Pod Carousel / Chalkboard Art