Every winter, we looooove some herbal tea and hot cocoa. Since I already have my Tea Station set up year round, I knew I needed to at least have a Hot Cocoa Bar set up throughout the winter so that my family and friends have access to it whenever they feel like a cup of hot cocoa!
Can you believe I found ALL 17 of these adorable candy cane bow mugs at Goodwill for $6 after a few discounts?!!! I squealed so loud that half of the store looked over to see what the big deal was and then my daughter, Brooklyn, and I loaded them all up into my cart as fast as possible. Confession: one lady might have even said, “Oh wow! What a fun find! Are you really gonna buy them all up?” Ummmmm…YES! Sorry, nice lady. But I’m a gal who likes to entertain and I would’ve bought all 50 if they had been there haha! I promise I’m not greedy haha!
But seriously….I loooove a hot cocoa bar and here are things you MUST have to have a good one:
•Area designated for this (if you don’t have room in your home, it can even be on a tray in the center of your table or on an open kitchen shelf). I love my vintage tea cart I found back in Waco, TX when we lived there.
•A theme! Pick a theme and decorate around it to make it more attractive.
•Cute mugs!! While most of my Christmas decor is all whites and silvers and golds, when I found these mugs I just KNEW I needed a cute red and white Hot Cocoa Bar!
•Your favorite packets for a quick cup OR your own homemade recipe in an apothecary jar, or some jar of sorts, that can be added to boiling milk or water. I like having an assortment. Just makes it more fun 🙂
•Sugar! Some people just like a little more sugar than others so have some extra on hand.
•Peppermint sticks or crushed peppermint!
•MARSHMALLOWS & WHIPPED CREAM!!! This is the most important! And these days you can find them in peppermint and even chocolate or pumpkin spice flavors in most grocery stores so you can really add some variety!
•Little cookies or wafers (not pictured but I bought some after the pic was taken ha!)
•Spoons to stir (or peppermints sticks can do that as well)
•Napkins! I like cute napkins to give that fun accent and pop of color.
•Cute accents! It could be sprays of pine, bows
•Last but not least…Sign/Banner!! I have both. I made my cute banner across the top and guess what??? I even made the cute “Baby It’s Cold Outside! Warm up here!” sign as a FREE DOWNLOAD to share with all of you!!!! (personal use only please! Copyright protected) Right click and save!
(Peppermint Bark-flavored hot chocolate from Williams-Sonoma. White frame from IKEA. Apothecary jars from Home Goods)
I’m so pleased with how it turned out! Get out there and make one of your own! Your kids or hubby will especially love it when they come in from the cold! And you will too, after a day of holiday shopping! 🙂
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Happiest Holidays! Stay warm!!!
Shannon Bird says
Timely! I’m doing a hot chocolate bar for our church Christmas party! Thanks, Summer!
Oh so fun, Shannon! Make sure to share a pic! I would LOVE to see!! xoxoxo…
Chris Belcher says
I love your hot cocoa bar and all of your tips! Oh and your bar cart! So cute!
Oh thank you, sweet Chris!!! Hope you are enjoying some hot cocoa or tea tonight! It’s chilly??
Hi I love the coffee bar🌲🌲🌲
Could you please tell me the Brand name of the vintage coffee mugs
Edris Ramos says
Please, I have admired your red and white mugs for years……can you please tell me who makes them or made them? It should be on the bottom of the mug. If not are you selling any of them?
they’re up in the rafters right now with the other christmas decor but I’m getting them down in 2 weeks and will let you know then. i know they’re super old and can’t remember where they’re from but i’ll add a reminder to my phone and let you know. you can also email me or message me on social media to remind me but i rarely forgot. xo
So I got them down and there’s NOTHING on the bottom, darn it! I looked them up about six years ago after finding them at Goodwill and if I remember correctly… They were from a Hallmark collection? Good luck on your search and I hope you find some.