Ok let me be real with you, up until this year I haven’t really been big on seasonal decorating. Maybe it’s the fact that I have had small kids and didn’t want to spend the money. Maybe it’s that I thought decorating seasonally was something you do when you get “older” or it could’ve been that I couldn’t quite figure out how to decorate for the seasons and still hang onto my neutral, not too fussy style. If I’m honest it was probably a combination of the three. This year though my kiddos are a bit older, I’ve been able to carve out some free time and I feel like I’ve finally nailed down my style and how to seasonally decorate without things feeling cheesy or completely opposite of the feel of the house.
As I’ve been cruising Instagram and Pinterest recently I have been inspired to make a casual, fun and whimsical Christmas style Hot Cocoa Bar for our guests and, most importantly, my boys to enjoy! You don’t have to break the bank or spend hours in the kitchen cooking up goodies to make you cocoa bar look and feel festive and beautiful!
Earlier this year my husband built me this table to house my Rae Dunn Pottery. If you are blissfully unaware of the phenomenon that is Rae Dunn just google it! This pottery is an absolute craze and definitely warrants its very own display table…or so I’ve convinced my husband! Anyhoo, what better spot to set up the perfect cocoa bar than this?!!
To set up your cocoa bar you’ll need…
- A Keurig Machine
- Hot Chocolate K-cups
- Hot chocolate specific treats (marshmallows, flavored stirrers, candy canes etc)
- Fun and festive decor
- Cute containers to house the goodies
Let me preface this by saying…yes what you’re seeing up there is color. Do not adjust your computer screen! Even I’m shocked that I chose such a bold color to put into my house, in fact I’m thinking about doing a little backpacking to “find myself”. It’s like I don’t even know who I am anymore. I wonder if they have a Pottery Barn on Everest?!!
I started out by making a base for all of my goodies. It’s always a good idea when creating displays or even table vignettes to create visual appeal by adding height to your table top. To do this I found a cake stand and large, raised serving dish. I also used upside down bowls to create a raised surface to set my tree on. Next, I started adding my dishes and containers. A few Christmas themed mugs, bowls and fun decorative boxes (from Homegoods) did the trick.
Next I began adding in my goodies, for our hot cocoa bar I choose marshmallows, chocolate Santa’s, spoons made from candy canes and different varieties or stirrer sticks. I also used festive red and white straws to stick with my theme.
For a little cuteness and some whimsy I made a “Hot Cocoa Bar” Banner from string, black construction paper and white crayon. I also hung these cute, sparkly Santa hats from the ceiling by securing a string to them and scotch-taping them to the ceiling.
Although I chose to create a Christmas themed cocoa bar you could really choose any theme you like! This is also a great idea for a kids winter birthday party as well! Winter wonderland themes or even a New Years theme would be so cute as well.
My boys have really loved having a fun cocoa bar just for them! After I was finished taking pictures for this post I gave them the green light to help themselves and it was mayhem!
Have a blast creating your very own cocoa bar for your friends and family too!
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