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Hot Cocoa Bar – A New Christmas Tradition

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Nothing cozier than Hot Cocoa and Christmas PJs

Hot Cocoa Bar

This year, I really wanted to create a Hot Cocoa Bar for my boys and it has turned into such a fun new tradition!  It was super easy to set up and makes for beautiful Christmas kitchen decor.  The boys can’t wait to get home to enjoy hot cocoa and a cookie for their after school snack!  Today, I’m sharing some of the goodies that I used and where to get them.  I have also partnered with some lovely ladies on Instagram to give away a complete Hot Cocoa set to one lucky follower!  Click here to see the post and how to enter.

Scroll through the products in the strips below and click on any to see where to buy.

Tray and Base

I used a simple Galvanized tray as my base.  Whether you have a designated coffee bar table or console that you are using, or you are setting it on your kitchen counter, a tray keeps everything tied together nicely.  Here’s a secret… I have my tray sitting on a sheepskin RUG!  I have a couple that I use as actual rugs, but I also specifically bought one that I can use for table decor, because it gives the perfect wintery snow look.

Canisters, Mugs, and Pottery

The santa and snowman mug are the CUTEST and the boys love them so much!  The Santa canister, Hot Cocoa pot, and Cream and Sugar bowls are all made by Rae Dunn.  If you aren’t familiar, there is a cult like following of her pottery (available at Marshall’s, T.J. Maxx and Homegoods) and it is SO HARD to find!  My friend happened upon the Hot Cocoa and Santa pieces and risked her life to get them out of the store for me (no really, someone actually took them out of her cart while she wasn’t looking!)  I have linked some similar options for these items.

Here’s a tip to give your hot cocoa bar some dimension and height, so that you aren’t blocking the items in the back.  I take little bowls and turn them upside down to create stands.  Just be careful they are sturdy so your kids aren’t constantly knocking them down!

Using upside down bowls to give pieces height


Hot Cocoa, Marshmallows, and Goodies

It seems like every store has an entire display devoted to Hot Cocoa this year!  I was able to find so many things at Homegoods for under $6 or so.  Target has a ton of cute things too…the marshmallow and peppermint sticks are so fun and tasty.  They are super cheap, and I’ve linked them for you.  Of course I add cookies, peppermint bark, and marshmallows, but I only do as many as I will allow the kids to eat at a time.  The rest are stashed away.  The little wreath on the jar of cocoa came from the Target Dollar Spot in a pack of 5 (my HAPPY place!)

Homegoods finds
Target stir sticks, so yummy!

The Hot Cocoa bar is something that will definitely be returning each year!  I will be taking full advantage when my gift wrapping extravaganza begins.  Curl up by the tree with a warm mug and enjoy!


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